Living in Vancouver, I’m a bit spoiled having the whole west coast at a mere few hours drive away. I spent the Labour Day weekend in Seattle this time and wanted to share my picks on where to go and what to eat in this mini Seattle travel guide.
Pike Place Market
I know this is super touristy but Pike Place Market is a must when visiting Seattle. Think Granville Island and Gastown mixed together and then multiply it by 10 times bigger and 10 times more people. It’s busy all times of day but go early morning around at least 8-9am if you plan on taking photos or want to eat at the more popular shops and don’t want to line up for hours.
If you’re here early, be sure to start lining up for Russian bakery Piroshky Piroshky for some breakfast. This is probably one of the longest lines at the market later in the day so if you see a short line, queue up! Then head next door for an almond croissant at Le Panier. Walk down the street for some super creamy mac and cheese at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Then grab a refreshing drink (I loved the mango & mate ginger beer!) from Rachel’s Ginger Beer to sip on while wandering through the rest of the market. Get lost in the flower stalls, quirky (and sometimes totally weird) shops in the lower levels, and find the “secret garden” area with a view of the surrounding pier. Don’t forget to snap a photo at the famous gross but kind of cool gum wall.
After the market, hop over to Cloudburst Brewing for some beer with the BEST names ever. Peep these: “Math is Hard Hazy Pale”, “Impulse Buy IPA”, and “You Can’t Fire Me I Quit DIPA”. The best.
Piroshky Piroshky: 1908 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA
Le Panier: 1902 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA
Beecher’s Cheese: 1600 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA
Rachel’s Ginger Beer: 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA
Gum Wall: 1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA
Cloudburst Brewing: 2116 Western Ave, Seattle, WA
This might be my favourite area of Seattle. There’s a strong appreciation for art, music, quirky stores, and good food in this area. Check out Glasswing, a clothing and plant shop, where every inch of it is instagram heaven. This store is aesthetic goals. I wish I could just live there!
In a similar vein, if you haven’t gotten your plant fix yet, also check out The Plant Shop for wall to wall green goodness.
For food, grab ice cream at Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. They are not stingy with their scoops and the smell of their fresh made waffle cones the moment you step inside is what my dreams would smell like if they had a smell. Check out Frankie & Jo’s if vegan ice cream is your thang. Then head next door to General Porpoise Doughnuts for their famous stuffed donuts.
Skip the ridiculously long line up for the “first” Starbucks at Pike Place and be sure to go to the Starbucks Reserve & Roastery in Capitol Hill instead. I promise it is SO much better, more unique, and no line! I didn’t even eat or drink anything and I could still easily spend at least an hour here just exploring and admiring the craziness inside.
When your IG BF gets tired of snapping photos of you all day, head into Bait for some man-friendly clothing and toys. They have an Avengers and Jurassic World collaboration at the moment.
For dinner, head to Kedai Makan for a homey, Malaysian-inspired meal. Go early! They open at 5pm and there’s always a line as the restaurant is tiny and the food is so bomb. We arrived at 5:04pm and still ended up being one of the last groups seated at the bar seats (the only ones they had left!). Be sure to get the net roti with curry to start. The portions of the rest of the dishes are big and spice level is high.
Okay, I know this is the *third* ice cream place I’ve listed here but how can I not when these places are LEGIT. And you NEED dessert after dinner, AMIRIGHT. We didn’t even know Salt & Straw opened a new location in Seattle so when we drove by it, we obviously had to go. Opt for an ice cream flight to try four of their quirky ice cream flavours.
Glasswing: 1525 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA
The Plant Shop: 411 E Pine St, Seattle, WA
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream: 917 E Pine St, Seattle, WA
Frankie & Jo’s: 1010 E Union St, Seattle
General Porpoise Doughnuts: 1020 E Union St, Seattle, WA
Starbucks Reserve Roastery: 1124 Pike St, Seattle, WA
Bait: 915 E Pike St, Seattle, WA
Kedai Makan: 1802 Bellevue Ave, Seattle, WA
Salt & Straw: 714 E Pike St, Seattle, WA
Downtown Seattle is a great area to stay in. I highly recommend the Sheraton Seattle if you’re looking for a hotel during your stay. The location was perfect and so centralized. There’s plenty of food and shopping literally the moment you step outside and less than a 15 minute walk to both Pike Place and Capitol Hill.
For shopping, explore the area around 5th Ave and Pine St for stores like Anthropologie, Madewell, and All Saints. For late night fun, stumble into Gameworks, literally on the same block as the Sheraton Seattle, for a nostalgic arcade experience.
While exploring downtown, check out the beautifully photo-worthy design of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, the Amazon Spheres. If you happen to visit on a Saturday, they offer an open house unguided tour for the public to visit the botanical conservatory inside the spheres on every other Saturday of the month. Be sure to reserve a spot for this open house in advance on their site – booking only opens once month in advance and fills up fast. Even if you’re not able to step inside, the outside area is just as stunning and worth a look or two.
Afterwards, of course you need to visit the Amazon Go store to pick up some snacks and just to experience the first checkout-free convenience store.
Sheraton Seattle: 1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA
Anthropologie: 1509 5th Ave, Seattle, WA
Madewell: 1503 5th Ave, Seattle, WA
All Saints: 1511 5th Ave, Seattle
Gameworks: 1511 7th Ave, Seattle, WA
Amazon Spheres: 2111 7th Ave, Seattle, WA
Amazon Go: 2131 7th Ave, Seattle, WA
We didn’t spend as much time exploring Fremont as I would have liked but we still stopped by a couple of gems. Step into either Joule for Korean fusion with an interesting buffet style brunch that has a different theme every month or The Whale Wins for their beautiful beach house meets farmhouse interior. They both share the same building, with their entrances adjacent to each other so you can pop into the other if one is full. For something more hands on, head to Paseo for amazing Carribean sandwiches.
Joule: 3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA
The Whale Wins: 3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA
Paseo: 4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA
I hope you found some places to add to your list from this mini Seattle travel guide!