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Make your next Market Day a food tour. 

Pike Place Chowder

Pike Place Chowder. Photo credit: @loiscezca

Pike Place Market has long been the heart of Seattle’s vibrant food scene. Within our 9-acres foodies, locavores, professional chefs, home cooks, and those who simply love to eat enjoy a feast of bakeries, cafes, intimate bistros, casual and fine dining restaurants, and take out counters serving quick bites.

Every trip to the Market provides an opportunity to indulge in favorite regional dishes like clam chowder, taste sweet or savory artisan foods or try a new dish from one of the many vendors serving ethnic cuisine.

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Photo credit: @matthew.armstrong.1048

With the busyness of the holiday season coming to an end, New Year’s resolutions are all the talk! Whether you’re committed to getting in better shape, using your vacation time, practicing self-care and meditation, learning to cook, or reading more books, Pike Place Market is a great place to help get 2020 off on the right foot.

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Head to the Market for great food, entertainment and shopping.

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Photo credit: @tyrionofearth

Hunkering down for the Holidays with friends and family can be a lot of fun. But after your tenth straight hour of football and your seventh helping of leftovers, you may need a change of scenery outing.

Looking for something to do with family and friends in town? Or perhaps you want an excuse to flee for some solo time? The Market is here for you. 

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Surprise your friends and family with gifts from around the world without leaving Seattle.

Hands of the World at Pike Place Market

Seattle is a port city—one of the country’s great gateways to the world—and the Pike Place Market has always been a hub for incredible treasures from around the globe. While you can purchase foreign merchandise at many big box stores, the Market offers something else entirely—goods that have been hand-crafted and lovingly curated. It’s a place where world traditions thrive and change from one booth and storefront to the next.

It's getting down to the wire for Holiday shopping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find meaningful gifts for friends and family. And there’s something wonderful about a present from another region—one that makes you dream of far off lands and cultures.

Here are a few stores in the Market where you can explore the wonders of the world right here at home:

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Pike Place Market DownUnder

Most locals think they know the Pike Place Market inside and out, but chances are, even if you’ve been to the Market dozens of times, you’ve only scratched the surface. Nestled away under the street-level stalls and shops is a magical assortment of stores called the DownUnder. It’s three levels of local wares, with surprises around every corner. You’ll meander past shops with classic miniature cars and then stumble upon a storefront with elegant scarves. Down the hall, you’ll find gifts all the way from Japan. There’s an incredible range of art, crafts, food, books, and toys. Not only will you get to feel like a kid exploring, it’s a practical place to get gifts for everyone on your holiday list.                                          

This year the spirit of the holidays continues to the DownUnder. Take some holiday pictures beneath the falling snowflakes and candy cane wrapped poles or find Market Artist Graig Anderson’s 2016 Holiday Button pop up of mousey under the mistletoe!

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Pike Place Market has you covered this holiday season with gifts for every type of person on your list. From foodies to doggies to kiddos, the Market is your one-stop-shop this holiday season.

Skip the crowded malls and shop in the heart of Downtown Seattle where the holiday spirit is always alive. To help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, we’ve put a handy-dandy guide together of gifts by Holiday Type. #MakeItAMarketHoliday.

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