Pike Place Market is as rich and colorful as Seattle itself.
Its nine acres and more than a century of operation encompass thousands of
stories - tales of immigration, internment, renovation and urban renewal - all
explain why Pike Place Market is called "The Soul of Seattle."
Here is a snapshot of how the Market came to be. Between 1906 and 1907, the cost
onions increased tenfold. Outraged citizens, fed up with paying price-gouging
middlemen too much for their produce, found a hero in Seattle City Councilman
Revelle. Revelle proposed a public street market that would connect farmers
with consumers. Customers would "Meet the Producer" directly, a philosophy that
still the foundation of all Pike Place Market businesses.
On August 17, 1907, Pike Place Market was born. On that first dat, a total of
farmers brought their wagons to the corner of First Avenue and Pike Street - and
quickly overwhelmed by an estimated 10,000 eager shoppers. By 11:00am, they were
out. Thousands of would-be customers went home empty-handed, but the chaos held
promise. By the end of 1907, the first Market building opened, with every space
A century later, Pike Place Market is internationally recognized as America's
farmers' market and is home to more than 200 year-round commercial businesses;
craftspeople and approximately 100 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240
performers and musicians; and more than 300 apartment units, most of which
housing for low-income elderly people. "The Market," as the locals affectionately
attracts 10 million visitors a year, making it one of Washington state's most
Located on Western Avenue right behind the Market, it's open daily from 10:00am -