Seattle’s sprawling Pike Place Market has an unofficial mascot: Rachel, a 550-pound bronze piggy bank modeled and named after after a real, prize-winning farm animal. It’s said that the bank collects thousands of dollars in currency from around the world each year, which goes fund the social services that the Market’s governing organization provides.
So make a deposit and start exploring. Beyond Pike Place’s crowds and hidden crannies, there’s a satisfyingly weird neighborhood. Here are some of our favorite haunts there, from a psychic chicken to a brutalist park built over a freeway.