Pike Place Market, Seattle
If you are heading to the Pike Place Market by a car, make sure to go early to get the Early Bird Special on parking fees. It cost only $6.00 per day. Otherwise, the parking fee is astronomical!
The parking that has early bird special in Pike Place Market is located at the junction of Pike Place and Alaskan Way.
Fondest memory: I love Seattle because it is very close to the ocean, close to the mountains, close to everything. Also, I love it's cultural and multi-ethnic diversity.
Seattle has the best school system, great police forces for security and safety reasons, great restaurants, great neighborhood and many more to mention. It is not that big of a city. It is just about right.
This is what I discovered just recently and I have to share with you travelling to Seattle. Since driving here is crazy and the parking is super expensive, you might as well park to a place where it is close to everything and you don't have to do a lot of walking! (Especially those who have children who are in strollers or those who have disability).
Park on Western Avenue close to the World Spice Market. Then take the elevator down to go to the Waterfront or the sky bridge. You can, again, take the elevator to go up to the Pike Place Market. The Waterfront includes the Seattle Aquarium, Argossy Cruises, Waterfront Park, Pier 57 and Pier 59, the ferry terminals to Bainbridge Island, the Fisherman's Wharf, the Carousel, the Crab Pot, Pirates' Plunder, etc.
Fondest memory: I just love walking around the waterfront and look at the Puget Sound. The ferries come and go.
1)Parking can be tough-I would recommend the parking lot on Western. It connects to Pike Place Market via an overpass. The parking is cheaper than the other lots in the area and if you stay for less than an hour, it's free.
2)Try visiting on weekdays. Weekends are very crowded, especially in the summer.
3)The public restrooms definitely need upgrades. I'd recommend trying to use one of the restaurant restrooms if possible.
Seattle often has sunshine as my photos prove! I love the Pike St. Market and can wander the streets around in for hours. I think all tourists come here and usually stay downtown. But drive out to the suburbs if you can and enjoy the beautiful mountains and scenery.
My unfavorite and favorite memory is the earthquake of February, 2001. This was scary.. sorry I have no photos.
Fondest memory: The Pike Place Market is probably the most festive area of Seattle. This is where people come to buy things for their everyday needs. Besides fruits, vegetables, and meats, you can also buy lots of art and crafts, flowers, soaps, etc. here. Don't forget to stop by the first Starbucks coffee shop to have a look! If you like shopping, the Pike Place Market is for you.
Favorite thing: At Pike Place Market you can see something special: Fish being tossed around. Lots of entertainment is created when large fish, probably at least 10 pounds each, fly through the air and land in the butcher's hands. But watch out! Don't be surprised to have a fish land on your face or shoulder!
Favorite thing: Pikes Fish Market in Seattle is a bit of a tourist trap. After you select a fish for purchase a floor attendant throws the fish across the market area to the packaging table. There should be a flying fish in the photo. It is difficult to take pictures of flying fish. We bought two salmon ( 5 lbs ea. / 2 kg. ea.) . Then we phoned back to Toronto to invite people over for a BBQ. We had to fly back on an over night flight through Chicago which was an adventure , but we made it along with the two salmon, and the BBQ was a success .
A morning trip to visit Pike Place Market , A scenic drive , a stop at Greenlake for lunch and peoplewatching , sunset and ferry watching at Golden Gardens .
Dessert , Ice Cream at Baskin & Robbins
Fondest memory: My family first , and the beautiful weather at the end of summer!
If you happen to go to Seattle and it's sunny and warm, you have been blessed. When the sun does hit the city you can see the streets come alive with crowds hoarding anywhere they can soak up some rays. The sun stays up late in the summer and you can feel the energy from the city as it comes alive.
Fondest memory: Go to Pikes Market and around the waterfront on that sunny day. The livliness is contageous and you will feel the happiness around you. It's great for shopping for fresh flowers and food and it's also great to just stroll around and watch time slowly go by. Seattle can be a great town for those on a budget if you know where to go. Pike Place Market is one of those places. You can find great deals on produce and other goods and join all the others as you slowly make your way from the market to Pioneer Square.
Favorite thing: This is the city's oldest, most popular marketplace located at the foot of Pike Street. Here you'll find dozens of little shops - lush flower shops, colourful vegetable and fruit stands, energetic fish shops (famous for the workers literally throwing fish through the air at eachother). Downstairs in the building you'll find many little collectable shops - comics, candles - you name it. And who can forget that unique 'Pike' smell... *grin*. Pike Place Market is definitely one of Seattle's famous 'must-see's', however if you're a regular visitor to Seattle, the novelty might wear off after the third visit. ;) If you have no intention on buying, there's only so long you can look at fish and flowers. But if you're a first time visitor, Pike Market's a must!
Visit Pike Place Market. It sits just up the hill from Puget Sound in downtown Seattle. It's basically a huge farmer's market, so you can find tons of fresh fruit, vegetables, and seafood... everything local. But it doesn't stop there... you can find lots of people selling flowers or honey or nuts or other local items. Plus there are those selling crafts or painting pictures. Go a little bit further in this place and you'll come to a slightly underground mall, with a few stores that may be of interest. Plus there are some restaurants here, including the one shown in Sleepless in Seattle.
Check out one of the main fish sellers here, and duck. You could be hit by a flying fish! Well, probably for the tourists (I don't really care), they'll throw fish around from different parts of the stand and put on a little show for the different customers! It's a lot of fun to watch, even if you don't buy anything.
So, yeah... even if you don't buy anything here, it's fun to walk around and people watch. Plus, there's a nice park just outside of the actual market with people selling more things, and painters and such, and you can overlook the Sound.
Go to Pike Place Market. Take a ride around Olympic National Park and spend a couple of days in the San Juan Islands.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory isn't actually in Seattle it is on San Juan Island. I was sitting on a rock jetty at Lime Kiln Light and an Orca Whale swam right past me. I looked right in her eye. I cried.
Visit the 'fish guys' at Pike Place Market, this open air market serves fish to people and the way the workers communicate is by screaming and throwing fish in the air! its kinda like a baseball game but they use fish instead of baseballs...all you see is fish flying over your head so beware!
Fondest memory: I like the Ocean and Shilshole beach is really nice right in ballard, the Jimmy Hendrix memorial is also really cool.
Favorite thing: See the lively Pike Place Market. See Chinatown (actually a pan-Asian neighborhood) and the Asian supermarket. Take in the underground city--a little touristy but an interesting peek into the pioneer city. Visit galleries of Native American art. Look for the prophetic words of Chief Seattlth (sp?). Finish with a meal of great seafood and a pie made with fresh Northwest berries.
I know it is a touristy place, but the Pike Market is great. I never tired of going there. You just can't beat fresh produce, seafood and meats!
Fondest memory: I'm biased...I met my fiance there, so most of my memories are fond ones! What do I miss the most? I miss the water, smelling the sea early in the morning as the fog lifts, those clear days when you see the mountain, and on really rare occasions the days when you can see both mountains! Being out on the boat on the Sound on clear days...