One of Seattle's most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously working public market in the country. ... More
Pike Place Market
One of Seattle's most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously working public market in the country. Shop for fresh vegetables and fruits here or stop by Pike Place Fish to see fish fly. The market has numerous shops, including a health food and herb store, craft stores, and flower stands. Stop by Sur la Table, where you'll find tools with which you can prepare your recently purchased ingredients. Don't forget to pick up fresh-baked pastries for dessert and stop at one of the restaurants for lunch or grab an authentic Seattle latte before heading home.
If you are not into smell and and up in your face food, do not go. For all the rest of you that enjoy the conglomeration of smells, sound and atmosphere GO!
I am just bummed I was a visitor without a kitchen to prepare some of the fine food I saw!
Grab an apple, sample what you have never had before.
The fact is, you must just be there to experience this!
One of the BEST ways to spend a Saturday or Sunday is to walk and experience the Pike's Market old world charm and ambiance of our Pudget Sound!!!
The vendors and the people are unforgettable!!!
Take the time to meander through all of it and visit the many shops...the herbal store, the cafes, the street vendors, the choices are endless and unforgetable!!!
We visited on a Saturday, it was very crowded. The flower and vegetable vendors have the most beautiful things. The arts and crafts were what you might expect. The seafood was great to look at, but as visitors in a hotel we had nowhere to cook anything if we bought it. Parking was an adventure in itself, not to easy to find and exspensive. I was discouraged by the many pan-handlers hanging around the outskirts of the market, some are very bold. My over-all view though is good, I would definitely go again if I return to visit Seattle.
If you come to Seattle, you can't leave without visiting Pike Place. No you can't just get a nice postcard, you HAVE TO GO.
But I want to tell you why I gave it only 2 stars for atmosphere. The halls are PACKED FULL OF PEPLE. It is stilla great experience.
Protect your purse or valuables, pick pocketers are around, but not common!
Great deals on fresh flower arrangements,always various local artists display their art. Fresh fruit and fish of your choice. Everyday they bring fresh seafood off the ships. You won't find a better selection that fresh anywhere. Many different little shops in one big market. A Fun place to shop and simply browse around.
Visiting the fish throwers was a lot of fun. There are the most gorgeous flowers for affordable prices! There are lots of unique vendors along the way. Make sure you stop by Market Grill...they had the best halibut sandwich and soup!!
If you want to see fish tossing entertainment, think Pike Place Market. Don't try this at home, kids! These people are really skilled at what they do. Absolutely mesmerizing. You'll also be enthralled by the many unique shops and food stalls here. A truly unique Seattle experience!
This place is VERY crowded on the weekends, so go during the week if you can. They have everything under the sun there. The actual market part is fun - but not as economical as some of the wonderful farmer's markets elsewhere - or the Fremont Sunday market in Seattle.
Smart people take the bus and don't worry about parking - it's expensive. But if you park down by the marina - they don't call the stairs on the way up the Pike Market the Pike Street Hillclimb for nothing! But there is an elevator if you look for it.
Pike's Marketplace is great! The food is wonderful, and casual, with every mix of culture you could find, all in one place. Don't forget the 8th wonder of the world - the original Starbucks. And the street vendors - I loved the affirmation bracelets... great experience. I just wish I had a home to bring all the fresh fish and fruit to. Great place for tourists and locals.
I went in July - perfect weather. PS - Don't forget to take a ride on the ferry boats. Very relaxing with more treasures on the other side!
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