Pike Place Market
Seattle, USA

The Basics

85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

Breakfast: 6 am
Fresh Produce & Fish: 7 am
Official Market Bell: 9 am
Crafts Market: 10 am-4 pm
Merchant Hours: 10 am-6 pm
Restaurants & Bars Last Call: 1:30 am

Backstory

Founded in 1907, Pike Place Market is the oldest continually running public market in the United Sates. In it’s early days farmers brought horse-drawn wagons full of fresh produce to sell and in 1911 an arcade of covered tables was built. Tables inside the arcade were called “dry stalls,” while those outside were called “wet stalls” - commentary on Seattle’s wet climate. On the day Pike Place opened back in 1907, eight farmers sold their wares. Today the market is home to hundreds of farmers, craftspeople, businesses and residents, which is why it is referred to as the Pike Place Neighborhood. The market started renovation in 2009 and the majority of the work was completed in 2012. The beloved existing marketplace was not altered greatly, rather, the changes were of an expansion to the West, across Western Avenue in addition to fixing structural and infrastructure problems.

Impressions

One of Seattle’s most iconic attractions, Pike Place Market has a lively food scene! The market neighborhood spans nine acres, where you will find aisles full of elaborate fruit and vegetable displays, butchers, bakeries, dairy shops, wine shops, locally grown herbs, freshly harvested honey, jars of pickled veggies, ciders, preserves and so much more. The original Starbucks and Sur La Table stores can be found here, as well as the famous Pike Place Fish boys lobbing huge fish to one another as they are ordered and packaged. There are more than 60 places to eat prepared food at the market, including sit-down restaurants. The market has numerous shops, including flower stands, craft stores, specialty items and all sorts of artisan shops. There’s a bustling entertainment scene on any given day at Pike Place, with buskers there to enliven your experience! There are approximately 350 residents, mostly low income seniors, that are provided affordable housing here. There is also a Pike Market Senior Center, clinic, childcare and preschool, among other things. It truly is a ‘neighborhood’.

Touristwise

Super friendly and totally comfortable. Wear good shoes. You will most likely be doing a lot of walking, and not on evenly paved ground. There are street performers a plenty with tip jars out, so you might want to have some change or small bills on you. (Plus, Rachael the giant piggy bank has been collecting thousands of dollars from shoppers each year to help the market foundation.)

Travel Tips

Driving: Pike Place (the cobblestone street running north and south through the market) is indeed a thoroughfare open to vehicle traffic, as well as pedestrians, making it a tricky business to navigate via car. Because of this, consider using the Public Market Parking Garage, 1531 Western Ave., located behind the west side of Pike Place Market.
Valet parking is available Thursday - Saturday 6pm - midnight.

Public Transportation: Take Metro or Sound Transit Link Light Rail to the market. Many Metro bus routes will drop you off near the market, and the Westlake Sound Transit Link Light Rail station is located four blocks away. Call Metro Rider Information for more at (206)553-3000 or visit metro.kingcounty.gov.

Contact/Links

www.pikeplacemarket.org
General Information: (206) 682-7453
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Info

  • Address: 85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Country: USA
  • City: Seattle
  • Phone: (206) 682-7453
  • Hours: Breakfast: 6 am
    Fresh Produce & Fish: 7 am
    Official Market Bell: 9 am
    Crafts Market: 10 am-4 pm
    Merchant Hours: 10 am-6 pm
    Restaurants & Bars Last Call: 1:30 am
  • Twitter: @pike_place
  • Vendors: 200+
  • Surface Area: 9 acres
  • More information: cooking classes offered
Show Street View
Login to post comments