I had the opportunity to join up with Seattle Free Walking Tours and tour guide Jake and Becky Schlack for a tour of the Pike Place Market in early December. My ‘day job” company decided to schedule a team-building event in Seattle that was close to the office and nice for a group of ten people.
After having toured a dozen cities over the summer to develop MetroDemic courses, it was an absolute treat getting to sit back and marvel at Jake’s expertise on all things Seattle! He has that extremely rare gift of being able to make local history both educational and funny, I wasn’t bored for a single minute on his tour of Pike Place Market.
One of my favorite things about Seattle Free Walking Tours was the connections he had with the local vendors in Pike Place Market. AKA: Free food! Smoked salmon, apple slices, jalapeno jam, and other treats were all part of the fun. It was obvious that Jake has worked hard to build a relationship with the local shops and has a lot of respect for the business they do.
As a person who works 1 block from the Pike Place Market, I also loved the very practical secrets he revealed. A secret atrium that never gets crowded. The cleanest bathrooms. The drink that is only served at the oldest Starbucks location. I walk through the market all the time and was discovering all kinds of new information.
If you’re looking for a guided tour of the Pike Place Market, these guys are the best. I loved what they had to offer and wish Jake and his wife all the best in their business! Give them a try next time you’re in downtown Seattle.
Disclaimer: We get absolutely nothing from this recommendation. Jake and his wife just seem like really good people and we are happy to recommend them.