Pike Place Market, an open-air shopping haven and Seattle institution, is a must-see for first time and return visitors alike.  Be prepared for large crowds on the weekends and during the summer tourist season.  To avoid the crowds, go in the morning when the market first opens. Started as a farmers market in 1907, you will find farm fresh produce (summer months), gorgeous freshly-cut flower bouquets, fresh fish, fine foods, locally made crafts, and much, much more  Be sure to watch the flying fish! The fish vendors will even package your fish purchase in dry ice for your travels home.  Visit the original Starbucks and take photos with the vendors. Enjoy a 1-hour historical tour available daily. Check out the street performers, and put a dollar in the big brass pig. There are many cafes and restaurants in this area.  This has been a favorite Seattle attraction for many years. The best place to park is behind the market at 1531 Western Avenue; this garage links to the Market with an elevator. There is easy access to the lower levels of the market and you can work your way up through the smaller out of the way shops.

 

The Famous Market Sign

 

Vendor at The Market

 

Flowers For Sale at The Market

 

Off-Site Links:

http://www.pikeplacemarket.org

http://www.publicmarkettours.com