Visiting Seattle, Looking to Immerse...
I'm in the process of planning a much anticipated trip to Seattle for 3-4 days. I have absolutely no agenda, other than to enjoy the city and get a true feel for it. We love great food (I am a carnivore, she's a vegetarian) and great drinks (beer and wine). Love enjoying the local spots. We're in our late 20s, for what it's worth.
If you have any suggestions on any of the following, I'd greatly appreciate it:
- Breakfast / Brunch Spots
- Dinner spots
- Coffee Shops
- Live music
- Anything you think is a must visit...
Thanks for your help !
Breakfast / Brunch- I'm kind of underwhelmed by Seattle's brunch opportunities; I like Saint Cloud (Madrona) and Geraldine's (Col City), though neither is very convenient to downtown. Oddfellows and Presse (both Cap Hill) are nice places to have linger over coffee and breakfastish food, but neither is really a "brunch place."
Dinner Spots- Are you staying downtown? If so, I'd suggest Palace Kitchen (downtown) for Northwestern; Quinn's (Cap Hill) for gastropub, Le Pichet (downtown) for French, or the Txori-Kushi Bar combo (Belltown) for pintxos and izakaya. All are walkable from central downtown, and Belltown and CapHill are also target rich environments for bars.
Coffee Shops- Stumptown is technically not local; good local places include Vivacce (Cap Hill and Southlake), Ladro (all around), and Vita (Cap Hill). You can also hang out at two restaurant / cafes, Oddfellows and Presse and have good food and coffee (both Cap Hill -- I think both serve Cafe Vita coffee)
Live Music- Depends on your taste in music; for indie / alt rock, check out Crocodile and Showbox (both downtown), Chop Suey and Nuemo's (Cap Hill, walkable), or for y'alternative, Tractor in Ballard.
Shopping- Do I sound like a broken record about Capitol Hill? The Pike-Pine section of Capitol Hill and 1st Avenue in downtown / Belltown are both easy from downtown and have good stuff, or if you want to go further afield, check out downtown Fremont (also good place for food -- check out El Paseo for sandwiches)
Have a great trip!
- Breakfast / Brunch Spots- Lola's, Le Pichet, Steelhead Diner, Portage Bay Cafe
- Bakeries- Bakery Nouveau (West Seattle), Honore (Ballard), La Panier (Pike)
- Dinner spots- Crush, Union, Tamarind Tree, Rover's, Elemental, Art of the Table, How to Cook a Wolf, Sitka & Spruce, Lark, Springhill, Matt's in the Market
- Good Tapas, Wine, or Cocktail Spots- Txori, Spur, Quinn's, Barolo
- Coffee Shops- Caffe Vita, Cafe Presse, Stumptown
- Food places- The Pike Place Market & The International District
Fun places- Trophy Cupcakes, Molly Moon's Ice Cream, Pike Street Fish Fry
You can take the ferrie to Bainbridge from downtown and eat at Nola and explore for a bit
On Sun you can travel to Ballard and explore the Ballard Farmer's Market- maybe hit up some of the bakeries or restaurants in the Ballard, Fremont, Wallingford area
These might help-
Coming from NY, but we're southerners at heart. Thurs-Sun. Budget is flexible, so no limitations. We love visiting unique restaurants, bars (live music, wine, trendy). She loves shopping local boutiques. We'd like to do the touristy stuff that's worth it (thinking Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Experience Music ?). Hope that helps...
Breakfast: I always push Glo's in Capitol Hill. Lola has a nice breakfast too.
Bakeries: Use this as a reason to check out West Seattle where Nouveau is located. West Seattle has a very different feel from the rest of the city - more like a California beach town.
If she likes local boutiques one area you may want to check out would be Fremont. You can then combine that with sandwiches at Paseo (bring cash and patience) and perhaps the Theo chocolate tour.
Pike Place Market is definitely worth it - its a tourist place that locals hang out at too. In the Market you can do a search and you'll find a ton of dining options for cheap lunches or extravagant dinners. Grab a drink at Zig Zag near the market.
Coffee: I prefer Victrola and Vivace
You mention wine so I might suggest heading over to Woodinville (30min drive) to do some wine tastings. Then on the way back eat dinner at Cafe Juanita - probably my favorite restaurant around.
Oh and Elliot's oyster happy hour is just kinda fun.
Hope this helps. Enjoy.