Seattle is surrounded by water, picturesque mountains, and lush green forests.

It’s also home to a large tech industry ranging from Microsoft to Amazon.

While Seattle may be known for its iconic landmark – the Space Needle, it also has some spectacular food.

From fresh seafood at the Pike Place Market to gourmet restaurants and delicious wine, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

To whet your appetite, we’ve curated 14 of some of the best food tours and dining experiences.

1. Pike Place Market

There’s nothing quite like Pike Place Market that’s situated in the heart of downtown Seattle.

Besides having lots of fresh produce, Pike Place Market is also known for its stalls of fresh fish.

There are also street performers to entertain the large crowds. 

Around the market are tiny shops scattered around, along with plenty of restaurants. 

Most tourists also flock to Pike Place Market to catch a glimpse of employees throwing salmon and other fish to each other. 

There are plenty of tours going to the market but don’t miss out on the early access food experience

On this tour, you can interact with merchants before the crowds arrive and be shown around by a knowledgeable guide. 

You will also be taken to explore some of the hidden gems of Pike Place Market.

  • Address: 85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, United States
  • Opening Hours: Daily 9am-6pm

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2. Gourmet Seattle Walking Tour

There are plenty of incredible restaurants in Seattle and you’ll get to explore them on this walking tour. 

As you embrace upscale comfort food, you’ll also be introduced to Seattle’s most popular restaurants. 

Start off at Belltown where you’ll be introduced to some top chefs and food artisans who will share their tricks of the trade . 

The tour continues to other tasting locations including five restaurants. 

You’ll get four wine and cocktail pairings, truffle pizza, razor clam chowder and more. 

All of the ingredients are also fresh, local, organic, and seasonal. 

  • Departure Point: Orfeo, 2107 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
  • Departure Time: 2pm or 2:30pm
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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3. Seattle’s Local Fish Store Visit And Sushi Rolls Class

Seattle is known for their fresh fish, and you’ll get to experience that on this unique dining experience. 

Start off by heading to a local seafood store where you’ll get to take a look at some of the freshest fish available.

After purchasing some of the ingredients, your guide will take you back to the kitchen for a hands-on sushi making lesson. 

You’ll learn how to create three different sushi rolls and plate them to your liking. 

Of course, once you’ve finished creating your sushi, you can devour your creations. 

This tour will also take you pass Seattle’s historic Italian bakery – Borracchini’s Bakery, and Jimi Hendrix Park.  

  • Departure Point: Prune Kitchen Seattle, 3708, 1508 25th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144, USA
  • Departure Time: 10am
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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4. Chocolate Indulgence

Who doesn’t love chocolate?

This tour includes all things chocolate and is sure to satisfy every individual’s sweet tooth.

You’ll get to meet some of Seattle’s best confectioners and chocolate makers on this walking tour.

Get some of the best tips from these fine chocolatiers and take these tasty delights home.

Best of all? You’ll get to try plenty of sweet treats along the way ranging from dark chocolate ice cream to truffles and cupcakes.

You’ll even get to try Tom Douglas’ famous Triple Coconut Cream Pie – a dessert that’s not to be missed.

  • Departure Point: Modernist Cuisine Gallery, 1403 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
  • Departure Time: 11am
  • Duration: 2 hours

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5. Seattle’s Original Starbucks

Original Starbucks

Starbucks is a reputable worldwide chain known for their coffee and cold drinks.

The most famous coffeehouse in the world however, actually started in Seattle.

You’ll be able to pay a visit to the original Starbucks that was established in 1971.

Located in Pike’s Place Market, the store has kept its early appearance and looks slightly different than the current Starbucks you’re used to.

Inside the store, there are brass labels from the bulk coffee bins in 1971, and the espresso bar is even built slightly higher so you can watch your barista craft your drink.

Visit the original Starbucks as part of a Seattle city tour as you also explore Seattle’s other sights.

  • Address: 1912 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Opening Hours: Daily 6am – 9pm

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6. Coffee, Chocolate and Wine Tour

Experience exquisite chocolate, coffee, and wine in one amazing tour.

On this tour that’s sure to ignite your sense, you’ll visit three of Seattle’s best prolific and prominent makers.

Start off with a private tasting at The Starbucks Reserve and learn how to pair coffee with food from the experts.

Thereafter it’s time to head to Fran’s Chocolates in Georgetown where you’ll even get a view of the production facility.

Finally, finish off at Browne Family Vineyards with local wines paired with some charcuteries and cheeses.

  • Departure Point: Traveler pickup is offered
  • Departure Time: 9am
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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7. Bainbridge Wine Tour & Dinner

Bainbridge is a popular area in Seattle that has some of the best wineries in Washington.

Located just a 30-minute ferry ride away from downtown, this tour will take you to some of the best wineries. 

Visit three to four of the island’s wineries and get to meet with the winemakers. 

You’ll learn more about how these award-winning wines are both grown and produced. 

All in all, you’ll have up to 15 tastings and receive the ultimate treatment. 

Your evening ends with a tasty gourmet dinner and you’ll even get to bring home a complimentary Bainbridge souvenir wine class from the tour. 

