5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

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  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Duration:  2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)
Explore Pike Place Market, Seattle’s top attraction, in a way that most locals haven’t even experienced — with an early-access tasting tour. Discover the market’s many delights as you visit nine different food and beverage vendors for 17 tastings of cheese, salmon, pastries, coffee and more. You can interact with merchants before the crowds arrive, and you’ll have a knowledgeable guide to expertly lead you around, entertaining you with stories about the market's history and culture. This Viator Exclusive is available nowhere else and is limited to 12 people, ensuring you enjoy a small-group experience.


  • Behind-the-scenes food tour of Pike Place Market
  • Be one of the first people at the market on this Viator Exclusive that provides early access to Seattle’s most popular attraction
  • Visit nine different vendors to sample at least 17 items, such as smoked salmon, a latte and White House–worthy chocolate
  • Meet merchants and vendors, and learn about the market’s 100-plus years of history
  • Try your hand at the flying fish counter, a Pike Place Market icon
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people provides a more personalized experience
  • Don’t miss this chance to explore the market like an insider — this tour can’t be booked anywhere else!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Up to 30,000 people a day visit Pike Place Market when they come to Seattle, but very few experience it like this! You'll receive personalized attention and enjoy interaction with merchants in the morning, before the busy crowds set in. It's a rare chance to experience the market like a VIP.

What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Early-Access Food Tour of Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market Early-Access Food Tour

Your behind-the-scenes tour begins inside Pike Place Market at the Market Theater, where you’ll meet your local guide, a Pike Place aficionado who will regale you with fun facts and stories about the market’s history as you enjoy your 2-hour tour. Come hungry, as tastings are plentiful and add up to a full meal!

Spend a few minutes gazing at the infamous chewing-gum wall, adding your own colorful mark if you want. Then head to the main entrance of Pike Place Market, listening to your guide’s story about how the market got its start more than 100 years ago. Your first tasting is a cup of Seattle coffee — what else? Learn about how Seattle became the caffeine mecca that it is as a talented barista makes you a latte; steamers and tea are also available if you prefer. Continue your tour around the market, stopping at a total of nine different vendors to enjoy at least 17 tastings, from Seattle mainstays like smoked salmon and gourmet cheese to creative bites like organic crumpets with ricotta and lemon curd, or homemade Greek yogurt with pureed passion fruit.

Because your exclusive tour takes place right as the market opens, you’ll avoid the crowds typically found later in the day, offering the chance to chat with vendors and merchants before they get busy. You can even go behind the counter at the fish market to toss a fish through the air, just like the market’s famous fishmongers.

Your last stop is Fran’s Chocolates, where you’ll end your tour on a sweet note with a taste of delectable chocolate truffles and salted caramels. These sweets are favorites of President Obama and the First Lady and are given away at the White House. When your tour ends, continue exploring the market on your own, using your included VIP savings card to shop for tasty souvenirs and gifts to take home.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was very informative. Brett was a great tour guide. Learned quite a bit about Pike's Market and have a greater appreciation of what it offers to the community. Highly recommend doing the first tour of the day and during the week to avoid the crowds.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour! Entertaining and informative! Food was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved seeing so many of the shops on different levels that we would not have seen on our own AND all the samples were wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour! Tyler was phenomenal! Would definitely do another food tour of Seattle with this group!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an excellent tour of Pike Place Market!! Our guide was fun and informative. The use of wireless headsets so that we could hear what he was saying at all times was a plus. We tasted food from a variety of sellers--the best Greek yogurt I have ever eaten, smoked salmon, donuts with maple glaze and bacon, gluten free pastries, spiced tea, cheese curds and Oprah's favorite mac and cheese, crumpets and last of all, chocolate candy. I would not hesitate to say that this tour exceeded my expectations!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great experience. We had Tyler as our tour guide for the morning. We had fun, learned a lot, laughed and tasted really amazing food. Do not worry about eating before your go-----you get plenty of food on the tour. We didn't even need to eat again until dinner. Getting to talk to the owners of several of the shops was also great. Learning their stories and what they wish to accomplish was inspiring. It was good to hear history as well as taste the amazing food available in the Market. Our party consisted of two adults and two 17 year old girls. The teens enjoyed the tour as well. Great way to spend a morning in the market.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Much fun! Brett was great -- entertaining, informative, kept us moving and the tastes of samples from places were wonderful! Another great part was the list of the businesses and the card to use to get a discount when we visited and purchased items on our own later. The early morning time was great -- before things got to crazy, busy, crowded in the Market. It was worth getting up for!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is a great way to experience Pike Place Market, especially if you are intimidated by the crowds. We sampled a variety of foods throughout as well as watched the famous fish mongers at their best.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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