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Seattle: Pike Place Market Chef-Guided Food Tour

1. Seattle: Pike Place Market Chef-Guided Food Tour

Meet your chef guide and watch cheese being made as you learn about the local dairy industry. Then, head to Beecher's Mac N Cheese and Elleno's yogurt for a tasting. Check out a secret garden that grows food and go to Pike Place Chowder. Discover small business stories like Chukar Cherries and taste several types of chocolate-covered cherries including Seattle's famous Rainier cherry. Learn about bean-to-bar chocolate and where chefs buy their produce, meat, and seafood. This is a unique way to explore Pike Place Market's small businesses and savor the local delicacies. The tour includes 9 different stops with about 15 small bites. In addition to tasting and learning about Pike Place Market, receive a 10% discount card to shop at a partner network.

Must-See Seattle: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

2. Must-See Seattle: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

On a sightseeing Seattle bus tour, sit back and relax as the tour takes you to the city's most popular and most important sights. Hop on and hop off at any of the allocated tour stops to explore the sights that interest you the most. As you travel, enjoy panoramic views of the city from the open-top deck on the bus, plus a wonderful audio commentary giving you all the information you need. Hop off at popular landmarks including the Space Needle, one of the cities tallest structures and home to a wonderful observation deck and revolving restaurant. With the Premium Ticket, not only will you have access to all 16 bus stops, but you can enjoy a stunning Scenic Panoramic Tour which gives you completely unrivalled views of the city. This ticket also includes a walking tour in the Pioneer Square Historic District, allowing you to take an intricate look at some of Seattle's fascinating past.  Must See Seattle Route highlights: • Space Needle • Historic Chinatown Gate • Seattle Central Library • Capitol Hill & Jimi Hendrix Statue • Paramount Theatre

Seattle: Tall Ship Harbor Cruise

3. Seattle: Tall Ship Harbor Cruise

Experience the romance of traditional sailing on a schooner sailboat. Relax on the boat's comfortable seats or take in the views from the high perimeter railing. Have the chance to purchase some delicious snacks and drinks while you sail. Hop aboard the schooner 'Bay Lady' and depart from Pier 66 on Seattle's waterfront. Feel the thrill of letting the wind decide the direction of the ship. Admire sights like the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and on clear days, see Mount Rainier's snowy peak. Search for local wildlife like swooping seagulls, frolicking porpoises, and playful harbor seals. Unwind with a drink from the onboard bar or sea if the sailor's life is for you by trying your hand at hoisting the sails. If the conditions are right, go full pirate ship and watch the canons fire.

Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

4. Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

Discover the best of Seattle on a 3-hour guided, small-group tour covering almost 50 miles including three main stops: Pioneer Square, Ballard Locks, and a city skyline viewpoint for unforgettable photo opportunities. Sit back and relax as a knowledgeable guide presents Seattle's history, neighborhoods, and attractions. The tour visits the following highlights: • Pike Place Market • Olympic and Cascade Mountain views • Seattle waterfront • Historic Pioneer Square • Waterfall Garden Park • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park • T-mobile Park and CenturyLink field • Chinatown and International District • Lake Washington • I-90 Floating Bridge • Mercer Island • Puget Sound views • Panoramic Seattle city views • Fremont neighborhood and Troll • Lake Union and Ship Canal • Fishermen’s Terminal • Ballard Locks/salmon ladder • Discovery Park • Scenic Magnolia Bluff with its stunning homes and views • Seattle Center & MoPop

Seattle: Underground Donut Tour

5. Seattle: Underground Donut Tour

Take a donut tour of the Emerald City, and discover the best Seattle has to offer. At each location, you will taste a curated sample of the best donuts. Some of the stops on this downtown tour include Top Pot Doughnuts, Dahlia Bakery, and Daily Dozen Doughnuts, all of which are authentic donut institutions. This 2-hour walking tour is led by a passionate donut expert, who will guide you to some of Seattle's best donut locales. The tour can cater to all size groups, both large and small. The donut tour is great for bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, family reunions, weekend getaways, or even corporate events.

Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

6. Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

See the sights of Seattle with a courteous and knowledgeable guide, and explore the city like a local. Hear interesting anecdotes and discover little known gems within the unique neighborhoods that make Seattle such a special place to live. Climb aboard a minivan and drive through the bustling downtown retail district into Pike Place Market. See where the world's first Starbucks coffeehouse opened, and keep a look out for flying fish! Admire the diverse architectural styles as you cruise from the award-winning, ultra-modern public library to the greatest concentration of early 20th-century Romanesque architecture in the USA. Get an up-close view of side-by-side mega-sports arenas practically across the street from the Port of Seattle. See the International District with its diverse pan-Asian community and artistic presence. Journey past King Street Station and Union Station, and continue to the waterfront before making your way past the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Experience Music Project Museum (also known as the "Museum of Pop Culture" or "MoPOP"). Go to the Kerry Park viewpoint atop Queen Anne Hill for a picture-postcard photo opportunity. On a clear day, you can see as far as Mount Rainier and experience a vista that will take your breath away. Take an interactive tour of the Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder, and learn about the miraculous lifecycle of Northwest Salmon. Watch as commercial boats navigate through the government locks, where the saltwater of Elliot Bay meets the freshwater of the Cascade Mountains, Lake Union and Washington. Drive through the artsy neighborhood of Fremont and see the famous Fremont Troll and the statue of Vladimir Lenin from the Cold War-era Soviet Union. Then, make your way back downtown for convenient drop-offs at all downtown attractions or your hotel if you prefer.

Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour

7. Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour

Pike Place Market is a joyous assault on the senses. With fish mongers throwing large fish past your head, restaurant after restaurant lining the sides and masses of people milling about, it is a place best explored with a local. During your Taste of Pike Place, you will be guided deep into the heart of this lovely place, for a taste of some of the best parts of the market. Your guide will share with you the legends and history of the colorful characters who have walked the hallways and hawked their wares. During your tour, taste the best locally made artisan foods the market has to offer, including authentic Indian samosas, Italian gelato, Greek Yogurt, Pacific Northwest Native American style smoked salmon, America's #1 rated clam chowder, Italian truffles, the best wild salmon burger in Seattle, and more. Substitutions available for most dietary restrictions available with advance notice.

Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

8. Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

Reintroduce yourself to chocolate and the cacao bean with this tour of Seattle's chocolate. Learn the story behind each tasting, the history of cacao, and the importance of chocolate in this city. Travel to 8 local restaurants, bakeries, and chocolatiers which may include Cupcake Royale, Tom Douglas's Dahlia Bakery, Indi Chocolate, Joe Chocolate, The Confectional, and Fran's Chocolates. Taste 12 samples of some of the finest chocolate in the city. Each stop of the tour offers a unique taste and tells one part of the vast story of the cacao bean. Eat a hero's dose of cupcakes, ice cream, cookies, pie, drinking chocolate, and truffles. Try dark, milk, and white chocolate. Eat your fill and have some extra to pack away for later, or impress your guide by finishing it all. Listen as your guide puts each bite into context, both historically and as it relates to the culture of Seattle and the core values of Pike Place Market.

Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

9. Seattle: Tall Sailboat Sunset Harbor Cruise

Experience the romance of traditional sailing on sunset cruise through the Seattle Harbor. Relax on the boat's comfortable seats or take in the views from the high spacious decks. Have the chance to purchase some delicious snacks and drinks while you sail. Hop aboard the schooner 'Bay Lady' and depart from Pier 66 on Seattle's waterfront. Feel the thrill of letting the wind decide the direction of the ship. Admire sights like the Space Needle, Smith Tower, and on clear days, see Mount Rainier's snowy peak. Let the sunset over the mountain ranges of the Puget Sound take your breath away. Unwind with a drink from the onboard bar that serves a refreshing range of drinks like cider, beer, wine, champagne, soda, and water. 

Seattle: Private Highlights Experience with a Local

10. Seattle: Private Highlights Experience with a Local

This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of Seattle. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Lace up your walking shoes, grab an umbrella if it looks like rain and get ready to hit the streets of Seattle with your local host. You could start by grabbing a coffee to go in one of the historic coffee houses and visit two of the city's top attractions - Pike Place Market and the Olympic Sculpture Park.  Your local host will point out the market's best arts and crafts vendors, where you can shop for distinctive gifts and souvenirs or pick-up a handmade pastry. Wander through the dark depths of the market to search out unusual specialty shops which tourists normally miss. Notice the contrast with the tacky tourist shops, fish and chips counters and mediocre, overpriced restaurants on the waterfront, where the redeeming features are the views across Elliott Bay to the Olympic Mountains. A wide sidewalk along the waterfront is perfect for strolling and admiring the Seattle Aquarium.  Next, you could wander towards the historic Pioneer Square area and stop to check out the big windows and local artwork at Zeitgeist Coffee, which is popular with Seattle's local art crowd. Your local host will recommend a few options for places where locals go to have a quick bite so you can get your energy back. For the afternoon, you may want to visit the Seattle Center, primarily known as the home of the iconic Space Needle, but also home to the Seattle Opera, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, numerous theater companies, a children's museum and a science museum. If you are interested in finding out more about the shows and exhibitions, your local host will be able to advise and help with your bookings.  Finish your day back where you started at Pike Place Market. By nightfall, the fishmongers and flower vendors will be long gone and the shops will be closed but some of the city's best restaurants and most enjoyable bars will light up. Whatever your mood or preferences, share these with your local host to get recommendations on the best places to catch an eclectic musical act, listen to Irish music or enjoy a romantic late dinner. This experience is great for all ages.

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What people are saying about Pike Place Market

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 330 reviews

The time was very informative. Our driver, Elvis, was a very good driver and I felt comfortable in his van. I learned a lot and I would suggest anyone coming to town to employ this company. We did the tour at the end of our trip and it would’ve been great if it was at the beginning of our trip but it wasn’t available then.

Holly was great! Very knowledgeable and patient! I would recommend this tour! I would also recommend giving returning tour patrons 10% off at the locations after the tour. We actually went back to 2 of the 3 stops for breakfast in the upcoming days.

Bob, our guide, was fabulous! He was friendly and knowledgeable, and we really learned a lot about the history of the market. The samples were varied and delicious, and enough to make us feel really satisfied. We totally recommend this tour.

Chef John was a hoot to be with in the market. There’s no one he doesn’t know, no stand that he can’t tell you about - even the ones that aren’t there anymore. A great way to spend a couple of hours at the market.

Steve was a fabulous guide! He was so friendly and very knowledgable. We loved seeing and learning more about the city than we ever would have on our own. Highly recommend!