Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington offers all sorts of activities and attractions for adults. You will likely want to spend several days in the area to be able to take advantage of everything.
Known for being the place where they throw the fresh catch of the day around in front of tourists and the coffee capital of the United States, Pike Place has quite a reputation for being a place to spend time in Seattle.
The market has been around since 1907 and there are over 200 owner-operated shops that span the nine-acre historic district.
There are a few “Must See” things when you’re at Pike Place Market:
- Shop for locally grown produce with the farmers
- Meet the local artisans within the craft market
- Explore some of the specialty foods
- Attend a cooking class at the Atrium Kitchen
- Embrace the nightlife with restaurants, clubs, and theatres
You could easily make a day of the market and still not see everything.
Oh, and if you want to see the fishmongers throw the fish, you need to head over to the Pike Place Fish Market.
Breakfast starts being served at 6 am but the market bell doesn’t actually ring until 9 AM. Most merchants aren’t open until 10 AM and then they stay open until 6 PM. Restaurants stay open until 1:30 AM, however.
The market is open all year long, closing only on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
It’s located on 1st Avenue and Pike Street.
There are always new events taking place in the market. You can learn more about the entire locale here.
Where to Stay
You will find plenty of hotels around Pike Place. Some are budget while others are high-end, allowing you to find what works for your price range.
Pensione Nichols Bed and Breakfast
1923 1st Avenue
The hotel is inside a historic building. The average cost per night is around $129.
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way
Classic rooms are located bayside and there’s a gastropub inside. The cost per night averages $239.
Four Seasons Hotel
99 Union Street
The upscale hotel offers a wide array of amenities and a restaurant on-site. The average cost per night for a room is $439.
Top Places to Eat
The Pacific Northwest offers a lot of fresh ingredients. There are local celebrity chefs that have some incredible flavors and get their ingredients from local farmers, Washington wineries, and more.
Six Seven at The Edgewater, 2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67 Right on the water, the restaurant lets you enjoy the freshest seafood as well as mouthwatering steaks.
Copine, 6460 24th Ave NW Farm to table food is served in creative ways here. You should also plan to explore the alumni dinner series.
Andaluca Restaurant & Bar, 407 Olive Way This Mediterranean restaurant celebrates the foods of the Northwest with spices of Greece, Spain, Turkey, and other countries of the region.
A full guide to eating in Seattle can be found here.
Other Attractions Nearby
In addition to pike place, there are several other top attractions you won’t want to miss out on.
Space Needle The Space Needle provides the highest observation deck in Seattle at 605 feet. General admission is $22 per person for adults and you can buy the tickets online.
Whale Watching Tours You will be able to see whales within the Puget Sound. Various tours will allow you to see the orcas and humpback whales while out on the water.
The Puget Sound Express guarantees that you will see whales. The four to five-hour tours are $135 for adults and you can purchase tickets here.
You can also check out other activities here.
Certain neighborhoods of Seattle are very walkable. If you spend all of your time around Pike Place Market, you won’t need to worry about transportation. However, there is the Link Light Rail that will take you all throughout downtown Seattle. The Seattle streetcars will also take you throughout various areas. The South Lake Union Streetcar makes 11 stops around South Lake Union while First Hill makes 10 stops through Capitol Hill and Chinatown.
There’s also the Seattle Center Monorail that will be one of the cheapest and fastest ways to get around the downtown area, going from the Westlake Center to the base of Queen Anne hill.