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Tour code: 2956EXCLUSIVE
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.

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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The trip was fun and knowledgable. But a bit pricy.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was one of the best tours I've ever taken.

Ervin O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very informative. Excellent food. Nick was great.

Twyla S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Patrick did a great job making this tour enjoyable, informative and entertaining. If you love food, or even if you don't, this is a wonderful way to learn about Pike Place Market and experience the market before the crowds gather.

Roberta F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide was fun and fabulous. It was a superb way to see and taste Pike Place Market, even though it poured. To be expected in Seattle in February and fun for a pair of ladies from southern California who never see rain.

Jennifer M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

was great to go early and see the market before it actually opened. we got to try just some of the great food because there's just too much of it! plus we got to skip the lines! i would highly recommend this to anyone visiting seattle! our guide mark was great too!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour, would take again. Tour guide was very knownedgable.

damon p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Interesting stories a lot of great good and all around fun time..

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We had some time open while in Seattle and wanted to get the inside scoop on the Pike Place Market - and boy did we! We stopped at a biscuit shop that served MOST AWESOME biscuits, we came back later to buy more. We next went to a donut shop, where we tried raised donuts topped with maple and bacon. While we did not care for it donut amazing, toppings not our style, the others in the group enjoyed it. We then tried some smoked salmon at the fish tossing shop - also super fun to watch them! There were a few other food items we tried tea, cheese, fruit, etc., but I think my husband's favorite was the Country Dough shop, the Schechuan sp? Chicken Dough sandwich. It was AMAZING YUMMY! The seasoning was perfect, chicken was real meat and the dough was crispy soft.

The amount of walking was appropriate - there were hills/stairs, but that's usual for the market. We were not rushed nor super slow.

I would do this trip again just to get the medium size samples of food - I say medium because they were not bite-sized and they were not full-sized, just right. It was worth the fellowship, the information, the food, etc. I am very glad I did this - I was not disappointed at all!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016


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