Best of Seattle, WA

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After months of planning, my family, boyfriend and I spent a week in the beautiful city of Seattle for the first time. I broke down our trip in detail here, but for a faster read on our absolute favorite places, see below:

Favorite Breakfast: Biscuit Bitch

Favorite Coffee Shop: Milstead & Co.

Favorite Lunch: Tied between Purple Cafe and Marination Ma Kai

Favorite Dinner: Lola

Favorite Overall Restaurant: Terra Plata

Favorite Waterfront View: Westward

Favorite Cider House: Schilling Cider House

Favorite Cocktail Bar/Speakeasy: Needle & Thread

Favorite Drink (on a menu): Espanola Cock-sickle at E. Smith Mercantile *sadly this closed in Summer 2018

Favorite Boutique: Essenza

Favorite View: From the Bainbridge Island Ferry

Favorite Attraction: Ballard Locks

Favorite Day Trip: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Favorite Place To Feel Like a Local: Ballard Farmers Market

Favorite Touristy Spot Worth Your Visit: Pike Place Market

Favorite Find (Unplanned): Can Can

Favorite Neighborhood: Tied between Fremont and Pioneer Square

Where are your favorite places to go to in Seattle?

In This Adventure

  • Cafes and Coffee Shops

    • Biscuit Bitch biscuitbitch.com

      Funky coffeehouse & biscuit specialist serving Southern-inspired fare in cozy, cheery digs.

    • Milstead & Co. milsteadandco.com

      Art lines the walls of this rustic-chic coffeehouse that pours brews & sells bags of beans too.

  • Attractions

    • Can Can thecancan.com

      Moulin Rouge-inspired cabaret hailed for creative retro entertainment, from burlesque to jazz shows.

    • Pike Place Market pikeplacemarket.org

      A public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront in Seattle that serves as one of the oldest continuously operated public farmers' markets in the United States.

    • Chateau Ste. Michelle ste-michelle.com

      Washington state's founding winery features award-winning wines and an unparalleled tasting experience at the historic chateau and grounds near Seattle.

    • Ballard Farmers Market sfmamarkets.com

      Year-round greenmarket with 100-plus vendors for organic, handmade & locally grown foods.

  • Shops

    • Essenza essenza-inc.com

      Welcoming, airy shop offering a selection of luxury bath products, jewelry, perfumes & other gift items.

  • Transportation

  • Bars

    • Needle & Thread tavernlaw.com/needle-thread

      Sophisticated, reservations-only cocktail bar accessed via a bank vault in the Tavern Law pub.

    • Schilling Cider House schillingcider.com

      Tasting bar with 30+ craft ciders on tap & in bottles.

  • Restaurants

    • Westward westwardseattle.com

      Mediterranean fare with seafood slant served in nautical-style digs with patio views over the lake.

    • Terra Plata terraplata.com

      Window-lined & stylish eatery features a menu of locally sourced dishes & a rooftop patio.

    • Lola lolaseattle.com

      Lively eatery by Tom Douglas offering modern, Greek-influenced flavors showcasing local ingredients.

    • Purple Cafe and Wine Bar purplecafe.com/purple-woodinville

      Chic bar in a lofty modern space offering upscale small plates, a fixed-price menu & global wines.

    • Marination Ma Kai marinationmobile.com

      Food truck's brick-&-mortar space for Hawaiian-Korean fusion fare, breakfast, bar & dockside patio.

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