Ranging from a flourishing dining and beverage industry, to musical shows happening any day, to pulsating districts filled with outside lovers, local entrepreneurs, artists, and sights that will illuminate your universe, Seattle is where we live for good reason. The following are some of suggestions about what to visit, do and enjoy during your stay in the city.
These attractions are popular, but not only with tourists
Built in 1962, the Space Needle has adorned the Seattle cityscape for nearly sixty years and was extensively refurbished just recently. If you’ve never visited it before or haven’t been up there since the renovation, the journey there is definitely worthwhile because of the breathtaking scenic views.
The Pike Place Market is regarded as the oldest continually running farmers’ corner store in the state and is as always a basic foodstuff in the area. While it has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists, it is still a haven for natives, chefs and gourmets looking for fresh products, fine food, the latest floral delights and homemade artwork.
A great city day demands energy for physical, mental and spiritual well-being
If you would like to begin the day by having a nice cup of black coffee, a fine espresso or a macaroon (no judgment here), add Belle Epicurean to your cruise plan. Founded by a Seattle locals who enjoy both Paris and the Emerald City, this French style bakery and café is the perfect place to start your day.
For dinner you should visit the Purple Café and the Wine Bar, a contemporary dining establishment owned by the locally based Heavy Restaurant Group. Featuring more wine selections, each dish is carefully crafted and takes its inspiration from ingredients from the Northwest. If you are in the mood for an “earth-to-plate” dining adventure, you should visit Terra Plata. Taste delicious fresh, natural and seasonal food with the possibility of dining on the rooftop terrace when the weather is good.
Close the night with a drink at The Nest Rooftop Bar . Spoil yourself with handmade cocktails, wine and small refreshments while you enjoy the view and the hustle and bustle on the boardwalk with the sparkling Ferris wheel.
Take time out for fresh Pacific Northwest air
Take in the Olympic Sculpture Park, the biggest green open area in downtown Seattle, and check out the open-air museum’s collection of monumental works of art, including those by world-famous artists. Experience Puget Sound at first hand by getting on the West Seattle Water Taxi. Once you arrive in West Seattle, catch a glimpse of the city for a picture perfect view , then drive to Marination ma kai for a delightful Hawaiian-Korean fusion menu featuring meals like miso ginger chicken tacos and kimchi quesadillas.
In the surrounding districts you will discover the spirit of the locals
Dare to visit Seattle’s bustling districts to eat more, do more shopping, and discover the distinctive civilization that is part of each neighborhood. Explore Fremont, an art district and self-designated “center of the universe,” featuring the beloved Fremont Troll, a multitude of quirky stores and tasty restaurants.
Ferry to Bainbridge Island David Newman
If you have more time, make a one-day ferry trip to Bainbridge Island and enjoy the picturesque town of Winslow, featuring bodegas and sampling areas, an ice cream parlor and bakery, a complimentary art museum and a variety of specialized stores.