Visiting Seattle Washington with a Local

Written by Becky

During our brief time in the Seattle area we made our way to one of my favorite places, Pike Place Market. I picked up some dried fruits and a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers for our hosts as we enjoyed the bustling city on a Saturday morning.  We sampled fresh honey crisp washington apples and chocolate covered hazelnuts as we walked around the market, enjoying the company of good friends in the excitement of a new city.

One of my favorite parts of this recent trip was getting to explore the city with a local. My favorite way to travel is to explore, get lost, find the hidden gems, and see a new place from the perspective of local culture. We were spoiled to be in Seattle at the same time with some friends of ours who lived in the city for a while. They showed us the hot local spots, took us to a great lookout, took us on public transportation, and shared a few great meals together at local favorites. Here are some of their recommendations plus some other folks have recommended to me. Hope you can enjoy Seattle with a local someday!

Restaurant Recommendations:
Pink Door – Homespun Italian-American food with French circus decor
Salumi- Tiny downtown deli serving fresh-made salami
Cyclops – American brunch and late night cafe at the Ace Hotel
Crumpet Shop – European crumpet shop by Pike Place
Delancey – Pizza shop opened by local food blogger Orangette
The Walrus and The Carpenter – Seafood and Northwest cuisine
Cafe Besalu – Bakery and coffe house
Boat Street Cafe – American
Agua Verde – Waterfront taco cafe
Bakery Nouveau- Bakery
Dick’s Drive In – Seattle’s classic American burger joint
Eat Local - American Northwest
Sitka and Spruce - American Northwest
The Corson Building – American Northwest
Springhill - American Northwest dinner and brunch
Staple and Fancy - Rustic Italian
La Carta de Oaxaca – Mexican
Volunteer Park Cafe – brunch or sandwich lunch
Sitka and Spruce – a popular restaurant in Melrose Market

Things to do and beautiful views of the City:
View the City from the Queen Ann neighborhood
Space Needle
Pike Place Market
Seattle Public Library
Paper Source – fun stationary store
Georgetown – antique district off the beat n’ path
Susan Wheeler and Kirk Albert upscale vintage decor stores in Georgetown
Melrose Market – fresh food, flowers, and housewares

Places to Stay:
Ace Hotel Seattle
Hotel Max

Comments (2)

  1. Wouldn't it be fun to have a market like that in SLC, I especially love the amazing flowers. Sounds like you had a great trip.

  2. what fun. i LOVE seattle – my brother lives there, and i love love love to go visit. great list – i can't wait to get to delancy! don't forget heading to uwajimaya – fantastic asian store. YUM,

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