Seattle: An Overview

Seattle, the Emerald City. Best known for it’s coffee, rain, and greenery, Seattle is also home to some of the most loyal sports fan I have ever met. Here is my best overview of what to do, where to eat, where to stay and more in the city.

All recommendations are my own. Feel strongly about having something added? Let me know!

STATS

Population: 783,137 as of 2020

Name origin: Chief Seattle of the Suquamish and Duwamish people

Surrounded by: Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountain Range

Fun fact: The SoDo neighborhood is home to both CenturyLink Field and T-Mobile Park. The abbreviation is short for south of downtown. In addition, the football field also has an abbreviation- the Clink.


CITY

Five things you need to know about the city;

  • Contrary to popular belief, it does not always rain. In fact, summers are typically bright, sunny, and in the 80’s.
  • Seattle is known for celebrating the LGBTQ community, especially in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
  • “Grunge” is a real look. But, Seattle is a hub for all fashions and styles. Comfort is key.
  • Seattle is home to many popular companies including Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing, Nordstrom and Amazon.
  • Amazon has expanded its presence so much that their group of buildings is known to locals as Amazonia.

EAT

Recommended places to eat;

  • Pink Door -Quirky Italian restaurant nestled in Pike Place.
  • Din Tai Fung– dim sum (also found in T-Mobile Park).
  • Toulouse Petit– Cajun- creole, with the best brunch.
  • Purple Cafe and Wine Bar– Fancier takes on old favorites.
  • Ivar’s Acres of Clams– Seafood spot on Pier 54 with an incredible view.
  • Taylor Shellfish– Seafood, best known for their oysters.
  • Lunchbox Lab– American food favorites right on Green Lake.
  • Cactus– Southwestern-Mexican cuisine on Alki Beach.
  • Mission Cantina– “Pan-Latin” food with amazing mimosa brunch.

DRINK

  • The Nest Rooftop bar
  • Purple Cafe and Wine Bar

INDULGE

Top dessert spots in Seattle


STAY

Hotels that were recommended to me;

  • Silver Cloud Hotel– kiddie corner to both the baseball and football stadiums.
  • Maxwell Hotel– a Pineapple Stay Hotel, near Seattle Center.
  • The Edgewater Hotel– Fancier hotel on the water, near downtown and piers.
  • Olive Eight– In the business district in between Capitol Hill and the heart of Downtown.

WATCH

T-Mobile Park

Visiting T-Mobile Park in Seattle? Here is the know before you go.

Beyond the city


TRANSPORTATION

When staying in the city, the best ways to get around are walking, light trail (subway) and bus. Free parking is far and few between, so I would avoid driving whenever possible.

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