Pike Place Market, Seattle

Pike Place Market, Seattle (must see)

Pike Place Market is a historic public market located in Seattle. Established in 1907, it holds the distinction of being one of the oldest continuously operating public farmers' markets in the United States. The market's rich history is intertwined with the growth and development of the city itself.

The origins of Pike Place Market can be traced back to the early 1900s when Seattle's rapid population growth led to increased demand for fresh produce and agricultural products. At the time, local farmers were struggling to sell their goods due to the presence of middlemen who drove down prices and made it difficult for farmers to make a living. In response to this, a group of determined citizens and advocates for farmers' rights formed the Pike Place Market Association to establish a public market that would connect farmers directly with consumers.

On August 17, 1907, Pike Place Market officially opened its doors to the public on a site near the waterfront, stretching from Pike Street to Virginia Street. The market quickly became a vibrant hub of activity, with farmers setting up stalls to sell their produce, and shoppers flocking to the market to enjoy fresh, high-quality goods. The market's motto, "Meet the Producer," reflected its commitment to fostering a direct connection between farmers and consumers, a concept that remains central to Pike Place Market's ethos to this day.

Over the years, Pike Place Market weathered various challenges, including the Great Depression and the threat of demolition in the 1960s due to urban renewal plans. However, a grassroots campaign led by citizens, activists, and preservationists successfully saved the market from destruction. In 1971, Pike Place Market was added to the National Register of Historic Places, solidifying its status as a cherished cultural and historical landmark.

Today, Pike Place Market is a bustling and diverse marketplace that encompasses several buildings. It features an extensive array of vendors, including farmers, fishermen, butchers, artisans, craftspeople, and specialty food producers. Visitors can explore the market's labyrinthine alleys and corridors, discovering a vibrant tapestry of sights, sounds, and flavors. From the famous fishmongers at Pike Place Fish Market who famously toss fish to entertain customers to the craft stalls selling unique handmade goods, the market offers an immersive and authentic experience.

In addition to its bustling marketplace, Pike Place Market is also home to a variety of eateries, independent shops, and small businesses. The market is renowned for its diverse culinary offerings, including fresh seafood, locally roasted coffee, international cuisines, and artisanal treats. It has become a destination not only for shopping but also for dining, entertainment, and community gatherings.

Tip:
A must-see is the kiosk famous for “fish throwing” to a willing customer. This area can get crowded, but just be patient and you'll get your picture/video. The kiosk is right next to a medium-size statue called Rachel the Pig. Bathrooms are available in different areas, just make sure you follow the sign.

Merchant Hours:
Mon-Thu: 10am–6pm; Fri-Sun: 10am–6:30pm
Restaurants: 6am–1:30am; varies

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Sight Name: Pike Place Market
Sight Location: Seattle, USA (See walking tours in Seattle)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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