Seattle’s atmosphere- the mountains, the trees, and the water is a perfect weekend get-away! I cannot get enough of the fresh seafood and the ability to walk from one part of the city to another in under 45 minutes (relatively!). In whatever city I travel in, I like to walk on foot the first day to cover all grounds and I mentally “bookmark” which places I want to visit within the next couple days.
The one thing I wish I had done when I was flying there was request a window seat. Especially during Winter, the view from above is just breath-taking! The Rocky Mountains… Snow for miles and miles. Sigh!
Pike Place Market 1st Ave and Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101
Come hungry! There are plenty of little cafes, stands, and restaurants inside such as Pike Place Chowder & The Crumpet Shop. I would eat first and walk it off after by browsing around and looking at different stands. As for Pike Place Chowder, I actually recommend the one at Pacific Place ( MUCH shorter line and only this location has the fried oysters! *Highly recommended).
Starbucks Reserve// Roastery & Tasting Room 1124 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
Beautiful space for coffee & to hang out! Known as a “multi-sensory coffee experience” you can watch coffee brew in various ways such as Siphon, Chemex, and Clover Brewed. The Roaster is near the back and the Tasting Room is on the side. It is the Mother of all Gift Shops in term of “Starbucks” products. I also recommend a few connecting stores to the right side of the Reserve such as GLASSWING. The aesthetics are just beautiful!
Freeway Park 700 Seneca St, Seattle, WA 98101 This park feels like it’s in such a HUSH HUSH location, which makes it even more worthy to visit! It’s a good chance to walk around and makes a great photo op.
Seattle’s Waterfront 1201 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
You can catch a beautiful view of the sunset at many of the restaurants that are the waterfront and along the piers. One of them is the popular Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56. They have a great Happy Hour where Oysters increase in price as it progressively gets later in the day ( For example: 3-4pm = $1.50 each, 4-5 $2.00, 5-6 $2.50). Some other dishes worth trying is the Calamari $3 ( so fresh & delicious!) and the Pesto Salmon Slider $4 ( Simple but tasty!).
Amazon 440 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Home of this continuously innovative company! How can you not drop by? *Heads up* I would check prior visiting to schedule a tour.
The view from Amazon
Visiting various coffeeshops such as
Stumptown This is a must visit when you’re in Seattle.
Espresso Vivace Love the White Velvet. ( I’ve tried various locations but the Yale Street one is my favorite!)
Storyville Coffee Cute little coffee shop that I found inside Pike Place Market
Some other memorable places:
Bakery Nouveau French Bakery with delicious pastries and savory bites. You can’t go wrong with their quiche ( especially the Lorraine) and the Smoked Salmon Croissant. Actually, you can’t go wrong with ordering anything here!
Buddha Ruska Authentic Thai Restaurant in West Seattle. They serve dishes such as “Bags of gold”, Phad Nee Mao, and Pineapple Fried Rice.
The Walrus & The Carpenter Cute cozy restaurant, popular for their oysters and their seafood. There is a connecting bar where you can enjoy cocktails while you wait for your table. ( It has a very New York city vibe to it!)
Lincoln Park 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136
This is hands-down one of my favorite parks! It’s just an absolutely stunning view of the water and islands while you’re strolling or running on the “trail.” Absolutely scenic! Bring a camera to snap pictures!! Click here for photos
En route back to Houston.