Pike Place Market, Seattle

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    Pike Place Market

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 19, 2011

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    Pike Place Market, originally a farmers market, was founded in 1907 when housewives complained that middlemen were raising the prices of produce. The market allowed shoppers to buy directly from producers and thus save on grocery bills. By the 1960s, however, the market was no longer the popular spot it had been. World War II had deprived it of nearly half its farmers when Japanese Americans were moved to internment camps. The postwar flight to the suburbs almost spelled the end of the market, and the site was being eyed for a major redevelopment project. Fortunately, a grass-roots movement to save the 9-acre market culminated in its being declared a National Historic District.

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    Pike Place Market's flying, fresh fishes

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 19, 2011

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    At certain fish booths, the salesmen offer their fishes by throwing'em through the air, maybe to present the fishes' freshness? In fact their fishes are really fresh and tasty smelling!Anyway, keep an eye out for low-flying fishes at the Pike Place Market.

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    Pike Place Market

    by Erin74 Written Dec 2, 2003

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    Pike Place Market is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Seattle and a wonderful, vibrant place to spend a couple of hours. The Market has been in existence for more than 100 years and covers nine acres on the Seattle waterfront.

    Pike Place Market's shops and stalls are filled with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. You'll also find fresh flowers, fresh fish and lots of Seattle souvenirs. Be sure to stop by the original Starbucks store (opened in 1971). Another must see is the Pike Place Fish Market, famous for its "flying fish." It's really interesting to see the guys here throwing those big, frozen fish around. Pick up some Aplets and Cotlets (a Washington treat that is delicious!) and enjoy the area.

    The Pike Place Market is open seven days a week, year-round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Sundays are voluntary opening days for Market merchants and some shops may not be open. Business hours for individual merchants also vary depending on location and type of business.

    Parking is notoriously difficult in this area. The most convenient parking is in the Market's garage located at 1531 Western Avenue, south of Steinbrueck Park. There is street parking, but it's very hard to find. Be prepared to spend some time searching for a space.

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    DownUnder

    by ccvisit Written Jan 4, 2005

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    You’re facing Pike Place Fish. Veer towards the left a little and across from Pike Place Fish is a set of stairs to shops “DownUnder.” There, you’ll encounter a bunch of quirky individual shops that is shielded from the hub-bub of the outside world. Need tobacco or “smoking” accessories? Go to Pipe Place where you can buy all sorts of pipes and other little clever novelties. Are you a lefty (I am!)? Go to Lefty World (shop #311). It’s a little bare in there, but they have lefty scissors, mugs, and the all important lefty notebook (where the spirals are on the right-hand side). But all the way on the 3rd ground level of the DownUnder is Christopher’s Lamp (shop #330), a nice little corner shop where your future is foretold via all sorts of fortune-telling methods. Appointments are highly recommended, but there is a sign-up sheet for walk-ins for only 30 minutes and I think the cost is $45/half hour. Closed Tuesdays. Call her at 206-903-8344.

    Next door to Christopher’s Lamp is CINTLI Fine Mexican Imports (shop #328), a nice place to shop for unique jewelry as you wait for your physic appointment.

    A client of Christopher's Lamp

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    Flowers

    by AmandaJae Written Sep 15, 2005

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    The Pike Street Market has a variety of fresh flowers to choose from all over the market place. Individual flowers as well as bunches are sold practically on every corner. If nothing else...nothing they are beautiful to look at.
    There are also many fruit and vegatable stands all through the market. Do some shopping...enjoy. Great local people to help you. Great experience.

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    Pike Place Market

    by sarahandgareth Written Jun 9, 2003

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    It's probably a cliche, but no one should leave Seattle without visiting Pike Place Market. Low flying fish, fresh produce, and the cheapest flower bouquets ever are only a few of the things offered. One of my favorite activities is wandering around the local crafts section munching on a bag of fresh Rainier Cherries.

    And the original Starbucks is just across the street to pick you up when you are done.

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    Pike Place Market's best bakery

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 19, 2011

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    Purchased at Pike Place Market a few most delicious breadrolls made with yeast and almonds, pretty similar to the flavor of German "Hefezopf" but fortunately without raisins.

    Today the Pike Place Market is once again bustling, but the 100 or so farmers and fishmongers who set up shop on the premises are only a small part of the Market's attraction. More than 150 local craftspeople and artists can be found here, selling their creations as street performers serenade milling crowds. There are also hundreds of small specialty shops throughout the market, plus dozens of restaurants, including some of the city's best.

