I just came back from spending a weekend in Seattle and wow! I was pleasantly surprised by the infamous cold and rainy city. I usually always prefer to travel to warm destinations, but Fiancé had a work trip scheduled, so I decided to go along for the ride. To my surprise, the Emerald City quickly became one of my new favorite cities to visit! While in town, I traveled solo during the days to explore some of Seattle’s top attractions and foodie spots.
We stayed at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, which is located downtown near the Seattle Convention Center, so I was able to walk to everywhere I wanted to visit without getting in a single Uber!
We flew in on Thursday night, so I started exploring fresh on Friday morning!
Day One – Friday
1. First Ever Starbucks
I kicked off my first official day in the city the same way I start every day: with a coffee. This time though, I got it from the first ever Starbucks! I’m an avid Starbucks Gold Card holder, so I was thrilled about this. The line was out of the door, but I couldn’t go to the city where Starbucks originated and not grab a coffee from the OG itself!
FUN FACT: my Starbucks drink of choice is a Grande White Mocha with Peppermint, half the pumps, served hot. It’s like Christmas all year round. Yes, I’m that girl.
2. Pike Place Market
Coffee in hand, I made my way through the Pike Place Market. You cannot visit Seattle without going to this market – promise me now! I highly recommend visiting on the first day because you will want to go back. There’s so much to look at – everything from unique jewelry to chocolate flavored pasta to flying fish to handmade bags and food, food, food! You will need to spend hours walking through and then you’ll need to go back. I ended up going back to the market every single day to eat.
At first glance, I fell in love with the overwhelming amount of fresh fruit and flowers at the market. Hellooooo, color! If you’re staying for a few days, I suggest you go and hand-pick your favorite colored tulips, arrange your own bouquet then grab some fresh citrus to bring back to your hotel room. It’s definitely a fun way to add sunshine to the grey city!
3. The Gum Wall
After strolling through the market for a couple of hours, I made my way below the market to a little alley, which is home of The Gum Wall. It’s literally an alley filled with people’s gum from around the world, which makes me super happy because of how colorful it is! Can you tell that I like bright colors? It’s definitely worth checking out and it’s a great photo opportunity! Make sure you remember to bring gum with you, so you can leave your mark. Just don’t touch the gum like the weirdos I saw.
4. The Waterfront
Behind the market, I followed a path of stairs that led me to the beautiful waterfront of Seattle. I spent time strolling down the edge of the water and basking in the serenity of it all. I walked behind the Seattle Aquarium and found an amazing boardwalk lined with empty picnic tables, which overlooked the bay and the Ferris wheel. It was such a lovely area and was perfect place to relax, reconnect and listen to the sounds of seagulls flying above.
5. Tiny’s Organic Apple Cider
After a day full of roaming, I made my way back to my hotel via the market once again. I’m telling you – this place doesn’t get old. I stopped by Tiny’s Organic tent for some hot apple cider! They had four different types of organic hot apple cider available and they were to die for! I went with gentlemen’s the recommendation of mixing two together – the Traditional and the Rum Butter. It made for a delicious and creamy apple cider that I’m still craving to this day. The warmth of apple cider in the cold Seattle weather makes for the perfect ending to a day full of exploring. I spent the rest of the late afternoon keeping Fiancé company at work until I dragged him out to dinner later.
6. The Pink Door
Later in the evening, we visited this super cute Italian Restaurant that was recommended to me (thanks, Megan!) It’s one of the most popular restaurants in the city, so make sure to make a reservation days in advance if you’d like to go. We decided to just show up and wait, which didn’t take long. The restaurant is super difficult to find at night, since there is no sign on the outside of the building – only a single pink door. But once you’re inside, the ambience is lovely! They also offer a variety of entertainment throughout the week (everything from aerial dancers to burlesque), so check out the schedule before you go.
Day Two – Saturday
7. Chihuly Garden and Glass & Space Needle
I begun my day with a walk down to the Chihuly museum, which is located right behind the Space Needle. It was super easy to find because I just followed the giant saucer in the sky! This visit was one of my absolutely favorite parts of my trip. Chihuly’s works of art are breathtaking and so bright and colorful! You can purchase a package ticket at the museum for the museum + the Space Needle and visit later in the day. I chose to wait until nighttime to go to the top of the Space Needle, but of course I still had to get my photos during the daytime!
8. Olympic Sculpture Park
After spending time at the museum, I headed to Olympic Sculpture park, where I found more stunning views of the Seattle Waterfront mixed with modern and rustic sculptures. Bring a book and you can sit in these cute little red chairs for hours.
9. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
I decided to make my way back to the market on the second day for lunch, as I was told that I must try their mac n’ cheese! I am so glad I did. It seriously was the best mac n’ cheese I’ve ever had and I’m not just saying that. If you go on their website, you can even download an app to order ahead and skip the line. I wish I’d known that then! Haha
10. Elleno’s Greek Yogurt
I obviously had to leave room for dessert, so on the way back to the hotel I stopped by this famous greek yogurt joint and ordered the Marionberry and took this super cliché photo in front of the market sign. Wow! It was absolutely delicious.
11. Space Needle at Night
What is the point in going to Seattle if you don’t go to the top of the Space Needle, right? Unfortunately, it was under construction during the time we went, but we still were able to see some of the views from the top. The elevator ride up was enough to send me over the edge (no pun intended), but the views were worth it!
12. The Alibi Room
After working for the past few days, Fiancé wanted pizza. We make it a thing to try pizza in every city we go to, so we popped into The Alibi Room, which is located in the same alley as The Gum Wall. It’s a tiny little bar with a cool vibe and REALLY TASTY PIZZA. I would highly recommend.
Day Three – Sunday
13. The Crumpet Shop
Somehow, I talked Fiancé into going to get crumpets with me in the morning before he worked. He refuses to believe that any country can make crumpets better than England, but this cute little shop did not disappoint. I ordered a Nutella crumpet and Fiancé got an egg, cheese and ham one! They were so yummy! And they’re organic. Take a peek at the menu ahead of time here.
14. Pike Place Chowder
Seattle is known for their fresh seafood, so I wanted to make sure I tried one of my favorite comfort foods while I was in town. I waited in the longest line for New England Clam Chowder at Pike Place Chowder, which is voted America’s #1 Chowder and Seattle’s best! It was worth the wait! They even have a sampler you can buy that lets you try four different types of chowder in case you can’t make up your mind. I highly recommend ordering online in advance through their website because I spent over half an hour waiting in line! You can even have some shipped to you.
15. The Fremont Troll
After exploring around the city all weekend, we were headed to the airport. The only thing I didn’t see that I really wanted to was this thing called the Fremont Troll. Someone I met over the weekend told me about it, so I asked our driver to swing by on the way to the airport. It’s completely random, but so cool! And by the looks of it, someone put a ring on it.
Have you visited Seattle? I’d love to hear some of your favorite places that you discovered. If you haven’t been, comment below and tell me what places you’d love to visit most!