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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 #48 of 157 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: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I haven't been on very many ghost tours but this was a great experience! We were a small group but Jim, our guide was great! He is so entertaining and has some great stories! I was very happy that my husband and I took this tour. If you are looking for real ghosts, I suggest the mortuary tour. This tour... More

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Calgary, Canada
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Having experience several ghost tours in different cities throughout the word I was a little disappointed with this tour. The guide/ storyteller was friendly enough but the stories/ your was fairly disjointed and the pictures he had to show were poor quality and held together with a metal ring and they kept falling off and dripping to the ground. I... More

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Issaquah, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went on the ghost tour at the Pike Place Market last weekend. What an informative tour of the history of the market & all the "characters" that lived & worked there & now some say Haunt the place. My husband & I learned history we never knew about even though he was born & raised here & I've lived... More

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was an interesting guided tour with talks about the history of the aera and some colorful people that lived there. It was not a spooky or scary type tour.

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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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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