Seattle's Pike Place Market is one of the country's oldest continuously operating public farmers' markets. First opening its doors in 1907, it encompasses a nine-acre Market Historic District overlooking downtown's Elliott Bay. It has grown from its initial eight farmers to becoming home to over 200 businesses, 190 artisans, and 100 farmers. More than 10 million visitors walk through its aisles of flesh fish catches, floral bouquets, fruits and vegetables, locally made jewelry, and more each year.
Visitors can easily spend more than a day experiencing all of the delights of Pike Place Market. Here's just a small sampling of the best Pike Place Market has to offer:
The Market's year-round farm tables offer an excellent variety of seasonal Washington-grown fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, berries, flowers, and honey. Here you can enjoy the sweet-tartness of a perfectly grown Braeburn apple, or pick up a quart of Ranier cherries for your morning breakfast. Throughout the year, you'll find unique products like buffalo jerky, apple cider, and homemade preserves.
Inside the Pike Place Market's historic arcade sits one of the nation's largest daily crafts market. Unlike other markets, what makes this one unique is that all crafts are handcrafted by local Washington artisans. Such crafts include leather goods, wood-crafts sourced from Washington's forests, fashion wearables, and beautifully crafted ceramics for your dining room.
One of the Market's most famed attractions is its fishmongers, where hefty employees toss three-foot salmon and other fish to each other before wrapping it up for the fish-buying connoisseur. This flying fish tradition has been featured in a number of popular media, such as the sitcom Fraiser and MTV's The Real World. If fish isn't your favorite fare, sample one of the many delis specializing in cheeses, meats, and special spice combinations.
Small Independent Businesses
Tucked away in the Market's lower levels and shopping nooks are a variety of boutique, owner-operated businesses including various art galleries, magic shops, and specialty bookstores. You can even hop into a barber's chair or make your way to the market's mailing center to send out an official Pike Place Market postcard from the market itself.
Whether you want to share appetizers in one of the Market's various casual restaurants, enjoy a romantic dinner for two overlooking the Elliott Bay, or enjoy a savory deli counter breakfast, Pike Place Market is the foodie's dream destination.