I am pretty new to Seattle and had some out of town guests (from Boston, NYC and Denver) visiting in December. I was very excited to show off my new city, but one of my friends came across the best find of all - this AWESOME food tour of Pike Place!
You start out the day at a local coffee spot near the market. Over a coffee sampling and some delicious hot donuts from the market, we kicked off the beginning of our tour. We were also given whisper ear sets, so we could be a bit more discreet as we made our way through the market. Along the tour, you got to try samples from a bunch of different shops and stalls, and the whole time be impressed by the comaraderie that our guide had developed with the different people that we met in our tastings. We were especially lucky as we had the owner, Angela, as our tour guide. She was fabulous! My favorite stops were Etta's for their triple coconut cream pie, and this cheesecake place in the market. Honestly, I didn't love the cheesecake, but the hot chocolate is TO DIE FOR. Go get some now.
The tour ends at a wine co-op... perfect ending to this tour of yummy delights! I would suggest doing the tour towards the beginning of your stay, as you'll get coupons for revisiting the places you tried. I would recommend the tour to locals too, as I now know a lot more about the history of the market itself and came across some good finds like the amazing hot chocolate! We were not hungry for a while afterwards.
I know Angela is cooking up some new tours for the city, and I definitely plan on going on them in the future!