Exclusive: Early-Bird Tasting Tour of Pike Place Market

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience the food and culture at one of Seattle’s most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market, on this guided tasting tour. Enjoy diverse tastings, from fresh produce and smoked salmon to local 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 Travellers Choose This Tour

Avoid waiting in long lines and enjoy a rare chance to chat with market vendors before the crowds arrive.

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Food and beverage tastings
  • VIP discount at select partners on return visit
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • indi chocolate
    1901 Western Ave D, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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. 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.

Pike Place Market

Experience one of Seattle’s most famous landmarks, Pike Place Market, through it's food and history on this guided tasting tour. Enjoy diverse tastings, from fresh produce, warm cheddar biscuits and smoked salmon, fresh baked treats and much more. Visit popular vendors - and some hidden gems - before the crowds arrive as our expert local guide leads you on an intimate small-group tour.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Food restrictions and allergies can often be accommodated with advance notice
  • 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 is available for purchase from partner vendors during the tour
  • Not wheelchair or stroller accessible
  • Tastings add up to a light meal
  • Stops are subject to change without notice due to partner availability
  • Tours may be cancelled due to low booking numbers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Do it early on your trip so you know where to eat/shop thru out your visit!
It gets crowded early so you get to see and hear more when it’s not as crowded.
Ask for Matt as your guide if you have the option.
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It was nice to learn...
Valerie_S, Mar 2023
It was nice to learn about the market’s history while also visiting vendors and sampling food and drink from the market.
Can’t get a better tour than Chip’s of Pike Market!
Georgina_G, Feb 2023
Chip was a wonderful guide. He is not only extremely knowledgeable but build connection instantly. I loved my experience on his tour!
Great experience
Alicia_S, Feb 2023
Bob did a great job at making the tour fun and sharing historical information with us. I definitely recommend going on an empty stomach. All the tasting were delicious!
This was a wonderful...
Linda_S, Jan 2023
This was a wonderful introduction to Seattle’s history and the importance of the small business community. Our tour guide, Lucky, did a fantastic job of showing us the area and giving us great information about the market. We would definitely recommend anyone visiting Seattle for the first time take this tour.
It was great!! A must do...
Dean_M, Nov 2022
It was great!! A must do and see!! Having a knowledgeable guide was great!! Having a person that knows vendors was very helpful in getting discounts on goods to take home from your vacation!!
Great tour
LisaVenz, Nov 2022
Chip was an incredible guide. His enthusiasm for Seattle is contagious. We would like to see a balance between salty and sweet treats. Maybe the cheese.
Food, fun and history.
Barry_L, Nov 2022
The history of the Market was key. The food was excellent as well. So much fun: food and education. Jerry was an amazing guide.
Must go on your!
Ligaya_P, Oct 2022
Fantastic food tour and informative guide! Didn’t expect the total number of tastings we actually experienced.
Get Lucky he’s a great guide
frank_F, Oct 2022
Lucky made this tour exceptionally interesting. Lucky has so much knowledge of the Market . The food tasting venues that were picked were awesome. So get Lucky for your tour.
Seeing the many different...
Greg_G, Oct 2022
Seeing the many different levels and unknown parts of the market place. Knowing what spots to hit later.
Excellent food tour
Scott_S, Oct 2022
Fun way to see the market. Interesting nibbles and great tour by Chip. Wonderfully coordinated even through the tourist crowds and the noise of the market. 100% recommend!
Fun tour
Kelly_A, Oct 2022
It was really nice to not have to fight the crowds. Sarah was great! Would have liked to he able purchase items at each stop while on the tour. We got turned around and couldn't find our way back to a couple locations.
Worth getting up early
Angelina, Oct 2022
Jerry was a fantastic guide with a clear love for the market. He also went out of his way to make sure I had wheat/gluten free food options at every stop. Going early was definitely worth it, the crowds were really starting to pack in toward the end of our tour. All around great experience.
Must go tour! Start off you visit to Seattle here.
Beki_K, Sept 2022
What an amazing tour. Jerry was very informative and knowledgeable about the market and Seattle. The food samplings were very diverse. We loved to hear the stories about the merchants and history of the market. The market is a must see and the tour a must do!
So worth it!!!!
Becky_L, Sept 2022
This was money so we’ll spent!! Jerry was our tour guide and he was amazing. We learned so much about the market and loved the food tastings! If you can only do one thing in Seattle, do the market tour!
5 tastings in 2 hours with a lot of info unrelated to food.
JanetLane, Sept 2022
This tour was just ok. Lucky was our guide and was very knowledgeable. Not sure that I needed to know his life story, but.... it felt a bit rushed and was more about the history of pike place. This was fine, but i guess when it says tasting tour you think it's all about food. We spent more time in the outside skirts of the market instead of in the market itself.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Hi Janet - The Early Bird is a tasting tour, but also a cultural and history tour. We are sorry if it wasn't what you expected. The tour includes at least 8 stops for tastings at various vendors who are our partners, so we are concerned that you only experienced 5. We will follow up with the guide. Although it may have felt like the 'outskirts', our tour covers the heart of the Market, but many of the food vendors are not 'inside' a building. Sorry for any confusion! We would be happy to discuss a partial refund but would need some more information. Please email us directly if interested. Best, Leslie
Gave us an excellent varied taste of the market!
Pamela_H, Sept 2022
Lucky was our guide. He brought the history of the market to life. You could tell he enjoyed his job and sharing his knowledge with us. Great tour and I recommend it when you are in Seattle. The samples gave us a little flavor of the market as well
Best tour ever!
cherylbayne, Sept 2022
It was really beneficial being able to enter the market early so it wasn’t so crowded. Our tour guide, Lucky, was fabulous. He has a great personality and consider knowledge of the market, the vendors, and the history of the market, in addition to a large breadth of knowledge about Seattle in general. He truly loves his job and it shows! He is one of the best tour guides we have had anywhere in the country. I’d give this a 6 star rating if I could.
Fun, Informative, Yummy
Mandy_B, Aug 2022
Went with my family (husband, 14Y girl, and 12Y boy) and we all enjoyed the tour. The food was really good, plentiful and the tour guide was very knowledgable. Would definitely recommend again.
Great value and experience!
Aubrie_C, Aug 2022
Chip did a great job explaining the rich history behind Pike’s place and giving us a taste of what it offers, today. He kept thing moving at an engaging pace and I felt like I was constantly learning something new about the historic building. He also gave us a few tips about what to do/see in the surrounding area which helped solidify our plans for the rest of our trip. Overall we really enjoyed the 2.5 hr tour and would do it again with friends/family!