Weekend in Alaska: Anchorage Saturday Market

Last month, a friend found a great deal for round trip flights to Alaska for about $200. Having never been there before and always wanting to visit, a small group of friends bought tickets for a weekend of exploring in August! Our flight arrived in Anchorage just after midnight on a Saturday. After a quick nap and some googling, we decided to spend the morning at the Anchorage Saturday Market.

We went from sunny skies and 90 degree weather in Seattle to the 60 degree grey skies of Anchorage. To stay warm and dry in this weather, I packed a wind-resistant and water-repellent jacket which came in handy on this particularly gloomy morning. This jacket has also been my go-to “blanket” whenever traveling on planes since it is extremely lightweight and packs compactly. So easy to carry on in a purse or small backpack! (Shared this in my travel essentials on IG a couple weeks ago.)

Anchorage for the weekend
Anchorage Saturday market
The Anchorage Saturday Market reminded me a lot of the Fremont Sunday Market here in Seattle. A beautiful mix of local vendors with handmade crafts, ulu knkives, original art and photography, and – of course my favourite thing to check out – delicious food vendors.

Anchorage weekend market: piroshki stand
My favourite stand was the one serving freshly deep-fried salmon and rice-filled piroshki. There’s nothing like a warm, deliciously seasoned, hot pocket of goodness to keep you happy while strolling through the misty rain! We ended up taking our snacks to go and exploring a bit of the city outside of the market, which brought me to this buddy…

Helly Hansen Astra jacket
outfit details:
Astra jacket (midlayer): c/o Helly Hansen (exact)
blue beanie: c/o Helly Hansen (exact or similar in cashmere)
skinny denim: AG Jeans (exact)


We continued to adventure through Anchorage, but not without a fight from the weather. Trying to stay warm and dry on foot was a bit of a challenge with the incoming rain, but the neckline of this midlayer was perfect! Looked like a stealth ninja hiding out from the rain, and the buttons on the side made it easy to undo for when the clouds were passing and we saw some sun.

Excited to share part 2 of Anchorage later this week!

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  • Molly Hogan

    Great post! I’ve always wanted to go to Alaska!




  • Alaska is definitely on my bucket list! Still can’t believe how much your flight tickets were though!!


  • McKenna Moe

    I’ve always wanted to make a trip up there! Looks like you had a blast.

  • What a fun trip! And a great deal on tickets! I grew up in Fairbanks but haven’t been to Anchorage in almost 10 years, definitely need to see it again some time soon.