Pike Place Markets, Seattle

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Overlooking Elliott Bay in Seattle is the Pike Place Markets. It is one of the oldest continuously operated markets in the USA and runs north from Pike St to Virginaia St. It is also the home of the original Starbucks! Popular with trendy types!

You can find it easily with the big red “Public Market Centre” and clock. Easiest way to get in and beat the crowds is from the carpark on Western Avenue. Out the front you’ll find a brass pig, Rachel, the unofficial mascot.

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There are about 500 residents across 8 buildings, suffice to say I probably only got round some of the premium spaces, there was just so much there! It is not just fish, flowers, fruit and coffee. There are some real niche type food outlets and retro toy shops and some antique places.

It is famous for some amazing food produce and the stand where they throw the fish! Luckily, not the one that you may have bought. I just loved the colours, and the artsy lighting available in there. It isn’t brilliantly lit, so you will need a camera that works well with higher ISOs, in the case of these photos for me it was the Nikon D810.

For street and general human interaction and interesting lighting photos, this is a great place but just be aware of some of the traders wanting to do business and not just pose for photos, also it can get crowded and not many places to stop and hold a camera for long.

 

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