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Seattle's Pike Place Market

Updated on November 9, 2015

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?

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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.

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

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

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

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      SusanAston 4 years ago

      What a colourful market.

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      Gregory Moore 4 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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      anonymous 4 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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      Aunt-Mollie 4 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.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      lionmom100 4 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.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful!

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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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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      I love the city of Seattle. Wonderful lense!

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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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      Magda2012 5 years ago

      Looks like an interesting place to visit.

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

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

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great lens!!!

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      clouda9 lm 5 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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      dealcash 5 years ago

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

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Great Lens and Information, thanks for sharing.

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      Arc4life 5 years ago

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

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      KateHonebrink 5 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!

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      anonymous 5 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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      Laraine Sims 5 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

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      ThomasGeleta 5 years ago

      Good stuff

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 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. :)

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Used to live there. Loved it.

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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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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      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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      Patricia 5 years ago

      Cool place to go! Blessed and Happy New Year!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Great Spot To Visit. Great Lens!!

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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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      anonymous 6 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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      Treasures By Brenda 6 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.

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      dnmarket 6 years ago

      Great stuff!

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      David Gardner 6 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!)

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      dahlia369 6 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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      herculeafitness1 6 years ago

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

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

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

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      AzotaPhotography 6 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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      KatBar 6 years ago

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

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      PastorSam LM 6 years ago

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

      Great job.

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      whaleriders6 6 years ago

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

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      whaleriders6 6 years ago

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

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      jseven lm 6 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. :)

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      Lisa 6 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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      CoolFoto 6 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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      kguru1979 lm 6 years ago

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

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      puerdycat lm 6 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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      ssuthep 6 years ago

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

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      teamlane 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel and fellow Washington resident! :)

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      It looks delish and versatile :)

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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.

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

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

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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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      Julianne Gentile 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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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      Blessed and featured on my angel lens :)

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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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      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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      Patricia 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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      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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      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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      fargasch 7 years ago

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

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      LadyJasmine LM 7 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

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      Teri Villars 7 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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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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      WritingforYourW 7 years ago

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

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      jgelien 7 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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      Spook LM 7 years ago

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

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      ZablonMukuba 7 years ago

      awesome lens

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      FantasyDesigns 7 years ago

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

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      dessertlover 7 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 :)

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      irenemaria 7 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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      anonymous 7 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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      Laura Hofman 7 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!

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

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

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      garethjax lm 7 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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      Paul Franciskato 7 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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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      Stopping back by to Angel Bless this well done lens!

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      sheilamarie78 7 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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      Lee Hansen 7 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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      ItCanBeDone 7 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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      MacroPhotoFun 7 years ago

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

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      anonymous 7 years ago

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

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      Blueyes01 7 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!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 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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      DebMartin 7 years ago

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

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      lilkon 7 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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      fuzzington 7 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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      fuzzington 7 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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      cherylsgifts2go 7 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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      clouda9 lm 7 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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      RinchenChodron 7 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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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 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.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 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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      jctatum 7 years ago

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

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      nebby 7 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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      TraceyFitzgerald 7 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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      aliwatson 7 years ago

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

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      Susan Deppner 7 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!

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      PurplePansy LM 7 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.