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Pike Place Farmers Market

Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market

The nation's oldest continually working farmer's market (since 1907), Pike Place is a tribute to the Seattleites who saved it from corporate takeover in the early '70s.
With customary pluck, they established guiding principles that remain true to the market's agrarian roots and maintain its integrity. The result is a jubilant, open-air celebration of fresh regional fruits and vegetables, seasonal flowers, herbs, seafood, spices, cheeses, hand-crafted work by artisans, eclectic shops, and fine restaurants and eateriesm many with views of ferry and freighter traffic on Elliott Bay.
Here in this revered nine-acre community with its cracked walkways and uneven cobblestone streets, the scent of sweet peas mingles with Dungeness crabs and spicy teas, street musicians compete with "free sample!" vendors, and weird things make their appearance: bottom-dwelling monkfish and rubber-necked geoducks.
A piscatorial highlight: Pike Place Fish, where world-famous fishmongers have elevated salmon-slinging to new heights.

The Market is a nine-acre National Historic District, and home to more than 100 farmers, 200 artists and craftspeople, 250 small businesses, 500 residents and 50 street performers (who may perform anywhere there is a musical note painted on the sidewalk) and the world's first Starbucks opened in the Market in 1971, and is still brewing up beans at the site.

Shop the Market from 9-6 Mon-Sat and 11-5 Sun.
On summer Saturdays the Market opens at 7 a.m.

Taste Pike Place Market food tour

Taste Pike Place Market food tours offers 3 tours, one for each meal. At the 9 a.m. "Breakfast Bites" tour the group will sample tasty breakfast bites while learning about the market's rich history and meeting some of its colorful personalities.

The "Lunch Sampler" is meant to be a light lunch with samples often including fresh antipasto from an Italian deli, fresh smoked salmon bites and award winning local clam chowder.

The evening "Food & Wine" tour features select appetizers from local restaurants and premium wine tastings of regional and imported boutique wines.




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