Seattle’s Best Food Tours
This is Seattle’s biggest and most recognizable food tour outfit. The Savor Seattle guides’ pink umbrellas make it easy to stick with the group, and personal audio devices mean that you won’t miss a detail, even in the thickest crowds. You’ll learn about local history and culture, and meet chefs and producers along the way. No need to eat before or after – these tours are a meal in themselves. Most run about two hours, and there are a few great family-friendly options, like the Signature Pike Place Market and the Chocolate Indulgence Tours. Get up early and beat the crowds on the VIP Market Tour, and watch the vendors set up their wares. Adults-oriented options include Gourmet Seattle, and Booze’n’Bites Tours, as well as a restaurant tour in the hip Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Tours meet at various locations, check website for details.
2. Eat Seattle
These Pike Place Market tours are chef-led, and focus on the region’s unique culinary history and identity. Along the way, you’ll sample wares from the Market’s best suppliers of organic produce and sustainable proteins, as well as special tastings created by your chef-guide. Chef-led market tours are two hours long, and kids are welcome. Eat Seattle also occasionally holds combined events that include a chef-led Market tour, hands-on cooking class in the Market’s Atrium Kitchen, and a fantastic 3-course meal that you help create.
Tours meet outside of Seattle Coffee Works: 107 Pike Street.
Seattle’s known for its coffee, and there’s so much more than Starbucks. On this 2 1/2 hour walking tour, you’ll stop and sample at some of the city’s best cafes, as well as learn about the history of coffee, and different processing and brewing methods. Tours run Thursday through Monday, departing at 10am.
Tours meet outside of the Seattle Art Museum at 1st Avenue and University Street.
The nation’s first organic, fair-trade chocolatier offers tours of their factory, where visitors can learn all about chocolate, see how it’s transformed from bean to bar, and sample heavily along the way. Tours are offered seven days a week, though you need to visit on a weekday to see the factory in full production mode. And because it’s a working factory, they require closed-toed shoes and hair nets (provided), and ask that you leave your perfumes and fur at home. Tours are one hour long, $10/person, and frequently sell out – it’s best to buy tickets well in advance. Kids under 6 aren’t allowed on standard tours, but Theo holds a special, chocolate-themed story time just for them once a week. Also check out the factory’s website for events, classes, and private tours.
Tours meet at Theo Chocolate Factory: 3400 Phinney Avenue North.
Pick up a map upon entry in Starbucks’ gorgeous new Reserve Tasting Room, and embark on a self-guided tour, a great way to view the roasting process and dig deep into Starbucks Coffee culture. Watch master roasters at work, preparing the brand’s small-batch reserve beans, then take a seat at the Coffee Experience Bar for a hot or cold coffee-tasting flight. Afterward, peruse the tasting room’s Coffee Library, boasting more than 200 volumes, and explore the many unique and high-end souvenir Starbucks items that are available only at this location.
1124 Pike Street