Pike Place Market is the country’s oldest continuously running farmers market and one of Seattle’s most popular attractions, with over a century of history. Farm-fresh produce, butcher-paper clad bouquets, an array of shops, restaurants, and bars, not to mention some of the best people-watching in the world, entice tourists and locals alike (we’re talking 10 million people a year) to the market. There’s always something going on here, from wader-clad fishmongers slinging salmon to street buskers performing for passers-by.
Pike Place Market started selling produce to the public in August 1907, spearheaded by eight local farmers looking to cut out the middleman. The market had risen to 76 stalls in three months, and by 1922, it had spread to 11 buildings on nine acres near the Seattle waterfront.