Seattle's Pike Place Market

The Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market Entrance
Pike Place Market Entrance

The Pike Place Market - The Soul of Seattle

One of my favorite places to go in Seattle is the Pike Place Market. It is the top Seattle attraction for visitors to the city and is also enjoyed by the local residents of Seattle and the surrounding area. The Pike Place Market was established in 1907 and is one of the oldest farmer's markets in the US.

The market's motto is "Meet the Producer". In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, visitors can find fresh flowers, honey, local fish and seafood, bakeries, butcher shops, dried fruits, candy, wine, beer, restaurants, hotels, artists, crafters, street musicians and much more. It is also the home of the original Starbuck's coffee shop. An afternoon strolling through the market can be an entertaining and inexpensive way to sample the foods and culture of Seattle.

All Photos by Vicki Green - PNW Travels unless otherwise credited

Rachel the Pig Welcomes Visitors

Rachel the Pig at the Pike Place Market - Seattle, WA
Rachel the Pig at the Pike Place Market - Seattle, WA

The Unofficial Mascot of the Pike Place Market

Upon entering the main entrance of the Pike Place Market at the end of Pike Street I was greeted by Rachel the pig. Rachel is the unofficial mascot of the market. She is a 550 pound bronze piggy bank who has been at the market since August 17, 1986. She was sculpted by Washington State artist Georgia Gerber, and was modeled after a real pig named Rachel. Next to Rachel the piggy bank, you will see hoof prints made from casts of the hooves of the real Rachel the pig. Every year visitors drop approximately $5,000- $10,000 into Rachel which is donated to the Pike Place Market Foundation to help fund social services at the market.

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Pike Place Market Facts

Established in 1907

One of the oldest farmer's markets in continuous operation in the US

Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places

Over 10 million visitors each year

Who was Pike?....

and why did they name a market after him?

Well, no one really intentionally named the market after Pike. It was only an accident of location that the Seattle's "Public Market Center" became known as the Pike Place Market. The name orginated from the fact that the main entrance to the market is located at the end of Pike Street and the street that provides the main access to the market was named Pike Place. Pike Street was named after John Pike, an early Seattle pioneer and builder, but he was NOT involved in the creation of the market that now bears his last name. By the way, the surest way to reveal oneself as a tourist is to call it the "Pikes" Place Market.

To the locals it is simply the Pike Place Market or "the market".

A Tour of the Pike Place Market - A Virtual Visit

Where is the Pike Place Market?

A markerPIKE PLaCE, SEATTLE, WA -
Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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The Pike Place Market encompasses a several block area just west of 1st Ave. The main entrance is at the intersection of First Ave. and Pike Street.

Soul of the City, by Alice Shorett and Murray Morgan

Soul of the City: The Pike Place Public Market
Soul of the City: The Pike Place Public Market

Author Alice Shorett began studying the history of Seattle's Pike Place Market several decades ago and co-author Murray Morgan (1916-2000) was a best-selling author of many histories about the Pacific Northwest including "Skid Road". This history of the market includes many photos and stories about the individuals who fought to preserve it.

 

The History of the Pike Place Market

For those who are interested in learning more about the history of the Pike Place Market, I recommend reading "Soul of the City" written in 2007 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the market.

The Pike Place Fish Company Counter

The Pike Place Fish Company at the Pike Place Market
The Pike Place Fish Company at the Pike Place Market

Pike Place Fish Company

Home of flying fish

No visit to the market would be complete without a few minutes spent watching the employees of the Pike Place Fish Market as they throw fish back and forth over the counter. Originally it started as a quick way to pass a fish that had been sold from one employee behind the counter to another in front of the counter, but it has become an entertainment act which has made the Pike Place Fish Company "World Famous". The Pike Place Fish Company is just inside the main entrance of the market off Pike Street under the clock and right behind Rachel the Pig.


Pike Place Fish Company Video - Watch the flying fish!

When Fish Fly: Lessons for Creating a Vital and Energized Workplace from the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market
When Fish Fly: Lessons for Creating a Vital and Energized Workplace from the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market

John Yokoyama tells the story of how he changed his business and his life by making a decision to change his way of dealing with his employees by taking a personal interest in them and by creating his vision of becoming a "world famous" fish market and sharing it with them.

 

When Fish Fly - Written by John Yokoyama

John Yokoyama, the owner of Seattle's Pike Place Fish Company, writes in his book about how he turned his struggling Seattle fish market into a success through changing his attitude toward his employees, his customers and himself.

Vegetables and Fruits at the Market

Pike Place Market Fruit and Vegetable Stalls
Pike Place Market Fruit and Vegetable Stalls

Beautiful Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Vendors at the market display their fruits and vegetables beautifully. The produce is local whenever possible, but obviously no farmer can have a ripe watermelon available that was grown in the Seattle area in the middle of winter. No matter when you visit the market, everything is always of the highest quality, beautifully displayed and delicious!

Restaurants in the Pike Place Market - Casual take-out or Fine Dining? Check out just a few of the choices.

