Seattle's first and largest farmer's market dates back to 1907. Located close to the waterfront, Pike Place Market occupies 3.6 ha (9 acres) of the Market Historic District on the edge of a hill overlooking Elliott Bay. About 500 shops, restaurants, and bars sell food and goods to millions of annual visitors.
With hundreds of fruits and vegetables, fish, butchers, dairy and flower shops, as well as bakeries and restaurants, Pike Place Market is open year round besides Thanksgiving and Christmas day.
The most pleasant time to visit the market is in the summer, roughly from June to October. It is a time for special pop-ups, which bring a wider variety of goods to the market. Artisan makers and food pop-ups operate on Fridays and Saturdays in the market's front North Pavilion from June through July. The culinary pop-ups on the Market Front Plaza operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October. The market is especially famous for its art, crafts and handmade items which you won't find anywhere else.
Pike Place Market was named after the central street, Pike Place, which runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street. The market receives more than 10 million visitors every year.