Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

One of Seattle's most recognizable landmarks, the public market has been in operation since 1907. An impressive variety of farmers and merchants sell their wares in an open-market setting adjacent to Elliott Bay. Watch out for the famous flying fish toss!

Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington, United States. The Market opened August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continually operated public farmers' markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers,craftspeople and merchants. Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street, and remains one of Seattle's most popular tourist destinations.

The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill, and consists of several lower levels located below the main level. Each features a variety of uniqueshops such as antique dealers, comic book and collectible shops, small family-owned restaurants, and one of the oldest head shops in Seattle. The upper street level contains fishmongers, fresh produce stands and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades. Local farmers and craftspeople sell year-round in the arcades from tables they rent from the Market on a daily basis, in accordance with the Market's mission and founding goal: allowing consumers to "Meet the Producer".

Pike Place Market is home to nearly 500 residents who live in 8 different buildings throughout the Market. Most of these buildings have been low income housing in the past; however, some of them no longer are, such as the Livingston Baker apartments. The Market is run by the quasi-government Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA). The Pike Place Market sees 10 million visitors annually.

-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pike_Place_Market

Breakfast: 6 am
Fresh Produce and Fish: 7 am
Official Market Bell: 9 am
Merchant Hours: 10 am - 6 pm
Restaurants and Bars Last Call: 1:30 am

* Hours vary by business and season.

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