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Lowell's Restaurant has been around for over 100 years!  Grab a seat by the window for a fantastic view of Elliot BayIf you feel like going to a French Restaurant, there is Crepe de France.More in the mood for Chinese?The Sound View Cafe is another restaurant with a great view of Elliot Bay.Grab a quick snack to go.The Pink Door is a popular Seattle restaurant at the market, but don't expect a sign to help you find it.  Go down Post Alley and look for a pink door.Looking for a great bowl of clam chowder?  Try Pike Place Chowder.Try a yummy Piroshsky.Kell's Irish PubPike Brewery - Stop in for a locally made microbrew beer and great food
Lowell's Restaurant has been around for over 100 years!  Grab a seat by the window for a fantastic view of Elliot Bay
Lowell's Restaurant has been around for over 100 years! Grab a seat by the window for a fantastic view of Elliot Bay
If you feel like going to a French Restaurant, there is Crepe de France.
If you feel like going to a French Restaurant, there is Crepe de France.
More in the mood for Chinese?
More in the mood for Chinese?
The Sound View Cafe is another restaurant with a great view of Elliot Bay.
The Sound View Cafe is another restaurant with a great view of Elliot Bay.
Grab a quick snack to go.
Grab a quick snack to go.
The Pink Door is a popular Seattle restaurant at the market, but don't expect a sign to help you find it.  Go down Post Alley and look for a pink door.
The Pink Door is a popular Seattle restaurant at the market, but don't expect a sign to help you find it. Go down Post Alley and look for a pink door.
Looking for a great bowl of clam chowder?  Try Pike Place Chowder.
Looking for a great bowl of clam chowder? Try Pike Place Chowder.
Try a yummy Piroshsky.
Try a yummy Piroshsky.
Kell's Irish Pub
Kell's Irish Pub
Pike Brewery - Stop in for a locally made microbrew beer and great food
Pike Brewery - Stop in for a locally made microbrew beer and great food

More Good Things to Eat From the Pike Place Market - Handmade cheese, jam, jelly, smoothies, pasta and bakery goods!

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Beechers Handmade CheeseJam and JellyOrganic SmoothiesHandmade PastaBakeriesFarm fresh eggs and dairy productsLocal HoneySpices and teasHazelnutsThree Sister's Bakery
Beechers Handmade Cheese
Beechers Handmade Cheese
Jam and Jelly
Jam and Jelly
Organic Smoothies
Organic Smoothies
Handmade Pasta
Handmade Pasta
Bakeries
Bakeries
Farm fresh eggs and dairy products
Farm fresh eggs and dairy products
Local Honey
Local Honey
Spices and teas
Spices and teas
Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts
Three Sister's Bakery
Three Sister's Bakery

Have a cup of coffee where Starbuck's began.

Flagship Starbucks Coffee Shop at the Pike Place Market
Flagship Starbucks Coffee Shop at the Pike Place Market

The Original Starbucks Coffee Shop

Actually the flagship Starbucks at the Pike Place Market is not the location of the original Starbuck's. The original shop was opened on March 31, 1971 at 2000 Western Avenue. It moved to this current location at 1912 Pike Place in 1976 before the company was known outside of Seattle WA.

Classic Starbucks Coffee Mugs - Collector's Items on eBay

Starbucks Coffee cups and mugs have become popular collector's items. I was astonished to discover that some rare ones sell for over a hundred dollars on eBay.

Sur La Table - Visit the original Sur La Table

Sur La Table - Seattle, WA
Sur La Table - Seattle, WA

Gourmet Kitchen Supplies at Sur La Table

The original Sur La Table was founded in 1972 at the Pike Place Market by Shirley Collins. Sur La Table has grown to have stores in over 70 locations in 27 states and the District of Columbia. You can still see the original Sur La Table on Pine Street at the Pike Place Market in Seattle WA.

Street Musicians and Performers at the Pike Place Market - Buskers and Entertainment

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Pike Place Market Street MusicianPike Place Market Street MusicianAnother Pike Place Market Street MusicianPike Place Market Street Musicians on a cornerPike Place Market Street Musician Trio
Pike Place Market Street Musician
Pike Place Market Street Musician
Pike Place Market Street Musician
Pike Place Market Street Musician
Another Pike Place Market Street Musician
Another Pike Place Market Street Musician
Pike Place Market Street Musicians on a corner
Pike Place Market Street Musicians on a corner
Pike Place Market Street Musician Trio
Pike Place Market Street Musician Trio

Fresh Flowers - Colorful and fragrant

Flowers at the Pike Place Market
Flowers at the Pike Place Market

Fresh Flowers at the Market

I love flowers, so one of my favorite things at the market is all of the flower vendors. A beautiful, fresh bouquet of flowers at a bargain price!

