Whether you’ve lived in Seattle for a few months or 20 years there is always something new to see at the world famous Pike Place Market. There are several types of tours visitors and locals go on, however, one is never enough. We decided to go on Savor Seattle’s VIP Early Access Tour at Pike Place Market. From well-known favorites to hidden gems we were pleasantly surprised and left with happy tummies. This tour is also a lot more than just food, too! We learned so many things about Pike Place that we never knew! We can't wait to do it again!
Check out their site for all of the details including 7 other tasting tours: savorseattletours.com - Mark was our outstanding tour guide, maybe you'll have him too!
Stop 1: Honest Biscuits
Owner Art Stone first started making biscuits when he was only 4 years old with his grandma. After years of trying to replicate his grandma’s recipe, he finally felt he was catching up to her yet incorporating his own style into the biscuits creating the Honest Biscuits we all know and love today.
As described by a local baker as, “fluffy clouds of goodness," the biscuits are baked fresh everyday with all local ingredients including Washington’s Shepherd’s Grain flour. Unique twists inspired by other market favorites are used as well like, Bavarian Meat’s bacon, Beecher’s Cheese, Theo Chocolate and of course local fruit.
Honest Biscuits are shared among several different farmer’s markets and seasonally alter flavors to reflect all of the different markets. You can check out their Find & Buy page here to see what farmer’s markets they’ll be located around Seattle: https://www.honestbiscuits.com/find-buy
Stop 2: Indi Chocolate
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Indi Chocolate is special not only for their great tasting chocolate and variety of products they supply, but because their cacao beans are sourced directly from farmers providing them with higher incomes. Their products made from cocoa butter range from teas to body care — including sun tan lotion!
Being in Seattle, it also comes to no surprise Indi Chocolate loves their coffee. They have a cafe with specialty coffee drinks and their single origin drinking chocolate. Yum!
Be sure to try out a class here: https://indichocolate.com/blogs/classes
Stop 3: Frank’s Quality Produce
“Quality” is our middle name.
Frank’s Quality produce is 85 years and 5 generations in the making. With beautiful displays of fruits and vegetables hand trimmed and selected every morning, you’ll never miss it walking through the market.
Not only do they sell at the market but they deliver to many restaurants around Seattle. They hand craft gift boxes and fruit baskets as well. Is there anything they don’t do?
Be sure to make a visit as their customer service is ‘unsurpassed’ and you'll sample the freshest fruits you've ever tasted.
Stop 4: Pike Place Fish
Pike Place Fish is really what has made Pike Place Market the world phenomenon it has become today.
From halibut to crab to salmon, there is something for all palettes. Maybe even try catching a fish like Brea!
Place an order here: https://www.pikeplacefish.com/
Stop 5: Market Spice
Beginning in 1911, Market Spice offers 140 different teas, spices, honeys, cookie, mints, sauces, their own candle line and so much more.
Want to try a 1st place World Tea Championship winner? Try the Cinnamon Orange bottled tea, it obviously can’t be beat.
From their signature blends, to adding essentials oils and yet no sweetener, Market Spice is a must visit to find the spice that fits your life.
View their extensive product line here: https://www.marketspice.com/
Stop 6: Pike Place Urban Garden
Want to visit a place no one knows about? This urban garden will be for you. With fresh greenery all around and stunning views of Seattle - it’s a perfect place to take a moment to soak in the beauty, and if you’re lucky, maybe some sunshine.
Stop 7: Miss Cafe - Turkish Cuisine
If you’re a pizza lover and are willing to try something new, Miss Cafe’s signature Turkish Pizzas (Pides) are a must. With the perfect crisp, ground beef and some veggies you won’t be disappointed.
Notice the little things:
Rachel the Pig, aka a large golden pig in the middle of the market, is an actual piggy bank.
Supporting The Market Foundation, Rachel raises around $20,000 each year for education, local soup banks and senior citizens. If you rub Rachel’s snout and make a donation legend has it you’ll be going home with some good luck!
Be sure to grab some donuts at the Daily Dozen Donut Company and trying their maple bacon donut. If you’re then craving some coffee stop by the original Starbucks where the company sold their first cup of coffee.