The Pike Place Market in Seattle opened to the public on August 17, 1907. Its goal was to create a place for people to buy all types of fresh foods at reasonable prices. That hasn’t changed in all the time since then and it is still the go-to-market for those who live in Seattle, as well as those people who visit the area.
This market contains nine acres of land. You will find that it starts at Pike Street and continues to the north to Virginia Street. It also goes from 1st Avenue to the west towards Western Avenue. There are plenty of winding alleys, lower and upper levels, and many stairways. With all those nooks and crannies, you must be prepared to get lost a little. However, that is part of the fun and only adds to the charm and ambiance when visiting this destination.
As you walk around Pike Place Market, you will find farmer market stalls, craft market stalls, fish market stalls, highstalls, and even lots of specialty foods and collectibles. At the farmer markets, you will find seasonal produce that is grown locally. The craft market stalls are filled with handcrafted items that are made by more than two hundred local artisans.
Oh The Fish
There is a total of four fish markets, and they are always filled with an abundance of fish. As for the collectibles, you will find everything from books and jewelry to comics and works of original art.
One of the things you will definitely want to have on your list to see at the Pike Place Market is Rachel the Piggybank. This bronze pig is massive and weighs in at five hundred fifty pounds. While you are grabbing a selfie with Rachel, you should place a little bit of money into her piggy bank slot. All the money inside Rachel goes to social services within the market.
You will also want to take the time to watch the street performers, or buskers, who scatter themselves around the market. Certain times of the day offer more buskers than others, so you may need to visit the market at different times to see quite a few of them. However, since the Pike Place Market is in the middle of the downtown area, it is not that difficult to drop in to the market in between your other adventures.
Are you interested in visiting one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the US? Let’s talk about how we can include it within your Seattle vacation itinerary! There is so much to do in the Seattle area, and I can help you make so many memories with your family when you are there!