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Photo Essay: Seattle’s Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market is a must-see destination for any visitor to Seattle – the market is a historic open-air market located in the heart of the city and is internationally recognized as one of the USA’s premier farmers’ markets.

It’s also a great place to take photographs so we took out our DSLR and here are the results:

Public Market Center

Flowers at Pike Place Market

Did you know that Pike Place Market is home to the original Starbucks Coffee store, located at 1912 Pike Place? Worth the visit for those coffee drinkers among us.

World's First Starbucks

Something you absolutely can’t miss while at Pike Place Market is the world famous Pike Place Fish.

Fish Market Fish Market 

Fish Market

You don’t need to buy anything here, just hang around until a customer orders a fish and that’s when the fun begins! Rather than passing them, the fishmongers at Pike Place Fish throw the ordered fish across the shopping area.

The customer in the photo below was lucky enough to be called up and participate in the famous fish toss herself.

Throwing Fish at Pike Place Market

Catching Fish at Pike Place Market

There’s a lot more to Pike Place Market than just fish and coffee - you’ll find plenty of beautiful flowers and fresh produce for sale right throughout the market.

Flowers for sale at Pike Place Market

Fresh Produce for sale at Pike Place Market

Lavender for sale at Pike Place Market

And of course, there are street performers to keep you entertained as you stroll along Pike Place.

Street Performer at Pike Place Market

Have you been to Pike Place Market before? What was your highlight?


  1. Posted October 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    It’s also the oldest continually operating farmers’ market in the United States. And yes, as a Seattleite, I never tire of wandering amid the Market. I love to sample the honey, the cheeses, the chocolate…

    Really, really nice photos with your DSLR – the exposure on all are perfect, and the colors pop!
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    • Posted October 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Dyanne, the photos really did come out great – such a fun place to hang out and take photos.

      There is so much great food there! We absolutely loved the cinnamon rolls at Cinnamon Works and ate them in the park right by the water. Would have been great to have tried Beecher’s and Piroshky but the lines were just insane – next time!

  2. Posted October 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I have some friends in Seattle so I’ve been there a few times. Pike’s Place is really fun :-) Great pics!
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    • Posted October 23, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      Thanks Ali – it sure it a fun place, definitely one of the highlights of our time in Seattle.

  3. Posted December 29, 2011 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    Just Stumbled onto this post… I know it’s a few months old, but I love your photos! And attitude!! Good to meet you.
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    • Posted December 29, 2011 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      Hey Abby, glad you found us – and also glad to hear that stumble is doing something good! Hope to connect more with you soon. :)

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