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The Market's maze-like Lower Levels are full of wonders around every corner—specialty shops with rare collectibles, secondhand curios, and handmade art from around the world—just waiting to be discovered by locals and visitors alike. Enter Sarah Miller and Kristina Knaus, the dynamic PNW blogger duo that makes up Rain or Shine Guides! These two curious Seattleites explored "down under" to share some of their favorite shops and discoveries.

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Pike Place Walking Guide: 101

Posted September 5, 2016

Welcome to Pike Place Market, Seattle’s epicenter of fresh produce, specialty foods and independent businesses.  Established in 1907 to connect citizens and farmers, the Market continues its “Meet the Producer” tradition with a year-round farmers market, bustling crafts market, and owner-operated bakeries, fish markets, butcher shops, produce stands and specialty groceries.

The Market’s 9 acre historic district offers a multisensory experience that will amaze, delight and inpire you!  There are more than 80 eateries to tempt you, from take-out counters specializing in mini donuts to fine dining establishments with international and Northwest cuisine.  To give you an taste of all the Market has to offer, we've created this printable self-guided tour: Pike Place Market Walking Guide 101

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Spend a day exploring the Market with your family and make lifelong memories! With an abundance of things to see, taste and experience throughout the 9-acre historic district it can be difficult to know where to start. We've selected some family favorites that your kids are sure to love.

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1. This Little Piggy

Say hi to Rachel the Piggy Bank, the bronze sculpture by artist Georgia Gerber, weighing in at 550 lbs! Climb aboard, snap a pic, and drop a coin in to support the Market Foundation.

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Flying fish and the ickiest, stickiest part of the Market—the Gum Wall—are popular attractions for families at Pike Place Market, but the Market has so much more to offer for families with kids, with endless nooks and corridor to discover over spring break. 

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