You can’t go to Seattle and skip Pike Place Market. It is a part of the soul of the city and getting a chance to know it, allows you to better understand the community that surrounds it. Started in 1907, the market was the city’s way to work around the middle-men that had gotten between the producers and locals. This is where you “meet the producers”.
“Why is Seattle’s food better than it deserves to be? This right here,” shared our guide.
On my first visit to Seattle, I didn’t want to just aimlessly wander the market (which I did as well) but learn about it and the different vendors within it. That’s how I stumbled across Savor Seattle. My two-hour tour with them of Pike Place Market was my favorite experience of my visit to Seattle.
If you’re headed to Seattle, even if you’ve been 100 times, signing up for a food tour with Savor Seattle is a must do.
Note: Some tours and meals were provided at no cost to the author. All opinions remain my own.
I attended the Pike Place Market Tour. This two-hour tour included seven stops with multiple samples at each. Savor Seattle runs up to 8 of this specific tour a day. The tour was only 15 people. Tickets cost $43. They also host a variety of other tours including a gourmet tour, chocolate tour and cocktails tour.
ChatTing With The Vendors & Learn Their Stories
One of the best things about the Savor Seattle food tour is getting a chance to see the many sides of the market and how it is much more than just a place with good food. It really felt like our tour guide Nick knew the name of everyone we passed working in the market.
At Pike Place Fish, we got to taste a variety of melt in your mouth smoked salmon, watch the flying fish, and talk with Taho who’s been working there for over a decade. Here we got to learn about how the throwing of the fish started and about them becoming the only sustainable seafood purveyor in the market.
Taste The Best & Learn About Even More
One thing about walking into the market on my own was I didn’t even know where to start. I wasn’t sure if there were tourist traps (it’s amazing that there actually aren’t), what was the token places to visit, and what I really would enjoy.
Savor Seattle’s tour gives you a great start to getting to know the best of the market. We enjoyed Daily Dozen’s Donuts, BB Ranch, Pike Place Chowder, Beecher’s Cheese and more.
On top of visiting and sampling at the best of the best, as we walked through the market we learned about even more places we had to visit. You’ll definitely want a chance to come back to the market after your tour on another empty stomach, so you can try more of the places mentioned whether it was The Confectional, Rachel’s Ginger Beer or Piroshky-Piroshky.
Plus, at the end of your tour you’re given a discount card that gives you 10% or more off at over fifty places around the market. I wasn’t in town nearly long enough to take advantage of this but go on your Savor Seattle tour first thing so you can use it over your entire trip.
Walk Away Stuffed & Wanting More
You will be filled with stories, some of the best food you’ve ever ate and still be wanting more. The only bummer about my tour with Savor Seattle was not getting to take another one. I might have to try the chocolate or cocktail tour on my next trip.
A huge thank you to them for hosting me on a tour where I really got to know Seattle and all its culinary world has to offer. For some of the other places I loved visiting in Seattle and more details on many of the stops on the tour check out my Seattle City Guide and more places to indulge around the city.
Have you explored Pike Place Market before? If so what was your favorite spot. I don’t know about you but it’s pretty hard for me to choose. Leave us a comment below.