Visitor Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Pike Place Market! 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.
General Market Questions (20)
Are masks required in Pike Place Market?
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.
Do I need to be vaccinated to eat in a restaurant?
As of March 1, 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.
Where is Pike Place Market located?
Pike Place Market is located in downtown Seattle. Its boundaries are from east to west – 1st Avenue to Western Avenue, from north to south Virginia Street to half of block past Pike Street.
When is the Market open?
Pike Place Market is open 7 days a week and 363 days a year, closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
What are Pike Place Market’s hours?
Every day is different in the Market but most of Pike Place Market is active from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with some of our restaurants staying open until midnight or later.
When is the best time to visit?
Generally mornings before noon are less crowded. The Market is fullest Thursday – Monday.
Where can I park?
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.
Where can I pick up a map of the Market or other information?
The Market’s Information booth is located at 1st Avenue and Pike Street. The booth is operated by Visit Seattle (Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau) staff.
Where are your public restrooms located?
There are four public restrooms across the 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.
Is there a lost and found?
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.
Are there ATMs in the Market?
Yes, there are three ATMs in Pike Place Market.
- On Pike Street behind the Market Information booth
- On the 4th Level of the DownUnder (near Market Magic & Novelty Shop)
- North end of Pike Place in the Soames Dunn Building (enter building doors next to Chocolate & Ice Cream Delight, outside of Soap Box)
Are there tours of the Market?
Yes, several permitted third-party tour companies operate in Pike Place Market. Learn more and book a tour here.
Do you allow pets at Pike Place Market?
Pets are not allowed in Market buildings, including the Main Arcade. Only trained service animals are permitted within Market buildings.
Disability / Stroller Access
Most buildings and shops are accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. The Market does not have stroller or wheelchair rentals. Elevator access to the Market is available from Alaskan Way and the waterfront, from the two Pike Place Market parking garages, and on Western Avenue near the Pike Market Hillclimb.
Where can I stay in or near the Market?
There is one lodging option within the Pike Place Market historical district: Inn at the Market. But there are several hotels located just a few blocks away. For other downtown lodging options, please visit VisitSeattle.org.
Is there a place to store my luggage?
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.
How can I find my Pike Place Market tile or charm?
Please see the Pike Place Market Foundation’s website for more information about finding your tile.
Who operates Pike Place Market?
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.
Is there Free Wi-Fi access?
Free Wi-Fi is available in the Atrium of the Economy Market building located on the southwest corner of 1st Ave. and Pike St.
Where can I park an RV close to Pike Place Market?
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.
Questions Regarding Market Businesses (2)
What forms of payment do vendors accept?
The majority of vendors accept credit, debit and cash. Some Market grocers accept EBT, WIC and Fresh Bucks. Learn more about our food assistance programs here.
How do I find a specific Market business, craftsperson or merchant?
Questions About Working or Selling at the Market (5)
I’m visiting Seattle this weekend. Can I sell at the Market?
Unfortunately no, 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.
How can I become a permitted craftsperson at Pike Place Market?
Learn about becoming a Pike Place Market farmer or craftsperson.
How can I open a retail business in the Market?
For more information on commercial leasing, visit our Commercial Leasing page.
How can I or my musical group perform at the Market?
All street performers and buskers must obtain a Market busking permit. Learn more by visiting our Become a Market Busker page.
How do I apply for a job in Pike Place Market?
Job openings at Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority are listed on our Careers page. If you would like to work at any of our 500+ independent businesses, please reach out to those businesses specifically.
Film and Photography Questions
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.
Filming & Photography Questions (3)
What are the rules around photography at the Market?
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.
Are drones allowed in Pike Place Market?
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.