All My Favorite Places in Seattle That You’ll Love Too

1 min read by  •  Time Visited: September 2017

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?

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In This Adventure

  • Cafes and Coffee Shops

    • Biscuit Bitch

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

    • Milstead & Co.

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

  • Attractions

    • Can Can

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

    • Pike Place Market

      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

      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

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

  • Shops

    • Essenza

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

  • Transportation

  • Bars

    • Needle & Thread

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

    • Schilling Cider House

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

  • Restaurants

    • Westward

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

    • Terra Plata

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

    • Lola

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

    • Purple Cafe and Wine Bar

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

    • Marination Ma Kai

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

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