Everyone and their mama is making a trip up to Seattle nowadays.. Every time I log onto Facebook, it seems as though someone is asking for recommendations for their upcoming trip there. (Seriously, I’ve seen at least 3 of those posts within the last week!!) And after my boyfriend and I spent our anniversary weekend there a couple weeks ago, I can see why it attracts so many visitors! With so many good restaurants, museums, and scenery, Seattle has endless things to offer anyone who comes to visit and is definitely a must-go destination (especially if you’re into the gloomy Pacific Northwest vibes).
Honestly, our anniversary trip to Seattle is what really drove & inspired me to start this blog that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I just wish I took more pictures of everything to really showcase everything the city has to offer! However, I did compile a list of tips & tricks we learned throughout our stay, things to do, and places to eat at, so take notes if you’re planning to make a trip up north soon!
TIPS & TRICKS
#1: To get the most out of your experience (and save some money!), for the love of all that is holy, buy a CityPASS! The Seattle CityPASS includes admission to 5 of the top Seattle attractions (for only $89!!!), including: the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture OR Woodland Park Zoo, and Chihuly Garden & Glass OR Pacific Science Center. This is the best investment because admission to just three of those places without a CityPASS is more expensive than just buying a CityPASS altogether. So do yourself a favor, save about $64, and purchase a CityPASS here.
#2: Lyft e v e r y w h e r e. If you’re going to Pike Place or anywhere downtown, parking sucks. It’s so convenient to be able to just call a Lyft and get picked up/dropped off without wasting time trying to find a good parking spot! You can use my Lyft referral code ‘KATELYN32080’ to receive some ride credit if you are a new user.
#3: If you’re more about being active, you can LimeBike around the city! Here’s how it works: you download the LimeBike app to find nearby bikes, and once you find one, you scan the bike to unlock it and start riding! You can park the bike wherever a bike is allowed, and the best part is that it’s only $1 for every thirty minutes! And if you’re a student, each thirty-minute ride is only 50 cents!
#4: Buy an ORCA card for public transit. It’s a reloadable card that helps you pay for fares on buses, trains, and ferries, so if you feel like you’ll be using any of those modes of transportation, definitely grab one! (You’ll actually have the chance to purchase one when you first leave the SeaTac Airport in order to catch the train!)
(Everything under CityPASS is a given, so I’m refraining from mentioning those since they’re pretty much all ~touristy~ things that everyone talks about! The only ones we didn’t do were the Pacific Science Center and the Woodland Park Zoo.)
Pike Place Market // 1st Ave and Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101 // Hours vary depending on vendor/restaurant: 6AM to 1:30AM
I guarantee that this is already on your hit list, but this outdoor marketplace is seriously so big (umm SIX levels?!), you can’t NOT go! It has everything from restaurants, to vendors, collectibles shops, live entertainment–you can seriously get lost in here. Don’t forget to pick up a fresh flower bouquet for only $5!
Gum Wall // 1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
This place is.. nasty, LOL. I swear you can literally SMELL the saliva here. But what’s a trip to Seattle without buying a piece of gum from one of the shops inside Pike Place and sticking it on the famous Gum Wall? How or why this place even started is beyond me.. like there was seriously a group of people who just started a trend of sticking gum on a wall and now it’s a tourist attraction. Amazing.
Flatstick Pub // 240 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 // Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12PM to 12AM, Friday & Saturday 12PM to 2AM
Y’all.. this place is SO COOL!!! By far the best bar I have ever been to in the 2 years that I’ve been a legal adult LOL. This place offers a bunch of beers on tap, and their digital menu shows where each beer is sourced from and the kegs’ fullness levels in real time. And for those of you who don’t like beer (like me), they serve up some yummy mimosas too.
What’s really cool about this bar is that it’s two levels: the top floor includes the main bar, 13 holes of duffle board ($3.50 a person per game), and a seating area with different board games to play! The second floor absolutely blew my mind. It was the dopest lounge area I’ve ever seen! It included 9 holes of mini golf (yeah INDOOR MINI GOLF… IN A BAR!!!) for $7 a person per game, beer pong tables, life-size Jenga & Connect Four, and corn hole. Best of all, this place is dog-friendly!!! So make sure to stop here for a good time, some beer, and to pet some cute lil doggos while buzzed. Best experience for sure, 10/10 would absolutely, without a doubt, do again. And again. And again.
Amazon Go store // 2131 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 // Hours: Mon-Fri 7AM to 9PM
Think Whole Foods meets Amazon meets stealing. Okay, not really stealing, but that’s what it feels like when you come to this super high-tech grocery store. There’s no cashiers, no registers, no check-out method, so how the heck does it work?! Before arriving, make sure you have an Amazon account and download the Amazon Go app; you have to scan the app in order to enter. And if you’re going with someone else, you can just use your account to scan them in first, and yourself after! This grocery store is pretty small, but has a variety of sandwiches, breakfast options, snacks, alcohol, and drinks. There are a bunch of motion sensors and cameras all throughout the store that track your every move and register it with your Amazon account; pretty crazy if you ask me. Every time you take something off the shelf, it adds it to you virtual cart and takes it out if you put the item back. And once you’re done grabbing everything you need, you just walk out! Your Amazon account will get charged for everything you “purchased”, and you’ll receive your receipt within a minute of leaving the store.
