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One of Seattle's most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market is the oldest continuously working public market in the United States and one of the world's top 50 most visited attractions. Pike Place opened in 1907 as the city's first public market, expanding to keep up with its growing popularity as a convenient option for both shoppers and merchants. The market remains a veritable cornucopia of culinary and artisanal options, its crowded aisles and bustling halls thronged with customers jostled between vendors of fresh produce and gourmet eats, alongside fishmongers and craftsmen. The street level is dominated by the food and produce stalls, while the lower levels house a fantastic variety of shops including antique dealers, head shops, florists, and local artisans. A whirlwind of sights, sounds and aromas, Pike Place Market is nothing short of paradise for foodies and connoisseurs of unique wares.
This famous fish market is one of the most well-known spots in Seattle where you can watch fishermen and sellers throw fish through the air. The fish and shellfish are fresh, displayed in crushed ice all around the counter. The stand sells wild salmon, yellow fin tuna, halibut, crab, prawns and more. You can simply browse or buy some to go, most fishmongers will ship it anywhere. Make sure to stop and watch the famous fish-throwing show. Pike Place Fish Market is located right through the main entrance to Pike Place Market.
Organized by the Seattle's Farmers Markets Association, the Wallingford Farmers Market, is one of the three biggest markets in the city. Farm fresh seasonal produce, food recipes, chef demos and other events make this a compelling place to visit. The market is always bustling with busy shoppers and vendors who sell a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and other delicious homemade fare. They have a huge parking area and a playground for kids to enjoy while you shop.
Everything fresh and locally produced is how you would describe a foray into the West Seattle Farmers Market. The weekend market, which sits on Souhwest Alaska Street every Sunday offers different products sold by small scale farmers. The produce is farm fresh, and includes different types of vegetables to fruits, jams and herbs. The market is also host to many cultural programs and chef demos with fresh ingredients and how to incorporate them to make new and innovative dishes.
The University District Farmers Market is Seattle's largest and oldest farmers' market. More than 50 farmers from all over Washington, come here to sell their produce. Browse through stocks of various seasonal fruits, vegetables, eggs, cheeses, honey, meats, wines and so on. You can also pick up baked goods and condiments. Most of the produce sold here is organic. They also have live music and organize various demonstrations for the kids.
If you're in Seattle, you do not want to miss out on the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market. Open every Sunday, the market consists of rows of food stalls, all selling amazing produce and food. You can find everything from local varieties of cheese, meat, seafood and fresh fruits and veggies to food stalls that sell tacos and quesadillas to delightful mini doughnuts, to homemade pastas and breads. Take a stroll along the market and if you're in two minds about a purchase, just ask your best friend! Yes, this farmers market is pet friendly.