Today's Groupon scores you one ticket to the Pike Place Market Tour (a $43 value including tax) from Seattle Food Tours for $26. Call ahead to reserve your tour and alert your guides of any food allergies or dietary restrictions. The tour runs from noon to 2:30 p.m. and has various starting points.
As Seattle Food Tours takes you on a two-and-a-half-hour perambulation of Pike Place Market, they'll introduce you to their handpicked favorite restaurants, chefs, farmers, gourmet shops, and artisanal food purveyors. Depending on the tour, you might try award-winning local clam chowder, sample fresh English crumpets, or lick authentic Italian gelato made with fresh local fruit. Past tours have also included Chinese herb teas, locally produced cheese, alder-wood-smoked salmon, and a whole bunch of other James Beard award-winning chefs, organic seasonal fruits, international wines, and more. The surprise is much of the fun, so buy extra Groupons for up to three friends, and spend an afternoon telling each other, "Here, you have to try this."
CityVoters listed Seattle Food Tours as having some of the top food tours in the city two years in a row. Six Citysearchers give the tours five stars and nine Yelpers give them an average rating of 4.5 stars. More than 100 TripAdvisors give them five perfect owl eyes.
- We toured in a small group of five which gave our guide ,Penny, a great chance to strike up a good raport [sic] with the group. Her in-depth knowledge of the market and the stall owners made for a fascinating insight into the history, life and spectacle that is Pike Place. – Shellly42, TripAdvisor
- The best way to experience pike place is through your stomach! From clam chowder to smoked salmon to dried fruits and even crumpets, this tour encompasses some of the best food from the market. – Steph M., Yelp
Seattle Food Tours
As the founder of Seattle Food Tours, Michael Rogers couldn't have started a more perfect business for himself: as a former chef and frequent traveler, he appreciates the feeling of discovering new places. He's surrounded himself with a team of similarly knowledgeable tour guides, including a professional baker, a wine tasting expert, and an international tour guide.
Given the group's impressive backgrounds, it's not surprising that they operate top-notch excursions. They lead the curious through Pike Place Market, and even though it's one of the most visited culinary destinations in the country, their trip grants access to five spots not featured on any other market tour. A progressive dinner through Belltown Restaurants welcomes groups to sample libations from a nationally renowned cocktail bar, and taste the creations of a sushi chef who is a two-time James Beard nominee. Each outing can be amended for vegetarians or those with fork allergies, or reserved for private groups.