If you missed my first post about visiting Portland (click HERE to read that), my boyfriend and I took a West Coast trip this summer and visited three different cities!! It was my first time out west and it was so much fun to see what life was like on the other side. While Portland was my favorite stop on the trip, I really liked Seattle too! It has a vibrant city feel but is also surrounded by beautiful water and PNW nature. Keep reading below to get the details on where we went, what we did, and where we ate/drank in Seattle! Happy travels!
Where We Stayed:
Traveling is expensive, but we were lucky enough that we were able to stay with friends while in Seattle. The neighborhood they live in is called Capitol Hill and we loved it there! It was within walking distance of all kinds of fun bars, restaurants and shopping, and it was a pretty central location in terms of visiting other parts of the city. We never even had to take a cab - we could walk everywhere we wanted to go (another great money-saver)! I would highly recommend staying in the Capitol Hill area.
Where We Ate & Drank:
Our first morning in Seattle we slept in and then went to a delicious brunch at Oddfellows Cafe + Bar. It's right in the Capitol Hill neighborhood on a fun street full of shops and bars. We loved this restaurant!! It's so cute and bright on the inside with tons of seating and even an outdoor section, and their breakfast food is amazing! I definitely recommend the breakfast panini or the homemade biscuit and eggs. So good and filling, so you'll have plenty of energy for a day of exploring! I ordered a decaf latte with my meal and the Seattle coffee did not disappoint! One evening during our visit, we got adventurous and tried Malaysian food at a cute little place called Kedai Makan. The food there was amazing (order a bunch of dishes and share), but be prepared to wait for a table.
Seattle is definitely not short on grungy dive bars, and we spent some time at a bunch of those (you have to stop at Comet Tavern), but we also visited two breweries that I'd highly recommend. Red Hook Brewing has tons of seating (indoor and outdoor), tasty beer, delicious brick oven pizzas, and even outdoor fire pits to keep you warm during the colder months. It was a fun place to hang out for an afternoon! We also stopped at Cloudburst Brewing. The space is pretty tiny and the line for beers was long, but it's conveniently located just down the street from Pike Place Market! We enjoyed some relaxation and beers there and chatted with a local who had stopped in for a drink after work.
Things to See & Do:
It wasn't hard to find fun things to do in Seattle and we fit a lot into our visit! We walked through Pike Place Market briefly, but it was so crowded that we didn't hang around for that long. We loved walking through Chihuly Garden & Glass. The exhibit is beautifully put together and the glass sculptures are pretty incredible! It doesn't take long to walk through (less than an hour unless you really take your time), but we took lots of great photos and got a great view of the Space Needle from the outdoor portion. It was also a lot of fun walking through the Olympic Sculpture Park. It's basically a walking/running path that winds down a hill towards the water and is full of large sculptures by different artists. We saw beautiful views of the water there and even spotted some cute little bunnies running through the gardens!
If you're looking to do some souvenir shopping, head to the pier down by Pike Place Market. It's super walkable and full of Seattle-themed shops and people selling things on the streets. Our favorite spot was called Simply Seattle. While you're there, stop by the nearby Pike Street Press. They sell the cutest greeting cards, posters and other paper goods! I brought a bunch home to give to family. If you're into books like we are, visit Twice Sold Tales (a used bookstore home to a few adorable kitties) and Elliott Bay Book Company (new and used books with a café in back). My boyfriend likes skateboarding, so we also stopped by the 35th North Skate Shop. They had tons of fun t-shirts and Adam even picked up a skateboard to bring home.
My favorite part of our Seattle trip was taking the ferry to Alki Beach. We boarded a boat at a pier near Pike Place Market and then it was a quick 10-minute ride with beautiful views of the city skyline. When we got off the ferry there was a free shuttle bus that brought us to the beach and boardwalk. There were a few bars and seafood restaurants to stop at, but we got some ice cream cones to go and strolled down the walking path until we made it back to the ferry. It was peaceful and pretty and so much fun! You can even rent bikes, roller-skates, or skateboards to ride on the boardwalk. The coolest part was that, as we were waiting to board the ferry heading back to the city, we saw a seal, a starfish, and some jellyfish! It was such a magical moment unexpectedly seeing a wild seal come popping out of the water in front of us to say hello, and it might have even been the highlight of the West Coast trip for me.
How We Traveled:
After we finished our days in Seattle, we took the Amtrak Cascades train to our final destination, Portland, Oregon (you can read about that part of the trip HERE). The train ride was only about three hours long and it was so relaxing to just look out the window at the beautiful countryside we were passing by. If you take the train, definitely request a window seat and bring some snacks and drinks! Happy travels!
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 26 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.