Take me back to March 30-April 5. To Seattle. A long weekend full of food, walking, drink, and adventures. Adam and I decided a long time ago to make travel a priority. There are so many places in our country and the world that we want to experience. While we had traveled together, this was our first big trip for just the two of us and we picked Seattle because we could easily get around and neither of us had spent any time on the West Coast.
Instead of providing a play-by-play, I am going to break this down similarly to my other travel posts by highlighting where we ate, drank, and explored!
After reviewing the price of hotel rooms in the area we wanted to stay, we decided to opt for an Airbnb and we really lucked out! Titled “Art Gallery – Pike Place Market” and located in a multi-story apartment building, it was a beautiful studio apartment that opened up to the gum wall alley, only one block from Pike Place Market. From this central location we were able to walk everywhere! As we travel more, I am increasingly sold on the concept of Aribnb’s. While I appreciate the convenience of hotels and having my bed made every day, I find that you can get a much better location for the price when using an Airbnb. It is definitely a go-to for us when we plan trips!
- Some Random Bar: We went here on Sunday for “Sunday Funday”. Order a beer. The server flips a coin. If you win, your beer is only $1!!! If you lose, then it’s full price. Must haves: The crab nachos will feed two people and it was phenomenal. The chicken wings are free range and so amazing! The staff was great too. This place was a win!
- Piroshky Piroshky: This is a must if you are going to the Pike Place Market! The line is always long but it moves quickly. We had a piroshky each and split a third because we couldn’t make a decision! The salmon pate one was our favorite!
- Japonessa: We stopped here on a whim because it is the only place my mom and sister had eaten during their visit and it was directly across from our Airbnb. It ended up being a great spot for sushi! Everything was so fresh. The place was packed for lunch but we sat at the sushi bar and loved watching the sushi chefs.
- The Crumpet Shop: This place sounded adorable and completely hit the mark! I had a savory crumpet with pesto eggs and it was amazing! Very easy and quick breakfast.
- Biscuit Bitch: Our last stop in Seattle and WOW. The flavors were unbelievable. Adam and I both ate until we were uncomfortably full but it was some of the most amazing food of the trip! Very unassuming spot but I would 100% go there again.
- Shug’s Sode Fountain + Ice Cream: They serve “adult” ice cream drinks as well as a wide variety of indulgent sundaes. The ice cream was great but this place was a mess! We are pretty sure the entire staff was stoned… watching them try to put toppings on sundaes was the most amusing part of our trip. They took forever to serve customers, frequently messed up orders, and generally had zero emotion. Adam and I stayed longer than we should have just to watch the car wreck that was this staff!
- Serious Pie: We went here for dinner after I looked it up prior to our visit. A majority of the seating is community-style, and there is often a wait so you are almost guaranteed to be seated by a stranger (which is a plus for some and negative for others!). The pizza was amazing and if you are a light eater, one is enough for two. Adam and I each got our own and mine was a potato rosemary pizza that I added soft eggs to. AMAZING.
- Beecher’s Handmade Cheese: I was dead-set on getting here at some point during our trip and we finally fit it in on our last full day! Located in the Pike Place Market, we split the mac n cheese and it was the creamiest!
- La Panier: Another staple of the Pike Place Market. I had a chocolate croissant and coffee just to experience the shop! The line was out the door but the staff works hard to keep it moving. Just make sure you know what you want when it is your turn!
- The Pike Brewing Company: Located right around the corner from our Airbnb, we ended up going here twice despite it being fairly standard. We loved their pretzels and dips. The beer was ok and the rest of the food was decent. But if you’re a pretzel snob… this is a good spot!
- Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: Probably not a necessary stop… but we walked past it so many times we decided to stop once for some chocolates before a long walk! The staff and chocolate were both top notch!
- Harbour Public House: On Bainbridge Island, it was a hike to get here, especially when starving, but totally worth it! The atmosphere is adorable and the views out back of the harbor are beautiful! We sat at the bar and had lunch. The food was really good and they had some fun cocktails. Yelp reviewers did not disappoint!
