What a great experience. From the fun to watch fish throwing to beautiful fresh cut flowers this place has it all. Make sure you wear good shoes theres a lot of walking! :) Unless you know excatly what your looking for plan on spending the day. Parking can be tricky but keep driving around and someone will move. I love that everything there is so freshly made and all the vendors are so enthusiastic about their products!
It was so much fun to walk through Pike's Place Market. There were so many vendors and shops there. All of the fresh flowers were just amazing! It was also a lot of fun to see the fish market up and going, unfortunately we missed any fish throwing. Thankfully we had our daughter in a backpack carrier because I don't think a stroller would have worked at all due to the crowds.
This is a very interesting place to visit. We ended up getting there later than we wanted to but enjoyed looking around. There are all kinds of little shops and booths. You can find anything from flowers to fish to clothes. It was fun to see the fish shops and the men and women throwing the big fish to each other as they are yelling. It was very entertaining. I would like to go back when we have more time to look around.
A great place for kids to see and watch the fish being thrown up in the air from person to person. I really enjoyed walking around and seeing the many different sellers with pretty flowers and the dried flowers were awesome as well. But the downsize is there were many people there and stairs to climp.
There is so much to see it is overwhelming!! Again my kiddos were 5 and 2 when we went to Seattle last summer. VERY, VERY crowded!! It was really hard to navigate with an umbrella stroller. Plus we walked there after going to the aquarium...the two of us had to carry him in the stroller up tons and tons of stairs. The place is truly amazing...so many flowers, fresh produce, all sorts of crafts, and of course the flying fish. We will go again for sure when the kids are older. Although we took a taxi from the hotel....parking looked like a pain. The underground transit was awesome and has a stop near by.
We love to walk around the Market. One of the coolest things is right below the famous Market sign is where they throw the fish. They have beautiful bouquets of flowers for 5, 10 or 15 dollars in the spring. The fried donuts are cheap, good and warm. You can get those by the cheese shop. There is also the "gum wall" on the lower level of the market in the alley where thousands of pieces of gum are stuck on the wall which is always good for a picture. The very first starbucks is also in the market.
This is such a fun place to stroll! my kids loved watching the fish mongers, seeing the bright flowers, and trying all of the tasty treats- ice cream and fresh fried cinnamon-sugar donuts! Yum! There is something for everyone here- from fruits and veggies to local artwork. We all had such a great time!
A must see place if you are in the Seattle area. It is filled with delicious food, fresh produce, and little shops. Love it when they put on a show and throw fish around. Great place for the kids to enjoy. When my family visits, we have to grab some clam chowder, fresh made donuts, and visit the deli for salami and cheese.
We were recently in Seattle and one of my must go places was the first starbucks ever. We walked around Pikes Place to take in the sights and as long as you keep your children close ( in a stroller or a front pack or holding hands ) this is a really fun place to be, the atmosphere is invigorating. Our daughters favorite thing was when they threw the fish ! She talked about it for weeks on end.
Maybe my son was too young, he was trying to grab everything and we couldn't enjoy it as much as I thought we would.
He did like watching the guys throw the fish from one side to the other... but that was it! The shopping experience wasn't his favorite and parking wasn't easy either.
Pike's Place is classic Seattle. It is a place to go every time you visit. It is nice that it doesn't cost anything and there is a lot to see and do. It is a very crowded place, so I deducted one star. Other than that, it is such a fun environment with flying fish, the most beautiful fresh flowers, and delicious food everywhere you turn. Kids and adults of all ages will love this place.
This market is one of the best in the States. There is so much for all of your senses to take in! There is great food, artwork, and crafts. The kids will want to check out the fish market and watch them throw the fish. Also, check out all of the fresh flowers. They are beautiful!
Our family loves going here! We go whever we can and always find something new that we have never seen before. Form the Ole Curiosity shop to the wonderful SeaFood restaurants, to the Aquarium, you will never be bored and will always have great memories!
Pike Place is a fun place to go as a tourist. As a local, it is fun to look at and support locals and buy their products. They sell beautiful flowers at a great price. It's difficult, however, to keep a hold of a toddler in the market when it's busy. This is a fun place to go with your girlfriends for the day, but I would probably keep the little kids away. It's directly across from a major strip club.
This is THE place to bring out-of-town visitors, and the kids love it too! There's just so much colorful stuff to see and so much really yummy food.
My favorite stuff at Pike's Place Market:
-Beecher's Handmade Cheese shop- the Flagship cheese is SO delicious we always buy a block of it there. And they give free samples of all their yummy cheeses!
-Piroshky Piroshky- My husband's favorite!
-Fresh fruit- I LOVE the apples and peaches from Pike's Place, depending on what's in season. Walk through the fruit stands and some of them will give out free samples.
-Chukar Cherries- This place gives out free samples too, and they are yummy!
Tip: You can navigate it with a stroller if you really want to, but it's going to be easier and faster if you have your baby in a front pack.
Pike's Place Market is a great place to walk through for some sights and sounds of the city. From the famous fish-throwing to the fresh produce, there is something for everyone.
Note that it is always crowded, so be prepared to hold on to your little ones!
We come here every time we visit my in-laws in Seattle and find a little something different every time. Last year when the little guy was only 4 months we got some great pics pretending to throw him like a fish. This year was a little tougher. He's 17 months now and has an independent streak so doesn't like to be carried or in the stroller all the time. The crowds can make letting him roam free a little more of a challenge. We ended up taking the stroller in but quickly abandoned it in favor of our Ergo. We had fun looking at all the veggies and fruits. We ate lunch at Peroshky, Peroshky and we all loved it. Always worth a trip... and don't forget there are lots of other Starbucks and much more to see than just the first one. ;-)
I have been to Pike Place Market many times and I enjoy it most when I am without my children. It is very busy and hard to find parking if you were driving. So usually we are on foot coming from somewhere else and you need to walk through some seedy areas of Seattle to get from the downtown to the market.
That being said, if you are a relaxed kind of parent and have a good handle on your kids it is fun to visit, and there are lots of great shops along the way.
We really enjoyed meandering through the market while we were visiting Seattle. It is a very busy, bustling spot though...not great for strollers or children who like to wander off. The prices on fresh produce and flowers are incredible, and you can find some really nice souvenirs and gifts unique to Seattle here.
I live near Seattle and have been to the market maybe a hand full of times. If you enjoy Farmers Markets and such you'll probably love the Pike Place Market. For me it was fun to go and say "I've been there" but it's not some place I plan to return often or take my children often. A fun place with lots of culture if your in Seattle, but keep the kids close, this place can be bustling with a LOT of people at one time.
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