So you´re planning a trip to Seattle? Olivia Hall, guides you to her home city.
By: Olivia Hall
5 Best Cheap Eats
Known for it’s to-the-point menu and open kitchen where you can watch the chef create Thai noodle dishes at breakneck speeds. Cash only.
4543 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
One of the best burgers in the country. Great outdoor patio with airstream bar. Burgers start at $4.
8617 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
This is the oldest asian restaurant in the city. The japanese icon is always busy, talk to “Grandma” or her daughter if you want a table, or even better sit in the bar and eat. Great spot for people watching. Amazing food.
304 6th Avenue South
Outdoor counter service caribbean sandwich shop that is no-frills and worth the wait. Consider sharing with a friend.
7302.5 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117
This New York Style pizza spot is a definite go-to for a late night nosh. Don’t miss the hidden bar in the back of the Queen Anne Location.
815 5th Ave. N Seattle, WA 98109
Seattle’s much-loved fast-food restaurant serving up cheeseburgers and milkshakes.
5 Best Fine Dining Restaurants
Beard Award winning, family-run fine dining institution run out of a pristinely kept mid-century modern home. A must-go if fine dining is your thing.
2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Shiro of “Shiro Dreams of Sushi” fame’s first location in the states. Small, unassuming diningroom serving the best sushi on the planet.
2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Sitka and Spruce
Hip, open kitchen restaurant that serves delicious dishes inspired and sourced from Washington.
1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
One of Seattle Restaurateur Tom Douglas’ most beloved establishments. A great Gastropub with an excellent atmosphere.
2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Michilen-rated restaurant with an updated take on traditional French cuisine and extensive wine list.
1433 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
5 Best Parks
Gas Works Park
Sprawling park in the middle of the city that overlooks Lake Union. Home to the enormous installation of painted pipes and mechanics.
2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
Ballard park with incredible views and a beach complete with volleyball court. Make sure to check out the duck pond during the summer months.
8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, WA 98117
Woodland Park Zoo
Large centrally-located Zoo is known for it’s exceptional conservation efforts and penguin feeding hour!
5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Large Magnolia park located on a former army post, Fort Lawton. Largest park in the city with eleven miles of trails.
3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199
A definite go-to for a day trip in West Seattle featuring with a saltwater-heated public pool.
8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136
5 Best Venues
Venue that hosts some of the biggest names in music in a particularly intimate setting. With a full restaurant on the premises, you can easily have an entire evening at this fun, gritty venue.
2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
One of the coolest most- intimate spots in Seattle. If you are looking to see some of your favorite acts up-close, this is the place to go.
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
One of the best places to see local and international acts side by side. With few tickets costing over $20 and dance parties worth traveling for, this place is always a great time.
5213 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Old-school venue and bar is a great place to go to hear rock n’ roll and dance your butt off into the wee hours. Make sure to check out the much-loved Dance Yourself Clean party every Saturday.
1325 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122
Awesome three-story venue is where some of the biggest acts come to play in Seattle. Punks fear not, this Capitol Hill Institution still has all of the Seattle grunge vibes you are looking for.
925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
5 Best Stores
Minimalist, fashion forward spot that carries the coolest brands around including Jeremy Scott, Dries Van Noten, and local Jewelry designer Faris.
1523 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Elliott Bay Bookstore
Massive space that has every new release and an extensive collection of Art and Fashion books. Make sure to grab a coffee at Goodfellows coffee located in the back of the store.
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
REI Flagship Store
Outdoors store that has everything you’ll need to make your trip to the mountains awesome. Don’t forget to find the waterfall in the middle of the property.
222 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Ground zero for all of your flannel and tartan needs. World headquarters of the brand, so you can take a tour of their factory and see how your favorite bags are made.
1741 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98134
Small but enduring lifestyle shop has all of the best clothes and accessories for the the design minded.
5208 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
5 Best Vintage Stores
Fremont Vintage Mal
Giant two-floor antique and vintage store. Everything from clothing to furniture and everything in between.
3419 Fremont Pl N, Seattle, WA 98103
Lucky Dry Goods
Mid-range vintage clothing store with an exceptional collection of american-made denim.
5424 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Vintage sports and athletic wear and ephemera ranging from items you can wear every day to pieces you are going to want to keep in a glass case.
1100 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Beats And Bohos
Great neighborhood shop with vintage clothes and homewares. Make sure to check out their eclectic record collection.
7200 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop
Shop with items from all over the globe. Tons of strange and clever taxidermy. Will ship from the store.
5445 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
5 Best Hotels
The Edgewater Hotel
Gorgeous cabin-like hotel on the waterfront in downtown Seattle. Excellent views and 5-star restaurant on premises.
2411 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121
Quaint boutique hotel in the heart of Ballard. Very walkable to restaurants and venues. Reserve early, as their 29 rooms book up quickly.
5300 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Original Ace Hotel location. Affordable yet chic rooms many of which are hostel style. Fun breakfast room perfect for B&B style early morning dining.
