Tantalize all your senses at Pike Place Market

With a mix of fishmonger’s, florists, local farmers to restauranteurs and entertainers, it’s no wonder Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle is such a popular place among visitors and locals alike.  The vast array of sounds, vibrant colors, textures, aromas and flavors, will put your human senses into overdrive.  Rain or shine, Pike Place is always alive and inviting.

Founded in 1907, Pike Place Market is the oldest continually operating farmers’ market in the U.S.  Located high above the famed Seattle waterfront, the Market overlooks Elliott Bay, providing its 10m visitors with fantastic views along with a plethora of shopping choices from hundreds of farmers, craftspeople, artisans, florists and of course fishmongers.

Even though Pike Place is quite a tourist attraction, the Market is sill patronized by locals alike for all the fresh fish, produce and outstanding prices on beautifully cut flowers.

Pike Place Market Hours:

Pike Place is open year-round, seven days a week (closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s).  Merchants set their own hours, so it’s a good idea to check specific vendors.  Restaurants hours may vary during peak seasons.  Farmers are frequently set up and ready to sell by 8:00 am.

Pike Place/1st Avenue level:

  • Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday is 9 am to 5 pm
  • Individual shop hours may vary

DownUnder stores:

  • Monday through Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm

Getting to Pike Place:

  • Driving in and around Pike Place is a nightmare, your best best is to take some sort of mass transit.  From West Seattle, your best bet is to take the Water Taxi.

Brief History of Pike Place:

Photo Courtesy of the City of Seattle

Pike Place Market was born out of the frustration of a sudden onion price increase in August of 1907.  On the opening day of the Market, a total of eight farmers brought their wagons filled with produce to the corner of First and Pike.  The small group of farmers were quickly overwhelmed by over 10,000 eager shoppers…they were sold out within a couple hours.  The rest they say is…history.

A century later, Pike Place Market is recognized as America’s premier farmers’ market.  Hundreds of farmers, craftspeople and entertainers play host to over 10 million visitors a year, making it one of Washington state’s most frequently visited destinations.

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Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


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