Located on Seattle's famous Waterfront and overlooking the Elliot Bay, Pike Place Market is one of the oldest public farmer's markets in the country and is a popular visitor attraction. Built into a hillside, the multi-level market features a variety of souvenir shops, antique shops, produce stands, comic book stands, craft stalls, fishmongers, and restaurants. Besides the many retail establishments in the Market, almost 500 low-income residents also live in the market in eight different residential buildings scattered throughout the Market complex.
History of Pike Place Market. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Pike Place Market was opened in 1907 when Seattle residents, who were outraged at the high prices of produce, pressured city officials to establish a public market. Thomas Revelle, a city councilman at the time, started an open air Saturday morning market with just ten farmers and their wagons full of produce. With more than 10,000 shoppers arriving on the first day, the farmers sold out before noon and the Pike Place Market was born; the first Market building opened at the end of 1907, with every stall rented out. The Market's historic buildings underwent a major restoration during the 1970's, and all of the buildings were renovated according to the original building plans. Today, Pike Place Market is home to nearly 200 businesses, 120 farmers and 190 craftspeople, attracting more than ten million visitors per year.
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Pike Place Fish Market. Pike Place Market is famous for its fresh-off-the-boat seafood and the personalities of the quirky fishmongers working in the fish stalls. The Pike Place Fish Market is a major tourist attraction, where visitors can watch the fishmongers toss huge salmon and other fish over the counter to one another to prep it for sale. The tradition began when a fishmonger who was tired of walking back and forth from the fish table tossed a salmon over the counter to save time and energy. Today, anytime a customer orders a fish in the Pike Place Market, you'll see both visitors and locals gather around to witness this fun Seattle tradition.
Pike Place Market Attractions and Tours. The Pike Place Market offers visitors a taste of Seattle's best food and traditions, and with its wide range of shops, restaurants, produce stands, and more, the Pike Place Market is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in Seattle's traditions, history and delicious local flavors. But, the Market is more than just a place for great food and souvenirs. Visitors will find a variety of fun attractions and interesting history tours as well. Dive into the Pacific with a visit to the Seattle Aquarium, experience the thrills of an IMAX theater movie, or enjoy a play or live music at the historic Moore Theater. Visitors can also learn more about the Market's history with a Market Heritage Tour, offered at the Market Wed-Fri at 11am and Sat at 9:30am. www.pikeplacemarket.org