Visiting Pike Place Market: 7 Things You Need To Know

Seattle’s most popular tourist destination and the 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world, welcoming more than 10 million visitors per year. Pike Place Market is a must-see when in Seattle. With more than a century of history, Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously operating farmers market in the country and one of Seattle’s most popular places to visit.

Visiting Pike Place Market: Things You Need To Know

1. What’s so special about Pike Place Market?

This market has been in action since 1907, making it one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers markets in the US. With six distinct levels spanning over thirteen buildings, you’ll be sure to find something for even the pickiest of eaters.

Tuck into some delicious artisan cheese or chowder, and pick through a forest of flowers. This market really has it all!

2. How do I get there?

It is easily accessible by public transport from Sea-Tac Airport. Many Metro bus routes will drop off close to the Market on First Avenue or Pine Street. The Westlake Sound Transit Link Light Rail station is located only four blocks away from the Market.

3. How much will it cost?

Admission is free! If you plan on driving, you will have to pay for parking. The standard rate is $4 per hour.

4. How long will it take?

Don’t expect to cover every square inch of the market in one day. People on average spend 2-3 hours roaming around this trendy market.

Pike Place Market

5. When is the best time to go?

While there are no set hours for the Pike Place Market, most activities start at 9am and end by 6pm. If you want to avoid large crowds, try to go before midday.

6. Where will I get the best photos?

  1. The Gum Wall
  2. Rachel the Pig
  3. Sunset at the Market Front- here you have stunning views of Elliot Bay and West Seattle
  4. In front of the stands at Frank’s Quality Produce
  5. Pike Place Hill Climb

Pike Place Market

7. Any insider tips?

  1. Check out the old school photo booth ($5 cash only)
  2. Visit a secret garden (hidden behind the butcher and the tea shop)
  3. Get a pastry pet from a donut cat to maple bears!
Siobhan McKenny