Visitor Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Pike Place Market! Do you have a question? Browse our frequently asked questions list below or type your question into the search bar. If you can’t find your question, you can also submit a FAQ to us here or contact us directly here.
This 9-acre public market located in downtown Seattle is one of the country’s oldest and largest farmers markets. Explore every inch from our historic arcade and lower levels, winding alleys, stairways, and waterfront views. Take time to wander. The Market will amaze, delight, and inspire you.
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There is no entrance or admission fee to Pike Place Market. Everyone is welcome to visit and experience our 9-acre public market. Shops, restaurants, specialty food stands, farmers, and craftspeople offer a wide selection of products for purchase.
There are 19 disabled parking or handicapped parking spots throughout Pike Place Market. Three handicapped parking spots are located along Pike Place, and 16 handicapped parking spots are located throughout the Pike Place Market Parking Garage at 1531 Western Ave.
There are eight permanent public seating sections in Pike Place Market and one seasonal public seating section. Learn about all our public seating sections and where to find them on our blog: 9 Public Seating Areas in Pike Place Market.
Pike Place Market is open 7 days a week and 363 days a year, closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Every day is different in the Market, but most of Pike Place Market is active from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The majority of businesses in Pike Place Market close around 5pm every day. A few businesses and restaurants stay open until 6pm, 8pm, midnight, or even 2am. Find out more about evening dining and entertainment options on our blog, Experience the Market After Dark!
Every day is different in the Market but most of Pike Place Market is active from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with some of our restaurants staying open until midnight or later.
Generally mornings before noon are less crowded. Pike Place Market is fullest Thursday through Monday.
The easiest and most convenient place to park at the Market is in our parking garage. Our parking garage has 800 parking spots, including electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and three entrances/exits. 1531 Western Avenue, 1901 Western Avenue, and 1530 Alaskan Way. Get directions to the garage and view our parking rates.
Pike Place Market offers daily and monthly parking in our 800-stall parking garage on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are several bicycle racks throughout Pike Place Market. The largest rack holds 34 bikes and is located in our Red Garage, P6. There are also bicycle racks on the top of the Pike Street HillClimb, on Pike Place across from Jack’s Fish Spot, and on Stewart Street.
Our parking garages and parking lots cannot accommodate RVs at this time. The vehicle height limit is 6 feet 8 inches. If your vehicle is over this height, our garage cannot accommodate you.
Pike Place Market is not able to offer any lockers or storage. If you are a cruise-line passenger or a guest in a local hotel, we suggest checking with concierge services on the ship or at your hotel. The Port of Seattle offers complimentary luggage transfer to the airport at the end of your cruise. Click here for more information.
Alternatively, you can use a third-party resource for temporary storage. UseBounce has a few locations within a couple of blocks of Pike Place Market.
There are four public restrooms across Pike Place Market.
- Located in the Main Arcade under the Public Market Center Clock Sign, is the South Public Restroom which is down the stairs to the right of Pike Place Fish. (stairs required)
- Located in the DownUnder just under the Public Market Sign on Pike Place and Pine St, is the North Public Restroom which is down the ramp from City Fish, across from Pike Place Chinese Cuisine and next to Lionheart Books. This restroom is ADA accessible.
- Located in the Sanitary Market behind Jack’s Fish Spot, past Pike Place Creamery and next to Kitchen Basics. This restroom is ADA accessible.
- Located in the Soames Dunn Building, the same building as the First Starbucks. Go inside that building and look to the left of the stairs. This restroom is ADA accessible.
Receive step-by-step directions to an of our four public restrooms using the Market Map. Learn more here.
Complete the contact us form and select Lost and Found item, be sure to include the description of your lost item and the date you suspect you lost it.
Yes, there are two ATMs in Pike Place Market.
- On Pike Street behind the Market Information booth
- On the 4th Level of the DownUnder (near the Market Magic Shop)
Learn more on our Market Map.
Dogs, cats or pets are not allowed in Market buildings, including the Main Arcade. Only trained service animals are permitted within Market buildings.
Most buildings and shops are accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. Elevator access to the Market is available from Alaskan Way and the waterfront, from the Pike Place Market parking garage, and on Western Avenue near the Pike Market Hillclimb.
Yes, several permitted third-party tour companies operate in Pike Place Market. Learn more and book a tour here.
