Seattle’s Neighborhood Market
Created more than a century ago to connect the city’s citizens and farmers, Pike Place Market is a beloved Seattle landmark, welcoming more than 10 million visitors a year. Encompassing a nine-acre Market Historic District overlooking Elliott Bay, the Market remains the bustling center of farm fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods. It’s a place where you can “Meet the Producer”—the farmers, butchers, fishmongers, cheesemongers, bakers, winemakers and purveyors who bring their bounty to your table. The Market features one of the largest craft markets in the country, featuring all locally made handcrafted goods. And with more than 225 small independent businesses and a diverse array of restaurants, the Market offers endless opportunities for delight and discovery.
More than 85 local farmers keep the farm tables stocked year-round with seasonal Washington-grown fresh fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, herbs, flowers and honey. Taste the sweet-tartness of a perfect Braeburn apple, select fresh greens and veggies for summer salads, or pick up a quart of Rainier cherries or luscious blackberries to share. Throughout the year, you’ll find farm value-added products like dried fruits, preserves, beef and buffalo jerky and apple cider.
Located inside the Market’s historic arcade is one of the country’s largest daily crafts markets. There are 225 craftspeople permitted to sell their unique, handcrafted, Washington-made goods here. Discover beautifully crafted ceramics, fashion wearables, jewelry, leather goods, toys, metal sculpture, woodcrafts and more. Craftspeople set up their table displays daily, creating an ever-changing selection of artisanal goods.
Explore a world of flavor at the Market’s produce and specialty food stores. Our local purveyors source the highest quality regional ingredients to create handcrafted artisanal foods. Specialty stores such as Market Spice and the Souk carry rare spices and teas from the around the world. Try a sample from one of our many delis specializing in meats, cheeses and special ingredients from the old country. Visit one of the Market’s busy seafood stalls to order the catch of the day, delivered to the Market before sunrise.
Small Independent Businesses
Throughout the Market’s many streets, alleys, lower levels and nooks, shoppers will find small, owner-operated businesses such as bookstores, art galleries, dress shops and toy, comic and magic shops. There are services too, like barber shops and mailing centers. Spend an afternoon getting “lost” in the Market, finding hidden treasures around every corner.
Pike Place Market’s dozens of restaurants and take out counters offer an array of delectable options, from an authentic Parisian bistro to a casual diner serving the fresh catch of the day with a view of Elliott Bay. Market dining is eclectic—one may savor breakfast or lunch at a deli counter, share appetizers in a casual restaurant or bar, or enjoy a romantic dinner for two.
Pike Place Market Community
The Pike Place Market neighborhood is home to more than 400 residents, many of whom are low-income seniors. Walk down the cobblestone street of Pike Place and take a moment to look up. The windows and balconies above the street belong to apartments that are homes to residents who live above the storefronts.
Within the Market are social services that serve the Pike Place Market and greater downtown Seattle community including the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank, Pike Market Childcare and Preschool, and Pike Market Clinic.
These services are supported by the Pike Place Market Foundation and her mascot, Rachel the Piggy Bank, a life-size bronze piggybank located under the Market clock and sign.
A public market like no other, Pike Place Market is managed by the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), a not-for-profit public corporation charted by the City of Seattle in 1973.