  • Departure Point: 270 Olympic Dr SE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, USA
  • Departure Time: 2:40pm
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours

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8. Hike Mt. Rainier & Taste Yakima Valley Wine

Seattle has some incredible hiking spots with picturesque locations and unforgettable scenery.

On this full day adventure, you’ll get to hike the beautiful Mt. Rainier before ending your day in the wineries at Yakima Valley.

During the summer, Mount Rainier has gorgeous trails with plenty of gorgeous flowers, and some fresh mountain air.

This tour is also the only day tour permitted to explore more than a mile from the park road – so privacy is guaranteed.

After your hike, you’ll get to take a breather with an organic picnic lunch.

Thereafter, your afternoon ends at two stunning wineries in the Yakima Valley.

  • Departure Point: Traveler pickup is offered
  • Departure Time: 7:30am
  • Duration: 11 hours

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9. Snoqualmie Falls & Wine Tasting

If you’re looking for a relaxing tour that includes marvelling at some magnificent falls and sipping wine, this is the tour for you. 

You’ll be seated in a comfortable van with a small group of fellow travellers as you get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look of the Pacific Northwest. 

Start the day visiting an incredible waterfall and taking picturesque photos. 

After that, have a delicious lunch in a peaceful and calm setting before heading towards the wineries. 

One of the wineries also includes an award-winning winemaker. 

This is the perfect afternoon tour for those looking to unwind a little. 

  • Departure Point: Traveler pickup is offered
  • Departure Time: 10am
  • Duration: 8 hours

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10. Beer & Wine Tour of Pike Place Market

While Pike Place Market is known for its fresh seafood and produce, it also has some fantastic beer and wine.

On this tour you’ll be guided by a Chef and get to taste some of the best beer and wine that’s paired with tasty bites.

You’ll start off at Seattle’s first microbrewery sipping some brews while enjoying a soft pretzel.

Then, you’ll sample some creamy Greek yoghurt before trying a German house-made sausage that’s paired with a beer.

You’ll also get to taste some yummy Mac and Cheese, before heading to try more snacks, beers, and wines.

Besides getting to try a refreshing Prosecco float, you’ll also learn more about the methods of making wine, and finish off with picturesque views of Puget Sound.

This tour is perfect for beer and wine fanatics, or those looking to discover what Pike Place Market has to offer.

  • Departure Point: The Pike Brewing Company, 1415 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
  • Departure Time: 3pm
  • Duration: 2 hours

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11. Dine At Seattle Space Needle

The Space Needle is a signature structure in Seattle.

It was once the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, and has an observation deck that provides incredible views of the city.

On sunny clear days, you can even see Lake Union and the Olympic Range mountains from the Space Needle.

While the views draw a huge crowd, there are also restaurants for those looking for a dining experience in the sky.

For something light, the Atmos Cafe serves up small bites, sandwiches, burgers, locally-crafted beer, and coffee.

Alternatively, there’s 360 Sunset at the Top that has 360 degree views of Seattle with wine tastings and paired bites.

There’s even a Sunset at the Top experience that includes admission, reserved seating of the upper observation deck along with four wine tastings and paired bites.

  • Address: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109, United States
  • Opening Hours: Daily 10am-8pm

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12. Seattle’s Haunted Brewery Crawl

A haunted brewery crawl is an experience unlike any other.

On this crawl, you’ll get to go to four of the best urban breweries in Seattle.

There’s a twist however as one of these breweries is recognized to be one of the most haunted bars in the Northwest.

At each of the breweries, you’ll also get to hear more about the history and captivating stories of Seattle from your guide.

Feel free to try some of the local brews at each of the stops.

As part of the tour, you’ll also get to stop by a brewery museum.

  • Departure Point: 86 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
  • Departure Time: 5pm
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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13. Underground Donut Tour

Do you love donuts?

If so, this tour will most definitely take your breath away.

The Underground Donut Tour will take you to sample some of the best donuts in Seattle.

Some of the most famous donut places you’ll get to try include Top Pot Doughnuts, Dahlia Bakery and more.

You’ll try at least five doughnuts on this tour, and you’ll be blown away by the impeccable taste and fluffiness of each deliciously crafted donut.

  • Departure Point: 2124 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
  • Duration: 2 hours

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14. Seattle Chinatown District

In Seattle, the Chinatown district is also known as I.D.

It’s one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and is full of both history and culture.

You’ll want to see Kobe Terrace, the Mt. Fuji cherry trees and the Wing Luke Museum when you’re in the area.

Don’t forget to also try some of Chinatown’s most delicious foods ranging from dim sum to banh mi and more.

If you plan on visiting Seattle along with other attractions, the Seattle in One-Day tour is a great choice.

Besides dropping by Chinatown, you’ll also get to pop by Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the Ballard Locks, and Fremont.

Location: Bounded by Main, Jackson, I-5, Weller, and Fifth, Seattle, Washington

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As showcased above, Seattle is full of exciting food tours and dining experiences. 

Looking for more? 

Not to worry, there are plenty more food tours in Seattle to check out if the above isn’t quite what you’re looking for. 

From a coffee crawl that will take you to some of Seattle’s best brews to 9-course progressive dining experience, there’s bound to be something that piques your interest. 

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