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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.

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Seattle: 3-Hour City Tour by Bus

2. 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

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Seattle: Underground Donut Tour

3. 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.

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Seattle: Walking Chocolate Tour with Tastings

4. 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. Sample 12 delights at 6 places. Choose from group and private options. Travel to 6 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. 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.

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

5. 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

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Seattle: Historical Downtown Exploration Game

6. Seattle: Historical Downtown Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Seattle's city center while playing a mobile-based quest with your friends and family. Solve clues and discover the fascinating history behind the monuments and attractions. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you back in time to learn about the origins of some of downtown's most iconic buildings and tourist sites like Pike Place Market. Here's a sneak peek at the storyline: “You are standing at Union Station, unsure of why you're there. You realize you're a ticket for the S.S. Portland. You'll need to gather your supplies before boarding the next ship to the Yukon region to try your luck finding gold before other miners..." Unlock the secret stories of the places you visit as you solve the problem and guess the answers. Learn about the events around the Klondike Gold Rush, the Seattle Underground, the Great Seattle Fire. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

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Seattle: 3-Hour City Highlights Tour

7. 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.

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Pike Place Market: Walking Food Tour

8. 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.

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Seattle Urban Adventure Quest Team Scavenger Hunt

9. Seattle Urban Adventure Quest Team Scavenger Hunt

Turn Seattle into a giant game board on the Urban Adventure Quest that’s priced for a group of up to 5 players. This interactive scavenger hunt combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the city. This is the perfect activity for groups, large or small, interested in seeing the most well-known sites as well as the often-overlooked hidden gems the city keeps secret. Race to be the first to finish the game, or take as much time as you need, learning about local history along the way. Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way through the city, solving clues and completing challenges. The adventure begins at the Seattle Center and takes you on a well-designed course that includes sights around the Space Needle and others downtown and within the Pikes Place Market area. The Quest requires about 2 miles of walking and uses the Seattle monorail system at one point in the game. Offered at a fixed price for a group as opposed to per-person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to visitors on a budget. Points of interest on your Quest: • Seattle Center • Space Needle • Seattle Center Monorail • Pike Place • Post Alley • Gum Wall • Seattle Art Museum

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Seattle: The Ultimate Food Experience with Local Guide

10. Seattle: The Ultimate Food Experience with Local Guide

Join a local, who will share the secrets of the local Seattle food scene as you make your way through Downtown 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. Begin your experience in Pike Place Market, where you will taste fresh oysters, the best clam chowder in the country, Chef Tom Douglas's signature salmon burger or crab cakes and Dungeness crab. You will also have the opportunity to taste locally made cheese and scrumptious mac n’ cheese, salted caramel, traditional hot donuts and real Italian gelato, all made with regional and sustainably sourced ingredients! Try the original Starbucks Cafe or indulge in Seattle’s other specialty brew - craft beer! Head to the Seattle Brew Co. or the Old Stove Brewing Co., where you can sample some craft beers, real ales and unique lager. Finally, explore Downtown and let your local take you to a specialty chocolate shop where you can indulge in a truffle or two and discover Seattle’s chocolate history. Finally, visit a bakery to pick up a final sweet treat for dessert!

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What people are saying about Pike Place Market

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 227 reviews

The tour guide, John, was very energetic and knowledgeable. There was a wide variety of samples - definitely enough to feel full when it was over! We had been to Pike's market a few times, but we saw and went places we had not seen before.

Our guide Holly was great, the Seattle history was interesting and the donuts were incredible! We are definitely doing other walking tours and we’re certainly going back for more donuts.

Chef John was knowledgable, funny and very passionate about his market family. His tour was a lot of and interesting. I would do it again.

Delicious, fun, and informative - not a dull or hungry moment on this delightful tour with a local chef. Eric was great!

The tour guide was fully of knowledge, friendly, and kind of looked like Kurt Vonnegut. Fun and tasty!