Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington and is one of the oldest public farmers’ markets in the United States still operating. It’s been going since August 17, 1907. The Pike Place Market historic district covers 9 acres of farm and craft tables, restaurants, flowers, artisans crafts, and amazing views of the Olympic Mountains over the Puget Sound. Pikes Place is really a group of markets including a farmers market, crafts market, and the famous Pike Place fish market, surrounded by many other restaurants, cafes, and shops.
How to Get to Pike Place Market
The market is located in downtown Seattle to the east of the waterfront.
Via I-5 North: Take the Madison Street exit, #164, and turn left. Follow Madison Street to Western Avenue. Turn right onto Western Avenue. Follow Western Avenue for five blocks. The entrance to the Market Parking Garage is on the left side of the street.
Via I-5 South: Take the Denny Way/Stewart Street exit, #166. Follow Stewart Street to First Avenue. Turn right onto First Avenue. Two blocks north, turn left onto Lenora Street. Turn left onto Western Avenue. Follow Western Avenue for three blocks (passing Victor Steinbrueck Park on your right). The entrance to the Public Market Parking Garage is on the right side of the street.
Parking Garages near Pike Place Market
1531 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 View Map
1530 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101 View Map
- Market access: Take the elevator in the center of the garage to the sky bridge across Western Ave to the center of the Main Arcade.
- Another access to the Market is by an elevator across the street from the garage on Western Ave. and stairs via the Pike Street Hill Climb.
1901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
- The new MarketFront parking garage is open with 300 new underground parking spaces, covered bicycle racks and electric vehicle charging stations.
- Market access: Take the elevator to Level 3 for the MarketFront plaza and Level 1 for Western Avenue shops.
5 a.m.- 2 a.m. daily
- 0 – 1 hour: $4.00
- 1 – 2 hours: $8.00
- 2 – 3 hours: $12.00
- 3 – 4 hours: $16.00
- 4 – 10 hours: $24.00
- 10 – 24 hours: $30.00
- Evening Rate: $5 Flat Rate (Enter after 5 pm and exit by 2 am)
- Early Bird Rate: $15 (Enter by 9:30 am Jan-March, Exit by 9 pm)
- Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station hourly rate: $1.00 (plus parking)
- Lost Ticket Rate: $30.00
- Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted at all exits and cash at select locations.
- The garage does not offer monthly parking at this time.
Pikes Place Market Hours
General Market hours are 9 am- 6 pm and Sundays 9 am-5 pm and 365 days a year.
Pikes Place Events
There are weekly cooking classes held, as well as almost daily improv shows at the market. There are lots of activities that happen especially in the summer. Check this schedule for activities on your visit. Find the Pike’s Place Market site here with all kinds of helpful resources and search tools for where to eat or shop and where to find what in the market.
Pikes Place Vendors
There are over 200 craftspeople displaying their art including jewelry, paintings, clothes, photography, purses, scarves and much more. There are local produce tables year round with lots of vegetables, fruit, fish, seafood, dried fruits and nuts, honey and many other local products. Pike’s Place is famous for its $5 huge beautiful flower bouquets from the flower vendors. There are amazing fresh flowers and large bouquets at the most budget prices. The flower vendors is my personal favorite section of the market with all the colors and smells. The fish market is known for throwing huge fish and letting people catch them while they are singing and working. This is right next to the 500 pound bronze Rachel pig statue that is a fun staple of the market. Street performers are allowed and have been entertaining shoppers for years and you will hear and see musicians, magicians and all kinds of interesting eclectic talent on the street. Search for different vendors or market categories here to see goods and stores.
Public Market Main Sign
This is the central point of Pikes Place Market marked with the classic sign. From here, you can cross the brick street to get to the covered stalls where the fish market and other vendors are. On the right side of the street, you can find the original Starbucks and a whole host small artisan shops and restaurants.
There are hundreds of vendors split between the farmers market and fish market, as well as many artisan craft market tables. A huge portion of the market is in covered indoor stalls to keep the market open all year, despite the rain. The majority of the market is, but there some small market stalls across the way. On this street, there are tons of spots to grab a coffee and take a seat with a view of the mountains or grab something fresh to eat. There are regularly street performers making the scene quite lively.
