Pike Place Market, Seattle

Market Entrance Sign at Seattle's Pike Place Market in Red Letters A Photo Story in Seattle

Seattle’s Pike Place Market has pulled off an outrageously flamboyant version of the American Dream: it’s made selling fish sexy.

Counter at the world famous fish stand in the Pike Place Market, Seattle, USA. Here fishmongers sing, throw fish in the air and generally entertain the crowd. Oh - and they also sell some fish. (Abigail King)

Making Selling Fish Sexy

Beneath cherry-red letters illuminated on stalks, and just a few feet behind a celebrity pig, crowds gather to watch – that’s right – people sell fish.

World famous Public Market Sign above Seattle's Pike Place Market with clock

Pike Place Market: Seattle’s Icon

Bronze pig footprints outside the Pike Place Market

Trotprints – Another Icon

The Pig Outside Seattle's Pike Place Market

Fame, Babe

But these guys don’t just sell fish, they sing at the fish, they juggle with the fish, they play games with the fish. It’s an oddly uplifting experience.


So, for a slice of Seattle that has nothing to do with feeling “Sleepless,” head to Seattle’s Pike Place Market and delight in throwing fish.

Green Arrow Showing Directions to Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market: Where Throwing Fish is Fun

Blue letters waterfront viewpoint & public seating sign

Eat lunch overlooking Seattle’s vast waterways

Crabs for sale in Seattle Pike Place Market

Not Just About the Fish

Skyline of Seattle

The City of Seattle






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11 Responses to Pike Place Market, Seattle

  1. Andrew May 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    Great pictures. Hopefully we will be in Seattle long enough before or after TBEX to see it. Oddly enough I know the throwing fish bit from, I believe, a Real World Seattle entry clip: I don’t remember hardly anything about the show, but the throwing of the fish.

    • Abi May 11, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      Lots of great things to see in Seattle – but if you’re really stretched for time then I’d definitely suggest heading straight to Pike Place Market. There’s so much more to see…

  2. Jenna May 5, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    I love these photos. Seattle is such a lively city. The guy in the second one sure doesn’t hurt the sexy fish-selling image!

  3. Sarah Wu May 5, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    Great photos, feels like I just went on the trip with ya in Seattle .

  4. MaryM May 5, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    Jenna – agree about that second shot. :)

    Looking forward to a brief glimpse of Seattle (just enough to whet the appetite) on the way to TBEX.

    • Abi May 11, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      Glad you’re all appreciating the, er, composition of the second shot! Have fun in Seattle.

  5. Francesca May 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Great photos! The beauty of Pike Place is there is even way more than the throwing fish bit. One could easily spend hours shopping, eating, & people-watching. Love it!

    • Abi May 11, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      You’re absolutely right. I did spend hours there and would gladly go back…

  6. LB(cruiseshipblogger) May 8, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    If you do the ride the duck tour (amphibious vehicle across the street from the space needle) they will point out the Sleepless in Seattle house in Portage Bay. Just thought I’d mention that since you said something about the movie.

    • Abi May 11, 2011 at 8:36 am #

      Oh, that’s interesting. I didn’t do a tour but a friend of mine had explained where I’d find the Sleepless in Seattle house. I saw a few that could be it but as I don’t know the film that well, I couldn’t be sure!

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