- Gelarto Italian Ice Cream: On our walk back from lunch at Harbour Public House in Bainbridge, we made a dessert stop for some gelato! I had an affogato and it was so good!! Perfect way to cap off our quick jaunt to Bainbridge!
- Ghost Alley Espresso – We walked past this spot many times at the end of gum alley right before climbing to the main entrance of the Pike Place Market. It is a super cute and tiny coffee shop with delicious lattes! They have a couple small chairs and tables outside in the alley if you need to rest your feet before more walking!
- No Anchor – This spot was on recommendation from a local and while the atmosphere was neat, food was good, and the beer variety was impressive, we thought it was pretty overpriced for what it was.
- Red Cedar & Sage – We struggled to find this place on the backside of the Pike Place Market and we were there at an off time between lunch and dinner but we had a couple drinks at the bar and enjoyed the partial water view. Not sure if I would return but the bar tender was helpful and the atmosphere was bright and modern.
- Zeitgeist Kunst & Kaffee – Highly recommended and located just south of Pioneer Square, we stopped in here after visiting the Klondike Museum. It was a beautiful reused building and smelled amazing! My latte was good and if I had more time, this would be a great place to relax and read or catch up with friends.
- Unicorn Bar – I found this place during my pre-trip research and I am SO GLAD we went out of our way to try it out! The atmosphere was so much fun! The basement is all bar, the first floor also serves food. Everything is carnival themed. The food was great, cocktails inventive, and people-watching the most amazing of the trip!
- Optimism Brewing Company – We stopped by here before Unicorn Bar and wished we were hungry for food. The atmosphere is definitely more restaurant then brewery/bar. It was really busy and we were seated at a table rather than the bar despite only having a couple drinks. The beers were good but the food looked very yummy.
- “Original Starbucks” – Located in Pike Place Market, this store isn’t technically the first but it is currently the oldest as the original moved here. As a diehard starbucks lover, I had to go here and I of course bought a mug to commemorate the visit. No regrets!
- Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room – This place was so cool! We didn’t really know what to expect and were pretty overwhelmed when we got there but for anyone who loves coffee, you must check this place out! They have a special menu just for the Reserve location and we tried to hit up a few of the options. I had an affogato and we had the cold brew. I was buzzing afterwards but everything was delicious and perfect. I also loved sitting at the bar and listening/talking to the baristas, they were so helpful and very professional. Overall a great experience!
- Copperworks Distilling Company – This spot is very easy to overlook but if you are a sucker for tasting rooms and tours, I recommend taking a minute to check it out. We missed the tours for the day but the staff was very friendly and walked us through the tasting. The tasting room was beautiful and overall had a great vibe. Cool spot!
- Doc Maynard’s Public House – This was the waiting “room” before heading on the Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. They even let you take your drink on the first part of the tour! A fairly basic, dark bar, the bartenders were friendly and they had a wide variety of options.
- The Tasting Room – We randomly ended up here after planning to go to the Pink Door which was closed for renovations. It ended up being one of my favorite memories of the trip! A wine tasting spot (with local wines), we each had a flight and created poems for their monthly competition. Apparently our poems didn’t win… but wine + poetry = creativity explosion!
- Kells Irish – Random stop near Pike Place Market after a day of too much walking, we had a couple drinks out on the patio while people watching. It was a quaint, friendly, typical Irish pub.
- Cantina de San Patricio – Part of the Booze ‘n Bites described below, the margaritas we had were delicious and the restaurant was a little Mexican alcove in the middle of the Pike Place Market madness!
- Rachel’s Ginger Beer – I loved this random gem! They have both delicious juices and fun adult cocktails (with delicious juices!). I had a frozen, slushy style cocktail and it was SO YUMMY!
- Cloudburst Brewing – Adam and I love to check out local breweries. I am a sucker for flights and heard this was the best local brewery in town. It was very busy when we went but in a really cool industrial part of town. It was a building reuse where they left most of the original industry vibe alone and added a bar and a bunch of tables. We were able to quickly stalk a table and enjoy our drinks. It was a fun spot with decent beer.
