This week, I visited Seattle for the first time on a work trip. I can't believe it's taken me this long to venture to Washington. My first impression of Seattle was that it is a very cool, clean city that is environmentally conscious.
While I didn't have a full 48 hours to explore due to meetings, this post will help you hit the highlights and you can add more or spend more time at places that interest you the most.
After checking in to your hotel or Airbnb, head down to the waterfront and explore Pike Place Market. If there in the morning, I recommend Biscuit Bitch at Caffé Lieto. Try the Cheesy Pork n' Bitch, it's a biscuit smothered in gravy, covered with cheese with crispy bacon on top. This wasn't exactly my healthiest meal, but you will most likely be walking a lot.
You can also walk around the market and sample foods from all over the world. As you walk through the main arcade, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful bouquets of locally grown flowers. A bouquet can be yours for as little as $5.
Don't forget to dodge the flying fish at Pike Place Fish!
After the market, walk down to Seattle's Great Wheel. While this may seem a little cheesy, the ferris wheel offers beautiful views of the bay and covered gondolas so you can partake in any weather. At $14, it's very affordable.
Once you've had your fill of great views, stop at a Starbucks for a coffee. There's practically one on every corner. The original Starbucks opened in Seattle in 1971 and is located near the market, but try a different one if you'd like to skip the lines.
With coffee in hand, walk to the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). It's the center of visual arts in the Pacific Northwest and features beautiful exhibits of classic and current art.
For dinner, I recommend the Metropolitan Grill for an excellent steak. I had the lobster bisque and filet and both were amazing. Try the bananas foster for dessert. They also had an impressive bourbon collection for cocktail enthusiasts.
If you are an early riser or photographer, I highly recommend waking up early to be at Kerry Park at sunrise. You can run there, walk, or take an Uber if hills aren't your thing. Watching the sunrise with such an iconic view of the city was breathtaking.
After you've grabbed a bite to eat and a coffee, start walking to Chihuly Garden and Glass. If you can, get there right before they open at 10am, so you will be first in line and first through the exhibits.
I had the place to myself on a Tuesday morning. If you are hoping for a great photograph, head straight for the last room to capture it without other visitors. A huge thanks to the dad that took this picture for me.
After the exhibit, you can walk next door to the Space Needle for more great views of the city.
For lunch, walk to Din Tai Fung at Pacific Place. It's an odd location in a mall, but the food is well worth it. The original location is in Taiwan and has a Michelin Star. In Seattle, you can enjoy Michelin Star quality dumplings, soups and noodles for less than $15. I watched the chefs make my wontons through glass, which was really unique. My takeout lived up to the hype and did not disappoint.
For the remainder of the afternoon, do some shopping around Pacific Place at well-known favorites and Seattle-based boutiques. I got a lot of inspiration from this area. Nordstrom had an Allbirds pop up shop that was really fun.
I really enjoyed my first visit to Seattle and hope I get the opportunity to return soon. Thank you all for your great recommendations while I was there!
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