Explore Seattle for unique experiences
While work is often a primary reason for relocating, a city’s culture cannot be ignored. Real estate in Seattle is surrounded by unique boutiques and neighborhoods that make it stand out. Check out the indoor and outdoor features of this West Coast city to determine which Seattle community is the right one for you.
Pike Place Market
Since 1907, the Pike Place Market has served the Seattle area and provided a connection between farmers and consumers. The event may have started out with only eight farmers on August 17, 1907, but it has grown. Pike Place Market now covers nine acres of land and features more than 200 commercial businesses year-round. In addition, the space hosts 190 craftspeople, approximately 100 farmers and 240 street performers and musicians.
The main entrance to Pike Place Market is located at the corner of First Avenue and Pike Street. There is a public parking garage available. For those that are not driving, there are bus stops located near the entrance and a Sound Transit Light Rail stop.
The ‘gum wall’
Located outside the Market Theater in the Pike Place Market is an infamous wall that has laid claim to the number two spot on TripAdvisor’s germiest locations. The gum wall started in the 1990s when visitors began to stick their chew to the wall while waiting in line in Post Alley. Despite being scraped off twice, the wall continued to get covered in the sticky, elastic substance, KOMO News reports. Now, the gum wall has become a major tourist attraction.
The original Starbucks
Coffee lovers rejoice - Seattle is home to the original Starbucks. The first store was opened in 1971 in Pike Place Market. Tourists and locals can drink a cup of Joe where Starbucks got its start, under the original logo. However, long lines are typical, so be prepared to wait for a caffeine fix.
Visit Pike Place Market to take advantage of the bountiful supply of locally grown produce. After all, produce was the inspiration that led to the creation of this internationally known market. White cherries are celebrated in the region and are a tasty, healthy treat to snack on while exploring the market.