More Pike Place Market Facts

200 Businesses

120 Farmers

190 Crafters

240 Street Musicians and Performers

Handmade Craft Items - Unique gifts and souvenirs

Crafters at the Pike Place Market
Crafters at the Pike Place Market

More unique handmade craft items - Choose from Leather goods, jewelry, glassware, pottery and more

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Leather goodsJewelryGlass CraftsPotteryMagnetsTake home a souvenir Pike Place Market PigMore art and craft stands along the streetMetal Art and DecorInteractive Sand and Water ArtHandmade Handbags and Scarves
Leather goods
Leather goods
Jewelry
Jewelry
Glass Crafts
Glass Crafts
Pottery
Pottery
Magnets
Magnets
Take home a souvenir Pike Place Market Pig
Take home a souvenir Pike Place Market Pig
More art and craft stands along the street
More art and craft stands along the street
Metal Art and Decor
Metal Art and Decor
Interactive Sand and Water Art
Interactive Sand and Water Art
Handmade Handbags and Scarves
Handmade Handbags and Scarves

Get a Portrait of Yourself

Portrait Artist at the Pike Place Market
Portrait Artist at the Pike Place Market

Artists at work

Buy a portrait of yourself or a famous person

There are always many artists at the market. You can watch some of them as they create their masterpieces. You can even have your portrait done!


More Artists and Art - Casual and inexpensive or world famous!

Ed Newbold's Shop at the Pike Place Market
Ed Newbold's Shop at the Pike Place Market

Ed Newbold, Wildlife Artist

Ed Newbold, a world renowned artist,who specializes in wildlife art, especially species of the Pacific Northwest. His shop has been at the Pike Place Market since 1982 where he sells prints, posters and cards featuring his paintings

Patrick Kerr Pen and Ink Sketches

Artist Patrick Kerr's Shop at the Pike Place Market
Artist Patrick Kerr's Shop at the Pike Place Market

Patrick Kerr's Pen and Ink Drawings

Take home a drawing of a local scene

Patrick Kerr is an artist who specializes in beautiful pen and ink sketches of local scenes. His shop is located in the Pike Place Market in space #323.


More Interesting Things to See and Do - Always unique and colorful

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Find a Souvenir T-ShirtColorful PostersCandy and Sweet TreatsMore shops downstairsSanitary Market BuildingMore unique shopsSpecialty Gift ShopsThe "Gum Wall" was started by people waiting in line to attend an event at the Pike Place Theater. Yes, it is millions of pieces of chewing gum in all different colors. CNN listed it as one of its "germiest places in the world", in second place behinThere is even a GIANT SQUID hanging in an atrium.Or visit a Giant Shoe Museum
Find a Souvenir T-Shirt
Find a Souvenir T-Shirt
Colorful Posters
Colorful Posters
Candy and Sweet Treats
Candy and Sweet Treats
More shops downstairs
More shops downstairs
Sanitary Market Building
Sanitary Market Building
More unique shops
More unique shops
Specialty Gift Shops
Specialty Gift Shops
The "Gum Wall" was started by people waiting in line to attend an event at the Pike Place Theater. Yes, it is millions of pieces of chewing gum in all different colors. CNN listed it as one of its "germiest places in the world", in second place behin
The "Gum Wall" was started by people waiting in line to attend an event at the Pike Place Theater. Yes, it is millions of pieces of chewing gum in all different colors. CNN listed it as one of its "germiest places in the world", in second place behin
There is even a GIANT SQUID hanging in an atrium.
There is even a GIANT SQUID hanging in an atrium.
Or visit a Giant Shoe Museum
Or visit a Giant Shoe Museum

Christmas at the Pike Place Market - A great place to find unique Christmas Gifts

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Pike Place Market EntranceFlying Christmas PigsFresh Holiday WreathsPike Place Decorated for ChristmasPike Place Market at Dusk
Pike Place Market Entrance
Pike Place Market Entrance
Flying Christmas Pigs
Flying Christmas Pigs
Fresh Holiday Wreaths
Fresh Holiday Wreaths
Pike Place Decorated for Christmas
Pike Place Decorated for Christmas
Pike Place Market at Dusk
Pike Place Market at Dusk

Take a Tour of the Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market Tour
Pike Place Market Tour

Walking Tours of the Market

Learn More with a Guided Tour

Seattle's Pike Place Market is a great place to wander around on your own for free, but if you would like to get more out of your visit to the market, you can take a guided walking tour.

1. Pike Place Market Food and Cultural Walking Tour - Eat your way through Seattle's most celebrated culinary landmark -- the Pike Place Market. Go behind the scenes on a walking tour to experience some of the city's favorite market spots. Taste locally made foods and beverages that will awaken your palate, meet and interact with the exceptional people that give the market life and hear their humble, often humorous stories, or

2. Historic Walking Tour of Pike Place Market Learn about the rich history of Seattle's famous Pike Place Market on this 1-hour walking tour. Your professional local guide will tell you intriguing tales and interesting facts as you're led through the many sections and rows of this bustling market, as well as the lower levels where hidden treasures await.

Inn at the Market - Stay in a luxury hotel

Inn at the Market - Seattle, WA
Inn at the Market - Seattle, WA

The Inn at the Market

The Inn at the Market is a top rated luxury hotel located right at the Pike Place Market.


The Green Tortoise Hostel

Green Tortoise Hostel - Seattle, WA
Green Tortoise Hostel - Seattle, WA

Affordable Lodging at the Market

If you are on a tight budget

If you are looking for funky and inexpensive lodging, The Green Tortoise Hostel is on Pike Street less than a block away from the main entrance to the Pike Place Market.

