(For a visual map of how to get to each place, visit my guide here!)
- Glo’s Cafe // Amazing breakfast! They serve the best hash browns and the tastiest Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had. (Seriously!) There’s always a wait, but it’s definitely worth it if you’re in the Capitol Hill area! Helpful tip: They don’t take reservations, but you can still call ahead of time and ask to put your name down on the list. When you get there, just check-in at the front desk. You have to wait outside for a table, so if it’s raining, bring an umbrella!
- I recommend: The Eggs Florentine and lots of hash browns.
- Silence-Heart-Nest // This is a cute Vegetarian breakfast and brunch spot in Fremont. I love the atmosphere and the story behind it.
- I recommend: The Eggs Florentine. The hollandaise sauce has dill in it (which I love), and it also comes with yummy breakfast potatoes.
- Biscuit Bitch // This place is usually packed, but visiting is worth it if you’re in Seattle and happen to be a fan of delicious biscuits and gravy. Ordering food with some sass is always fun, too. Try ordering a “Straight-Up Bitch” with a straight face. :)
- I recommend: The Straight-Up Bitch with shiitake mushroom gravy or the Easy Bitch.
- Humble Pie // If you’re visiting Seattle during the summer months, make sure you head here to enjoy delicious, thin crust pizza outdoors. They have a huge wood fire oven, an outdoor garden, and even a chicken coop!
- I recommend: The Field Roast pizza.
- Kaosamai // THE. BEST. PA’NANG. CURRY. Seriously, it’s so delicious! Everything else I’ve tried is tasty, too. Having this restaurant just around the corner from my apartment is wonderful, but also dangerous. The service is really great, too!
- I recommend: The Pa’Nang Curry (obviously) or Phad See Iew, and a Thai Iced Tea.
- Sichuanese Cuisine // This is the best Chinese restaurant I’ve been to in Seattle. It’s located in the International District and has some of the tastiest dishes! It’s pretty small and usually really packed, but if you have to wait, it’s worth it! (I blogged about it here.)
- I recommend: The Chengdu Noodles and the Dry Cooked String Beans.
- Momiji // My favorite sushi place in Seattle! I love it because they have an entire page full of creative vegetarian sushi, and it’s awesome being able to watch the chefs prepare the food at the bar. The decor is sleek yet cozy and the atmosphere is perfect for an intimate date night.
- I recommend: The Green Decadence Roll.
- Barrio // If you’re in the mood for fancy-style Mexican food, this is the place! Barrio is easy to find on Capitol Hill and has a really nice casual, but classy feel. The staff is also super sweet, so that helps!
- I recommend: The Vegetable Cazuela and Red Sangria.
- Pie // This place sells little sweet and savory pies for one. I’ve never been disappointed here. There’s just something so comforting about a warm and tasty pot pie. They also give a 10% discount to Car2Go users which is pretty awesome. All you have to do is show your card!
- I recommend: The Creamy Asparagus Savory Pie or the Strawberry and Rhubarb Sweet Pie.
- Ristorante Machiavelli // The pasta here is to die for! They don’t take reservations, but the wait is worth it. Take a stroll through the shops nearby, or tour the new Starbucks Reserve while you wait for a table to open up. The service is wonderful and the food is so fresh!
- I recommend: The Penne with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto and a Ginger Mint Lemonade.
- Taste of India // I can’t say enough great things about this place. Not only is the food amazing, but the owner is sooo nice and the service is speedy, too. If you’re a chai drinker, you’re in for a treat. They keep it coming with free refills whether you order it hot or iced. I will say this is definitely Americanized Indian food which you may pick up on just by browsing through the menu, but it’s delicious either way. Helpful tip: There’s a discount on Yelp if you check-in there on your first visit. Just show your server the voucher!
- I recommend: The coconut curry, garlic naan, and an iced chai.
- High 5 Pie // Who doesn’t love pie? High 5 Pie serves generous, warm pie slices with or without a scoop of ice cream. I love the vintage decor and cozy feel of this place.
