Without a doubt try Portage Bay Café. Offering a range of many healthy options there is also an amazing waffle bar and six varieties of eggs benedict.
From outdoor sculpture to the best gin bar, a must-see market and the best place for a facial, we have the city guide low-down on everything Seattle has to offer.
“Visit the Olympic Sculpture Park. It’s an amazing outdoor waterfront museum with contemporary sculptures and amazing views of the Puget Sound, Space Needle, and Olympic Mountains. What’s more it’s free to the public.”
“Hands down, Pike Place Market. There’s no better place to grab fresh farm produce, flowers, local artist trinkets, a tasty bite to eat, and to catch a glimpse of the famous fishmonger station.”
“The Seattle Center – the architecture alone is eye-candy with an incredible legacy of buildings left from the 1962 World’s Fair from some of the foremost architects of the time. Be sure to see the US Science Pavilion and the Space Needle and to walk around to see all the view points.”
“A neighbouring town like Ballard or Freemont. In both you’ll find quaint obscure shops, tasty restaurants and fabulous people watching. The Ballard Locks are one of Seattle’s biggest tourist attractions and you can spy the famous Troll Monument under the Aurora bridge in Freemont.”
“Bars: In the evening check out the Bath Tub Gin, a speakeasy with prohibition style cocktails. In the daytime make a beeline for JarrBarr known as ‘The Best Little Bar in Seattle’ which has great drinks and small bites.
“Bookshop: Elliot Bay Book Co. is a full service multi-level gem located in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle which has a killer café/bar called Odd Fellows.”
“Coffee Shop: The original Starbucks located in Pike Place Market.”
“Without a doubt try Portage Bay Café. Offering a range of many healthy options there is also an amazing waffle bar and six varieties of eggs benedict. Alternatively take a quick water taxi from downtown Seattle across the Puget Sound over to West Seattle where you will find Salty’s on Alki Beach, which is pricey but there’s an amazing display and variety of food on offer including an amazing selection of NW seafood. It also has the best view of Seattle.”
“Il Corvo has the best pasta in the city. They are only open for lunch and when they sell out, they sell out. Prepare to stand in line and sit family-style in the dining room.”
“This has to be the very special Pink Door located in Pike Place. With Italian fare, burlesque shows, cabaret, music and trapeze (as well as many other surprises) it also has excellent food and unique décor.”
“HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Café located in the Queen Anne area of Seattle has superfoods galore with plant-based soups, juices, salads and so on.”
“Aqua by El Gaucho is unbeatable for fine seafood on an amazing waterfront pier. Alternatively try one of the many upscale (not stuffy) steakhouses like Daniels Broiler in the South Lake Union area of Seattle. Offering waterfront dining with amazing steaks, seafood and a piano bar. You can watch a sea plane or two taking off or landing during your dining experience.”
“Head to the Goldfinch Tavern at the Four Seasons Hotel which has great views of Seattle waterfront. Classy and quiet with amazing fresh cuisine, it also has an excellent happy hour if your meeting runs into the evening.”
“There are too many to choose from, but if you are creatively inclined, try the Hotel Max. Then The Sorrento, is a historic boutique hotel, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel is an elegant luxury destination and the Thompson Hotel, is a contemporary urban boutique hotel and landmark that attracts entrepreneurs and philanthropists from around the world.”
“During the summer months, or on a clear night head to M Bar a killer artsy rooftop bar where you can watch the sun set, or try The Nest at the Thompson Hotel which is another rooftop bar with stunning views and fun place to see and be seen.”
“The Hyatt Regency which is located directly in the heart of downtown won’t leave you feeling lonely. It is a convenient location for getting in and around the area with great amenities. Alternatively try the Inn at the Market which is a fun boutique hotel and the only one located in Pike Place Market. It has ocean views, a rooftop bar, and is walking distance to several of Seattle’s iconic attractions.”
“Millers Guild at the Hotel Max has a cozy, rustic, no fuss, relaxed vibe with live fire cooking and excellently friendly staff.”
“Head downtown to Seattle Nordstrom for its extreme variety and knowledgeable, stylish staff who can advise (without being annoyingly pushy) and who will look and look until your perfect item has been found. Also great for shoes and accessories.”
“Again, Nordstrom for all the same reasons, or Anthropologie for their uniquely special finds. If you’re looking for luxurious, one-of-a-kind, modernist fashion then head to Tokokaelo which is located in the Capitol Hill area with loads of other shops nearby.”
“Fairmont Olympic Hotel, is a classic, luxury hotel in Seattle which seems to have it all. Home to the Penelope & Beauty Bar day spa there is also an amazing health club, including a pool and personal trainers upon request.”
“Penelope & The Beauty Bar (see above) is 3000+ square foot of spa which will accommodates all of your beauty and wellness needs from a mani/pedi to lash extensions, massages, sugaring, detoxifying treatments to make-up application and WAY beyond. Definitely worth a visit.”
“Ritual House Yoga on 19th is locally owned and operated studio in Capitol Hill. Hugely popular, with incredible teachers, regulars say it is life changing.”
“Orange Theory is a 1-hour heart rate based fitness class that has taken the US by storm. Expect to leave feeling like you can conquer the world – it’s fast paced, high intensity, coach driven, fun, has great music and encouraging members… an extremely well rounded and efficient workout.”
“PCC Community Markets offer locally grown and organic groceries and goods. With knowledgeable and friendly staff there are several locations in and around the Seattle area.”
If you have a day to kill and fancy an endorphin hit in the great outdoors then the Olympic National Park, which is 60miles from Seattle will not disappoint. A World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, it spans over a million acres. With an abundance of mountain vistas, marine tide pools, cascading waterfalls, rugged beaches and hiking trails, it’s the perfect place to escape to when city life gets too much. The blog outsidehow.com has put together a fantastic guide to exploring the park, with advice on when to go, what to see (rainforests, fishing, the rugged coast), as well as hikes to follow and lodges to stay in if you fancy making it a proper getaway.
“Spruce Apothecary in West Seattle has an incredible shop with an array of holistic beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands. Their facials are also amazing. Also, Skin Spirit at University Village has excellent staff that administer a variety of medical grade facial options with a serene but welcoming atmosphere.”
“Look no further than BellaMetrics for microblading. Owned and operated by Ashley Cohen, her attention to precise detail and colour are incredible. For a brow wax in a quiet and comfortable atmosphere head to Waxing the City in Ballard who take their time to really work with the clients’ needs and wants.”
“Deep Dive under the Amazon Spheres for incredible cocktails.
Ice Cream at the Kurtwood Farm Shop, and buy ALL his cheeses to take home.
The Fuji Bakery, an artisanal bakery in the International District.
Market Grill for fresh seafood at Pike Place Market.
Dinner at Bar Del Corso on Beacon Hill.
A show at Neumo’s on Capitol Hill, a funky Seattle staple night club.
Delicious bites at Tacos Chukis.
In the nicer months, grab some beverages, pack a lunch and rent an electric boat to putt around on Lake Union.
Taking a stroll or a run around Green Lake. Roughly 2.8 miles. Loads of restaurants and bars surround the lake and it’s ALWAYS buzzing with people of all ages.
Check out the Pacific Science Center.
Shopfor amazing vintage finds at Red Light in the University District.
Buying a stash of donuts at Top Pot in the Denny Triangle before heading for the plane.”
City guide compiled by Hilary Lusk