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Pike Place Market

Climb the steps from the waterfront to discover Seattle’s fresh food hub, the oldest farmers’ market in the U.S.

Street performers and vendors vie for attention on the pleasantly busy cobblestone streets of Pike Place Market. It’s home to some 200 stalls and shops, some of which have been family-operated for generations. Amble among the wide aisles in the main arcade taking in the cornucopia of sounds, smells and sights. Sample seasonal fruits, smell the fresh bouquets of flowers, and admire handmade jewelry and art. 

Homey cafés, oriental health stalls, boutique bars, artisan cheese counters and organic fruit stands draw the eye and tempt the wallet. Buzzing beneath the traditional market is a lower floor of small bookstores, pottery and antique shops, clothing stores and specialty supermarkets that are ideal for bargain-hunting.

Situated just steps from Seattle’s waterfront, Pike Place Market is famous for its fresh fish stalls. Don’t be afraid to get up close and check out the huge variety of seafood on display: crab legs, oysters, salmon and other fish are laid out on icy beds. Try some fresh Northwest salmon or Dungeness crab when in season.

Competitive fishmongers offer unique entertainment, putting on a fish-throwing performance and bantering with customers as they weigh and wrap purchases in thick white paper. Unsuspecting visitors may even see a fish suddenly jump, its mouth snapping – all at the pull of a string from fun-loving pranksters behind the counter. It all adds to the good-natured atmosphere of this lively market.

After dark, street entertainers give way to live jazz and vocalists performing in old favorites like the Pink Door and the risqué-but-campy Can Can bar. 

Pike Place Market is a local institution unlike anywhere else. It provides entertainment, a friendly place to linger and chat with stallholders, and you can buy everything from magic tricks to Far East potion, to local wine and cheese. There’s even a public library on the ground floor if you need a bit of quiet reflection. 

Pike Place Market is located in downtown Seattle, open seven days a week. Come early to find parking, or take a taxi or bus.

Popular Activities at Pike Place Market

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Mediterranean Inn

Mediterranean Inn

425 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle
    of 5, from 11,960 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Center of activity Set in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, this hotel is 2 blocks from Seattle Center and 1.3 miles from Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle. Terminal 91 Cruise Facility is 1.5 miles from the hotel.

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    The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel

    The Edgewater - A Noble House Hotel

    Pier 67, 2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle
      of 5, from 2,539 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Extending over Elliott Bay from Pier 67, this 1962 landmark is adjacent to the Bell Harbor Conference Center and less than a mile from the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle.

      Sheraton Seattle Hotel $149
      Sheraton Seattle Hotel

      Sheraton Seattle Hotel

      1400 6th Ave, Seattle
        of 5, from 4,768 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        This 35-story hotel rises above Seattle's shopping and entertainment district, within two blocks of the Paramount and 5th Avenue theaters and adjacent to the convention center.

        The Westin Seattle $139
        The Westin Seattle

        The Westin Seattle

        1900 5th Ave, Seattle
          of 5, from 3,734 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Featuring 2 towers, this downtown hotel is 2 blocks from Pacific Place and Westlake Center shops, 5 blocks from Pike Place Market, and 1 mile from the Space Needle.

          The Paramount Hotel $125
          The Paramount Hotel

          The Paramount Hotel

          724 Pine St, Seattle
            of 5, from 3,609 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            This 11-story hotel is one block from the Paramount Theater, Pacific Place shops, or the Washington State Convention Center, and 3 blocks from Westlake Center.

            Motif Seattle $159
            Motif Seattle

            Motif Seattle

            1415 5th Ave, Seattle
              of 5, from 6,208 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Downtown Seattle, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue Theater and Nordstrom. Pike Place Market and Washington State Convention Center are also within 10 minutes. Westlake Station is only a 4-minute walk and University Street Station is 5 minutes.

              Hyatt At Olive 8 $139
              Hyatt At Olive 8

              Hyatt At Olive 8

              1635 8th Ave, Seattle
                of 5, from 3,075 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                This hotel is in downtown Seattle, a block from the Paramount Theatre, two blocks from Pacific Place shopping, and just over one-half mile from Pike Place Market.

                The Belltown Inn $85
                The Belltown Inn

                The Belltown Inn

                2301 Third Avenue, Seattle
                  of 5, from 4,744 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  This downtown Seattle hotel is in Belltown, within one-half mile of Seattle Center, Westlake Center, and Pike Place Market. The Space Needle and Seattle Aquarium are within 0.75 mile.