Information about Pike Place Market from their website:
Its nine acres and more than a century of operation encompass thousands of fascinating stories — tales of immigration, internment, renovation and urban renewal — all that help explain why Pike Place Market is called "The Soul of Seattle."
Here is a snapshot of how the Market came to be. Between 1906 and 1907, the cost of onions increased tenfold. Outraged citizens, fed up with paying price-gouging middlemen too much for their produce, found a hero in Seattle City Councilman Thomas Revelle. Revelle proposed a public street market that would connect farmers directly with consumers. Customers would "Meet the Producer" directly, a philosophy that is still the foundation of all Pike Place Market businesses.
A century later, Pike Place Market is internationally recognized as America's premier farmers' market and is home to more than 200 year-round commercial businesses; 190 craftspeople and approximately 100 farmers who rent table space by the day; 240 street performers and musicians; and more than 300 apartment units, most of which provide housing for low-income elderly people. "The Market," as the locals affectionately say, attracts 10 million visitors a year, making it one of Washington state's most frequently visited destinations.
As far as the Art Museum is concerned, the first Thursday of each month grants free admission to all. You can imagine this makes it quite popular! Expect a busy museum, lots of kids, and great exhibits. In addition to the regular exhibits at the museum, more works will be highlighted in various areas. One exhibit is called "Our National Game" and will feature works from Douglas Tilden, Norman Rockwell and Jacob Lawrence highlighting the game of baseball. Mika Tajima will have an architectural installation on the third floor. Reclaimed: Nature and Place Through Contemporary Eyes will explore the experiences artists have in nature and how it inspires their work. Finally, Beauty & Bounty: American Art in an Age of Exploration will feature over 100 works of art, some never before on display.
Dinner out downtown: Katharine and Terran's List of Ideas
- For those visiting the Art Museum, check out the museum's restaurant, TASTE
- Never been here, but looks decent: Japonesa Sushi across from the museum at 1400 1st Ave
- Thoa's Contemporary Vietnamese has a neat little outdoor patio with view of Elliott Bay, located kitty corner from the museum at 96 Union Street
- Walking up 1st toward the market, try Pike Pub and Brewery at 1415 1st Ave, where you can get some hand crafted micro ales created right in Pike Place Market.
- At the Market, I highly suggest going to the entrepreneurs running their stalls to pick up some produce, funky beans, crackers and cheeses. Eat outside at a bench and enjoy the weather! On a side note, many market operators struggle during the summer months because the crowds in the market are so thick with tourists, that locals stop shopping there. If you're walking through the market, buy yourself a bit of Washington produce for a snack.
- Delaurentis is a wonderful local place to pick up wines and light fancy snacks- it's on the corner of 1st Ave and Pike St. Remember though, Washington State does not allow public consumption of alcohol, so take the bottle of wine back to your hotel room to enjoy!
- Inside Pike Place Market, try the Athenian for super food and views of Elliott Bay. Breakfast all day- classic American fare with a Northwest twist.
- Okay, some of you might be curious about the movie "Sleepless in Seattle"... Tom Hanks' character ate at Lowell's and you can too!
- Finally, Cutter's Bayhouse is at 2001 Western Ave and has fabulous views.
During my planning today, I found some helpful information. I would recommend this website, it will give you some good information on the downtown core of Seattle: click here. The other website I trust is from our Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Also I found a very simple walking map of our downtown area. You can link to the PDF below.