Love it or loathe it, Starbucks has become a truly global coffee chain, as familiar to Asians and Europeans as Americans. Pike Place is where it all began; the original store opened near here in 1971, and the original logo (now way too racy for the brand) is maintained at the often-packed 1912 Pike St branch across the street from the market entrance (don’t confuse this with the much newer branch at Pike and First). Inside you’ll find a variety of special drinks and merchandise only available at this store, though the coffee is standard Starbucks stuff. Note however that Starbucks moved to this location in 1977; the first branch was actually not far away at 2000 Western Ave (now torn down).

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