We would like to give some love to one of our favorite cities on the west coast. We asked Olivia Hall part Swedish and a true Seattelite to guide us.

5 Best Cheap Eats

This gem of a Japanese restaurant has been around since 1904, in different locations. Its a wonderful place, often full. But try the bar, you can eat there too. Laid back but very traditional. Do not miss it.
304 6th Avenue South

Thai Tom
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 | Menu
Loretta’s Northwesterner
One of the best burgers in the country. Great outdoor patio with airstream bar. Burgers start at $4.
8617 14th Ave S | lorettasnorthwesterner.com
Un Bien
Outdoor counter service caribbean sandwich shop that is no-frills and worth the wait. Consider sharing with a friend.
7302.5 15th Ave NW |unbien
Big Mario
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 | bigmariosnypizza.com

Big Marios is a great place for pizza in Seattle.

Dick’s Drive-In
Seattle’s much-loved fast-food restaurant serving up cheeseburgers and milkshakes.
Various Locations | ddir.com

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 |canlis.com
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 | shiros.com
Sitka and Spruce
Hip, open kitchen restaurant that serves delicious dishes inspired and sourced from Washington.
1531 Melrose Ave | sitkaandspruce.com

Palace Kitchen
One of Seattle Restaurateur Tom Douglas’ most beloved establishments. A great Gastropub with an excellent atmosphere.
2030 5th Ave | palacekitchen.com
RN74 Seattle
Michelin-rated restaurant with an updated take on traditional French cuisine and extensive wine list.
1433 4th Ave | RN74

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
Golden Gardens
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

Golden Gardens is a great beach during the day and an even better sunset spot. BBQ or eat at Ray’s nearby.

Woodland Park Zoo
Large centrally-located Zoo is known for it’s exceptional conservation efforts and penguin feeding hour!
5500 Phinney Ave N | zoo.org
Discovery Park
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
Lincoln Park
A definite go-to for a day trip in West Seattle featuring with a saltwater-heated public pool.
8011 Fauntleroy Way SW

5 Best Venues

The Crocodile
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 | thecrocodile.com
The Sunset
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 | sunsettavern.com/bettysroom
Tractor Tavern 
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 | tractortavern.com

A Classic venue on Ballard avenue.

Chop Suey
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 | chopsuey.com
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 | neumos.com

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 | totokaelo.com
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 | elliottbaybook.com
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 | rei.com

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 S | filson.com
Small but enduring lifestyle shop has all of the best clothes and accessories for the the design minded.
5208 Ballard Ave NW | prismseattle.com

5 Best Vintage Stores

Fremont Vintage Mall
Giant two-floor antique and vintage store. Everything from clothing to furniture and everything in between.
3419 Fremont Pl N | fremontvintagemall.com
Lucky Dry Goods
Mid-range vintage clothing store with an exceptional collection of american-made denim.
5424 Ballard Ave NW | luckyvintageseattle.virb.com
Officials Vintage
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 | officialsvintage.com
Beats And Bohos
Great neighborhood shop with vintage clothes and homewares. Make sure to check out their eclectic record collection.
7200 Greenwood Ave | beatsandbohos.tumblr.com
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 | ballyhooseattle.com


The Edgewater Hotel
Gorgeous cabin-like hotel on the waterfront in downtown Seattle. Excellent views and 5-star restaurant on premises.
2411 Alaskan Way | edgewaterhotel.com
Ballard Inn
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 | ballardinnseattle.com
Ace Hotel
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 | acehotel.com/seattle
Kimpton Monaco
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 | monaco-seattle.com

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Classic 5-Star Luxury hotel with two four-star restaurants including one of the city’s best oyster bars.
411 University St | fairmont.com/seattle

5 Best Neighborhoods

Up and coming neighborhood on the border of Boeing field. Great dive-bars and casual eateries.

George Town, gritty and great.

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!

Some nice Ballardians outside local bar Hatties Hat. Inside Hatties there is a mural of a Norwegian fjord. A hommage to the Scandinavian legacy.

Capitol Hill
Hip, eccentric neighborhood that is great for young and old alike. Epicenter of the Grunge movement.

International District
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 | chachalounge.com
The Comet Tavern
Seattle bar that hosts concerts and Monday Night Football with greasy American bar food.
922 E Pike St | thecomettavern.com
Mike’s Chili Tavern
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
One of Seattle’s many “Pinball Bars” home to many games and the longest running Pinball tournament in the Pacific Northwest.
2216 2nd Ave
Tin Hat Bar and Grill
Great relaxed neighborhood hangout with great burgers and awesome vintage-inspired decor.
512 NW 65th St | The-Tin-Hat

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 | instagram

Hazelwood is a small but very nice bar in Ballard.
The locals hang out at Hazelwood for their favourite cocktails.

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 | percysseattle.com
E. Smith Mercantile
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 | esmithmercantile.com
Bathtub Gin & Co.
Underground speakeasy specializing in classic cocktails. Great place for a Manhattan.
2205 2nd Ave | bathtubginseattle.com
Rob Roy
Small but complete cocktail menu with happy hour eats. Open every night.
2332 2nd Ave | robroyseattle.com

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 | henryart.org
Seattle Art Museum
Vast contemporary and traditional art museum in Downtown Seattle with an excellent restaurant.
1300 1st Ave | seattleartmuseum.org
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 | mopop.org
Olympic Sculpture Park
Outdoor museum that integrates vast sculptures with mountainous landscapes. Free entry.
2901 Western Ave | seattleartmuseum.org
Frye Art Museum
Classic salon-style art museum. Has many old masters and occasionally shows local artists.
704 Terry Ave | fryemuseum.org

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
Ballard Locks
Industrial structure that lifts boats using hydraulics. Also great place to see the Salmon Run.  
3015 NW 54th St | ballardlocks.org
Kurt Cobain Bench
Bench outside Kurt Cobain’s final home. Engraved with messages from fans.
151 Lake Washington Blvd E
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 | undergroundtour.com
Fremont Troll
Giant public sculpture of a Troll under the Fremont Bridge. Great fun for pictures.
3405 Troll Ave N

5 Best day trips out of the city

Snoqualmie Falls
Waterfall made famous by David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. A great hike with beautiful views. 1 Hr. out of the city.
Snoqualmie, WA 98024  

Mt. Rainier
Miles of hiking on and around Washington’s largest mountain. 1-2 hours out of the city.
Mt. Rainier

”The mountain is out:“ Is the local expression for when you can see the majestic Mount Rainer from Seattle. Even better is to go hiking there.

Bainbridge Island
Great harbor town with fun shops and restaurants and a large waterfront park. 35 min ferry from downtown Seattle.
Bainbridge Island
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.
Olympic National Park

5 Personal Tips

Olivia is not only our favorite Seattlite, she is aslo half Swedish. Which is always a good thing.

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. 

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.