Pike Place Market in Seattle

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Pike Place Market © Daniel Schwen/cc-by-sa-4.0

Pike Place Market © Daniel Schwen/cc-by-sa-4.0

Pike Place Market is a public market in Seattle, Washington, United States. It opened on August 17, 1907, and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States. Overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront on Puget Sound, it serves as a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants. It is named for its central street, Pike Place, which runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street on the western edge of Downtown Seattle. Pike Place Market is Seattle’s most popular tourist destination and the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world, with more than 10 million annual visitors.

The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill and consists of several lower levels located below the main level. Each features a variety of unique shops such as antique dealers, comic book and collectible shops, small family-owned restaurants, and one of the oldest head shops in Seattle. The upper street level contains fishmongers, fresh produce stands and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades. Local farmers and craftspeople sell year-round in the arcades from tables they rent from the Market on a daily basis, in accordance with the Market’s mission and founding goal: allowing consumers to “Meet the Producer”.

Pike Place Market from West Edge Tower © SounderBruce/cc-by-sa-4.0 A fishmonger's stall © Epukas/cc-by-sa-3.0 Pike Place Market © Daniel Schwen/cc-by-sa-4.0 Flower stalls © Jan Kronsell Fresh vegetables © Aaronyoung777/cc-by-4.0 © Jrozwado/cc-by-sa-4.0 Post Ally in the market © MarmadukePercy/cc-by-sa-3.0 Assortment of fruits © Tcc8/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Pike Place Market from West Edge Tower © SounderBruce/cc-by-sa-4.0
Pike Place Market is home to nearly 500 residents who live in eight different buildings throughout the Market. Most of these buildings have been low-income housing in the past; however, some of them no longer are, such as the Livingston Baker apartments. The Market is run by the quasi-government Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA).

The Market is located roughly in the northwest corner of Seattle’s central business district. To its north is Belltown. To its southwest are the central waterfront and Elliott Bay. Boundaries are diagonal to the compass since the street grid is roughly parallel to the Elliott Bay shoreline. As is common with Seattle neighborhoods and districts, different people and organizations draw different boundaries for the market. The City Clerk’s Neighborhood Map Atlas gives one of the more expansive definitions, defining a “Pike-Market” neighborhood extending from Union Street northwest to Virginia Street and from the waterfront northeast to Second Avenue. Despite coming from the City Clerk’s office, this definition has no special official status. The smaller “Pike Place Public Market Historic District” listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places is bounded roughly by First Avenue, Virginia Street, Western Avenue, and a building wall about halfway between Union and Pike Streets, running parallel to those streets.

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