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What do you think of Seattle's Pike Place Market? - Did you learn anything new on this page? 172 comments

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aka-rms 6 years ago from USA

Looks like a fun place.


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hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

thanks for the virtual tour!


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paperfacets 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

Yes if I go to Seattle I will go here. Ahha I perfect place for grunge. I knew I will like the atmosphere. Very good lens and I like the personal pictures you included.


anonymous 6 years ago

I did learn something new... I am from the area and I don't think I ever knew "the pig" had a name! Rachel... wow.... learn something new every day! Great lens.


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mbgphoto 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

I enjoyed my visit to the Pike Place Market several years ago.


WriterBuzz 6 years ago

I just found your lens. I like it a lot. Thanks for building it. Gave you a thumbs up.


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rgasperson lm 6 years ago from South Carolina

Wow. Maybe one day I will make it to that side of the country. Until then congrats on your LOTD


GrowWear 6 years ago

Congratulations for your LOTD win! Would love to visit Pike Place Market!


anonymous 6 years ago

Congrats on your LOTD! Seattle is on my list of places to visit...can't wait to visit Pike's Place Market in particular.


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kateloving 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

Congrats on LOTD! I love Seattle and next time around, will go to the places you outline here!!


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paperfacets 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

Congrats with balloons and confetti for lens of the day. A good lens about Seattle.


anonymous 6 years ago

Wow, what a fascinating place, I would love to visit Seattle and the Pike Place Market! Thank you for our online visit and tour and congratulations on your Lens of the Day! - Kathy


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delia-delia 6 years ago

Congratulations for your LOTD! .great lens and lots of information to go by...thanks..my daughter just came back from a vacation in Seattle, she loved it and encouraged me to go...it's on our list..,


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Sensitive Fern 6 years ago

I spent a weekend at Seattle University at a puppet festival in late early August 2010 but didn't have time to get to the market even though everybody told me to try to get there. Honestly I didn't really understand what all the fuss was about but now I get it. I didn't have time to get there, though.


anonymous 6 years ago

Congratulations on LOTD. Well done.


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Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

I have been here. I actually have a sweatshirt from the fish market. As you'd expect, it was cloudy there. I had a lot of fun, I'd like to get back there. Congrats on LOTD!


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sheriangell 6 years ago

I would love to visit Pike Place Market and Seattle one day. I've seen a video about the Fish Market several times that was produced to illustrate exceptional customer service. Well done lens and so deserving of LotD. Congratulations to you!


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PNWtravels 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA Author

@anonymous: Oh my gosh, I am stunned! What a lovely surprise. I'm so glad you enjoyed my lens. Thank you!


JimH 6 years ago

Visited the market several years ago on a trip to Seattle, your pictures brought back some great memories of a fun place to browse for hours.


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PNWtravels 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA Author

Thanks so much to everyone for visiting and for such positive comments. I am stunned and shocked, but grateful to be awarded LOTD.


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ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

Congrats on LoTD


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kerbev 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

Pike's Place Market was used to demonstrate augmented reality maps at one of the TED talks. It's a fascinating video: Augmented-reality maps: Blaise Aguera y Arcas on TED.com


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newbizmau 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

Seattle is on my bucket list travel destinations. Now this place will be great to check out when I go. Thanks!


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KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

Beautifully done! Thanks for the heads up on Pike's vs Pike. I've been there a few times, always on my must-do list when I'm in Seattle. Congratulations on your LOTD honor.


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norma-holt 6 years ago

Lovely lens and great pics. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Pickles.


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pylemountain1 6 years ago

Simply awesome! I love markets like these and thanks for teaching me about Seattle's Pike Place Market! Congrats on LOTD!


ohcaroline 6 years ago

Wow, what a wonderful market to experience. One day I hope to get there and see it all.

Congratulations on LOTD.


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caketech 6 years ago

Congrats on LOTD! Very informative and fun lens!


Jerry_David 6 years ago

wow, beautiful lens. Congrats on your Lotd!


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lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

This is a great destination lens. Congrats on LotD.


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cineteq 6 years ago from Montreal

Good memories from visiting Seattle and the market! Well done!


SofiaMann 6 years ago

Makes me want to visit and enjoy this place. Congratulations on LOTD.


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AlisonMeacham 6 years ago

I spent 6 weeks in Seattle over the summer and was within 5 minutes walk of Pike Place. I wished that I could visit outside of the busy tourist season as it was so crowded! It is an amazing place. Completely unique and I wish that more cities had such a vibrant place. Seattle is certainly one of my favorite places in the US.


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Rita-K 6 years ago

It's been 38 years since I was in the market...I was a newly wed and did we have fun! Congratulations on such a deserving lens! And thanks for the wonderful memories!


Marelisa 6 years ago

This lens is fantastic! I've never been to Seattle, but I have read about the Pike Place Fish Co. and their work style. I'm featuring this on my top 100 lens, Creating Your Bucket List.


