One of the nation's largest and oldest public markets dates from 1907, when the city issued permits allowing farmers to sell produce from parked wagons. At one time the market was a madhouse of vendors hawking their produce and haggling with customers over prices; now you might find fishmongers engaging in frenzied banter and hilarious antics, but chances are you won't get them to waver on prices. There are many restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops (including the flagship Starbucks), lunch counters, and ethnic eateries. Go to Pike Place hungry and you won't be disappointed. The flower market is also a must-see—gigantic fresh arrangements can be found for less than $10. Strap on some walking shoes and enjoy the market's many corridors, where you'll find specialty-food items, quirky gift shops, tea, honey, jams, comic books, beads, eclectic crafts, and cookware.
Pike Pl. at Pike St., west of 1st Ave., Seattle, Washington, 98101, United States
Jun 22, 2009
Pike Place Market is a definite must-see for anyone traveling to Seattle. All the action of the fish market, as well as the other locals selling flowers, jewelry, food, etc. There are also several restaurants inside the area, visit Athenia Restaurant to see where Tom Hanks and Rob Reiner sat to film part of Sleepless in Seattle.