One of the most interesting places I visited during my stay in Washington was the Pikes Place Market in Seattle. Located between First and Western Avenues in downtown Seattle and near Elliot Bay, the huge market extends for several blocks. Founded in 1907, the market is now home to over 200 commercial businesses, 190 craftspeople and about 100 farmers who rent table space by the day.
The market's main entrance is located at First Avenue and Pikes Street but there are many other entrances to the complex of buildings, arcades and alleys. Retail shops run the gamut from antiques and clothing stores, to restaurants and food markets. One favorite of tourists and residents alike is "Pikes Place Fish." Pikes Place Fish is a fresh fish market that is known for its famous throwing of the fish ritual. Whenever someone buys a whole fish, salmon or other kind of fish, the fishmonger crew throw the fish back and forth to the cheers of onlookers. At all times a crowd of spectators is on hand, with cameras at the ready, to capture the throwing of the fish. I was able to see this feat but not capture it on film.
Pikes Place Fish sells fresh and smoked salmon, dungeness crabs, yellowfin tuna steaks (Ahi), gift and party packs and accessories, either at the market or by mail. They offer overnight shipping of fresh fish via UPS. They can be contacted at (206) 682-7181.
Piles Place Market is open seven days a week, closing only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Individual merchants, however, set their own hours. Farmers generally are set up and ready for business by 8:00 AM. My trip to Pikes Place Market, with my brother and sister-in-law, was quite an experience and I'm glad we braved the rain showers and ferry ride across Puget Sound for a visit.