Though we start our tours at 10 AM at the Pike Place Market, many people ask us what time the Pike Place Market is open. One can see vendors arriving as early as 6 AM, especially for the Fish Mongers at Pike Place Fish. They get an early start so they can start chopping ice, which is a tougher job than you might think. Their hands are cut up from the day before getting up early and chopping ice. You can usually start making your purchase at the fish and produce stalls at 7 AM.
Pure Food Fish Market – This is our favorite place to get smoked salmon, so if you need something to grab and go in the morning, this might be the perfect place to get an early morning treat. They also have one of the best websites for any business in the market with a great blog and recipes for seafood.
One can get an early breakfast at the market as early as 6:00 am. For a few early morning restaurants you might want to check out the following.
Starbucks – The original store keeps to its roots and only serves coffee and espresso
6 am – 9 pm
Storyville Coffee Company – This is our favorite coffee shop within the market. They also have Gluten free pastries available. They have a beautiful interior and nice view overlooking Pike Place so you can watch all the early morning market activity.
7AM to 7PM, every day
La Panier – Billed as a “Very French Bakery” this is a wonderful location to start your day off. Here are just a few tasty items you can enjoy there.
Croissant au beurre – always, only with butter.
Pain au chocolat – French chocolate, of course.
A l’abricot – filled with apricot preserves.
Amandine – crème d’amande.
A la framboise – filled with raspberry preserves.
Chocolatine – chocolate with crème d’amande.
Roulé aux noix – croissant with walnuts.
Brioche- buttery egg bread. Tresse & Brioche Nantaise on weekends.
Pain aux raisins – croissant with sugared raisins. Croissant aux fruits – pastry cream topped with apples or apricots.
Monday – Saturday: 7:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am to 5:00pm
The Athenian – Reasonable prices, great breakfast menu and an icon in the market since 1909. The Athenian was also on the big screen where a scene with Tom hanks and Rob Reiner was filmed. Plaques were installed to denote the exact location where filming took place. This is the corner of the restaurant’s counter, right near the main entrance.
Monday thru Thursday 6.30am – 8pm
Friday and Saturday 6.30am – 9pm
Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar – They have a great breakfast menu here and have some great seafood choices for breakfast including House Cured Wild Salmon Lox and a Northwest Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict.
Daily from 7 am until 9 pm (8pm Sunday)
Once you get your day started in the market, you can expect most places to be be open until 6 PM. After this its mostly the restaurants and bars in the market that continue operation until last call at 1:30 and closing at 2 AM. Technically the Market is open 19.5 hours a day, 362 days a year.
As a general guideline with exception to the above mentioned locations
Merchants on main arcade level:
Monday thru Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 9 am to 5 pm
Stores on lower levels:
Monday thru Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm
The Pike Place Market is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.