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Pike Place Market

 

Centrally located at Pike Street and First Avenue, Pike Place Market (daily Mon–Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 11am–5pm; t 206/682-7453, w http://www.pikeplacemarket.org) began in the early twentieth century and is the oldest continuously working public market in the US. Now undergoing an extensive, multi-year renovation (while still open to the public), it comprises thirteen buildings on a triangular lot covering nine acres, holding three hundred produce and fish vendors, bakeries, craft stalls and small retailers. Fishmongers hurl the catch of the day back and forth, street entertainers play to rapt crowds, the aroma of organic coffee drifts from cafés, and countless stalls offer piles of lobsters, crabs, salmon, vegetables, fruit and flowers. Near the entrance, a favourite meeting place is the brass pig – a large, actual piggy bank, with receipts going to charity. Since the market is also threaded with many worthwhile restaurants, bars and live music venues, you might find yourself here after-hours, even if you have no interest in buying salmon or apples during the day.