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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 #32 of 147 activities in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

My husband and I are fans of ghost shows and often search for 'haunted' hotels. We randomly ran into one of the tours starting when we were at the famous 'gum wall'. The tour starts at Ghost Alley Espresso. Earlier in the day we had learned that a local nearby bar was featured on the popular Travel Chanel show, Ghost... More

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Seattle, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

My expectations were high for the Market Ghost Tour and I was a little disappointed in the end. At no time throughout the tour was anyone in our group spooked. We heard a lot of interesting facts about the market and some of the interesting characters that have hung around it over the years, but nothing we heard really put... More

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

Thank you for your review. We state very clearly on our website and promotional materials that we do not purposely try to scare anyone. We present the experience as "a walking tour rooted in history." Some people are scared but more often they are delighted at learning about the land and unknown history of the area. I certainly don't want... More

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I learned a few things about the market, but overall I was underwhelmed. Our guide seemed distracted and wasn't very good at guiding the group, and I frequently felt as if we were in the way of others walking. She was knowledgeable and had an obvious passion for the topic, but I didn't feel like I got my money's worth.... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Great story teller of hauntings and history of the market area. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Took the tour on a rainy night but that just added to the spooky ambiance. David, the guide, was entertaining and really interesting and he did a great job imparting some history along with the scary. Highly recommended!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

We went in a small group to the last tour on a Friday night and found that there was no need to reserve tickets. However, it was a big group and maybe another time of day would have given us a more intimate experience. The storytelling from our guide was very well done; but maybe a little over rehearsed and... More

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