Pike Place Market | Seattle’s most iconic attraction, a 9-acre market that overlooks Elliot Bay with aisles of fantastic eateries, delicious fruit, floral boutiques, fresh seafood, tiny cafes, jewelry & clothing stands, the original Starbucks, and the famous Fish Monger’s booth.
Founded in 1907, Pike Place Market is the oldest continually operating farmers’ market in the United States.
ADDRESS, HOURS & PARKING
1st Ave and Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98101
Open 363 days a year
*Closed on Thanksgiving & Christmas
Breakfast | 6:00 am
Fresh Produce & Seafood | 7:00 am
Official Market Bell | 9:00 am
Crafts Market | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Farm Tables | 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Merchant Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Restaurants: 6:00 am – 1:30 am *varies
Public Market Parking Garage | 1531 Western Ave.
MarketFront Parking Garage | 1901 Western Ave.
RV Lot | East side of the 1500 block of Alaskan Way
Thursday – Saturday | 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Located under Public Market Clock on the corner of 1st & Pike Place
WHERE WE ATE
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese | An artisan cheese factory and retail shop, known for its Dungeness crab grilled cheese sandwiches, “bread-zel” garlic breadsticks and “World Famous” Mac n’ Cheese.
Daily Dozen Doughnuts Co. | This tiny stand is famous for their warm and delicious doughnuts that come in 3 flavors: cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, and chocolate with sprinkles. *Cash only
Piroshky Piroshky | A small bakery specializing in Russian pastries (try the cinnamon cardamom braid) and hand held savory pies aka “piroshkis!” There will be a line out the door but its soo worth the wait.
The smoked salmon filed piroshki was absolutely amazing! A must try!
WHAT WE DID
Floral Boutiques | It is impossible to visit Pike Place Market without admiring one of the many floral boutiques. The bouquets are gorgeous and very, very cheap!
Bring some gum to add to the masterpiece!
Original Starbucks | Established in 1971, this store is commonly referred to as the original Starbucks. However, the 1st cafe was actually located at 2000 Western Ave. from 1971–1976, in 1912 the cafe moved to its present location in Pike Place. *Take note of the logo, it’s the only Starbucks that features the mermaid.
Pike Place Fish Market | Home of the world famous fishmongers who have been throwing and catching fish for decades. This market sells fresh salmon, halibut, cod, Dungeness crab, prawns, scallops, lobster tails, oyster shots, and salmon candy.
Pike Place Market Sign | Located at the Main Arcade of Pike Street, this famous neon sign and clock has been lit since 1937.
Rachel The Piggy Bank | The unofficial mascot is a 550-pound bronze statue that stands just beneath the “Public Market Center” sign. Drop some change in the slot on her back to benefit the Market Foundation, a nonprofit that funds market social services.
Sosio’s Fruit & Produce Stand | Located right in the center of the market, this stand offers high-quality fruit and produce directly from independent, local farms. *Stop by to try their free samples and famous “Oh My God” Peaches!
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Savor Seattle Food Tour | Savor Seattle specializes in a 2 hour, guided walking food tour through the market where you can meet the merchants, learn the history, and sample lots of food.
TIPS FOR VISITING PIKE PLACE MARKET
Bring cash as some spots don’t take cards
Weekday mornings before noon are generally less crowded and often have shorter lines
Free Wi-fi is available in the Atrium of the Economy Market building on the corner of 1st Ave & Pike St.
Before your visit check the calendar for public events that are free or offer tickets for purchase
You can check out the morning roll call at 9:00 am in the North Arcade. This daily tradition determines which booth vendors will get in the market, based on seniority
Outside of Rachel’s Ginger Beer is the original hitching post where farmers & customers used to hitch their horses when they came to the market, hence the name “Post Alley.”
Pike Place Market footage at 0.32
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HAVE YOU VISITED PIKE PLACE MARKET? IF SO, WHAT DID YOU ENJOY?