Seattle’s Pike Place Market to be extended
26 April 2017
Pike Place Market, for many the heart and soul of Seattle, opens a £57 million extension of three quarters of an acre on 29 June this year. Extending this world famous farmers market will broaden the attraction of Seattle’s beautiful seafront to visitors and sightseers.
Pike Place Market opened in August 1907 and is one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers markets in the United States with more than 10 million visitors annually. The construction started in June 2015 and when it opens, visitors will enjoy:
· 30,000 square foot open public space encompassing a new extended modern market and viewing deck overlooking Elliott Bay
· 47 new day stalls
· 12,000 square feet of commercial and retail space for artisan purveyors
· Multiple public art installations
· Over 300 covered parking spaces, plus 33 bicycle spaces.
Pike Place Market is home to over 225 small independent businesses and more than 85 local farmers, all providing stalls ranging from arts and crafts to fishmongers, groceries and sweet treats. The market offers a diverse range of restaurants, seasonal produce, local hand crafted gifts and Washington made goods. The diversity of produce and upbeat tempo of Pike Place Market creates a memorable experience for all.
Flying fish you say? Correct! – only in Seattle. Join the local fishmongers who celebrate a sale by tossing a fish through the air to one another.
One of the great ways to explore the market is with a food tour. Savor Seattle, Show Me Seattle and Seattle Bites Food Tours are amongst those offering tastings and sips of Pike Place Market, whilst learning about the local history, culture and gourmet scene. Prices are around £30 per person depending on choice of company and tour.
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