For my friends and family traveling to Seattle

YES. I’m so excited for you to explore the city I decided to uproot to. From the sunny, blue summers to the gloomy, but cozy winters, I fell in love with this city.

Here are my favorite viewpoints of the city, eateries, and things to do!

Pike Place Market

  • Pike Place Chowder – Crab & Oyster Chowder is my fave! Or grab the sampler to try all. If you want to bypass the long line, there is another location in Downtown in Pacific Place mall (which unfortunately doesn’t have my fave Crab & Oyster Chowder). Usually no lines though
  • Rachel’s Ginger Beer – Can’t go wrong with any of the flavors. I either get the pink guava ginger beer or a Moscow mule
  • Ellenos Greek Yogurt – I’ve never been yet, but everyone swears by it. I’ve had the store bought version, and it’s still delicious!
  • Piroshky Piroshky – My favorite is the smoked salmon! Bring to-go for a meal later or a picnic
  • Beecher’s Cheese – Mac & cheese is delicious. Also try the grilled cheese
  • Storyville Coffee – Coffee shop right in Pike Place. If you look out the window, there’s a view of the Pike Place sign
  • Oriental Mart Filipino Restaurant – James Beard Award winning salmon sinigang! I kid you not; this is the best sinigang I have ever had… Sorry, Mom!
  • Other – Walk towards Old Stove Brewing for a view of Elliot Bay

Capitol Hill

  • Starbucks Reserve – If you’re into Starbucks, I think it’s cool to see. Lots of unique coffees to try. Plus cute and unique Starbucks souvenirs
  • Kizuki – If you’re craving ramen, especially if you’re visiting in the fall/winter, this is my fave ramen spot!
  • Throwbacks NW – I like taking people here; lots of vintage sports attire
  • Amazon Go – Market with no checkout lines. Download the app before
  • Dick’s Burgers – Ah…. I used to be such an In-n-Out stan, but Dick’s definitely found a place in my heart
  • Salt & Straw or Molly Moons – ICE CREAM. Molly Moons is thought of as Washington’s “Salt and Straw”

Nightlife

  • Unicorn bar – Grab drinks, super outrageous bar
  • Optimism Brewery – Large warehouse. OK beers, but good spot to chill and start the night
  • Still Liquor – Good music, good crowd. Always a fun night!
  • Seattle (Hot) Dogs – Cream cheese. In a hot dog. The End. There’s usually one right outside of the 76 gas station
  • Honey Court or Purple Dot – You MUST try late night Chinese food after a night of drinking. Game changer

Viewpoints & Food

  • Gas Works Park – Fave lookout to see the Seattle skyline. You can go to Kerry Park too, for a closer view of the Needle. But the Gas Works view includes Lake Union… my favorite for a reason. I’d recommend grabbing sandwiches from Paseo first, then picnic out here. Don’t forget to bring a blanket to sit on.
  • Ivar’s – Popular for fish and chips and great HH! Go to the UW location for waterfront seating
  • Mbar – Favorite rooftop bar overlooking Lake Union! Make reservations
  • The Nest – Rooftop bar overlooking Puget Sound. I’d rather go to Mbar

Restaurants

  • Paseo or Un Bien – Definitely a place I take my visiting guests. TBH I like Un Bien more, but you honestly cannot go wrong with Paseo! Get the Caribbean roast
  • Biscuit Bitch – Grab a southern brekkie to go. Louisiana hot link, eggs, and grits, all smothered in cheese, gravy, and topped with jalapeños. Need I say more?
  • Umi – If you’re craving sushi, great ambiance, and great Happy Hour
  • Bongos – Everything on their Caribbean plates with a side of plantains is so comforting and delicious! Large outside patio and right next to Green Lake
  • Seattle Fish Guys – Bomb, quality poke.. Definitely a must go when visiting!
  • Kedai Makan – If you haven’t tried Malaysian food, you must come here and try! Come early, since the wait is usually an hour
  • Rondo – Sister restaurant to the beloved Suika. Personally, I like their menu items here at Rondo more than Suika. My favorites here are the Deluxe Bara-Chirashi Donburi and the Uni Udon, and wash everything down with a cold Sapporo
  • Sichuanese Cuisine – Literally one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle. The Twice-cooked Pork and Mandarin Spicy Fish NEVER disappoints
  • Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar – For the oyster lovers! Love coming here if I’m in the mood for oysters and wine… which is all the time?

Other

  • Kayak – Around the UW Arboretum or Lake Union during the summer
  • Jump Bikes – Ride around the city. Stop by the Needle and Gas Works park, or bike around Lake Union
  • Fremont Troll – Personally, I wouldn’t go. Not worth going out of your way, unless you’re already in Fremont
  • Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) – So many fun and unique exhibits for any age

Outside of Seattle

  • Snoqualmie Falls – 35 minute drive | Gorgeous waterfall. Don’t worry; a parking lot is right next to it. No need to hike
  • Wineries in Woodinville – 30 minute drive | Message me for recs!
  • Deception Pass – 1 hour and 40 minute drive | Beautiful views of the ocean, beaches, and fresh seafood. Check out my post on My 7 Favorite Things to do in Deception Pass, WA

Of course, feel free to message me for any other recommendations when you’re visiting! 🙂

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