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Since 1907, this bustling market near the downtown waterfront has been the go-to place for local produce. Today, you can find almost everything, from local artwork to vinyl records. Plus the flower market is a particular must-see, according to reviewers. Though Pike Place Market is one of the most tourist-heavy attractions in Seattle (plan to run into crowds, especially during the weekend) that's no reason to scratch it off your to-do list. Recent visitors said the abundance of vendors and lively atmosphere make it an experience you shouldn't pass up.
The streets surrounding Pike Place Market are peppered with restaurants and coffee shops, and there's an information booth just west of the marketplace at First Avenue. If you want a little help navigating the massive market, guided tours and food tours are available from third-party companies.
The market is divided into two levels – street-level and underground – which are open every day (except Thanksgiving and Christmas day). The official market bell sounds at 9 a.m., but some vendors start welcoming customers as early as 6 a.m. Closing times can also vary, but most merchants close up shop at 6 p.m. While you won't have to pay to explore the market, you'll want to have your money ready in case you find something that tickles your fancy. You can find the market a few blocks south of the Westlake Link light rail stop or by driving north of Pioneer Square. There's a parking garage available one block southeast of the market.
For more information and a schedule of special events, check out the Pike Place Market website.
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