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Market Ghost Tours and Espresso

1499 Post Alley, Pike Place Market, Just before Gum Wall, Seattle, WA 98101
206-805-0195
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Ranked #46 of 151 Activities in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Owner description: Located in the Pike Place Market, Market Tours and Espresso offers different walking tours year round. The most popular is the Market Ghost Tour which... more » Owner description: Located in the Pike Place Market, Market Tours and Espresso offers different walking tours year round. The most popular is the Market Ghost Tour which was established in 2004. Named one of the Top Ten US Ghost Tours by tripavisor 2009 & 2010, the skeptic and believer can enjoy this exterior walking tour of Pike Place Market because it is rooted in history. Our emphasis is on storytelling. We also have the Seattle Lust Tour (over 18) mixing stories of sex and death together, sharing the secrets of First Avenue and why it was nicknamed Flesh Avenue. We offer the Mortuary Chapel Tour, which goes inside the Butterworth Mortuary during the summer and fall. During the day we have a 60 minute history tour focused on the merchants in the Market. The Pike Place Market is a nine acre district with over 400 residents as well as businesses. It also includes the city's first mortuary, part of an old graveyard, and a brothel that still has a red glow cast on its side. Leave the high heels at home because some of the streets are cobblestones. We encourage you to bring your cameras to try and capture phenomena and also to take some beautiful pictures of the neon and theatrical architecture in the Market. Find us at our espresso bar and shop at 1499 Post Alley, just before the Gum Wall! « less
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Port Coquitlam, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We went on the last tour of the night. Pike Market was closed, so it is really quiet and dark inside. The older kids enjoyed it much more than the little kids did. Because it was the last tour I feel that we heard more history and ghost stories. The Mortuary was really cool. I would probably do it again.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The ambience is really dark and creepy when you walk into a funeral parlor at the bottom of steps in Pioneer Square. Kids were a little scared, but it was fun. Not much history and we didn't really learn anything. It's just a fun place to be if you like the dark and eerie

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Los gatos
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

I bought expired overpriced ghost coffee from the shop. I was overcharged (I noticed the price label when I got home was $7 less than what I paid) and it was expired coffee! I feel like a fool. Buyer beware. We also took the tour which was not half bad. Tour guide was very passionate filled with historical information.

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Mercedes C, Owner at Market Ghost Tours and Espresso, responded to this review

Hello, You coffee was actually roasted on the date that is stamped on the bag. Our coffee is roasted every Monday. Here is some information about buying coffee from thecoffeefaq : "look for bags with the roasting date printed on them. You want a roasting date, not an expiration date." It is also law in Washington that the roast date... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We actually joined the 9:30pm tour after overhearing a couple talking about it at dinner. Since we were on the last tour of the night and the market was closed we went a little over on time and heard a few extra stories. If you're looking for super scary, it's not that; still a neat thing to do in the... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I really enjoyed the tour got to see a cool darker side to Seattle very interesting and informative. A good walk in pike place market everyone enjoyed the tour

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

Such a great tour! Jim had a lot of historical information. My husband and I really enjoyed the stories and walking part of the city. Jim was knowledgable and told the stories of seattle very well. Anyone who enjoys history and/or ghosts should take the tour.

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I went on the Mortuary Tour above Kell's, on the first Tour of the season. "Jim," (the guide) provides the history of the building, and makes it very interesting. We were a larger group (18), and Jim only had 4 paranormal activity detectors. I was lucky, and took possession of one of them. Twice the detector's lights lit up, all... More

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Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The tour guide was informative and energetic. Got to walk around and see places that we knew (nor cared) anything about. Left at the end feeling entertained and treated well. We will consider taking on more tours when we travel from now on. 75 minutes...gotta give it a shot!

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Mercedes C, Owner at Market Ghost Tours and Espresso, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Cindy. In our communications you stated that you were impressed at learning the history behind buildings that you did not know or care about before, so I understand your sentence in this review. I appreciate our messages. I do hope you take many tours. They are a great way of learning about the history and... More

Zelienople, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

I had booked this tour through a deal on the Amazon Local – Seattle site at a discounted rate. The tour was scheduled from 7-8:15. We were supposed to check in at 1499 Post Alley before the tour. Being that this was our first day in Seattle we were not familiar with where this was. We had asked several people... More

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Mercedes C, Owner at Market Ghost Tours and Espresso, responded to this review

Hello Heather, I wanted to clear up one thing. There was no espresso offered with the amazon local deal. Perhaps because our name is Market Ghost Tours and Espresso, that may have lead to your assumption. The deal stated clearly "Good for two tour tickets + Valid only for the market ghost tour" You did not miss anything and we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We had a blast! I never knew so many creepy things happened here! Very informative and we were glad there were no gimmicky scares. Very fun!

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