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Touring Pike Place Market with Savor Seattle Food Tours

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On Sunday my family and I returned from a 7-day Alaskan cruise and now that the week is in full swing it’s back to reality and the daily grind. Luckily I have a ton of amazing things experiences to write about so it will take me back, if only for a little while. We started our vacation in Seattle and stayed at Hotel Max, right in the heart of downtown and walking distance to everything we wanted to see. We spent our first morning touring the famous Pike Place Market with Savor Seattle Food Tours. This was the absolute best way to tour the market; with the tour group we skipped all the long lines and were able to try all the delicious food the market has to offer. After snapping a few photos in the market we met our tour group at Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater where you’ll find the Gum Wall – kind of gross but kind of cool at the same time!

Pike Place Market, Public Market, Farmers Market

Pike Place Market Gum Wall

Gum Wall Pike Place Market

Along with all the great food, you also have a great guide that takes you on your tour of the market and gives a ton of interesting information and history on the market and all its vendors. (Shout out to our favorite tour guide, Harriette!) The first stop on our morning tour was Daily Dozen Donut Co where we sampled their warm, sugary little doughnuts – simple compared to all the fancy doughnuts out there today but in this case simple is definitely a very, very good thing! Next we checked out the views from the Pike Place Urban Market while sipping on some hot tea from MarketSpice. It was a bit of a rainy day in Seattle and the spiced tea hit the spot!

Pike Place Market Urban Garden

Pike Place Market Urban Garden

From here we moved on to Pike Place Fish Marketwhere we tried a few of their fantastic smoked salmon varieties and watched my brother as he successfully caught the flying fish! From there we sampled some delicious apples and cherries from Frank’s Quality Produce, then made our way to Pike Place Chowder for hands down some of the best chowders I’ve ever tasted! On the tour we tried the traditional New England Clam Chowder as well as their Seafood Bisque. Both were amazing but the seafood bisque stole the show for most of us! It was so tasty and filled with big chunks of fresh salmon, cod, shrimp, and crab – we went back for full-size bowls after the tour was over!

Pike Place Fish Catch

Pike Place Chowder

After warming up with the chowder we made our way back inside the market for the best chocolate-covered cherries you’ll ever eat from Chukar Cherries, then headed back out again for all sorts of cheesy goodness at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. We also tried the most  delicious piroshkis from Piroshky Piroshky before stopping outside the “original” Starbucks to take in all the sights and sounds of the market.

Chukar Cherries

Beecher's Homemade Cheese

Beecher's Homemade Cheese, Mac n Cheese

Piroshky Piroshky

Piroshky Piroshky

Pike Place Market Starbucks

Pike Place Market

Finally (and sadly) we then made it to our last stop on the tour, Etta’s Seafood Restaurant, for a crab cake that was just a whole lot of fresh, tasty crab – the perfect ending to a morning of exciting sights, sounds, and of course tastes! If you’re visiting Seattle I highly recommend checking out Savor Seattle Food Tours, they have several other tours in addition to the market tour – a little something for everyone!

Etta's Seafood, Crab Cakes

Mentioned in this post
  1. Seattle
    City in Washington

    Seattle Washington
  2. Pike Place Market
    Attraction in Seattle Washington

    85 Pike St
    Seattle Washington
    (206) 682-7453
    http://www.pikeplacemarket.org
  3. Seattle Gum Wall
    Attraction in King Washington

    Post Alley
    King Washington
    (206) 587-2414
  4. Daily Dozen Donut Co
    Restaurant in Seattle Washington

    93 Pike St # 7
    Seattle Washington
    (206) 467-7769
  5. MarketSpice
    Restaurant in Seattle Washington

    85 Pike St
    Seattle Washington
    (206) 622-6340
    http://www.marketspice.com/
  6. Pike Place Fish Market
    Restaurant in Seattle Washington

    86 Pike Pl
    Seattle Washington
    (206) 682-7181
    http://www.pikeplacefish.com/
  7. Pike Place Chowder
    Restaurant in Seattle Washington

    1530 Post Alley
    Seattle Washington
    (206) 267-2537
  8. Chukar Cherries
    Restaurant in Seattle Washington

    1529 Pike Pl
    Seattle Washington
    (206) 623-8043
    http://www.chukar.com/
  9. Beecher's Handmade Cheese
    Attraction in Seattle Washington

    1600 Pike Pl
    Seattle Washington
  10. Piroshky Piroshky
    Restaurant in Seattle Washington

    1908 Pike Place
    Seattle Washington
    (206) 441-6068
    http://www.piroshkybakery.com
  11. Savor Seattle Food Tours
    Attraction in King County Washington

    1916 Pike Pl
    King County Washington
    (206) 209-5485
    http://www.savorseattletours.com/

  • Yum!!!! I can’t even begin to tell you how badly I want to go to Seattle! It looks amazing.
    Katharine
    http://www.paytington.com

    • Seattle was a blast-rainy day on our first day but when we got back after our cruise it was bright and sunny and just gorgeous! Would totally move there!

  • This looks awesome! I love a good food tour. There are some fun ones in Chicago that I’ve done before, which is fun even to tour your local neighborhood. Seattle is on my near future travel bucket list and your pictures have totally sold it for me!

    • Mike and I have done the craft beer tour in Chicago and loved it! This really was the best way to try a ton of stuff in the market because you got small bites and skipped all the lines, which at some places were pretty crazy!

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