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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.

Highlights

  • 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

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic, Carla was excellent

altemaribeth

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent way to experience first time at Pike's Market! Kenna think that is her name was a wonderful guide. Lots of yummy food samples. It was recommended we eat a light breakfast first, but since we began with a cheese buiscuit and then a maple bacon donut, breakfast wasn't necessary. So happy we did this tour!

Cynthia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Lots of great information about the market, lots of tasty samples! Carla was a wonderful tour guide!

sallyhubbell

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We loved it and plan to come back with our kids.

Natalie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was really nice to go to the Market when it is just opening to beat the crowds. Patrick was my tour guide. He was not only informative, but you you could also tell that he has a passion for what he does. He knew many of the vendors at the market, which made it feel like a more intimate experience. Both the food an company were superb!

Craig K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour made even better because of Carla our guide. Was great going into the market early before all the crowds came. Plus the samples large samples from the vendors chosen were excellent. Next time in Seattle we'd take this tour again.

kerybinks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We enjoyed the whole tasting tour! It was a great intro to Pikes Market!

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour is a must! The tour guide was knowledgeable and so fun. I am sorry but have forgotten her name but not the fun we had with her. She raised her umbrella for us see to follow. The food and drink samples were awesome and so nice to not have to wait in any lines. Learned so much about history of Pikes Market. We would love to go again! Definite recommendation - don't miss out!

Troy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Carla was exceptional great time was had by all/thanks

Jill P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

So glad I took this tour. Our guide Carla was wonderful and very knowledgable. If I had just done the Market on my own, I never would have learned the history and got to meet the people who make the market what it is. Great tour!

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