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Pike Place Market
Type: Sightseeing, Tours and Excursions
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,... Read More
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. For those wanting to combine their exploration with the history and art of the Market, the nonprofit Friends of the Market offer 1-hour tours on Saturday mornings (during summer months). Other companies like Savor Seattle and Eat Seattle offer culinary tours and cooking classes throughout the year.
- 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
- 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 is often long and winding, it's probably wise to enjoy the music of the buskers camped out frontÂâ€“ and then grab a coffee elsewhere.) Sit-down eats within the Market range from casual and fun (Old Stove Brewing Co) to fine fare served in a welcoming space (Matt's in the Market)."
- Things to Do in December: "From November 26 through December 24, receive your parking validation ticket (for one hour of free parking), by entering the Public Market Parking Garage at 1531 Western Avenue from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m."
- Things to Do in Fall: "While foodie-centric tours abound, we're particularly intrigued by the newest, chef-driven one hosted by Eat Seattle that follows the themes of "Chocolate & Coffee" on Thursdays through Sundays (12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.)."
- Things to Do with Kids: "Find a bit of quiet among the chaos at Pike Place Market Urban GardenÃ¢Â€"a hidden rooftop garden that might be a great place to pause with the kids (and some snacks)."
- Free Things to Do: "Check out Market expansion highlights, like 30,000 square feet of open public space that offer dazzling panoramas of Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Discover artisan vendors that are newer to this new site, tooÂâ€“like honest Biscuits, Little Fish, indi chocolate and Old Stove Brewing Co. (with a bustling tasting room that features prime water views)."
- 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."
- 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 enticing goods and wares.
- Best for Things to Do in December 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 in Fall Because: Savor the bounty of the season at Pike Place Market, a must-visit historic site, whether this is your first time here of your 20th.
- 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 Free Things to Do Because: Pike Place Market is perhaps THE essential Seattle attraction, and wandering this cultural icon doesn't cost a dime. (Be sure to explore newer sections too.)
- 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.