The scent of spring-fresh flowers, freshly baked bread and fish straight out of the sea greets you as you enter Pike Place Market. These market halls in the centre of Seattle are an impressive attraction and offer a huge selection of fresh ingredients, as well as clothing and artwork. Street artists also perform here and a wide range of restaurants offer fantastic local cuisine.
Pike Place Market is somewhat of a precursor to the farmer’s markets that have become so popular today. This is where the concept was introduced back in 1907, when local farmers came to the city to sell their products directly to consumers. Back then, they were only allowed to sell their fruits and vegetables via special commission houses. Unhappy with this arrangement, a group of 8 farmers started a market at Pike Place where they sold their goods from their carts, and within a few hours they were completely sold out.
“Market vendors put on a daily show at Pike Place Fish”