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missbat 6 years ago

Pike Place is one of my favorite places to visit in Seattle. It's so fun to be immersed in a piece of living history. I love that you included the Gum Wall! Congratulations on LotD! :D


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richDik 6 years ago

This is a great lens.. I've heard of the Pike Place Fish Co. and their "flying fish work" style..even here on the other side of the world in New Zealand :) **Blessed by an Angel**


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FanfrelucheHubs 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

Well deserved LotD. I really really love the piggy bank idea! What an original way they have to fund the market! I love markets, you find the best products there, and it helps local farmers and artisans.


anonymous 6 years ago

I had been to Seattle but not to this place. Looks like it is more than just a market place. Great tips on the Pike market place. Congrats for the LOTD.


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Sami4u LM 6 years ago

Hi,

I must say a very well laid out lens you can see how it became LotD. I was only in Seattle for a few days. Friends of mine took me to what they called the hot spots. Some friends they never brought me here :( I'll ask to see this place when I get back.


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WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

Congrats on LOTD! Seattle is one of the best places to visit in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! :)


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LouisaDembul 6 years ago

Well deserved LOTD! I almost feel like going to Seattle tomorrow, just to see the market!


anonymous 6 years ago

Beautiful lens, I am sure I could spend a couple of days roaming the many shops. Well deserved LOTD!


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Home Interior D 6 years ago

I never thought a wall covered in gum could look so artistic. Very nice lens.


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Fcuk Hub 6 years ago

I believe I'll visit this place some day :)


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Tobbie LM 6 years ago

Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD. You did a terrific job of bringing the culture of the market to your lens!


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dryder 6 years ago

Excellent and CONGRATS on being LOTD!!


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annrhi 6 years ago

I've never thought of visiting Seattle, but this fascinating lens makes me want to go there.


anonymous 6 years ago

I don't think I'll ever visit Seattle because I would need to travel a looooong distance ;) But nevertheless I enjoyed reading this lens :) Very interesting :)


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stacy mcdaniel 6 years ago

Congratulations on lens of the day. I have never been to Pike Place Market. Looks like a cool place. Nice Lens!


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northamerica 6 years ago

Being a seafood fanatic, this would be like going to Disney World for me. Congratulations on your well deserved LOTD achievement.


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jptanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

Pike Place Market sounds like my kind of place! If I'm in Seattle I'll definitely make a point of visiting. Thanks for the great introduction. And congrats on your LotD!


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JakTraks 6 years ago from Chicago area

Awesome lens! And I learned something new. Congrats on LOTD.


Marijoyce 6 years ago

Great lens. Looks like a marvelous place. Congratulations on LOTD


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junecampbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Pike Place Market is amazing. I've been a few times. I live in Vancouver, so its only a couple of hours down the road from me. Congrats on LOTD


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Heather426 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

I love Seattle and the Pike Place Market both! Congrats on LOTD!


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mbgphoto 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

Stopping back to congratulate you on LOTD!


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Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

I've been to the Pike Place and it is interesting and fun. Don't miss it if you are in Seattle. Lensrolling to my Bellingham WA lenses. Congrats on LOTD!!


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Lisa-Marie-Mary 6 years ago

I first heard of Pike Place when my brother bought me the business book called Fish! about boosting morale and making work fun! The market sounded awesome! But I had no idea it was so big - it sounds like such a wonderful, lively place! I'd love to visit it! Totally and completely deserving of LOTD!!! :-D


Oosquid 6 years ago

Now that looks like the kind of place to go shopping - much better than the mall. Great lens.


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jenms lm 6 years ago

I've never been to Seattle but would love to go. Great lens - congrats on LOTD!


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purplelady 6 years ago

Been to Seattle only 3 times but each time have made the visit to Pikes Place Market. What a marvelous place. As a landlubber, I was awestruck the first time there. You have done a great job in portraying the uniqueness of Pikes Place. Very deserving of the LotD. Congrats.


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blujeanmomma 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I've only been to Seattle & Pikes Peak once and I'd love to go back. When we went it was cold & rainy & was great to get inside and shop & drink coffee and have wonderful treats from all over.

Congratulations on LOTD!


poutine 6 years ago

Would love to visit such an interesting spot.


squidhelper 6 years ago

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OhMe 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

Congratulations on a well deserved Lens Of The Day. Seattle's Pike Place Market looks and sounds wonderful. Lensrolled to Festivals, Fairs and Other Special Events and I hope you will add this lens to the plexo.


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reasonablerobby 6 years ago

This is great I use a dvd about Pike Place fish co at university to show students about innovation and motivation - simply brilliant....when I come to Seattle I'm going there for definite


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mogsta22 lm 6 years ago

Fantastic, it took me right back to my 2 visits to Seattle. I loved that place. Breakfast at Lowell's every morning. Does the guy from the cat shelter still hang out on the corner near starbucks? What about the lady who sells the cat pictures? We got 3 lovely prints from her and have them in our ding room.


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aka-rms 6 years ago from USA

Congratulations on LotD!!!!


judyo 6 years ago

I literally did a quick walk-through of Pike Place as my plane landed in Seattle and I had to catch the ferry to make it to Nanaimo, B.C. My most vivid memory was of the flowers (at such cheap prices). I told my husband that if we ever take another trip to Nanaimo, we're going to stay at least overnight in Seattle just to go through Pike Place. Too bad it wasn't viable to purchase those flowers and try to get them home.


