Seattle is fairly similar to my hometown (Portland, Oregon) but also distinctly different. It combines everything I love about the Pacific Northwest and offers something for everyone. The food here is amazing, the hikes are the greenest, and every time I visit I stumble onto something new. Here are a few of my favorites in Seattle!
Seattle weather is much like Portland weather, so similar packing guidelines apply. If anything Seattle is a tad colder and rain is more likely. No matter what time of year you visit I would always pack some simple t-shirts, denim, and a rain shell. In the Spring and Fall, some extra warmth like a vest or down coat and some waterproof footwear will come in handy. In the Winter a rainproof outer layer that’s pretty thick is a must!
If you plan on hiking, bring your camelbak and a re-useable water bottle. You will find a ton of places to fill them up with water! I also love this scarf from lululemon for hikes because it can be wrapped a thousand different ways.
Frankie & Jo’s
Since Cameron and I follow a plant based diet, so we are always on the lookout for great dairy free ice cream spots! When I was in Seattle I stumbled on Frankie & Jo’s in Capitol Hill and OMG I am forever hooked!
All of the ice creams are cashew based, and my favorite is the mint chocolate chip. Also, the cute palm print wallpaper makes for a cute photo backdrop before you dig in 🙂
World Famous “Gum Wall”
Probably the grossest recommendation on any of my travel guides, haha. The gum wall is located right below Pikes Place Market and is literally just an alley that is covered with layers and layers of used gum.
It’s equal parts nasty and intriguing. Pay a visit if you feel like you have the stomach.
If your looking for a great oyster bar in Seattle, this is the place! Fresh oysters and bread, a wonderful drink menu, I went here for happy hour with girlfriends and it was the perfect place for a low key light dinner.
It’s also a visually stunning restaurant! The mint chevron floor alone makes for the perfect “shoefie” 😉
The Crumpet Shop
My Aunt Laura introduced me to the crumpet shop when I was little and it’s a great low key food stop if you are in Pikes Place. Tea and fresh made crumpets + toppings (honey, butter, Nutella, jam, etc..) and you can take a dozen to go on your way out.
The London Plane
This place is beautiful and has a little bit of everything. Coffee, dinner, drinks, brunch, ice cream, baked goods, & oh yeah….its a flower shop too! It’s in the Pioneer Square area and is worth a stop for the eye candy alone. Check out their website for current offerings.
The Original Starbucks
Probably the most popular thing to do in Pike Place Market, the first Starbucks. If you want to get a cup of coffee here the line will be long, no matter what time of day you get there. Enjoy the old school branding and crowded atmosphere while you sip your latte 😉
Flowers At Pike Place Market
I gave this it’s own dedicated mention because the flowers at Pike Place are seriously so beautiful. Vendors sell large bouquets that last such a long time so if you are staying with someone in town or you drove to Seattle, snag some!