Peter and I visited Seattle this past December (I know, late blog post) and had so much fun. Below you will find information on where we stayed, our favorite places to eat, and even Seattle’s most Instagrammable spots. Let us know your favorite places in the PNW!
WHERE TO STAY
When visiting Seattle, I definitely recommend staying downtown. Peter and I stayed downtown because it was so close to all the destinations I talk about below! All the good restaurants, bars, and tourist spots were either walking distance or a cheap Lyft/Uber ride away! Hotels were more affordable when we were booking and also at decent locations; but I’m sure it also depends on the season.
Peter and I stayed at Hotel Max, a luxury boutique hotel in downtown Seattle. As mentioned on their website, this hotel is for the “creatively inclined.” The decor is quirky, the staff is so friendly, and they have a happy hour where they give a full pint of local beer (or two)… on the house!
They have three different room sizes depending on what you’re looking for and how often you’ll be in the room. Peter and I were basically at the hotel to sleep, so we got the smallest room. It was honestly the perfect size for us. The decor is not like your typical hotel – its edgy, chic and a favorite for creative minds 🙂
As I mentioned, unless you decide to stay outside of downtown Seattle, you can walk or Lyft/Uber to most places. You’re also able to rent Lime bikes which are so fun (only $1 to start, and an additional five cents per mile).
FOOD, DRINKS, COFFEE
I’ve linked where they are on Google Maps, just click on the name!
Din Tai Fung – We first tried Din Tai Tung in California… and fell in love. The soup dumplings (xiao long bao) and spicy wontons are absolute must-haves.
Pike Place Chowder – You can’t go to Seattle without trying this award-winning chowder joint. This place is extremely popular and known for the chowder, obviously. The line wraps around the corner, but the trick is to order online and pick up your order in five minutes.
NOTE: If you order online for pickup, you won’t receive your chowder in a bread bowl, but will get a piece of bread to dip.
Betsutenjin Ramen – I didn’t know I needed to try prawn ramen until I tried it here. SO delicious! (get some sake too)
Bar Melusine – The most aesthetic restaurant we went to. Bar Melusine has several raw oyster options that are worth having. Have a mimosa or two while you’re there and don’t forget to snap a cute photo at the bar!
Shiro’s – OMAKASE. Omakase is the chef’s selection of 18 pieces of sushi. It’s $75 per person, but it is SO worth it. Shiro’s has the best sushi I’ve ever had in my life. The sushi is served in five servings and comes with miso soup and fried shrimp. If it is one place I recommend going to, it’s Shiro’s.
Six Seven – I recommend going here for lunch so you have an amazing view of the ocean! The view is gorgeous and the food is delicious. It is located at Edgewater Hotel.
Shake & Spear – I went here for brunch to meet up with my sorority sister and it is one of the cutest little places! I’m pretty sure I got the crab cake benedicts which were to die for.
Storyville Coffee Pike Place – I think this was my favorite coffee place! It has a view of Pike Place and the ocean. They also gave us a free mug 😉
Street Bean Coffee Roasters – Honestly, if you’re going to go to Seattle, you have to go to more than one coffee shop. This place was cute, quiet and delicious.
Espresso Vivace – This location was a little further out, but nonetheless, it was still good coffee.
FOR THE GRAM
Pike Place Market/Gum Wall – This place was super cool to go to! Not only do they have the infamous gum wall (which was pretty gross in person), but they have several foods and vendors!
The Seattle Public Library – The biggest library I’ve ever been to… and the prettiest!
THINGS TO DO
Enchant Christmas – Of
City Pass – For $89, you’re able to go to five different museums and/or attractions. We decided to go to the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, Chihuly and the Seattle Aquarium – they were all so much fun! Our favorite was probably the Museum of Pop Culture, but we loved all of them.
Starbucks Reserve & Roastery – For all my Starbucks lovers, this is a must. It was pretty packed so we didn’t stay long, but it was worth it to visit!
Hope this was helpful for