My favorite way to enjoy a new city is to sip, eat and drink my way through it. Seattle, Washington was just about the best place to do this. From the Pike Place Market and all the restaurants that have sprung up around it, to the breweries and coffee roasters; Seattle is all about taking a high-quality resource and turning it into the best product out there.
I fell in love with everything from the produce stands to the local coffee shops. And, of course, the flying fish. From first arriving the city to leaving the airport I felt absolutely full and satisfied from all the flavors I indulged in. Thankfully, I walked about twenty miles over the weekend so I could get away with it all.
Note: Some tours, passes, and meals were provided at no cost to the author. All opinions remain my own.
Sipping on Seattle’s Coffee
Now I’m not talking Starbucks or even Seattle’s Best. I’m talking about the boutique local roasters. Where you can get a chance to see what is going on in the local coffee scene. If you do want to hit the original Starbucks make sure to early in the morning to beat the line. But if you want to enjoy a quality coffee instead walk another block and head into Storyville Coffee.
At Storyville, you’ll find cozy coffee shop right over Pike Place Market. Pick a couch right next to the fireplace or at the window for the view. Enjoy their dark roast and all the while you’re supporting a company who’s core mission is to help end human trafficking. A great cup of coffee to sip on, and the perfect spot to relax, all while supporting a great cause.
Over in Pioneer Square, you will find Elm Coffee Roasters. Their spot has a more modern open feel and while it won’t make you want to curl up next to the fire you might feel like being productive. Their roast comes with a lighter feel to it, grabbing a lot of the coffee’s flavors. Sip on a Cortado, enjoy a pastry and watch them roast their beans right there in the storefront.
Eating Your Way Through Pike Place Market & More
I started my culinary adventure in Seattle with dinner at the Pink Door. This quaint Italian restaurant is tucked in an alley just up from Pike Place Market. Look closely or you’ll miss it. There isn’t a sign just a pink door. Inside you’ll find lovely decor, a cozy lounge with live musicians and homemade pasta that will have you wanting to finish every scrap on your plate. It’s a popular spot so make a reservation or ask to sit in the lounge area.
I could go into detail of all the amazing places to eat and explore in Pike Place Market, but instead I’ll tell you how to get the best experience at all of them. Plan ahead and schedule a food tour with Savor Seattle. Their tour of the market starts at only $40 and you’d spend about that on the samples. Walking the market on your own is fun, but getting to know the people and the history takes it to another level. Eat salmon, crab cakes, cheese and more all while being lead around and introduced to the producers.
You, of course, have to cover breakfast and brunch if you really want to indulge in a city. If you want a view of the bay head to Lowell’s in the market. An old school diner that’s been notched up. Enjoy their breakfast tacos while taking in the view of the water. For a lavish brunch stop by Shaker + Spear. This upscale spot does not skimp on their brunch menu, enjoy their donuts with ricotta dip, veggie hash, or giant pancake.
Drinking Seattle’s Brews & Booze
Not that you should go overboard, but have fun enjoying the different spirits Seattle has to offer. You’ll find local breweries of both small and large producers, distilleries making high-quality spirits, and while I haven’t explored them yet, great Washington wines.
Try something unique over at Outlander Brewery & Pub. A small production brewery where they are experimenting with a variety of flavors. Whether it is a basil or a vanilla lavender they add to the beers, they come out with a lush flavor unique from anything else you’ve tried.
If beer isn’t as much your thing, stop by Rachel’s Ginger Beer. You can try this refreshing drink in regular, blood orange, hibiscus and more. Either enjoy it by itself or have them craft a Moscow Mule for you. On top of that, if it’s a cool day, pop in for a Hot Toddy to warm up.
If it’s spirits you’re looking for swing by Von’s GustroBistro. Whatever your favorite drink is they can make you one and the flavor from their homemade spirits will raise it up a level. Try anything with the housemade spirits: Juniper Gin, Mayahuel Tequila or Sanctified Vodka.
You Won’t Leave Hungry
Of all the cities I’ve visited, Seattle has been one of the easiest to indulge in. The fresh food, high-quality craft, and local focus is everywhere. You won’t find many chains and if you do it probably started right there.
Even the airport is filled with local spots such as Beecher’s Cheese and Ivar’s Seafood. There is absolutely no reason why to leave hungry with such great spots in the airport.
I only got to brush the surface of indulging in Seattle over my trip. I can’t wait to go back and explore more so let me know which of your favorite spots I’ve missed.