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Exclusive: Early-Access Food Tour of Pike Place Market

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Seattle, United States
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icon2 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
Small group
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the food and culture at one of Seattle’s most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market, on this guided 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 diverse tastings, from fresh produce, warm cheddar biscuits 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
  • Viator Exclusive provides early access to Seattle’s most popular attraction
  • Sample local wares like smoked salmon and locally-made chocolate
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people provides a more personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Avoid waiting in long lines and enjoy a rare chance to chat with market vendors before the crowds arrive.
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 several vendors to enjoy 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 your hand at catching a flying fish, sip local coffee, nibble on delectable locally made and sourced delights, and explore market specialties as you eat your way through Pike Place Market.

Feel like an 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. See 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pike Place Market
Your behind-the-scenes tour begins inside Indi Chocolate, 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 getting to know your guide and fellow guests inside Pike Place Markets only "bean to bar" chocolate maker. Then head over to Honest Biscuits to begin your tasting journey as you enjoy fresh Carolina biscuits and local coffee while your tour guide to uncovers the century long history the market. Learn about how Seattle became a caffeine mecca and how small local artisans get their start in Pike Place Market . Continue your tour around the market, stopping at a total of eight different vendors to enjoy at least 12+ tastings, from Seattle mainstays like smoked salmon and cheddar biscuits to creative bites like Turkish beef flatbread and wild salmon burgers. 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 may even get a chance to go behind the counter at the fish market to toss a fish through the air, just like the market’s famous fishmongers. 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.
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Reviews by Viator travelers
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Great intro to Pike Market
Aletha_D
, Mar 2020
I tried foods I wouldn’t have on my own and definitely left full! I hoped for a little more Seattle history, but John was a great story teller about the histories of the restauranteurs. Luckily, I also scheduled a 3-hour tour of Seattle that filled in the gaps! Would definitely recommend to a foodie with limited time in Seattle.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi Aletha! Thank you for joining John on our Early Access Tour! He definitely loves pairing the history of the Market with the food we can find around here. It's a delicate balance to walk, but we're glad you had an enjoyable time. Thanks for the review, and we hope we can see you on another tour next time you're in Seattle!
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Pike Place Market wake-up tour
Christopher_P
, Feb 2020
Matt was a great guide/host that made us all feel like we were also part of the Pike Place Market family. Great insight, honest interactions with the vendors, tons of knowledge, great sense of humor it wasn't our first tour of the city but it was the best!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
We're so glad Matt was able to welcome you into our Market family on our Early Access Food Tour! He truly loves this place and really gets to enjoy showing both new and old visitors just how special the Market can be. Thank you for taking the time to review, and we hope to see you on another Savor Seattle tour in the future!
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Tasty and Awesome
Eldrin_O
, Feb 2020
Just a great experience! Our tourguide was knowledgeable and engaging and funny. The food was delicious. I would honestly go back for their other food tours.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
We're so glad our Early Access tour was both fun and entertaining for you! Hopefully next time you're in Seattle, we can show you around on another one of our Savor Seattle tours. The Market has a lot to offer and we love to show it off.
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Terrific Tour
Susan_F
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide, Heather, was friendly, knowledgeable and knew all the producers/vendors very well. It was so much fun!! We learned interesting facts, tasted amazing food/drinks and loved the whole experience. And, I got to catch the fish!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi Susan! Thanks for taking the time to leave this review - that's wonderful that you were able to catch our famous flying fish! You're kind of a celebrity now :) Heather always works to make sure she shows folks the best of the best on our Early Access tour. Thank you for joining us, and we hope to see you on another Savor Seattle tour in the future.
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Great food tour!
seattleyoko
, Jan 2020
We're locals and we had a great time! John is a fantastic, knowledgeable, kind guide, and he clearly loves the market! We also enjoyed tasting the food and meeting the vendors!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
It's so good to hear John was able to show you his passion about the Market on our Early Access Food Tour! He's the most enthusiastic encyclopedia we've ever met, and really knows how to make this place shine. Regardless of the sun being out! Thank you for the review, and hopefully we'll see you again next time you want to explore downtown!
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Had a Blast with Matt!
pamsmithbeatty
, Jan 2020
We loved this tour and tour guide, Matt! The wide variety of food options is stellar, and the history about Pike Place market is so interesting. But the key ingedient is Matt - his passion for the market and this tour is so infectious. It makes you want to learn more about the people, the market, and the food. Great job Matt!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We're so happy that we were able to give you a closer look at the Market through our Early Access Tour. Matt is so passionate about the Market, and he really loves to show off both its culture and its food in a way that is truly unique. Thank you for the review, and we hope to see you on another tour next time you're in Seattle.
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Such an experience!
jesscs79
, Jan 2020
Mark was such a delight and very knowledgeable! We thoroughly enjoyed the food tour of the market as well as all the delicious treats. If you’re planning on coming to Seattle, make sure to add this tour to your “To Do” list.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We're so glad to hear Mark was able to show you a good time on our Early Access Food tour! He really loves the Market and it always shines through on his tours. And the Early Access Tour really shows off parts of the Market not seen otherwise. Thank you for the review, and we hope to see you on another tour next time you're in Seattle
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Pikes Market Food Tour
greg_haigh
, Jan 2020
Great tour, John was very informative and gave a very good tour of the Markest and provided great history - well worth it.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
It's great to hear that John both filled your stomach and your brain! We all love our Early Access tour for providing a great breakfast while also showing us parts of the Market and its history we would have missed otherwise. Thank you for the review, and we hope to see you on another tour next time you're in Seattle.
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Matt is AMAZING and so is Seattle!
825leahm
, Jan 2020
We had the absolute best time with Matt and the group. It was so interesting hearing all about the market and how it's become the staple in Seattle. Eating lots of samples was great too, still thinking about the cheese biscuit. So awesome! Matt's passion for the market was incredible, he made the tour for sure, I can't say enough great things about him! I would 1000% do this tour again. Highly recommend, worth the money!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We're so happy that we were able to give you a closer look at the Market through our Food and Cultural Walking Tour. Matt is so passionate about the Market, and he really loves to show off both its culture and its food in a way that is truly unique. Thank you for the review, and we hope to see you on another tour next time you're in Seattle.
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A+ Tour
Kathy S
, Nov 2019
We were already familiar with the area of Pike Place Market, but our amazing tour guide Matt brought the history to life for us. We tasted unique food choices (all delicious) and met local merchants. I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS TOUR. Ask for Matt as your guide if you have the option.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We're so happy that we were able to give you a closer look at the Market through our Early Access Tour. Matt is so passionate about the Market, and he really loves to show off both its culture and its food in a way that is truly unique. Our Food and Cultural tour really does highlight everything special. Thank you for the review, and we hope to see you on another tour next time you're in Seattle.

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