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Get to Know the Pike Place MarketFront

Posted January 15, 2019

You may know our iconic sign and the main arcade, but what about our MarketFront? The Pike Place MarketFront opened in June 2017 and it plays an integral role in restoring Seattle's new waterfront and connecting downtown to the Sound.

As the Alaskan Way Viaduct is removed later this year and plans to revitalize the waterfront get underway, our MarketFront is well positioned to see it all.

This month, hundreds flocked to the MarketFront's public plaza to say goodbye to the Viaduct. But the MarketFront is so much more than a viewing deck. 

The Pike Place MarketFront was the first expansion of Pike Place Market in 40 years. It provides much need table space for farmers, craftspeople and artisan purveyors, retail space, low-income housing, a neighborhood center and parking. 

Learn about the different shops and restaurants at the Pike Place MarketFront located at 1901 Western Avenue and experience our now quieter waterfront view today.  

Start planning your visit with our MarketFront Map & Walking Guide.


 

Restaurants

 

Old Stove Brewing Company

Come enjoy Seattle Magazine's "Best Brewery Taproom" of 2018! Old Stove Brewing Company was one of the first anchor tenants of the Pike Place MarketFront. 

Thirsty patrons can sip pints in a brewhouse and gastropub designed to make the most of the MarketFront’s open-air feel, with an 80-foot window-wall showcasing an expansive view of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains visible from Western Avenue.

Co-founders Chris Moore and Brian Stan have 20 house-made rotating beers on tap, including the brewery’s flagships. The pub menu also highlights locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

 

Honest Biscuits

Want an "honest to goodness kick-ass biscuit"? Honest Biscuits at the MarketFront has you covered. Their biscuits are freshly baked and made from local ingredients, the primary ingredient being Washington’s Shepherd’s Grain flour.

They use local dairy products to make a delicious piece of bread that is slightly crunchy on the outside, but light on the inside. (They have gluten-free options too.) 

Founder and Head Baker Art Stone learned biscuit making at his grandmother’s knee in rural North Carolina. At the MarketFront he serves up fried chicken alongside southern-style biscuits with Seattle twists.

 

indi chocolate

Named one of Eater's "Best Chocolate Destinations in America" for the second year in a row! indi chocolate works directly with cacao farmers around the world to make small batch, single origin dark chocolate. They also make a wide range of cacao-based products including teas, spiced rubs, mixology kits and body care products made from cocoa butter. 

Relax in owner Erin Andrews expanded chocolate factory and enjoy house-made elixirs and baked desserts, like Belgian waffles drizzled in chocolate sauce and bars infused with local berries, hazelnuts and dried fruits.


 

The MarketFront Pavillion

The MarketFront Pavilion provides more room for our farmers and craftspeople. The all-weather Pavilion allows for 47 table spaces and views of Puget Sound. Rollup doors keep out stormy weather, allowing year-round shopping for locally made crafts and specialty farm products.

The space has already proved to be very useful. It was used for our Stocking & Stuffings event during Magic in the Market and for our first Holiday Night Market held last year. 


 

The Community

 

Low Income Senior Housing

Housing for low-income seniors has been identified as one of the most significant emerging needs in downtown Seattle and in the Market neighborhood.

To meet this need, the Western Avenue Senior Housing, which is located in the southern portion of the MarketFront, features 40 HUD studio apartments. Thirty-three units are intended for low-income seniors, with seven units designed to accommodate live-work space for low-income senior artists.

 

Neighborhood Center

The Market Commons serves as a hub for connecting and engaging the diverse community that lives and works in and around the Market.

Operated by the Pike Place Market Foundation, the neighborhood center serve as a resource center to connect neighbors to existing services, as well as a space to develop new innovative programs to meet the needs of our community.

A wide range of activities are offered including wellness, educational, art and social activities hosted by a variety of community groups and partners.

 

Public Art

The Pike Place MarketFront provided the opportunity for three public art installations from local and regional artists to create a colorful canvas and contemporary feel.

Each new work is designed to reflect Pike Place Market’s unique history and cultural legacy.

Welcome home! This spring 40 low-income seniors are moving into the new MarketFront housing. For many of them, who were homeless before the move, this is a dream come true. We spent time with two of the new residents, Marilynn and Susan, to hear their stories.

It is exciting to see our community growing and we couldn’t have done it without YOU! Our donors help us fund and advocate for the community of supportive services that are located within the Market, services that all of our neighbors who work, live and learn here in the Market rely upon. Many of the new senior residents received help applying for MarketFront housing from the Pike Market Senior Center. Once they are settled in they will utilize the Food Bank and the Market’s Fresh Bucks program to access healthy produce. And when they are feeling under the weather Neighborcare Health is just a short walk from their building. You make this rich tapestry of support possible - thank you.

Many of the new residents are still in the process of settling into their new apartments. Join us in welcoming them home with a “Welcome Home Gift” by clicking here.

The new MarketFront housing is make possible in part by The City of SeattleUS BankKing CountyPike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority, and the Pike Place Market Foundation.

As Pike Place MarketFront construction nears completion, it’s your last chance to join the thousands of Pike Up! supporters in writing your name or personal message on Market Charms or a Bronze Hoofprint before Grand Opening.

March 1, 2017 is the final day to donate to guarantee installation by the Grand Opening celebration on June 29, 2017. Plus, all gifts will be doubled thanks to a generous $100,000 match from the Schultz Family Foundation.

Don’t delay – Pike Up! today. Visit PikeUp.org to design your personalized Market Charms or Bronze Hoofprint online.