2423 1st Ave Seattle, WA 98121
Modern 4-star hotel in Downtown Seattle with all of the amenities including, a fitness center, valet parking, and In-Room Spa services.
1101 4th Ave Seattle, WA 98101
Fairmont Olympic Hote
Classic 5-Star Luxury hotel with two four-star restaurants including one of the city’s best oyster bars.
411 University Street Seattle, WA 98101
5 Best Neighborhoods
Up and coming neighborhood on the border of Boeing field. Great dive-bars and casual eateries.
West Seattle – Cool, casual neighborhood outside of the city. Worth the trip if only to visit their incredible, Easy Street Records.
An old Nordic fishing town in north Seattle with many bars, restaurants, and shopping. Great to visit if you don’t have a car, especially during the Saturday farmers market!
Hip, eccentric neighborhood that is great for young and old alike. Epicenter of the Grunge movement.
Home to some of the best Asian cuisine in town. Make sure to check out their many grocery stores for delicacies you won’t be able to find anywhere else in Seattle.
5 Best Dive Bars
Cha Cha Lounge
Fantastic tiki-themed dive-bar below Bimbo’s mexican restaurant in Capitol Hill. Great DJ nights for all tastes.
1013 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
The Comet Tavern
Seattle bar that hosts concerts and Monday Night Football with greasy American bar food.
22 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Low-key spot that has a mean bowl of chili and a grilled cheese. Also home to a wonderfully gritty back patio.
1447 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA 98107
One of Seattle’s many “Pinball Bars” home to many games and the longest running Pinball tournament in the Pacific Northwest.
2222 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Tin Hat Bar and Grill
Great relaxed neighborhood hangout with great burgers and awesome vintage-inspired decor.
512 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA 98117
5 Best Cocktail Bars
Bar with some of the most well prepared cocktails around and intimate upstairs lounge. Make sure to check their small barside chalkboard for specials.
2311 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Percy’s And Co.
Restaurant with one of the most extensive and eclectic cocktail menus around. All purees and tinctures are made in-house.
5233 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
A tiny bar found in the back of one of Seattle’s most respected dry-goods shop with (almost) everything you need to recreate some of their excellent cocktails at home.
208 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Bathtub Gin & Co
Underground speakeasy specializing in classic cocktails. Great place for a Manhattan.
2205 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Small but complete cocktail menu with happy hour eats. Open every night.
2332 2nd Ave. Seattle, WA 98121
5 best museums
The University of Washington’s on-campus gallery and museum that shows internationally acclaimed artists, student exhibitions, and is home to James Turrell’s skyspace, Light Reign.
4100 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Seattle Art Museum
Vast contemporary and traditional art museum in Downtown Seattle with an excellent restaurant.
1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Museum of Pop Culture
Housed in one of Frank Gehry’s most interesting buildings the MoPoP has exhibits that cover everything from Video Games to Nirvana to Jim Henson.
325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Olympic Sculpture Park
Outdoor museum that integrates vast sculptures with mountainous landscapes. Free entry.
2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Frye Art Museum
Classic salon-style art museum. Has many old masters and occasionally shows local artists.
704 Terry Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
5 Best Odd Attractions
Boots and Hat
A giant pair of cowboy boots and a giant cowboy hat–in the middle of the city.
6427 Carleton Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Industrial structure that lifts boats using hydraulics. Also great place to see the Salmon Run.
3015 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107
Kurt Cobain Bench
Bench outside Kurt Cobain’s final home. Engraved with messages from fans.
151 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112
Seattle Underground Tour
Very fun underground tour through the former city upon which Seattle is built. Also has an Adult Tour that includes Champagne and history of brothels.
614 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Giant public sculpture of a Troll under the Fremont Bridge. Great fun for pictures.
3405 Troll Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
5 Best day trips out of the city
Waterfall made famous by David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. A great hike with beautiful views. 1 Hr. out of the city.
Miles of hiking on and around Washington’s largest mountain. 1-2 hours out of the city.
Great harbor town with fun shops and restaurants and a large waterfront park. 35 min ferry from downtown Seattle.
Birthplace of the Riot Grrrl movement. Great eccentric bars and excellent vintage shopping. 1 Hr out of the city.
Olympic National Park
Some of the best trails and views of the Cascade Mountains in Washington. Home to one of the few Rainforests in the US. 2.5 hours out of the city.
5 Personal Tips
Don’t take an umbrella
Locals are used to the rain, so we wear hoodies or raincoats. You’ll be pegged as a tourist the minute you whip out an umbrella.
Get an Orca Card
Seattle is a big city and finding parking can be tough. So, invest in an Orca Card–you can pick one up at most grocery stores–and you’ll be unstoppable.
Talk to your bartender
Many bartenders are native Seattleites and do they have stories to tell. If you leave the city without at least one Kurt Cobain anecdote, you didn’t talk to enough people.
Find a farmers market
One of the most fertile places in the country, Washington State is known for some excellent produce. Most neighborhoods have one on the weekend so look one up and get out there!
Go see a show
Seattle’s music scene is just as vibrant as it was in the 90s and it is not unusual to see one of your favorite musicians playing in their new side-project.