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hayleylou lm 6 years ago

Congrats on LOTD, lots of details here on Pike Place Market. I love markets and this one looks a great one to pay a visit to :)


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chefkeem 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

Our Sunset Valley Farmers Market in Austin, TX used to be among the top four FMs in the country, right alongside the Pike Place Market. But, boy, is this a beautiful market! Congrats on your well-deserved LOTD!


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PurplePansy LM 6 years ago

I first heard about Pike Place Market in a training video at work about how to bring enthusiasm to the work place. It was one of the most entertaining training videos I've ever watched. Watching the employees throwing the fish was fascinating. Anyway, I've been wanting to go there ever since. I didn't know about the history of the Market. I didn't realize that there is a lot more than just fish there. I love farmer's markets and the concept of getting fresh, local produce directly from small farmers. I think it's so great that they took a risk and sold directly to the people despite such opposition from the wholesalers. Cutting out the middleman is beneficial to both those selling and those buying. Anyway, I think I've rambled on enough. Great lens! I really like it.


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SusanDeppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

Sometimes I miss living in a big city. Reading this lens, now is one of those times. Thanks for letting me tag along on your visit. And congratulations for Lens of the Day!


aliwatson 6 years ago

Well done on lens of the day, felt like a window into a great market. Enjoyed my trip with you.


TraceyFitzgerald 6 years ago

I went there almost exactly this time last year. We were so lucky to have perfect weather and a great time. Thanks for sharing this.


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nebby 6 years ago from USA

I love Pike Place market! I'm not sure if it was the the good food, the action at the fish market or just the atmosphere of the area itself but it made such a lasting impression on me.

I still have the bouquet of lavender that I couldn't resist picking up.

We took tons of photos but none turned out as good as yours.

When we visited it was very cold and rainy & the coffee just seemed to taste extra good.

Congratulations on LOTD!


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jctatum 6 years ago

I visited in '07 and loved it! Great lens by the way! Congrats on lens of the day!


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SandyMertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

Congrats on your LOTD. I lived many years around Seattle. This was the best place to go to. Thanks for the memories.


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BarbRad 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

I haven't been there since 1988, so I imagine much has changed. I missing the fish throwing and I don't remember Rachel the Pig, but was over 20 years ago so my memory might be a bit foggy.


RinchenChodron 6 years ago

I stayed at the Green Tortoise Youth Hostel just up the hill from the Market. Great lens! Congrats on LOTD.


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clouda9 lm 6 years ago

I love Pike Place Market...so much happening. Just was up that way last week and did not get a chance to stop in :( Congrats on LOTD!


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cherylsgifts2go 6 years ago

I have never been to Seattle but your lens makes it sound exciting. I love tourist traps, we have many here in Florida too. You really did an excellent job on your lens and, I am sure it will help others get the insight on what they can expect when visiting Pike Place Market.


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fuzzington 6 years ago

AWESOME LENS! No wonder you were voted Lens of the Day! Great job!! I love Pike's Market. We were in Seattle in May and we went there almost everyday! We were there just in time for the Cheese Festival too, but something about cheese sitting outside, in the sun, with thousands of people and toothpicks, made it all a little less appealing after three samples. =)


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fuzzington 6 years ago

Oh, and for anyone who has never visited Seattle, the City Pass is a great deal if you go! We did it, and totally got our money's worth!!


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lilkon 6 years ago

Reminds me of the Westside Market in Cleveland's Ohio City which is a historical site. I grew up through the depression eating the best food available as my mother was employed at a couple of the stands from the 1940s thru the 1970s. Working there was like one large family getting together every weekend.


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DebMartin 6 years ago

I had a wonderful them when I was there. The colors and the smells were the best part!


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Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

I found this 'tour' through Pike Place Market absolutely fascinating! I've never been to Seattle, but have long wanted to visit. If and when I ever get there, Pike Place Market would be a sure thing place to go.

I'm a crafter and have participated in two Farmers Markets the past two summers. These were very small local, small town, ones, but love the feeling of all Farmers Markets. Thanks for showing me around Seattle's Pike Place Market. So glad to hear it was 'saved' and has become such a famous place. ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~


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Blueyes01 6 years ago

Thank You so much for sharing this. I love all the pictures and the history. If I ever make it out to Seattle, I definitely want to make a stop here!


anonymous 6 years ago

What a great lens, this reminds me of the West Side Market in Cleveland. 5*


MacroPhotoFun 6 years ago

Great job on the lens. This makes me want to fly to Seattle and visit Pikes Place.


ItCanBeDone 6 years ago

Heading to Seattle next month -- can't wait to visit Pike Place Market! Thank you for these great photos and descriptions.


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Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

I would love to visit Pike Place Market. In PA we have many local farmer's markets and in my hometown Boston's Quincy market and the North End offer a similar experience. What a great city market tour and intro to Seattle.


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sheilamarie78 6 years ago

The first time I visited Pike Place Market, I ran into my sons' friend all the way from Vermont, where we were then living. Great market! Great lens, too, by the way. I learned a lot about the market's history thanks to you.


