- 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
This tour was amazing!
Great tour! Tyler was wonderful. Thanks for a great day.
Our guide was great, it was a fun and informative tour x
Our guide was humorous and helpful. The food on the tour was very tastey. I felt we got a great experience.
The tour guide was fantastic, and we really enjoyed all the tastings. Our favorite vendor was the gluten free baker, and we are not trying to cut out gluten!! But if you are, then this is a must visit for you.
Fantastic experience! I was so overwhelmed by the Market when I arrived that I was skeptical that the tour would be worth it but I was so wrong! Brett was a great guide, very knowledgable and witty! I would definitely recommend this tour, totally worth the price! On a side note, it says to have a light meal beforehand, a snack maybe but a meal was way too much food! We ate a ton on the tour!
Loved the tour. Very informative and delicious food tasting! Our guide was hilarious! Even got a chance to catch a fish! Well worth the money!!!