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Directions to Pike Place Market:

From I-5 South: Take the UNION ST. EXIT (#165B). Stay straight to go onto UNION ST. for 0.4 miles. Turn right onto 1st Ave for 1 block.

From I-5 North: Take the SENECA ST. EXIT (#165) on the left. Turn slight left onto SENECA ST. for 0.3 miles. Turn right on 1st Ave for 2 blocks.


Parking: The best bet for convenient parking is the Public Market Parking Garage at 1531 Western Avenue. The garage offers covered parking and is connected to the Market's Main Arcade by an elevator and skybridge walkway.
To get to this lot from 1st Ave, turn left on Pike which takes you through the main market street. Then take a left on Western Avenue at the north end of Pike Place. You will find the Public Market Parking Garage on your right, directly after the market skybridge.
 Pikes Market, SeattlePIKE PLACE MARKET & THE WATERFRONT

These two neighborhoods are perhaps Seattle's most visited areas. They're divided by the Alaskan Way Viaduct, but linked by several corridors and stairways, and it's easy to visit both in the same day. The best bet is to hit the market early in the morning, relax in a waterfront park at midday, then stroll the shops along the boardwalk in the afternoon and watch the sun set over Elliott Bay while you munch a seafood dinner.
 
Pike Place Market is one of Seattle's most popular tourist attractions, noted as much for its exuberant theatricality as for its vastly appealing fish and vegetable market. The lively, always bustling market fills daily with the bounty of local farms, rivers and the sea. Add in arts and crafts, loads of restaurants and cafés and buskers and other performers, and you'll discover why this mazelike market is Seattle at its irrepressible best. It sees about 40,000 visitors a day, and a good portion of them are locals out shopping for fresh fish and produce.
 
The market features some of the most boisterous fishmongers in the world, whose daredevil antics with salmon merge gymnastics, theater and cuisine. Despite the tourist fielding showiness, the market maintains a down-home authenticity; real people work and buy here. A tip: don't eat before you go. This is one of the hotbeds of Seattle noshing and dining. You can get everything from a freshly grown Washington apple to a pot sticker, or even a seven-course French meal. Some of Seattle's favorite watering holes are also tucked into unlikely corners of the market buildings

The Market is a nine-acre National Historic District, and home to more than 100 farmers, 150 craftspeople, 300 commercial businesses, 500 residents — and 50 street performers.

The world's first Starbucks opened in the Market in 1971, and is still brewing up beans at the site.

Pike Place Market overlooks Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle it is the oldest continually-operated public farmer's market in the country.
You will find many small business here such as farmers, craftspeople and merchants who sell their local wares here.

It is also Seattle's most popular tourist destination located in Downtown Seattle west of First Avenue between Pike Street and Union Street. It is named after its central street, Pike Place, which runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street.

The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill. It has several lower levels below the main level, featuring a variety of unique shops. Antique dealers, comic book sellers, and small unique restaurants.

The upper street level features fishmongers, fresh produce stands, and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades. Local farmers sell year-round in the arcades from tables they rent from the Market on a daily basis.

One of the Market's major attractions is Pike Place Fish Market, where employees throw fish to each other rather than passing them by hand.

 Visit www.pikeplacemarket.org  for more information.

Shop the Market from 9-6 Mon-Sat and 11-5 Sun. On summer Saturdays the Market opens at 7 a.m. — and don't forget Organic Wednesdays and Sundays.

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.  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 eateries--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.

 

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