- 2 hours 15 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Explore Pike Place Market, Seattle’s top attraction, in a way that most locals haven’t even experienced — with an early-access tasting tour. Discover the market’s many delights as you visit eight different food and beverage vendors for 12+ tastings of fruit, salmon, pastries, coffee, international fare, and more. You can interact with merchants before the crowds arrive, and you’ll have a knowledgeable guide to expertly lead you around, entertaining you with stories about the market's history and culture. Explore the greatest hits and hidden gems of the Pike Place market during this experience. This Viator Exclusive is available nowhere else and is limited to 12 people, ensuring you enjoy a small-group experience.
- Professional guide
- Food and beverage tastings
- Savor Seattle VIP discount card valid for 10-15% off all partner locations
- Entry/Admission - Pike Place Market
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Returns to original departure point
Varies, see availability calendar
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington
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
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
- Vegetarian option is available; please advise at time of booking if required
- Please note: Food allergies and diets such as gluten-free or dairy-free cannot be accommodated on this tour
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather; tours operate rain or shine
- Please bring a filled reusable water bottle for the tour, as you will be walking and eating for 2 hours. If you are unable to do so, water will be available for purchase at the starting location of the tour. Please arrive early to provide enough time to purchase water should you chose to do so
- Not wheelchair or stroller accessible
- Tastings add up to a full meal; most people do not need lunch after the tour
- Stops are subject to change without notice
- Tours may be cancelled due to low booking numbers
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Perfect time so you could move around the market comfortably and actually see and hear. Perfect sample sizes. Perfect amount of samples and variety. Perfect guide (Justin) -- knowledgable, funny, considerate of all.
We had an excellent tour guide. When I left two bags on the bus, our tour guide personally brought them back to me at the restaurant where we ate after. He was amazing. The tour itself was excellent and very informative- we only had 1 day in Seattle and this tour helped us to get a real flavor of the city.
What a fabulous way to nibble your way through the Market on delicious foods and drinks AND learn about the history of the Market, the vendors, and the Seattle area. Our tour guide, Mark, was entertaining and knowledgeable. He made the tour fun and entertaining! We will definitely recommend this tour to family and friends. Great job!
I learned so much about the history of Pike Place Market and it’s people. Delicious food and funny talks!
Loved every minute of this tour! My tour guide was Heather. Heather was so knowledgable about Pike Place market and it was so cool to see her relationships with the vendors at Pike Place. I was traveling solo and I felt like this was a great way to see Pike Place while being with a great group of people. Highly recommend!
First, our guide Mark was awesome. Humorous, knowledge, and flexible with the schedule. The food and beverage selections were spot on.
Loved the history behind the famous market. Got to sample so many different foods and hear the stories behind the fresh market foods.
Our tour was with Mark with added addition of shadower, Kat! They were great. Great tastings at Daily Donuts, Honest Biscuits etc. It was great! Highly recommend!
Outstanding! I am so glad we booked an early tour! I believe we visited 8-10 vendors and sampled 12-13 food/drink items (all Fabulous). Our tour guide Katya, or "K", did an excellent job educating us on the history and service statement of the market. A great example of a caring community! She also gave rave reviews of the various vendors we visited, how they got started, and the samples we would be tasting. I highly recommend this tour (which starts before the market opens), to anyone visiting Seattle for the first time. You won't be disappointed. I would do it again!!!!! Great information, DELICIOUS food, friendly people, and a wonderful tour guide.
We enjoyed the food tour immensely. It was informative and gave us a sense of the marketplace both now and when it was first established. We take a food tour in every city to help find the best food- this tour delivered! We visited several of the establishments a second time to use our discount card too.
We had Katya as a tour guide and she was so much fun -- full of energy and so full of information on the history of Pike Place Market. She had the best recommendations for food and drink so that when we returned to the Market we knew exactly where we wanted to eat. She was truly a delight. Anyone who gets Katya for a guide will have a super time!
Loved the tour, guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Found several places we went back to later and ate.
This was a perfect start to our first visit to Seattle. We got a great intro to Pike Place market. Justin (our guide) was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Since we were staying within walking distance, we came back to the market at least once a day thereafter. The discount card came in handy on many of our subsequent purchases and meals. So do this first!
We had a great early access tour before boarding our ship to Alaska. Justin was our guide. The food choices, history and story telling were great. The market was not crowded yet and we were able to move around very easily as a group. We tasted biscuits, chocolate, salmon burger, Turkish flatbread,donuts, smoked salmon and fresh produce while on our tour. We went back after our cruise on a Saturday morning and the market was packed. So glad we did the tour and would recommend to anyone with a couple of hours to spend on a weekday morning. Justin was a great guide.
Do the before market opens tour. It gets crowded early so you get to see and hear more when it’s not as crowded. Justin was great. We loved the whole tour. Highly recommended!
Great tour, very informative information about the biggest attraction in Seattle. Food was great, hope you like salmon and chocolates! Highly recommend that you do this tour the first day as they give you a great coupon for Pike Place Market that is good for a few days when you complete the tour.
Our guide was great! Very informative and fun! Even though it was a small group our guide knew our names and used them throughout the tour. That was a nice perusal touch.
I would definitely recommend this tour. You beat the crowd and get to see and learn a lot about the history of the market.
We loved our tour. The food tastings were yummy, and we learned really interesting information about the history of the market and the area. Our daughter is a vegetarian and they had great alternatives for her. Great way to spend the morning. So much better than the on our own tour we tried earlier in the week.
We had an awesome time on our food tour, we had a smaller group of 5. Our guides were very informative about the market, with vivid facts on Seattle itself, the vendors and history. Never a boring moment and the food we tasted was delicious! I highly recommend the early-access food tour because the market became very busy and full of people by the time the tour came to an end. Plus we got coupons for market purchases.