Lonely Planet Writer

Seattle's historic Pike Place Market to expand


After years of planning, Pike Place Market in Seattle will get a $73m expansion.

Sunrise at Pike Place Market.
Sunrise at Pike Place Market. Image by MCarter/Shutterstock

The expansion consists of 30,000 square feet of open public space and 12,000 square feet of retail space for artisan purveyors.  There will also be additional rooftop space for local farmers, crafters and artists. There will be a viewing deck which promises incredible views of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains.

It will also provide 300 underground parking spaces, as well as 40 low-income housing units and a social services centre, in keeping with the 1971 Pike Place Market charter. There are also plans for four public art installations.

The grand opening is scheduled to take place on 29 June 2017, shortly before the Market’s 110th anniversary on 17 August.

This development is the culmination of a decades-long goal to complete the last piece of the Market Historic District. The space was used as a market until a fire in 1974 destroyed most of the structure and the building had to be torn down.

The new Pike Place MarketFront from Pike Place Market on Vimeo.

This article was updated 13 December 2016.