We went to Seattle two years ago and that’s where the food and travel thing all began. Probably because it’s a food mecca and there’s so much to see and do. Pizza is on every corner and coffee shops are EVERYWHERE. I’m talking 3 coffee shops on one block. Like what? I have my Seattle favorites: Pike Place Market, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Il Corvo pasta, Elleno’s Greek Yogurt, and Storyville Coffee. It’s definitely one of those places I find myself reminiscing about, whether it’s through an episode of Grey’s Anatomy or a dream about Pike Place Market.
The most popular districts are Ballard, Wallingford, Fremont, University, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, & downtown. If you understand the location of each district, it makes planning your trip a lot easier. BTW, the city is super walkable!
8 oz. Burger Co: Organic brioche buns, local ingredients, grass-fed burgers, delicious chicken sandwiches, dreamy milkshakes, salads and fries. Such a good burger spot and they have vegetarian options.
Open for Lunch & Dinner.
Il Corvo: This pasta is like no other. It melts in your mouth. And the kale salad is full of flavor (coming from a non-kale fan). They uses organic ingredients such as local eggs and flour to craft their pasta. The menu changes daily, but if you get a chance to try the Pappardelle all Bolognese, take it! The location is in Pioneer Park, downtown.
Open for Lunch Monday-Friday.
Ellenos Greek Yogurt: They have several locations, but the most popular is located at the corner of Pike Place & Pike Street, right in front of the big market sign. They use natural fruits & toppings and fresh local milk with their family’s “secret” blend of probiotic cultures. Favorite flavor: the marionberry pie.
Open 9am – 6 pm daily.
Portage Bay: “Eat Like You Give a Damn”. They offer foods that are local, organic, & sustainable, and it tastes pretty freakin’ amazing. The toppings bar is one of my favorite parts about eating here. I get the classic french toast and load it up with fresh fruits, whipped cream, maple syrup, & fruit compotes. Savory or sweet, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
Open for breakfast & brunch.
The Crumpet Shop: Truly the best crumpets I’ve ever had. We like to order a few packs and bring them back home with us. They are made with organic flour and you can order them sweet or savory.
Open for breakfast & lunch. Closed on Tuesday.
Oddfellows Cafe: The ambience is one reason to love this place. It has an American, rustic vibe and a killer bar. I love the breakfast panini or the free-range roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes for dinner. Oddfellows strives to use ingredients that are sustainable, organic, and environmentally friendly.
Open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner.
Homegrown: Quick option for a healthy meal. They pride themselves on organic, sustainable ingredients in their soups, salads, and sandwiches. It’s pretty good food, but a little pricey for what you get.
Open for breakfast, lunch, & early dinner.
Humble Pie: Organic pizza in Seattle. You would. This environmentally friendly pizza shop is anything but ordinary. They grow many of their ingredients on-site and the patio is full of picnic tables and string lights. It’s also next to a chicken coop, which is kind of weird, but it is what it is. We loved the Margherita pizza.
Open for lunch & dinner. Closed Monday.
Local 360: An organic, sustainable restaurant in downtown Seattle. It’s called Local 360 because a majority of their ingredients fall within a 360 mile radius of Seattle. The food is really good, especially the Tillamook mac & cheese and the berry cobbler. Not gonna lie though, the service is bad every time we’ve gone- may be because tip is automatically included in the bill.
Open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner.
Little Brother: Technically this spot is in Kirkland, but if you find yourself that way…this is a great, local American restaurant. Super photogenic too.
Open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Serious Pie: Delicious and pretty wood-fired pizza! It’s a fun environment with big communal tables. The pizza is oval-shaped with crispy edges and just plain good.
Open for lunch & dinner.
Mr. West Cafe Bar: Yummy breakfast toasts and snack plates. Weekend brunch is super good…definitely an insta-worthy spot. Highly recommend the honey & cheddar toast or almond butter toast.
Open for breakfast & lunch.
Open for breakfast & lunch. Closed Monday
Open for breakfast, lunch, & early dinner. Closed Sundays.
Open for breakfast & lunch. Closed Saturday & Sunday.
Open for lunch & dinner.
Molly Moon’s Handmade Ice Cream: Everything is so good. The ice cream is made with wholesome local ingredients like milk, wild honey, and organic fruit. They also source from Theo Chocolate and Stumptown Coffee to ensure that they are supporting organic, fair-trade ingredients. Vegan options available!
Frankie & Jo’s: Amazing plant-based ice cream! The tahini chocolate is my favorite, and they also have no-sugar added flavors made from dates. There’s gluten-free waffle cones too, which is a big plus.
Mighty-O Donuts: Not only are the donuts vegan and organic, but they are full of flavor and made from scratch. Daily flavors include: Raspberry Riot (love), French Toast, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. They also donate any leftover donuts to non-profit organizations.
General Porpoise Doughnuts: Handmade doughnuts with delicious fillings like vanilla custard, chocolate marshmallow, lemon curd, and marionberries & cream. And don’t worry, they have coffee to go along with it!
