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Touring Around Pike Place Market in Seattle

The Pike Brewing Company
The Pike Brewing CompanyBG

Pike Place Market, a nine-acre Market Historic District overlooking Elliott Bay, has remained a favorite Seattle landmark for over a hundred years. Originally created to connect the city's citizens and farmers, the market continues to serve as a center for farm fresh, locally sourced, artisanal and specialty foods provided by more than 200 merchants.

When visiting is historic site, be sure to stop by the Pike Brewing Company (1415 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101).

Partake of their local, seasonal and sustainable pub fare paired with a sampler of their handcrafted beers. Also, free tours of the brewery and pub are held at 2pm, Monday through Saturday. Peruse the Micro-Brewery Museum featuring beer memorabilia documenting 9,000 years of beer history. Also, take a peek inside the Naughty Nellie room, a yellow room which used to be a brothel. The Pike Brewing Company opens at 11am daily with hoppy hour from 4pm to 6pm, Monday through Friday.

After lunch or before hoppy hour, be sure to stroll around the market and sample some of the fresh produce and specialty foods available for purchase. Be sure to check out the country’s largest daily crafts market. Also, keep your eye out for special events

such as Arcade Lights, October an after-hours opportunity to taste handcrafted savory and sweet bites, finely crafted beer, wine, and nonalcoholic drinks with sales benefiting the Pike Place Market Foundation.

The Market is open 19.5 hours a day, 362 days a year. (Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.) Breakfast begins at 6am with fresh produce and fish arriving at 7am. After the official market bell sounds at 9am, the merchants are opened from 10am to 6pm. Last call for the restaurants and bars is 1:30am.

For those who want a more in-depth experience of this market, consider taking a guided walking tour with Public Market Tours, Savor Seattle, Seattle Bites Food Tours or Seattle Food Tours.