Biscuit Bitch // 2303 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 // Hours: Monday-Friday 7AM to 2PM, Saturday & Sunday 8AM-3PM
You have not lived until you’ve had these biscuits and gravy. This place was so good that Devin and I ate here twice on our trip!! The biscuits are so thicccccc and are crispy at the top but incredibly (oh God I hate this word) moist *shudders* on the inside. The menu includes biscuits and gravy with hot links, scrambled eggs, grits, biscuit sandwiches with SPAM.. So many appetizing options, and just thinking about it is making my mouth water. I’m so sad that they only have locations in Seattle!
Portage Bay Cafe // 391 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 // Hours: Monday-Friday 7AM to 2PM, Saturday & Sunday 7:30AM to 2:30PM
Tip #1 for this place: Reservations are your friend! Portage Bay Cafe gets so busy that sometimes they turn away all walk-ins and only take those with reservations. Tip #2: Order something on the menu that allows you to utilize their unlimited all-you-can-eat fruit bar! Such a yummy breakfast/brunch place. AND they make own potato bread!!!! To. Die. For.
Vons 1000 Spirits // 1225 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 // Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11AM to 12AM, Friday & Saturday 11AM to 1AM
This was a late night dinner type of place for Devin and I, so it was convenient that the ambience was incredibly chill. Vons has a full-size bar and tea light candles on the table to set the mood for your meal. What we really liked about this place was their playlist of lo-fi hip hop beats, but their french fries and mac & cheese were delicious too!
Honeyhole Sandwiches // 703 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 // Hours: 11AM to 12AM every day
When my boyfriend mentioned this place to me, I was expecting a standard sandwich shop, but boy was I wrong! Honeyhole is dimly lit, with plants and interesting decor lining the walls and ceilings. They also had a mini bar in the corner, but the photo above accurately displays the size of the place; it’s small. However, the food here is SOOOO good! I definitely recommend this place for some yummy burgers, sandwiches, and fries. (And as an avid ranch lover, you know I paid the extra 75 cents for a side of ranch.) Just don’t try to take a pic of your food cause it’s really dark and flash is way too bright, haha (which explains why I didn’t get to capture our meal).
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream // 927 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101 // Hours: 12PM to 11PM every day
With flavors like honey lavender, earl grey, and maple walnut (just to name a few) and toppings ranging from heirloom walnuts to balsamic reduction, no wonder every Seattleite suggests this place! You can order by the pint to take home, and trust me, you’re going to want to! This was some of the creamiest, most refreshing ice cream I’ve ever had. We got the “‘Scout’ Mint” flavor: Girl Scout Thin Mints crushed into mint ice cream made with extract from Washington-grown organic peppermint. This is the best spot to get your late night ice cream fix.
Momiji // 1522 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 // Hours: 4PM to 2AM every day
Where do I even start with this place?! First of all, there is a beautiful little garden in the middle of the restaurant, so you’ll have a lovely candlelit dinner with a view. Secondly, this was probably the best sushi I’ve ever had IN. MY. LIFE. And trust me, I’ve eaten a lot of sushi. They use real crab instead of imitation crab, and you can totally taste the difference in freshness! The best part about our dinner here was the Tropical Paradise roll. Let me TELL YOU about this roll, okay. The inside is made up of mango, cucumber, and avocado, while the outside is topped with tuna, salmon, a thin strawberry slice, and tobiko. The whole roll sits in a sweet blueberry soy sauce; that stuff was so good that my boyfriend and I were just scraping our chopsticks in it to eat it by itself LOL. Aside from their incredibly mouthwatering sushi rolls, they also serve super cute cocktails! I had one called “Hello Kitty”, with Nadeshiko, Calpico, fresh raspberry, and mint. It was pretty strong, but it tasted so much like juice that it didn’t even matter!
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese // 1600 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101 // Hours: 9AM to 6PM every day
Last but not least, the place that serves The World’s Best Mac and Cheese. No really, that’s what it’s called on the menu.. and rightfully so! Beecher’s mac and cheese is so flavorful that it will make you question all the other mac and cheeses you’ve ever had in your life. We almost didn’t get to try it because the line for it at Pike Place was always out the door, but luckily they have a Beecher’s in the SeaTac Airport! So if you don’t get to squeeze it in while exploring Pike Place, make sure to grab a cup of it before your flight home.
There is no doubt that Seattle has some of theeee best food, and that was only one small reason that Devin and I fell in love with this city. It reminded us so much of San Francisco (a city we spend quite a lot of time in), except a lot more clean and modern-looking. And as the city that gets the title of Where We Had Our First Solo Trip Just To Explore, I’m sure we’ll find ourselves back here again soon.