The Iconic, Amazing Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle

Open year-round, this open-air bazaar is filled with amazing treats spread over nine acres. Referred to as "the soul of Seattle," Pike Place Market is nearly 105 years old and uniquely appeals to the five senses of its more than 10 million visitors each year.

Sight: look no further than the guys at Pike Place Fish for a little visual entertainment; they're known to throw massive fish over the counter throughout the day.

Smell: fresh, seasonal flowers adorn aisles at Pike Place Market, allowing you to inhale and relax to the scents of tulips, orchids and other varieties of colorful blossoms. Or if coffee beans is more your style, Pike Place Market is home to the very first Starbucks. It's a little piece of Americana right off the cobblestone street.

Touch: trinkets, fine art and gifts in the various shops beg to be touched and admired. But we'll understand if you don't want to touch the wall plastered in gum…

Taste: the heart of Pike Place Market is the rows of fresh fare, gourmet ingredients and unique, prepared foods that whet your appetite and please the palate.

Sound: Pike Place Market is host to a diverse population and sometimes it's nice to just sit at Victor Steinbrueck Park and listen to the bustling activity around you.

Pike Place Market is located between Virginia and Pike Streets, and 1st Avenue and Pike Place. It's open daily from 10 am – 6 pm. Homewood Suites Seattle is about a 15 minute walk (little more than ½-mile) from Pike Place Market. You can also take a taxi or drive to the Market. If driving, the best parking is at the Public Market Garage at 1531 Western Avenue.