Pike Place Marketis a Seattle institution that celebrated its 100th anniversary back in 2007. The Market has become a popular destination for both locals and tourists. Fish, fruit, produce and street food thrive at this destination and all summer long the locals grumble about the crowds while joining tourists as they drive through the middle of the market. Chain stores are not allowed, though Starbucks got its start here. There area few souvenir shops and a fair amount of overpriced wares being sold by street vendors.
The market was established in 1907 for farmers and fisherman to sell direct to consumers. In the 1930's, over six hundred sellers worked in the market but up until 1974 the market declined until it was preserved as a historical district. Visitors will find no fast food establishments in the area, only fisherman, farmers, and craftspeople. The market is large and covers almost nine acres. The market closes in the late afternoon, so visitors are encouraged to get their shopping done early. The Market is at its best in the morning when vendors are setting up, and the place is fresh and full of energy. On summer afternoons the crowds can be overwhelming and driving can be difficult to navigate.
There are alsorestaurantsand brew pubs that offer refreshments and dining pleasure. Directly across the street from the market is the first everStarbucks Coffee. Wear comfortable shoes, bring your digital camera, a shopping list if you're so inclined and come experience this one-of-a-kind Seattle tradition.
The market is located just off the waterfront and most of its vendors occupy a multi-level building that features dozens ofartisans,vegetable growers,flower sellers, craftspeopleand more. Visitors can load up on organic produceorfresh seafood, and browse the unique gift and specialty shops.
It is impossible to visit Seattle as a tourist and avoid Pike Place Market. The location of the market is centralized near the downtown area and its huge sign is like a beacon to onlookers. Pike Place Market is more than just a tourist trap as in the vein of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. The Market is truly a place to get great, fresh food from the people who know it best. Just browsing, you will see delicious produce, seafood, and beautiful crafts, and won't leave empty-handed.
Many things at the market are not convenient without a kitchen- such as fresh fish and produce. At the end of your trip, you can either arrange shipment or place it in your luggage. All of the seafood vendors will pack in ice or arrange shipment.
Pike Place Fish is well worth the visit. This is the destination of fresh fish that the world talks about. The workers entertain crowds upon crowds as they toss fish back and forth overhead. A true Seattle experience you will not want to miss. Cameras are recommended.