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Best Attractions & Activities, Things to Do with Kids, Attractions near Cruise Port, Attractions near KeyArena at Seattle Center: Sights, smells, and sounds make Pike Place a head-spinning whirlwind for first-time visitors. Fishmongers near the main entrance entice buyers with loud hawking and dexterous salmon throwing antics, the briny smell of fresh seafood filling the air. Countering that are the rows of vibrantly colorful flower stalls, which emit their pleasing perfumed aromas to passersby. Farm-fresh produce is mounded high along the aisles, and local artisans display their art and wares unique to the Northwest. Restaurants, a brewery, and specialty shops for everything from antiques to movie ephemera fill the multi-level maze. To help visitors find their way, the Market Foundation offers fun and informational tours Wednesdays through Saturdays, starting at the Market Heritage Center at 1531 Western Avenue. Once you have your bearings, pick out a favorite spot and enjoy some of the best people-watching around in this eclectic and progressive environment.

Holiday Attractions: In celebration of the holiday season and its more than 500 merchants who create uniquely hand-crafted gifts, Pike Place Market invites guests to Magic in the Market on Saturday, November 28. Sights, smells, and sounds create a head-spinning spectacle for first-time visitors. Fishmongers set up near the main entrance, neighboring rows of vibrantly colorful flower stalls. Farm-fresh produce is mounded high along the aisles, and local artisans display their art and wares unique to the Northwest. Restaurants, a brewery, and specialty shops for everything from antiques to movie ephemera fill the multi-level maze. In addition to Magic in the Market on November 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. (with a tree lighting at 5 p.m. in front of the Public Market Center clock and sign at Pine Street), holiday activities enliven the scene from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoons--December 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Free Things to Do: Sights, smells and sounds make Pike Place a head-spinning whirlwind for first-time visitors. Fishmongers near the main entrance entice buyers with loud hawking and dexterous salmon throwing antics, the briny smell of fresh seafood filling the air. Countering that attraction are the rows of vibrantly colorful flower stalls, which emit their pleasing aromas to passersby. Farm-fresh produce lines the aisles, and local artisans display their art and wares unique to the Northwest. Restaurants, a brewery and specialty shops for everything from antiques to movie ephemera fill the multi-level maze. To help visitors find their way, the Market Foundation offers fun and informational tours Wednesdays through Saturdays, starting at the Market Heritage Center at 1531 Western Avenue. Once you have your bearings, pick out a favorite spot and enjoy some of the best people-watching around in this eclectic and progressive environment.

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Local Expert Corinne Whiting Says:

Best Attractions & Activities: "Across the street from the main market building along an arcade of shops and restaurants, the original Starbuck's Coffee remains in its unassuming original location. (While the queue for coffee is often long and winding, you might just choose to enjoy the music of the buskers often camped out in front.)"

Holiday Attractions, Things to Do with Kids, Attractions near Cruise Port, Attractions near KeyArena at Seattle Center: "Across the street from the main market building along an arcade of shops and restaurants, the original Starbuck's Coffee remains in its unassuming original location."

Free Things to Do: "Across the street from the main market building along an arcade of shops and restaurants, the original Starbuck's Coffee remains in its unassuming original location. While braving the consistent queue inside might not appeal, listening to talented buskers outside justifies a worthwhile pit stop."

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: No visit to Seattle is complete without a trip to Pike Place Market, where fish fly, and local vendors sell their tempting goods and wares.

Best for Holiday Attractions Because: Pike Place Market becomes festively illuminated during the holiday months (even more so than usual!), proving the perfect spot for gift-shopping, cider-sipping or carol-listening.

Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Pike Place Market catches kids' attention with gems like Rachel the Pig (sit atop this local darling for a photo op!) and the market's famous fish-throwers.

Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: Pike Place Market is perhaps THE quintessential Seattle destination; here watch the fish throwers, talented buskers and an array of local artisans selling goods.

Best for Free Things to Do Because: Pike Place Market is perhaps THE essential Seattle attraction, and wandering the bustling cultural icon doesn't even cost a dime.

Best for Attractions near KeyArena at Seattle Center Because: Pike Place Market is a feast for the eyes (and mouth); take in the city's many flavors at this bustling bazaar.

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