We had been dying to get to Seattle for the longest time and I was lucky enough to go twice within the past year! We went together for the first time for Christmas last year and I went again for my bachelorette weekend in May. For the longest time I felt like I was being pulled to the Pacific Northwest and I was so excited to finally get to go and experience the area and I wanted to break down a few of my favorite places around the city. So without further ado, here is how to spend a day exploring this city!
- Fuel Up 9 A.M.
Start your morning off in downtown Seattle and head over to Biscuit Bitch on 1st Street for a bite on the go (I really mean on the go, seating is limited). We went here and it was really worth the hype (and the line). There’s something for everyone as they have vegetarian options and lots of different combinations and add-ons to try. I went basic (as usual) and got the “Straight Up Bitch” which was amazing, but I think next time I would get some add-ons as well. Delicious biscuits and that southern hospitality will be just what you need to get some pep in your step for the beginning of the day.
- 1st Ave. Moseying 9:30 A.M.
Once you’ve carbo loaded on biscuits continue downtown towards Pike Place and be sure to check out all the cute independent shops along the way. A few of my favorites we stopped in were Robot vs Sloth (for kitschy Seattle souvenirs), Metsker Maps of Seattle (inspo for future travels, and a good place to pick up a postcard for grandma), and make sure not to miss Post Alley, also full of cute shops and restaurants on the way to Pike Place. While you’re meandering about, if you’re a coffee lover make it a point to stop by Storyville Coffee. It’s tucked up and away on the second floor right across from the main entrance to Pike Place Market. The shop itself is like a little coffee haven all dimly lit and cozy, and though again the line may be long, it really is so amazing and their pastries are to die for.
- Pike Place et al 10:00A.M.
Pike Place Market is something that I find so synonymous with Seattle and that really just seems never ending and full of all types of wonders. When you walk in make sure to check out the Pike Place Fish Market, where if you order they will toss your fish up the stall to be wrapped up. Wander around the stalls to find a unique selection of local artisan products ranging from fish, to chocolate, honey and even fashion accessories. Right across the street is also the infamous first ever Starbucks location. Take a peek at their original digs and pick up some exclusive merch if you’re a fangirl. Then, make your way out of Pike Place Market to look at the so-gross-you-can’t-look-away Gum Wall, and head down towards the waterfront. On your way, stop by Pike Street Press, who specialize in custom invitations and other work, but also have a great array of prints to purchase. We actually got a cool print of Seattle here to remember our trip by.
- Space Needle 12:00 P.M.
From Pike Place make your way back up to the Monorail Terminal at Pine and 5th Street and take it up to the Seattle Center station. Here you will be met by the ever so iconic Space Needle. Be sure to reserve tickets in advance or have an alternate plan once you get here as typically there is a bit of a wait if you purchase at the door. Head up to the top of the tower and walk around the 360 view of Seattle, take it in, take some photos and take your time! There are a lot of interactive displays that have good information about different landmarks around the city, as well as the Space Needle itself.
- Pit Stop 1:00 P.M.
If you find your stomach grumbling around this time, I highly recommend the Collections Cafe that is located just on the other side of the Space Needle in the Chihuly Gardens. We called last minute and they were able to seat us in the indoor garden which was beautiful and airy and really warm (even in December). The service was great and food even better, so if you’re looking for a quick bite this is the place to go.
- Seattle Center Museums 2:00 P.M.
There are so many things to do around this area, from the Pop Culture Museum to the Chihuly Gardens and Glass pick one and explore!
- Dinner and drinks with a view 7:00 P.M.
Now that your brains are stimulated and your legs are likely exhausted from all the walking, catch an uber back to downtown to one of the many fab restaurants. For a nightcap hit up the Thompson Hotel rooftop bar, The Nest. Reservations aren’t required but can be made on their website. Get a drink enjoy the city views after a day well spent.
If you’ve been to Seattle, do you have any recommendations on how to spend the perfect day out?