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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

Harold C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Best tour we took while in Seattle. The guide was excellent. Would highly recommend

Antoinette T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was excellent and our guide Patrick was a wealth of knowledge, charming and very funny!!!! I am glad our tour was early because the market gets crowded very quickly. Highly recommend the tour. Toni from Brooklyn, New York. 7/9/2016

Josephine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We are glad that we decided to do the tour. The tour guide was amazing, very friendly and informative. We are not only learning about the food, also the history of the market and benefits for the community.

David J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour was great. Carla was a great tour guide and added many interesting details to the places we visited. Especially enjoyed the donuts and Brenners cheese.

Kelly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very well done! Kenna was a knowledgeable and fun guide and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Mike M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was great! Our host Mark was very friendly, welcoming, knowledgable and was a fantastic host with all aspects of the term. Would suggest this tour to all guests of Seattle!!!

Susan V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Kenna did a great job! She was very informative about all the stops we made. She answered all questions with a pleasant attitude. She really knows the Pike Place Market well. The gum wall is so GROSS! Thankfully, I didn't lose my appetite since we started our tour here. The food samples were delicious and just the right amount. Kenna posed for pictures and seemed eager to answer our questions. We went back to the Spice Market so I could buy the tea we sampled, and I brought some home for family and friends. The next day when we went back to visit the market, I was really glad Kenna had pointed out so many places to us. It made it easy to pick a place for lunch and afternoon desserts. The PA system she used was fantastic since we could easily hear her among the huge crowds.

Lisa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Leanne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Beverlee H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

great experience with Carla, our guide. She was entertaining and informative. We were a small group and it was very easy for Carla to keep us reigned in. We had lot's to eat and all of it was good. I would recommend this tour to all.
Beverlee

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