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    Caught fresh from Elliot Bay - Pike Place Market

    by wanderlust23 Written Mar 25, 2005

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    Some of the best seafood can be found at the market since it's caught fresh from the fisherman that go out on Elliot Bay.

    There are about 4 different seafood stalls in the market, though my favorite is the one at the beginning of the stalls, on Pike street, underneath the sign. There, you buy a fish and they'll throw it! Really - they throw it right over your head! I've only seen them miss once... on someone's head...not too pretty.

    Flying fish seafood stall

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    At the Market...

    by ccvisit Updated Jan 3, 2005

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    If you miss Pike Place Market, then you’ll miss the “Soul of Seattle.” It’s a large public market whose beginnings date back almost 100 years. This is the place where local farmers and craftsmen can ply their trade, but of course, nowadays it’s very organized and you can’t just decide one day that you’d like to set up shop. I’m sure there are forms to fill out and licenses to be issued.

    The main entrance to the market where you’ll find the world-famous “Public Market” neon sign and clock is located at Pike and 1st, but you can access the Market through Western Avenue which parallels 1st. All in all, the Market takes up 9 acres of prime downtown Seattle real estate. But it’s more than just a place to shop. Here you’ll find Seattle’s colorful history, it’s exciting present, and what looks to be a vibrant future.

    Generally hours are Mon-Sat from 10am-6pm and 11am to 5pm on Sun, but some vendors open earlier and/or close later.

    Main entrance to Pike Place Market

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    Pike Place Market

    by bellatrix Updated Apr 5, 2003

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    Pike Place is a nine acre historic district in downtown Seattle, located right on the waterfront. The most famous part of the market is probably the fish-vending area, where you can see the selling and sometimes throwing of the catches of the day! It's also fun to walk through the nearby flower market to see all of the lovely bouquets available. The inner portion of the market is filled with shops that specialize in goods for tourists, and with winding corridors packed to the gills with all different types of shops, you're bound to find what you're looking for! When you tire of shopping, take a stroll around the surrounding downtown area; to the north is a little waterfront park, and along the street opposite the market you will find even more shops, cafes, and restaurants.

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    Pike Place Fish Market

    by MWHC22 Written Jan 26, 2004

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    Pike Place Market is a great place to purchase some food to cook delicious seafood meals at your home. The fish is very high quality and is reasonably priced. Also if you wish to purchase some fish but are leaving Seattle to go back home.... Pike Place can pack it in ice in a 24-48 hour pack SO you can bring it home without it going bad. In fact they even have Airline certified packages if you are traveling by plane. Another option as well is to order it online or in person and have it shipped overnight.

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    Pike Place Market

    by zrim Written Mar 30, 2003

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    A super place to kill some idle hours. All sorts of fresh fruits and vegetable available. Of course, seafood that slept in the sea the previous evening is on ice waiting for the scutiny of the hungry shopper. Some vendors also offer honeys, vinegars and other extracts. This is an absolute must see for any out of town visitor.

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    Most popular tourist spot

    by Rumi-fan Written Jul 14, 2007

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    Any visitor to Seattle will go to the Public Markets in Pike Street. And, why not! Its interesting and fun. So many people made it hard to walk freely but the fish vendors were amusing with their songs. Do visit the markets - you are bound to find something there you like even if its a post card.

    Inside Pike St markets The famous sign - and landmark

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    Pike Place Market

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 14, 2007

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    Pike Place Market was established in 1907 and is considered America's oldest continually operated public market. The main market building is constructed into a steep hill near the water with the top floor consumed by the huge area of market stalls containing fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, meats, and flowers, and the lower levels contain specialty shops and restaurants. The entire Pike Market Historic Area is comprised of 9 acres and consists of numerous buildings containing 240 year-round businesses and 310 farmers and craftsmen. Interestingly, Starbucks Coffee was started in the area in 1971, and the first store was moved to Pike Market in 1976.

    Our first trip through the market was at night, when the neon signs stand out for nice photos, and later we returned for lunch at a local chowder house. We enjoyed strolling through the area, and we used this as our main route to the waterfront area and the aquarium.

    The market is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm, and Sunday 10am to 5pm. Even after hours, many of the neighboring businesses are open, and you can walk through parts of the market area.

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    Pike Place Markets

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    Seattle's Pike Place Market is great place to visit.. with 200 businesses, 190 craftspeople and 120 farmer booths. You can buy flowers, pastries, cheeses, seafood, craftgoods, souvenirs, honey, wine, fruit, imported goods.. just to mention a few. Some lovely restaurants also, if you start to feel a little peckish.

    Pike Market Place One of the many selling booths
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