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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.


  • 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

Bonnie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved every bit of this tour. I do wish I would have scheduled it at the beginning of my trip because it would have given me more time to use the knowledge I gained. The food was fantastic -- all of it! Carla, our tour guide, was awesome! You can tell she loves her job, she loves her city, and she loves people. I highly recommend this tour! The info on the site recommends a light meal prior to the tour, but it really isn't necessary.

Mary V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Patrick did a awesome tour with our group. I appreciated the group building techniques he used, his recalling all of our names and the history shared of Pike Place Market. The tour was well paced, it was my lunch for the day and I discovered places at the Market I probably would not have seen without the tour, i.e. the rooftop garden. It is very evident that Patrick has established excellent connections with the marketplace people and is respected by them. Excellent experience and I highly recommend it to those wanting an authentic Pike Place Market experience.

William Tanoto T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Nick is awesome. He's one of the best tour guide I've met. He was super funny and he has tons of excellent food recommendations across Seattle. This is literally a Seattle 101 and if you're in the city for the first time, you have got to for this tour. You get a full introduction of Pike Place, a great first row seat of the boys at Pike Place Fish Market doing their thing throwing the fish that is. Plus the food recommendations by Nick is top notch!

Diane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We went early on the 9 o'clock tour Wich was a good time to go before it got to busy. Mark was our guide, very knowledgeable and great fun, he took us to places we would have missed on our own, going on the tour gave us the opportunity to try food we would have overlooked.

Reynold G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fine tour of Pike Place market. Nick was excellent guide. Food selection was thorough and tasty.

Mitchell D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What a great experience! Carla was our guide and it made falling in love with Pike Market very easy! She took us to some great places and we sampled plenty of great foods/spices etc. Thanks for offering this tour. There were 4 of us in our group traveling together and had a wonderful time.

alexander c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

kenna is a great tour guide. very energetic and fun.

Megan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing! Our tour guide chose excellent vendors and was very knowledgable about the area. He gave us tips of places to visit and eat for the rest of our visit to Seattle!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide for this tour was funny, witty, knowledgable, and an absolute delight! Our 8 year old son enjoyed it just as much as we did. We were able to be up close and personal with the fish mongers which would not have been possible if not on this tour. All of the food we sampled was great!!! Highly recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I enjoyed this tour very much. One of the things that made it so good was our tour guide Nick. Not only was he very informative, he entertained us with his wit! It was obvious that he knew most of the merchants and they knew and liked him. This was definitely worthwhile. It was also a good way to get acquainted with the enormous market and give you an idea of what you might want to visit when you go back to the market on your own.

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