Touring Pike Place Market with Savor Seattle Food Tours
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!