Frans Chocolates: I was so excited to try the location in downtown Seattle. They have loads of organic chocolates, caramels, and sauces. Best gourmet candy bars EVER. I love the Park or Almond gold bars.
Coffee & Drinks:
Storyville Coffee: Storyville isn’t just about coffee, they also have a mission to end human trafficking and pour love into everything they do, from making pretty drinks to amazing customer service. They have the creamiest cappuccino and chai latte I’ve ever had. If you’re lucky and arrive at the right time, you may even get a free piece of chocolate cake! It’s something they do once daily and everyone gets a slice. My favorite Storyville location is upstairs in Pike Place Market.
Caffe Fiore: An all-organic coffee shop? Definitely a coffee connoisseur’s dream. Caffe Fiore has 4 locations throughout Seattle and all of them have a rustic vibe with pretty darn good coffee!
Starbucks Reserve & The Original Starbucks: The Starbucks Reserve is SO cool. The have a cold-brew coffee bar, local chocolates, and tons of lattes and coffee options you can’t get at any other Starbucks. The Original Starbucks in Pike Place is honestly nothing to call home about. The line is super long, but if you reallllly want a drink from the first Starbucks, it can’t hurt to check it out.
Moore Coffee Shop: Known for it’s latte art and unique drink options. The taro latte is bright purple and super sweet, and I love their red tea latte. Whatever you get, just know the art will be fab.
Street Bean Coffee: Locally roasted, direct-trade coffee that makes an impact in the community. They are a nonprofit coffee shop giving opportunity to young people who are seeking to exit street life.
Slate Coffee: Yet another cool coffee shop in Seattle. Plus, you can get coffee in a wine glass, which makes it even cooler.
Caffe Ladro: Another Seattle coffee chain, imagine that. Each location is unique to the neighborhood it calls home, but all have the same great coffee and baked goods.
Seattle Coffee Works: Sooo many coffee shops, right? Yet another to add to the never ending list. They have several locations throughout Seattle and source their coffee from environmentally conscious coffee growers.
Schilling Cider House: There’s an option everyone will love at here. The ciders are handcrafted using fresh pressed apples, locally sourced & non-GMO ingredients, and no added sugar. They’re also gluten-free and vegan! Most of the flavors are seasonal, but here are a few of my favorites: Pineapple Passion, Raspberry Habanero, Basil Mint, Pomegranate/Cranberry, & Chai Spiced!
Things to Do
Pike Place Market: Stroll through the market, buy some flowers, smell the stinky fish (worth it), eat chowder at Pike Place Chowder & greek yogurt at Ellenos, drink coffee at Storyville, and order a few crumpets from The Crumpet Shop. Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the bright red sign.
Melrose Market: Kind of reminds me of a smaller Denver Central Market. It’s in the Capitol Hill area and features restaurants and retail shops like Sitka & Spruce, Butter Home, Glasswing, & Homegrown. Highly recommend.
Mount Rainier National Park: You may have heard crazy stories about it on Grey’s Anatomy, but this national park 60 miles outside of Seattle is definitely worth the trip. You’ll see the glacier-capped Mount Rainier, nearby volcanoes, and summertime wildflowers. You can take a drive or a hike, but make sure you check it out!
Space Needle: The trademark of Seattle. Stunning view of Seattle and the mountains, especially if you can catch it at sunset.
Central Public Library: An interesting 11-story glass building in downtown Seattle that is supposed to resemble a stack of books. This library has it all.
Seattle Spheres: So freakin’ cool. You can take a guided tour on most Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m. It’ll take you through a few buildings on Amazon’s urban campus, including Doppler, Day 1, and The Spheres. A greenhouse and a workplace…awesome to see.
Seward Park: Such a pretty park located on the water. There’s a bike and walking path, an amphitheater, garden, and beach.
Washington Park Arboretum: Jointly operated by the University of Washington and the city of Seattle. It’s open every day free of charge, but if you visit the Japanese Garden on the south end of the Arboretum there’s an entrance fee.
Hotel Theodore: Loved, loved staying here. Only a few blocks from Pike Place and steps from shops and delicious eateries. The location was my favorite part because we could pretty much walk everywhere downtown and around the Capitol Hill district (we spent a lot of our time there). It’s a quick Uber ride anywhere and we just really enjoyed the hotel and the atmosphere. It was clean, modern, and great for the two of us. There’s a coffee bar and delicious restaurant (Rider) in the lobby and the environment is quiet and relaxed. The customer service couldn’t have been better. We checked out and still had a few hours left of exploring, and the front desk kept our bags while we ventured around the city.
Watertown Hotel: The first time we traveled to Seattle, this is where we stayed! Watertown is steps from the University of Washington, they have a bike-share system, and it’s dog-friendly. Overall, it was a fun, modern, and inexpensive place to stay. The location is in the U district near Wallingford & Fremont, and just a short bus ride downtown to Pike Place. It’s easy to get bus passes, and that’s mainly what we used during out stay. The people at the front desk are super helpful in answering any questions. Bonus- they always have cupcakes in the lobby!