| Located in Seattle's downtown, a couple blocks west of Westlake Center and the southern terminus of the
monorail Pike Place Market is a remarkable tourist attraction, historical area, shopping mecca and public market overlooking Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington in the Great
Pacific Northwest. The Market opened in 1907 and is the oldest farmer's market in the United States. Located in Seattle's downtown, a couple blocks west of Westlake Center and the southern terminus of the monorail, Pike Place occupies over 9 acres.
Pike Place Market is built on the edge of a steep slope with an elaborate stairway called the Hillclimb connecting the market to the Seattle Waterfront. There are several levels below the main level, featuring a labyrinth of shops featuring an astonishing variety of items. The upper street level is occupied by seafood vendors, fresh produce stands, baked goods, flying fish and arts and crafts vendors operating under the covered arcades. Local farmers sell their fresh produce year round in stalls spread throughout the upper level of the market. Pike Place Market is listed in the United States National Register of Historic Places. Perhaps, in part, because Pike Place Market is where
the Starbucks empire began.