- Von’s 1000 Spirits – Another stop on the Booze ‘n Bites tour, this restaurant and bar was very close to our Airbnb and had a variety of American food with a twist in the gastropub style. My favorite part was the cotton candy cocktail we had as part of the tour but the pizzas were great too!
- Pike Place Market – This spot requires no write-up. It totally lived up to the hype and was a daily adventure for Adam and I. There is always something new to discover at the Market, a different level you didn’t know existed, or another shop to explore. We loved going in and out of all the little storefronts, taking in all the food smells, and people watching. It is a must for any visit!
- Fremont Sunday Market – This all-year weekly spread of antique, art, clothes, tools & junk plus food trucks selling street food was a random addition to our trip and ended up being where we found our “art for the wall” in our house! I wanted to get to the Troll (see below) and decided to coordinate that visit with another activity. The market was small but had a lot of interesting vendors and was a great way to spend a beautiful morning outside.
- Troll Under the Bridge – The Fremont Troll is a public sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood and is perhaps one of the more ridiculous tourist traps that I dragged Adam to but it makes for a fun picture!
- Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour – One of our first stops in Seattle, the underground tour claims to be Seattle’s most unusual attraction. It is a humorous stroll through subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889. Really interesting and the tour guide was excellent!
- Pier 57 Miners Landing – This spot was a little too touristy for us and we ended up just walking through and out without doing much aside from a couple pictures. It looked like a better area for families and was hyped up like a small amusement park area.
- Space Needle – Can you go to Seattle and not go up in the Space Needle?? It is pretty cool and worth the ticket price but Adam and I most enjoyed reading about the history and construction of the needle prior to going up the elevator! Truly an architectural wonder during it’s creation, it is now not really that high but still allows for some great views.
- Museum of Pop Culture – MoPOP – Apparently this museum has re-discovered (or at least re-named) itself recently. All the locals were calling it a different name… but we found it to be pretty amazing if a little random. Exhibits include an area on Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic; Bowie by Mick Rock; The Him Henson Exhibition; Indie Game Revolution; Sound Lab; Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame; We Are 12; Scared to Death (horror exhibit); Guitar Gallery; Infinite World of Science Fiction; and Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad. The horror, fantasy, and science fiction exhibits were my favorite! I will say this is a text-heavy museum, lots of things to read, which is both great and exhausting!
- Klondike Museum – Run by the National Historic Park, is a free museum that was really impressive! In their own words: “The Seattle unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park preserves the story of the stampede to the Yukon gold fields and Seattle’s crucial role in this event. The headlines of a Seattle newspaper on July 17, 1897, Gold! Gold! Gold! Gold! ignited dreams of easy riches in the minds of thousands as word of a rich gold strike in northwestern Canada. A dream that would prove all but dream.” I recommend taking the walk out to Pioneer Square to check this spot out.
- Bainbridge Island – I knew I wanted to take a ferry while in Seattle (Grey’s Anatomy made it a “must do” situation!) so we decided to go out to Bainbridge Island. It ended up being a beautiful day (honestly our whole trip had great weather!) and we walked all over the downtown area enjoying food, water, and gelato (as described above!). If you are looking for a more local environment outside of the city, I recommend taking an afternoon out to Bainbridge!
- Booze ’n Bites Tour – Understanding the touristy nature of these types of tours, we still decided to give this one a shot and we ended up having so much fun! it was a progressive jaunt through five of Seattle’s “best bars and locals’ secret hang outs”. The tour incldued appetizers and unique cocktails. Our tour guide was fantastic and the people were all very friendly and chatty. We enjoyed all the food and drink and ended it sufficiently buzzed! Definitely worth the money!
Seattle was such an amazing trip and I cannot wait to get back to the West Coast again!
- Have you been to Seattle? Anything we missed out on?
- What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on?