Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle, Washington. The Market, which opened August 17, 1907, is one of the oldest continually operated public farmer's markets in the United States. It is a place of business for many small farmers, craftspeople and merchants.
It is also one of Seattle's most popular tourist destinations. Located in Downtown, it occupies over 9 acres. It is named after its central street, Pike Place, which runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street.
The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill. It has several lower levels below the main level, featuring a variety of unique shops. Antique dealers, comic book sellers, and small family-owned restaurants are joined by one of the few remaining head shops in Seattle.
The upper street level features fishmongers, fresh produce stands, and craft stalls operating in the covered arcades. Local farmers sell year-round in the arcades from tables they rent from the Market on a daily basis.
One of the Market's major attractions is Pike Place Fish Market, where employees throw three-foot salmon and other fish to each other rather than passing them by hand. When a customer orders a fish, an employee at the Fish Market's ice-covered fish table picks up the fish and hurls it over the countertop, where another employee catches it and preps it for sale.
LINK: From the Seattle Municipal Archives' photostream on Flickr