Whenever you’re in the fascinating city of Seattle in Washington, one of the best places you should visit is the infamous Pike Place Market. Established way back 1907, this is an avenue for local farmers to connect with the public. While it is the first-ever farmers’ market in downtown Seattle, the place has continued to develop over the years. There are a lot of reasons why this is a favorite of both locals and tourists. First of all, it is not merely a shopping place, but it is also an entertainment venue. Second, all the people you will meet here are very hospitable and pleasant. Third, you can spend as much as you want, and you won’t feel guilty about it because it will be worth every penny. If these three reasons aren’t enough to convince you why this market is an excellent place to explore, then check out this guide to Pike Place Market, which includes suggestions for things to do, what to buy, where to eat, and all the travel tips you will need for a successful visit.
Things to do
Once you’ve arrived, you will already feel the inviting atmosphere of the place. If you’re ready for a visit you won’t soon forget, then check out all the highlights or things to do while in Pike Place Market.
If you’re after a good laugh, Pike Place Market has the right place for you. Along the Lower Post Alley, opposite the infamous Gum Wall, you’ll find Unexpected Productions Market Theatre, which showcases improv comedy shows. Tickets are budget-friendly, ranging from 5 USD to 15 USD.
Market Magic Shop
Situated directly across the famous Giant Shoe Museum, Market Magic Shot is a favorite attraction among locals and tourists. Learn magic tricks from some of the finest magicians in the world. Prepare to be blown away by the tricks these folks have up their sleeves.
When in Pike Place Market, the first thing visitors want to see is the fish-throwing. The men at the stalls throw whole fish back and forth to make their sales more efficient. Usually, they perform a “test throw” for tourists who want to see them in action.
Pike Place Market Front
There’s nothing that beats beautiful sunset views. Located on Western Avenue, Pike Place Market Front is the best spot to watch the sunset after a long day of adventures. You will find vendors and local craftsmen scattered around.
What to eat
Shug's Soda Fountain & Ice Cream
Shug’s Soda Fountain & Ice Cream is a charming shop situated along First Avenue in Pike Place Market. Prepare to experience an old-school ice cream parlor featuring a plethora of ice cream and sorbet flavors to satisfy your sweet tooth. This establishment is the perfect spot to indulge in sweet treats after a heavy meal.
For coffee addicts, Storyville Coffee is a great place to stay warm and cozy with a fresh cup of joe. Situated on the second level of Corner Market Building, there are several couches and chairs next to large windows showcasing stunning views of the buzzing market scene below.
Your visit to Pike Place Market won’t be complete without experiencing standing in line at Piroshky Piroshky to eat mouthwatering piroshki (baked or fried bread). They sell some of the best pastries with sweet fillings - all in all, a great place to score freshly baked goods. No matter the weather, it’s always a good idea to indulge in these treats.
Things to buy
In every destination you travel to, it’s only natural to look for the best things to buy. Whether it’s something to bring home for loved ones or just for the sake of buying goods. Here’s where you can shop when visiting Pike Place Market:
Calling all chocolate lovers out there, you should buy some chocolate-covered cherries at Chukar Cherries for a sweet treat that will surely please your tastebuds. Located under Main Arcade, you’ll find the stall handing out free samples so buyers will can sample the heavenly products. If you’re looking for the best goods to bring home, these are a great choice.
Rummage Hall is tucked away in the Stewart Building. It’s the ultimate thrift shop where you can score good finds, including clothes, antiques, and furniture at reasonable prices. All items are updated every week, so you’re unlikely to find the same things twice.
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If you want to experience the best of Pike Place Market, the best way is to meet locals and ask for their advice. Not only that but, when visiting new places, it’s ideal to familiarize yourself with the culture. Make some new friends who will help you navigate.
Opt for small purses
Since Pike Place Market can get crowded at times, it is best to avoid bringing big bags with you. Take only the necessities for a hassle-free exploration.
Because the market is expansive and offers a lot of places to explore, be sure to keep yourself hydrated. Bring a bottle of water when you go to explore this place.
How to get there
Rent a car
For those who are more comfortable driving, Pike Place Market is situated along 85 Pike Street in Seattle, Washington. There are two parking garages, with entrances on 1531 and 1901 Western Ave and 1530 Alaskan Way.
Tech-savvy tourists can always choose to use the Uber app to book a ride.
Grab a taxi
If you favor getting there the easy way, hailing a taxi off the streets is good option. Or, you can always arrange for a taxi pick up at Seattle Yellow Cab (206) 622-6500.
For those who prefer riding the bus, take Metro, as many of these buses regularly drop off passengers at the Market on 3rd Avenue.
Pike Place Market information
Pike Place Market
Address: 85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, United States
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 6pm; Sun: 9am - 5pm
Official website: Pike Place Market
Department of Tourism: Visit Seattle
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