July 30

A Little Bit of Pike Place in SLU

The Express Market returns to the neighborhood.

After long hiatus due to COVID-19, Pike Place Express Farmers Market is back at Van Vorst Plaza (426 Terry Ave. N.) through September 30. Every Thursday from 10am to 2pm, the mini weekly market features seasonal produce, locally made products like honey and sauces, and food vendors selling everything from quesadillas to corndogs and chowder. And don’t forget the fresh flowers — farmers are on-site offering ready-made bouquets, or you can ask a vendor to put one together for you.

Table at a farmer's market filled with various vegetables.
Table at a farmer's market filled with baked goods.

The South Lake Union Market, along with the City Hall Farmers Market and First Hill Farmers Market, is an expansion of Pike Place Market’s footprint into other areas of the downtown community. These markets are a welcome sight for Seattleites returning to in-person office work downtown.

SLU’s big weekend attraction, the SLU Saturday Market, returned to action in early June and will run every Saturday through September. Located near Denny Park and the South Lake Union Discovery Center, this weekly market has a focus on food and makers. Wander through the generous outdoor space and peruse the booths from more than 45 vendors selling everything from boba tea to soap, concrete art, and more. You can even shop to fill your closet with local small businesses like Eres Boutique, a consignment shop. The SLU Saturday Market is also well known for hosting fun events like the Makers and Fleas pop-up, which is dedicated to shops and makers. The Next Makers and Fleas pop-up is on Saturday, August 21.

Follow the SLU Saturday Market’s Facebook page for news about vendors, special events, and more.

Story & photographs by Ethan Chung.


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