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sheriangell 6 years ago

Stopping back by to Angel Bless this well done lens!


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ofdifferentsorts 6 years ago from Junction City, Kansas

The Public Market Center sign is an image that is burned in my mind from the Queensryche video for Jet City Woman! I've never been to Seattle but recognize the landmark. I hope to visit Seattle and the Pike Place Market someday!


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garethjax lm 6 years ago

I went to seattle with some friends from italy, during summer 2007 and of course we visited the pike place market :) We also tried to book a room in the tortoise hostel, but it was full! Fortunately we enjoyed the museum of music :)


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KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

I live in Seattle. You're right -- the market is not just for tourists.


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LauraHofman 6 years ago from Naperville, IL

I've never been to Seattle, but it's on my travel "to do" list. Very nice lens - I love Farmers Markets so this will be a must see. Well done and very informative!


anonymous 6 years ago

Considering how far I have to travel to get to Seattle, I am very sad that I am one of the few people in your poll to have visited Seattle and NOT visited the Pike Market. I was en route to Portland, Oregon, so Seattle was just a quick stop over - I hope one day I will come back because it loks like I missed out on a real treat.

Congrats on getting a well deserved Lens of the Day :)


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mariaamoroso 6 years ago from Sweden

This is the kind of place where my husband would love to sit and play his accordion.


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dessertlover 6 years ago

I've heard of it before but I've never been. It's definitely on my to-do list if I ever make it out to Seattle. Great lens! Congrats on the LOTD :)


FantasyDesigns 6 years ago

Pike's place is a great place to go! Great lens, thanks!


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ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

awesome lens


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aesta1 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Love markets like this. Seattle will now be in the places I will visit.


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Spook LM 6 years ago

Sensational lens and being an ex farmer I can relate to the price discrepancies. Blessed by an Angel.


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jgelien 6 years ago

I have been to Seattle but never the Market. It looks like a must-see for my next trip north. Great lens!


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WritingforYourW 6 years ago

Love the historic photos! I'm a local, but don't get down there nearly enough.


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javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I always visit the market when I'm in Seattle.


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tvyps 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Nice lens! Been there...nice place to go when it is rainy. Love the fishy smell! ha!


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LadyJasmine LM 6 years ago

Pike's Place is one of the most fun places in the city to just go hang out, and you can find all kinds of treasures there. I liked your street musician slide show! :D


fargasch 6 years ago

Pike's Place Market is a must every time I'm in Seattle! I love it!


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Michey LM 6 years ago

Looks like a great place to hang on... and I like that you put some history facts in it.

Great lens

Thanks


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DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

I miss Seattle! We lived in the area (Kingston, Poulsbo, Sultan, and Arlington) from 1974 - 1980. It is a beautiful city with a very interesting history. In addition to Pike Place I loved Underground Seattle.


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ZenandChic 6 years ago

I lived near Seattle for a while so I have been to Pike Place Market. I saw the fish throwers. I only went there once however, but I did enjoy shopping there. Great lens!


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Dee Gallemore 6 years ago

I had the occasion to visit Pike Place Market when my son and I made a cross-country train trip from New York to Seattle way back in the 90's. I have to say, reading this lens brought back some very fond memories of our time in your wonderful city.


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Fox Music 6 years ago

Wow!! Thank you for creating this Remarkable lens on Seatle's Pikes Peak Market


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Fox Music 6 years ago

Wow!! Thank you for creating this Remarkable lens on Seatle's Pikes Peak Market


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KDimmick 6 years ago

Blessed and featured on my angel lens :)


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juliannegentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

I've been looking forward to visiting Seattle as I have friends who live nearby and it looks lovely. Thanks for the wonderful tour of the market. Definitely worth a blessing.


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CCGAL 6 years ago

This is one of the places I want to visit in the next couple of years. Very nicely done! Sprinkling some angel dust while I'm here. ***BLESSED***


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GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

Thanks for coming to the Rockin Quiz Party! Great lens!!


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CoolFoto 6 years ago

I really enjoy Pike Place Market - lots of fun and good food! Blessed by the Travel neighborhood Angel.


miaponzo 6 years ago

It looks delish and versatile :)


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teamlane 5 years ago

Blessed by a SquidAngel and fellow Washington resident! :)


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ssuthep 5 years ago

I really enjoyed reading this lens. Interesting and very well presented. Squid Angel Blessed.


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puerdycat lm 5 years ago

One of my favorite places on Earth, and thanks for this! Haven't been in a loooong time. Lived up the hill, a lovely time in Seattle.


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kguru1979 lm 5 years ago

very good lens .. good information .. thank you...!


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CoolFoto 5 years ago

I have visited Seattle and the Market. It is an interesting and fun way to spend a day. Blessed by a neighborhood Travel Angel.


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CastleRoyLisa 5 years ago from Rhode Island

this was a fun and interesting lens great info If I ever I get the chance to visit Seattle I will be sure to check out the market place .


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jseven lm 5 years ago

My son moved to Seattle two years ago and I've never been there, yet, so this was very interesting! You make nice lens. :)


whaleriders6 5 years ago

LOVE Pike Place...fascinating lens full of info!!!


whaleriders6 5 years ago

LOVE Pike Place...fascinating lens full of info!!!


