One of Seattle's most touristy destinations, Pike Place is a functioning public market; one of the oldest in the country. Mostly indoors, it consists of dozens of little shops tucked into a few square blocks downtown, situated on multiple levels. Even if you hate shopping you might still like this place, with its colorful atmosphere and quirky gimmicks, like the famous seafood stand where the staff toss fish from one end to the other. As the weather gets warmer, many artisans set up booths to sell photographs, glass, ceramics, and fresh flowers. Farmers come to sell their produce, and a vast amount of tiny hole-in-the-wall places offer all kinds of cuisine (French, Russian, Mexican, seafood, etc.) It's within walking distance of the waterfront, and crowds fill the market each time a cruise ship is parked in the harbor. Look for big blond Johnny Hahn on his portable piano or one of the other regular street musicians around the market. Be sure to head into the lower levels beneath the crowded main arcade to explore the cramped, dusty shops buried within the building. And don't miss adjacent Post Alley, a hidden gem filled with gourmet restaurants and unique souvenir shops, as well as odd sights like a gum-covered wall.
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Rachel The Pig At Pike Place Market
- Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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