Pike Place Market | Seattle Landmark

Pike Place Market | Seattle Landmark

Coffee, rain and Pike Place Market are probably the first three things that pop into someone’s mind when you mention Seattle, although not necessarily in that order. The coffee is self-explanatory. You’d drink a lot too if you were home to Starbucks. The rain, well, what can we say. You gotta like rain to live here.

Pike Place Market is different. It’s a great tourist destination and an interesting part of Seattle history. The story goes that early settlers were frustrated with the cost of groceries and produce. Apparently, enterprising middlemen were adding a bit too much to the price of the goods in the form of their profit and people were none too happy about it. So, in a pseudo-Boston Tea Party move, they ditched the middleman and set up their own farmers market where they could buy directly from the farmer.

That was in 1907 and that same spirit of independence and buying direct is still evident today. Pike Place Market, with over 9 acres of floor space, is the premier farmer’s market in the country. In fact, Starbucks opened their first coffee shop there way back in 1971. 

It is no longer just produce however. The merchants at Pike Place market sell everything from fresh fish (yes, THAT Pike Place) and organic jam to handmade jewelry and original artwork. Whether you are a tourist or a local, plan a day at the market sooner rather than later. In fact, over 10 million other people a year stop by. Why not you?