5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

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

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

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 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fun to look behind the curtain at what makes this public market a longstanding success. We visited with several vendors - a tried samples of everything from biscuits to smoked salmon to fancy chocolates. It was a nice mix of local Seattle history, market history, and family history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A must-not-miss tour, but go hungry because there are sooo many samples to try!!! Guide was awesome!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Lots of fun. Contacts with vendors. Good food samplings. Good guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Nick was our tour guide and was fabulous and funny. We had a great time on the two-hour tour and ate so much we didn't need to buy lunch! It was a great culinary overview of the market and a fun time.

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!

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