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PastorSam LM 5 years ago

Nice to see a lens on a place near home!!!

Great job.


KatBar 5 years ago

What a great place to visit in Seattle- went there a few years ago. Loved it.


AzotaPhotography 5 years ago

Nicely done on the Pike Place. Whenever I make it south to Seattle, I love to pick up some flowers, have some hombow for lunch followed by baklava for desert.


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pimbels lm 5 years ago

Very interesting lens, thank you. Never been to Seattle.


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herculeafitness1 5 years ago

I live in Seattle and even I learned something new. I love visiting the market.


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dahlia369 5 years ago

I like farmers' markets - we don't have a big one around here so, buying a fresh local produce is a bit of a challenge. Great lens!! :)


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SciTechEditorDave 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

Nice lens! Thanks for sharing all this information. (We'll be visiting Seattle and Pike Place Market again in a few weeks!)


dnmarket 5 years ago

Great stuff!


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TreasuresBrenda 5 years ago from Canada

Have to admit I knew nothing about Seattle's Pike Place Market nor the history of Starbucks. Thanks for sharing a link to my Halloween coffee mugs here on your page. I've used your picture and added a link to this page on my I LOVE COFFEE MUGS Facebook group. If that's not okay, let me know and I'll take it down.


anonymous 5 years ago

i enjoyed reading through your lens...it's very interesting and learned so much from it. thanks. don't forget to buy the freshest fish and seafood from your trusted fish wholesalers


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cmadden 5 years ago

I lived in Seattle years back - miss Pike Place! Thanks for the lens.


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jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

Great Spot To Visit. Great Lens!!


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ZenandChic 5 years ago

Cool place to go! Blessed and Happy New Year!


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Countryluthier 5 years ago

Rats, I outed myself as a tourist. I called it Pikes Place. Great lens. I hope to come up close to the standard of the locals one day.


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BusinessSarah 5 years ago

I absolutely cannot wait to get to Seattle so I can just binge on this place. I don't know what my fiance's plans are, but I definitely want to spend about half my honeymoon at Pike Place. :)


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SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

Used to live there. Loved it.


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ItayaLightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

Fantastic article! I've been there several times and look forward to going again one day. So much to take in with all the shops and people strolling through the market. :)


ThomasGeleta 4 years ago

Good stuff


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LaraineRoses 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

A belated congratulations for this LotD and Purple Star lens. It is really an informative lens. I have never been to this market. Time for another trip to Seattle. Blessings


anonymous 4 years ago

Wonderful Lens there Vickie:-) I grew up in Seattle area, and the army took me away at 19. I loved Pike Place. Remember going there in 2nd grade and seeing the Seattle science center and aquarium. The Seattle museum was the greatest when I was 7 years old. Now that I am push'n 48 I still remember a plane hanging from the ceiling and pictures of native Indians and Chief Seattle. Thanks for the trip back in time. Bowen


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KateHonebrink 4 years ago

What a fascinating article! I have never been to Pike Place Market, but it is now definitely on my must-see list! Congratulations on being featured on the 50 States monsterboard!


Arc4life 4 years ago

Great Lens on Seattle's Farmers Market. Thank you for Sharing.


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Deadicated LM 4 years ago

Great Lens and Information, thanks for sharing.


dealcash 4 years ago

What a great lens. Pike Place market is definitely one of my favorite spots in Seattle


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clouda9 lm 4 years ago

Happened upon your lens again, made me think of the biggest artichokes I've ever seen and carried home to steam and eat, plus having a glass of wine with my BFF in one of the restaurants that had a outlook on the water. Pike Place Rocks!!


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iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

Great lens!!!


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srsddn lm 4 years ago

Great market. I wish I could visit it during my last visit to Seattle over a decade back.


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Magda2012 4 years ago

Looks like an interesting place to visit.


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artratt 4 years ago

I'm an unashamed tourist in Seattle, I love the whole city, and every time I visit I go to Pike Place at least once, and every time I go to the market I have a bowl of Chowder at the Athenian Inn, that place is amazing!


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CoolFool83 4 years ago

I love the city of Seattle. Wonderful lense!


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CampingmanNW 4 years ago

Excellent lens about Pike Place Market. Love that place and all of the history that goes with it. Thanks for a great lens.


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VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!


lionmom100 3 years ago

I Love Pike Place Market. It is so fun to explore and shop at the various vendors. And the main floor is just big enough to not get tired, although I do love exploring the shops below.


anonymous 3 years ago

I will be going there next week, can't wait! *blessed by a squid angel*


Aunt-Mollie 3 years ago

I've only been to Seattle once, and it is a beautiful, welcoming city. I missed the farmer's market, though. Maybe next time.


anonymous 3 years ago

Just found myself a real nice Seattle T shirt, websites

called Jmcks, has some real neat artwork , highly recommend it!


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GregoryMoore 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

I haven't been there for many years, but had a great time when I was there. I would love to take my family there some day.


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SusanAston 3 years ago

What a colourful market.


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SheGetsCreative 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

One of my favorites too - love the flowers and crafts!

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