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Sights, smells and sounds have always made Pike Place a head-spinning whirlwind for first-time visitors. Newest bonus: Last summer revealed the results of the site's $74 million MarketFront expansion... Read More
Sights, smells and sounds have always made Pike Place a head-spinning whirlwind for first-time visitors. Newest bonus: Last summer revealed the results of the site's $74 million MarketFront expansion project. 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 tours Saturdays during summer months. (Other groups offer free tours of the market, too.) Once you have your bearings, pick out a favorite spot and enjoy some of the best people-watching around.
- Pike Place / 1st Ave Level: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm
- DownUnder Stores: Daily 11am-5pm
- Daily Tours
- Contact for Specific Dates and Times
- By Appointment
- Tours Adult (18+) $10; Senior (55+) $7; Child (0-17) $7
- Free Things to Do: "Check out expansion highlights, like 30,000 square feet of open public space that offer dazzling panoramas of Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Visit four artisan vendors that now produce in this new site, too–honest Biscuits, Little Fish, indi chocolate and Old Stove Brewing Co. (with a tasting room that features prime water views)."
- Holiday Attractions: "In any season, enjoy chef-guided tours of the Market (and classes, too!) with Eat Seattle."
- 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.)"
- 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."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: Pike Place Market is perhaps THE essential Seattle attraction, and wandering the bustling cultural icon doesn't cost a dime. Check out the market's brand-new expansion.
- 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.
- 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 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 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.