It always surprises out of town visitors to realize that Pike Place Market is a working market. The produce here is competitively priced (comparable to or cheaper than grocery stores), and especially near closing time, you can get great deals on day-old bakery goods and "use 'em now" vegetables. Fish and meat are also reasonably priced and the fish is very fresh. It pays to shop around before buying if you've got the time, and fighting the crowds, especially on weekends in the summer, isn't fun. But it's a great place to go for fresh produce and fish, and even when crowded, it's a fun place to shop.