- I recommend: The Salted Caramel Pear Pie A La Mode with Cinnamon ice cream.
- Top Pot Doughnuts // Every Seattleite’s favorite doughnut shop! There are quite a few locations throughout Washington, but the original shop in downtown Seattle is my favorite.
- I recommend: The Original Glazed, Maple Bars, or the Pink Feather Boa doughnuts.
- Molly Moon’s // The most popular, delicious ice cream place in the city. There are six locations scattered around Seattle, and all of them are equally lovely, though my personal favorite is the shop in Wallingford. I worked at Molly Moon’s for a few months when I first moved out to Seattle, so I’ll always have a (sweet) spot in my heart for it. Be prepared to wait in a long line, but it moves quickly, so don’t panic! You’ll need the extra time anyway to peruse the menu and decide which flavors you want to sample.
- I recommend: The Salted Caramel ice cream with hot fudge and homemade whipped cream. (I used to recommend this to people all the time when I worked there and they always loved it!)
- Pie Bar // Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Have a drink and eat some pie! The space is small, but the owners are so sweet and everyone is always friendly.
- I recommend: The Coconut Cream Pie with a Dark and Stormy.
- Borracchini’s Bakery // Amazing Italian bakery with the best doughnuts in Seattle. I know I mentioned Top Pot above, and yes, they have good doughnuts, too, but if you’re looking for cheaper, more authentic treats without the touristy crowds, head to Borracchini’s! Everyone knows them for their cakes, but trust me on the doughnuts! They also have a small coffee shop inside with other Italian goods in their market section.
- I recommend: The original glazed or jelly filled doughnuts.
- Fremont Coffee Company // One of my favorite study spots in the city. This coffee shop is in an old house, with plenty of nooks and crannies to cuddle up in. There’s also a seating area outside with the porch that wraps all the way around to the back of the house giving you plenty of spots to sunbathe and people-watch from. Their coffee is also amazing of course, and the latte art is some of the best I’ve ever seen!
- I recommend: A soy chai (my favorite), or any latte. The burritos they have available are pre-made from a different company, but they’re pretty good, too!
- Pike Place Market // An obvious no brainer! Pike Place is a must see for tourists. You can easily spend a day here, walking around the market and checking out the different vendors. Make sure you sample anything and everything because it’s all delicious! From peaches to apple cider to cheese to olive oil, you won’t be disappointed. The guys in the fish market put on a fun show, so don’t miss it! Visit Rachel the pig, the original Starbucks, and the gum wall. Oh, and don’t forget to take a ride on the beautiful ferris wheel near the waterfront before you leave!
- EMP (Experience Music Project Museum) // Seattle is known for its music culture and the EMP brings it to life. See exhibits showcasing Nirvana, Macklemore, Jimi Hendrix, and many other Seattle musicians.
- Jimi Hendrix Memorial // After you’ve visited the EMP, head to Renton and see the awesome memorial dedicated to Jimi Hendrix.
- Green Lake // A wonderful park that’s perfect for relaxing, walking, running, or people watching. For the past two years I’ve walked with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at Green Lake and I’m always in awe of how pretty and peaceful it is there. Grab some frozen yogurt from Zoëyogurt across the street and then stroll through Green Lake while you enjoy it. Be on the lookout for cute mushrooms, too!
- Chihuly Garden and Glass // A beautiful museum featuring the work of one of Washington’s most well-known artists. Chihuly’s pieces are phenomenal. You’ll get a great view of the Space Needle on your way out, too. I recently went to a yoga class here and it was so much fun!
- Fremont Troll // You’ll find this guy hiding out under the Aurora bridge in Fremont. He has an appetite for Volkswagen Beetles and will be incredibly sad if you don’t visit him!
- Alki Beach // Every time I’m here, I feel like I’m on the California coast. You’ll find skateboarders, long boarders, surfers, joggers, and lots of friendly pups! The views at Alki are spectacular, and the ice cream from Pepperdock is the perfect thing to indulge on while you walk near the water.
- Golden Gardens // Another amazing spot to hang out, build a fire, and watch the sunset.