Pike Place Market does not have wheelchair rentals on site. ScootAround and Wheels For Feet are two downtown Seattle wheelchair companies that can provide wheelchairs or scooters to Seattle residents and cruise & hotel guests. Pike Place Market does not work with these companies in any official capacity.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the Atrium of the Economy Market building located on the southwest corner of 1st Ave. and Pike St.
Pike Place Market visitors can easily access the Seattle Waterfront via our Skybridge elevator, off the Main Arcade, or from the Pike Street HillClimb located across the street from Cobb’s Popcorn on Western Avenue. To easily reach Western Avenue from the south end of Pike Place, take the Leland elevator near Rotary Grocery to Level 1.
There are a number of 5-star restaurants in the Pike Place Market Historical District which are open for lunch or dinner. Reservations aren’t required but are encouraged if you are planning a special occasion or have a large group.
Pike Place Market has a bus loading zone on the west side of 1st Ave between Pike & Pine St in front of El Borracho (Map It). This area is a designated 15-minute charter bus loading zone.
Pike Place Market does not have a paper map we can mail to visitors. However, you can explore our interactive Market Map at PikePlaceMarket.org/Map. This map gives visitors step-by-step directions to anywhere in the Pike Place Market. Browse our 9-acre 10-level Market before you come!
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The majority of Pike Place Market vendors accept credit, debit and cash. Some Market grocers accept EBT, WIC and Fresh Bucks. Learn more about our food assistance programs here.
Pike Place Market also has a Market gift card which is accepted by more than 80 businesses. Learn about purchasing and using the Pike Place Market gift card.
Pike Place Market is part of a nine-acre Market Historic District managed by the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA). The PDA is a not-for-profit, public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973 to manage the properties within the historic district. Learn more.
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Our careers page lists job openings at Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority. If you would like to work at any of our 500+ independent businesses, please reach out to those businesses specifically.
For more information on commercial leasing, visit our Commercial Leasing page.
Learn about becoming a Pike Place Market farmer or craftsperson.
Unfortunately, only permitted crafters and farmers can sell at Pike Place Market. In order to obtain a permit, vendors must apply, then undergo a screening process. Screenings usually occur in the fall. Learn how here.
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Visitors are welcome to take photos and video for personal use on a visit to the Market. In consideration for public safety, tripods are not allowed within the nine-acre historic district for personal use. The use of drones or other unmanned equipment is strictly prohibited in Pike Place Market and within the nine-acre historic district.
Anything other than personal use or with more than one handheld camera requires a filming permit from the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA).
The Market’s name and its famous Public Market Center Clock Sign among other signage around the Market, are the subject of federal trademark registrations. Commercial use requires permission from the PDA and a licensing agreement. See our Trademark licensing page for more information.
Rachel and Billie Piggybanks area trademarked image of the Pike Place Market Foundation. For commercial use contact the Market Foundation directly.
Due to public safety concerns and liabilities, hobbyist and commercial drone use within the Pike Place Market Historic District, specifically, the launching, landing, or operation of UAS on the private property operated by the Pike Place Market PDA is strictly prohibited without prior, written authorization from the Pike Place Market PDA and the City of Seattle. This includes but is not limited to the following commercial filming use of UAS:
- The UAS is taking off or landing on City-owned property (streets, sidewalks, and parks)
- The UAS is flying over City-owned property and requiring control of (holding) vehicle or pedestrian traffic
All UAS use is subject to the City’s laws of general applicability, such as Seattle Municipal Code (SMC) 12A.06.050 which states that a “person is guilty of reckless endangerment when he recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another person.”
Learn more on our Filming and Photography page.
While personal photography is allowed and encouraged, please refrain from using tripods or other photography equipment. For distributional or commercial photography, please submit an application for a permit.
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As of March 1, 2022 King County no longer mandates diners to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test when dining inside restaurants. Some businesses may still require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, please call ahead to verify.
Washington State, along with Oregon and California lifted its indoor mask requirements on March 12, 2022. This means people do not need to wear a mask while inside Market buildings; however, those who continue masking are welcome to do so. Some Market businesses still require masks to enter. We recommend bringing a mask with you. Please check with businesses directly if you are unsure of their mask policy.
Disposable masks are available at the Visit Seattle Information Booth starting at 10 a.m.