Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market in Seattle opened in 1907 and is one of the oldest continuously operated farmers’ markets in the country. It’s the most popular tourist destination in the city.

Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market

 

The Market

At the market, it’s possible to find not only fishmongers and fruit and vegetable stands, but also unique shops selling antiques, books, crafts, artwork, and much more. A lot of people go expecting to see fish tossed across stalls before being packed.

Fishmonger at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Fishmonger

Fresh fish at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Fresh fish

Fresh seafood at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Fresh seafood

You may or may not see fish flying through the air, but the colors of the fruits and vegetables are what caught my eye the most. There are also some food vendors that looked like they cooked up some delicious eats.

Colorful fruits and vegetables at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Colorful fruits and vegetables

Fruit and vegetable stand at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Fruit and vegetable stand

Fruit and vegetable stand at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Fruit and vegetable stand

Personally, I thought it was a major tourist trap. Pike Place Market wasn’t what I was expecting from a historic farmers’ market. Also, just about everything seemed way overpriced except for the flowers. One thing I did enjoy is the variety of restaurants across from the main market building.

Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Pike Place Market

 

Starbucks

One place you might want to visit is the Starbucks mother store, located across from the main market building. It has been there since 1976. The line was halfway down the block otherwise I would’ve popped in for a pumpkin spice latte.

Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

Original Starbucks

Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

Original Starbucks

 

Victor Steinbrueck Park

North of the market is Victor Steinbrueck Park, named after the architect who played a major part in preserving Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. The land was purchased by the city in 1968 and sits on the former site of an armory. A totem pole designed by Steinbrueck sits in the park.

Victor Steinbrueck Park at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Victor Steinbrueck Park

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