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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.


Population: 744,955 as of 2018

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.


Top things to do in the city;

  • Walk through Pike Place
  • Visit the Space Needle
  • Admire the Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Watch the seaplanes at Gas Works Park
  • Say hello to the Fremont Troll
  • Put your toes in the Alki Beach sand
  • Sip coffee from the original Starbucks or the Reserve Roastery
  • Explore Pier 57’s Great Wheel and Wings Over Washington
  • Take in the view from Kerry Park
  • Stroll through University of Washington’s cherry blossoms

Top things to do outside of the city;

  • Climb Mt. Rainier
  • Tip-toe through the Skagit Valley tulips
  • Visit little Bavaria in Leavenworth
  • Sip your way through wine country
  • Take a ferry to the San Juan Islands


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.

See also;

Top dessert spots in Seattle


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.


Beyond the 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.


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.

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