City Spotlight: Seattle


by: bridget, seattle native and speech pathologist

Oh man, how I love Seattle. Even though I’ve lived here my entire life (minus undergrad and grad school), I still get a smile on my face every time I walk out the door and see all of the natural beauty around me. This holds true even when it’s grey and raining! (which happens for the majority of the year) **Pro tip: if you want a higher chance of it being sunny when you’re here, I recommend visiting between July-September.

Anywho, as I sat down to write out “A Perfect Day in Seattle” I realized that it was going to be extremely difficult to narrow down my list to just 24 hours worth of things to do. So what I’ve done is broken up my top picks into the general neighborhoods/locations that they can be found in. That way, you can pick and choose what you want to do depending on the area you’re staying in.

Here we go!

downtown seattle


Pike Place Market: A Seattle must! This public market has been in operation since 1907 and it’s such a fun and unique place to walk around and visit the different vendors. It does get very crowded so fair warning!
Gum Wall: Chew up some gum and leave your mark on this famous wall located below Pike Place Market
Original Starbucks: located at Pike Place Market
Space Needle: The iconic landmark of Seattle. Head on up to the top and check out the newly renovated observation deck for gorgeous views of the city (***fun fact, the space needle was orange when it was first built for the 1962 World’s Fair)
Great Wheel: go for a ride and see some impressive views of the Seattle from the waterfront

The view from Gasworks Park!

The view from Gasworks Park!

fremont neighborhood

Fremont Troll: snap a picture with the friendliest troll around-town
Gasworks Park: The best view of the Seattle skyline (personal opinion). Also where
they shot the paintball scene in the movie “10 Things I Hate About You”
Fremont Farmer’s Market: Sundays from 10am-4pm
Theo’s Chocolate: Take a tour of one of the best fair-trade and organic confections around!
Fremont Mischief Distillery: Do a tasting of their fantastic spirits!
Barrel Thief Wine and Whiskey Bar: a fun spot for pre-dinner drinks or a night-cap
 Pablo y Pablo- delicious Mexican restaurant
 Manolin- the aesthetics in this place are beautiful. It's American food with a twist and might I suggest the pork belly?

ballard neighborhood

Golden Gardens- this is a beautiful park for a picnic or just go for the views
Ballard Locks: pack a picnic and watch the boats come through the locks
Ballard Farmer’s Market: Sundays 10am-3pm
Matador: I recommend getting their nachos
Little Tin Goods & Apothecary Cabinet: cutest little place to sip on some tasty cocktails
Gracia- yummy swanky Mexican cuisine
Ristorante Picolinos: Amazing and authentic Italian food
8oz Burger & Co
Ballard Coffee Works

*photo from Coco Kelley of Gracia

General Porpoise doughnuts!

General Porpoise doughnuts!

Taken inside Elliot Bay Book Company that has the cutest little coffee shop in the back!

Taken inside Elliot Bay Book Company that has the cutest little coffee shop in the back!

capital hill neighborhood

Elliot Bay Book Company: you just have to go!
Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room: go for the fancy Starbucks
Oola Distillery: such tasty spirits and the nicest people to boot!
Melrose Market: indoor food and retail market
Capitol Cider
Optimism Brewing: cool industrial space
General Porpoise Doughnuts: the owners of this place and the restaurant next to it really know good design
Molly Moon Ice Cream: a local artisanal ice cream shop that never disappoints

If you're planning a trip to Seattle we hope this little guide can help you out!

Let us know what you end up doing?