Pike Place Market is open 363 days a year—every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving. Different businesses have varying hours, but generally, breakfast starts at 6am, fresh fish and produce arrive at 7am, and the craft vendors and merchants show up around 10am. These close throughout the day, with some restaurants open very late—until 1:30am! Look at specific vendor websites to check precise hours. The market is located at the intersection of 1st Ave and Pike St.
Pike Place Market was originally established in 1907 to connect citizens to local farmers, and today has farmer’s markets, fishmongers, craftsmen, vendors, bakeries, restaurants, and much more. Over 200 shops and 80 restaurants operate in the Market’s nooks and crannies, just waiting to be discovered and explored.
Not only can you buy delicious food and fresh fish at the Market, you can also observe and participate in the community produced by the Pike Place Market Foundation. The Foundation runs the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank, Pike Market Childcare and Preschool, and Pike Market Clinic. These services help to support the over 400 low-income seniors who live above the storefront at the market. You can donate to the Pike Place Market Foundation by putting money in Rachel the Piggy Bank, the life-size bronze pig beneath the pike place public market sign and clock on 1st and Pine.
You can also visit the Pike Place Urban Garden on top of the market. This garden is tended by local seniors who volunteer to help with the upkeep, and each year it produces 300 pounds of fresh produce which is donated to the Pike Market Food Bank and Senior Center. The garden continues to provide fresh, nutritious vegetables to hundreds of seniors and low-income families in need. A visit also comes with a spectacular view—looking out from the peaceful rooftop garden yields panoramic views of downtown, Mt. Rainier, the Great Wheel, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains!
The market has something for everyone, from delicious food and fresh produce to antiques, record stores, and books. The setting is truly breathtaking as well–the Market is never one to miss.