Pike Place $5 Flower Bouquets
One of the things the market is most known for is the flower vendors that are all across the main strip in the covered stalls. The local flower vendors bring quality, gorgeous, fresh-cut flowers put together into amazing bouquets that start at $5 a bundle. This is always one of the highlights of walking the market for me because I get to take in the colors and smells of the fresh flowers.
Post Alley is nicknamed Seattle’s most charming street and is a part of the historic Pike’s Place district. This is my favorite area of the market to walk around in the back alleys of the market. The Post building in Seattle historically hosted the newspaper and is now a trendy area with restaurants, coffee shops, and bars in the narrow brick streets. There is one of the best homemade ginger beer spots as well as the famous pike place chowder. This is a quieter section of the market tucked up on the hill.
The Gum Wall
The gum wall is inside Post Alley and has been a landmark to visit for just over 20 years. The wall has never been cleaned and people come and leave a piece of gum on the wall to add to its artistic character and color. In 2015 the wall was cleaned and stripped for the first time in 20 years and is starting over. It took 3 days to clean. The gum wall is comparable to bubblegum alley in San Luis Obispo, CA. Parts of the wall is covered in gum several inches thick, and the wall is by the box office for the market theater. The tradition began in 1993 when attendees of the theater began sticking gum to the wall.
The Original Starbucks
Pike’s Place Market boasts the first Starbucks store that opened in 1971. The store has kept its appearance over time due to its historic significance and often has a huge line out the door for coffee lovers and tourists.
Piroshky Piroshky & Mee Sum Meat Pastries/bakeries
There is so much diverse ethnic food in Pike’s Place Market that is delicious and makes for a fun lunch. I grew up having lunch here with my grandpa who would take us to get meat pastries and these were his favorite. You have to try one of these spots for a budget, delicious, homemade meat pie.
Rachel’s Ginger Beer
This is a flagship brewery located at Pike Place Market selling handcrafted ginger beer in a range of flavors. The ginger soda has fresh lemons, strong roots, and organic cane sugar. This ginger beer is delicious and is the most open air light filled shop that is a plant jungle and modern aesthetic with great seating.
This is the best cheese in Seattle! At this location, you can watch the cheese-making and have quick comfort food like mac ‘n’ cheese to eat. This is by far one of my favorite WA cheeses because it is rich and delicious. They make the best mac n cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. I love this cheese with crackers, and it is amazing to cook with. This is a fun shop to visit even if it’s just to try their samples!
Metsker Maps of Seattle
This is one of the best map stores of all times! If you enjoy maps, globes, and books that cover the world and different countries, then this is the place for you. There are books, posters, maps, wall maps, and decorative artistic maps. This is the ultimate map store selling everything map related and has some of my favorite artistic renditions of maps for artistic map lovers. As travelers, my husband and I fell in love with this store.
Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, 10am-8pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun
Robot VS. Sloth Boutique
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WE ARE OPEN! We braved the snow and are open. The @pikeplacepublicmarket is surprisingly bustling today. The Market looks so beautiful in the snow. Come on by, grab a craft kit to craft away a snowy weekend. Ps. The streets are plowed and Parks and Rec are shoveling and salting the sidewalks. . . . . #snowinseattle #snow #snowpocalypse #snowpocolypse2019 #pikeplacemarket #robotvsloth #robotvssloth
Robot vs Sloth is a shop that features @larudio cute animals fighting each other + handmade local art in the Pike’s Place Market district. This is the most unique cartoon type art shop with canvas handbags, shirts, pins, and a lot of house decor. There is also jewelry by local artists and other beautiful knick-knacks. It’s definitely a fun shop to visit.
The Pike Brewing Company
The Pike Brewing Co. is an independent craft brewery in downtown Seattle in Pike’s Place Market. The pike lineup is filled with IPAs, pilsners, stouts, pale ales, and scotch ales. There is a microbrewery museum as well as the pike pub and brewery tours you can do. Happy hour is Mon-Fri 4-6 PM.
SUNDAY – THURSDAY 11 AM TO MIDNIGHT
FRIDAY – SATURDAY 11 AM TO 1 AM