Pike Place Market is the center of the Northwest foodie world and one of Seattle’s must-see spots. Come early in the day to rub shoulders with chefs buying ingredients for that night’s meals. Or join the lunchtime throngs who line up for favorite treats.
It’s fun to stroll the market’s many levels to see the famous sights like fish-tossing merchants, busking musicians and the Gum Wall. Many vendors shut down after 4 p.m., but the market hums into the evening with dozens of restaurants and plenty of nightlife. Nearby attractions include the Seattle Aquarium and Seattle Great Wheel, so it’s easy to plan a full day in the Pike Place Market-waterfront area.
The market has been open since 1907. If you’d like to learn more about it, consider a one-hour tour. Friends of the Market give them every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the summer months.