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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

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  • Location:Seattle, Washington
  • Duration:2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

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

Experience the food and culture at one of Seattle’s most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market, on this guided, 2-hour tasting tour. This is the original food and cultural tour of Pike Place Market with a bonus: exclusive, early access to the Market before the crowds arrive. Enjoy 17 diverse tastings, from fresh produce, crab cakes and smoked salmon to local coffee, doughnuts, pastries and much more. Interact with the merchants before it gets busy, then savor the flavors, as well as the sights and sounds, of this historic attraction.


  • 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

This is Seattle’s original food and cultural tour of Pike Place Market — with a bonus: exclusive, early access to the market before the big crowds arrive. Stop at nine vendors to enjoy at least 17 tastings. Learn how the market got its start more than 100 years ago. The first tasting is a cup of Seattle coffee. Find out how the city became a caffeine mecca as a barista whips up your order.

Try some Pike Place Chowder, an award-winning clam chowder and seafood bisque. Piroshky Piroshky offers authentic Russian piroshky pastries. Sample chocolate truffles and salted caramels at Fran’s Chocolates, a favorite of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. There is so much more: gourmet cheese, organic crumpets with ricotta and lemon curd and homemade Greek yogurt with pureed passion fruit.

Go behind the counter at the Pike Place Fish Market and toss a whole rainbow trout or mackerel through the air, just like the famous fishmongers do.

Feel like a market insider on this behind-the-scenes adventure to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of this historic place. Meet lively characters and hear some of their memorable stories. Visit the original Starbucks store. This corner store is at the gateway to Pike Place Market, and it’s rich in history and importance to both Starbucks and Seattle.

Customer Reviews

Cassandra Lyn D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was very well done! I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Seattle. My only wish is that they would include Chowder on the tasting because it is included in several tours and this is supposed to be VIP. Otherwise it was amazing experience and accommodating to those with different food allergies.

Tina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

If you are considering this tour - DO IT! It was so much fun, interesting, entertaining, and delicious. Come hungry because you will leave stuffed. Getting to walk through the market and sample some of the various foods is a great experience. The guide makes this even more enjoyable.

Marsha R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The whole tour was Amazing. Enjoyed the tour guide and he gave great information. Thank you.

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Nick was great and made the tour the best part of our trip!

Nikki S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Absolutely fantastic! Nick was wonderful, very entertaining, witty,and informative. Probably 2 of the best hours we had touring in Seattle.
Highly recommend this tour for anyone, everyone who wants to see a delightful institution in Seattle, A must and do try to have Nick as your guide. He makes it hum!

David W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I had a great time. Mark, our guide, was wonderful.

Thomas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was the best tour ever! The guide was funny and informative, and the food was awesome. We loved every part of this tour. Be sure to come hungry and prepare for a great taste experience. Warning: You will hear a lot of puns.

Dawn D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic informative and fun tour. The markets really came alive thanks to our host. We had a lot of fun, the food samples were great and you don't need to eat before you go. The only negative is that the instructions for the meeting place are very poor. The meeting place is on a lower level and not easy to find which made us late for our tour. Viator please put better instructions on the confirmation.

Sara Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Delicious and informative!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great atmosphere, great food and a unique and exhilarating perspective of a great historical feature from an enthusiatic and informative guide. The markets provide an insight into a great culture and community spirit. I would recommend anyone going to Seattle to book in to this tour. We loved every minute of it. And where can you buy a simply gorgeous bunch of the most beautiful roses for 10 to 15. Well worth doing.

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