On our first visit to Seattle, Kris and I booked a food tour of Pike Place Market with Savor Seattle Food Tours. It was decided long ago that for as much as we love to eat and learn about local history and lore, food tours are just where it’s at. We chose to do their signature tour of the market in the afternoon—note that they offer the signature tour throughout the day but their morning route and their afternoon route are just a bit different. Both of these routes + maps are available on their website.
What Should I know about the Pike Place Market Food Tour?
The tour was two hours long and covered seven different food tasting stops, plus a couple just to cover general history of the market and surrounding areas. Each of the food stops were also listed on their website which I found to be a helpful tool in determining what tour we’d book.
Things got started inside a small theatre just off the famous gum wall where our guide introduced himself, went over a few logistics, and gave us a hand out of all of the market restaurants that parter with Savor Seattle. At the end of our tour, it was promised that we would receive a VIP card that we could use at any of the partner restaurants for a 10% discount plus there is a store called Made in Washington that offered 5 free chocolate truffles just for showing the card. We did not take advantage of these discounts or freebies (no reason why, really) but that’s an added perk of the tour. Our group size was roughly 10-12 people and I imagine this is probably the max they allow as to not overcrowd the market. Before we left the theatre, we were given audio devices with one-ear headphone to use so we could hear the guide throughout the busy market. Yes, headphones are sometimes uncomfortable and dorky but they are necessary when you’re touring through a busy place. The end.
After that, we were off. In addition to hearing the history of the market, we were given information on all of the places we visited for food and I walked away certainly knowing a lot more about the place and some of the local vendors than I would have without going on the tour. I was impressed that at roughly half of the food stops we were given 2-3 samples rather than just one—something that I wasn’t expecting. I also appreciated that I got to try so many different items for one set price (we paid $43 plus tax for a weekend day in 2017). Pike Place Market is easily something you could “eat your way around” and it’s definitely encouraged but I imagine by the time I made it to 2-3 different vendors and paid full price for a full sized item I would be stuffed and would have most likely spent half the ticket price anyway. So being able to try seven places and walk away full but not uncomfortable was a win-win.
What Should I know about Ticketing and Weather?
Savor Seattle offers other food + drink tours including a chocolate indulgence tour and booze n’ bites tour. You must purchase tickets in advance and you will be charged a service fee for purchasing them online (I was charged an additional $4). For other FAQs click here.I found their website to be very user friendly and my tour was confirmed twice via email and once via a phone call from the guide.
It was raining while we were on tour (shocking for Seattle, I know) so we were a bit wet. It was a mix of being inside and outside and I was fine wearing a rain jacket sans umbrella but don’t come on this tour thinking that you will not be out in the elements if there is inclement weather.
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