Pike Place Market Visitor's Guide
What to Do at the Market--Market Highlights
Pike Place Market Main Entrance
PAGE INDEX--MARKET HIGHLIGHTS
|Market Sign and Clock|
|Starbucks First Store|
|Strolling the Main Arcade (Page 4)|
|Buskers (Street Performers)(Page 5)|
|Gum Wall, Sasquatch, Giant Squid (Page 6)|
|Return to Main PPM Index|
THE ENJOYABLE LABYRINTH
I have had great intentions to write a definitive in-depth guide with detailed maps for visiting PPM. After my most recent visit to Seattle and to PPM, I have officially given up on trying to guide anyone through this place. Imposing any sense of order to visiting PPM runs counter to the fun of exploring this place.
You should definitely go through the Arcade as the start of your visit. After you journey through the Arcade, treat PPM like a giant mall packed with small stores and businesses located on several levels and start walking. Your eyes and nose will lead you to places that offer food and drink.
The market sprawls over nine acres. You can easily spend an hour or more just cruising through the Arcade. You can spend several days visiting all of the businesses and stalls in PPM.
If you have a particular item you would like to shop for or have questions about where to eat, inquire at the Information Booth about which stores, restaurants you should visit.
The Pike Place Market sign and clock are recognized internationally as symbols of Seattle along with the beautiful profile of the Space Needle.
Photographers will enjoy taking shots of the clock and sign.
Home of the Famous Pike Place Market Fish Slingers
You should definitely see the fish vendors slinging the fish. The slingers are the rock stars of Pike Place Market. They attract crowds of camera-toting tourists and their antics are delightful. Watching the fish fly through the air is a rite of passage for first-time Market visitors. The fish fly through the air beneath the Pike Place Market Sign.
Pike Place Market's Rachel the Pig
The most famous resident of Pike Place Market is Rachel the pig. Rachel is a 550 pound statue that was created in 1986 by sculptor George Gerber. Rachel hangs out underneath the famous Pike Place Market sign and clock and right in front of the fish slingers. Everyone takes a picture of Rachel with their kids on her back. Rachel is a benevolent piggybank. She collects between $6,000 and $9,000 annually that is donated to the Market Foundation.
Pike Place Market First Starbucks Coffee Location
The first Starbucks store on the planet is still in operation in the Market. It is located in the Soames-Dunn Building. It is amazing to look at the first store of a company that has grown to have almost 17,000 stores around the world. Coffee lovers have to visit this store to see this hallowed hall of caffeine. In the summer, this is the busiest Starbucks in the chain.