Dec 12

Seattle

After moving back from Paris this summer we realized one of the things we missed most about living in Europe was the ability to take a little 4 day trip once a month. Everything is so close together in Europe so it is easier to get from country to country. And since you aren’t going to0 far it isn’t too expensive. I decided that I wanted to try to take more trips like that in the US. To make the trips inexpensive we have to watch for airfare deals and we are making efforts to visit places where we have family and friends to save on hotels. This week we are in Seattle and are having a great time exploring the city. I haven’t been here since I was 14 years old so it all feels new. Everything is so festive for the Holidays so even the grey weather is sort of charming. I would love recommendations for  places to eat + shop if you have them.

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  • cindy says:

    I agree! Le Pichet!

  • Jessica says:

    My boyfriend and I went in July for the first time and we loved it! Feels like a cleaner SF, huh? We hit up the market day morning for coffee and pastries. We got the city pass which was great because we did things we ordinarily wouldn’t have done (like go to the zoo). We absolutely loved our dinner at Purple. I felt silly ordering the lobster Mac and cheese but I’m. Still. Thinking. About. It. Delicious. Unfortunately, it is not a place for you boys, but if you could get a sitter for a couple of hours, I would recommend!

  • Katy says:

    Love reading the recommendations! As an official Seattlite, it is always interesting to hear what others think is great about the city. Lots of encouragement to go to Ballard which I do agree with but it always makes me chuckle. I remember when Ballard was just full of old Norwegians and drunks, when parking was free and houses were affordable there. Now the hipsters have taken over – which means great restaurants and shopping if you don’t mind the lack of authenticity and the sea of sameness . . . there is a bumper sticker that says “Free Ballard” which speaks to this. That being said, Shelter on Leary in Ballard is one of my fav places. After a drink there you’ll hardly notice all the plastic frame glasses and skinny jeans -

  • Joanna says:

    what you really should do is drive up to vancouver, b.c. for a visit! but if not, i love lola and the nextdoor dahlia lounge. both on 4th street.

  • chanel says:

    Are you still there? Shop all over Fremont. Eat the BEST ice cream at Molly Moons, the BEST donuts at Top Dog, the BEST sandwich at Homegrown. Go to the Madrona Glassybaby to watch them hand blow beautiful glass vessels and take home your favorite color (if you can pick…they are ALL gorgeous).

  • Jessssica says:

    Go see the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center! The artifacts are going back to Egypt when they leave Seattle.
    The Science Center is walking distance from the Space Needle, the Experience Music Project, and the Chihuly Gardens (if you feel like getting your tourist on)!

  • well, it seems i am late in the game here…as a local i thought i could give you amazing recs, but it looks like they have all been listed! but i will just say my personal top 5 spots {even though most are already listed above}…
    1. if you love seafood, The Walrus & the Carpenter in Ballard
    2. if you love gelato, The Fainting Goat in Wallingford {toasted almond & sicilian pistachio are extra amazing!}
    3. if you love chocolate, Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont {my hood!}…legitimate local, organic & fair trade chocolate factory
    4. if you want to go for drinks, Knee High Stocking Company in Capitol Hill…an adorable, cozy speakeasy style bar in an unassuming building :) you have to text this number to make a reservation: 206.979.7049, then ring the doorbell once you arrive…then once you are in, either choose from the tasty cocktail menu or just tell the bartender your poison & how you are feeling and he or she will whip you up something special!
    5. if you are over all of the eating & drinking, a walk through any of the many parks is always a lovely option :) Volunteer Park, The Arboretum, Green Lake, Discovery Park or Gasworks are all great!
    Enjoy your trip!!! I hope you love it :)
    XO
    Brynn

  • Jen Selvig says:

    We are actually headed to Seattle for a quick holiday ourselves this weekend. We live about an hour north. I lived many years in the city during my twenties, and it just doesn’t quite feel like the holidays until I experience the lights in the city.

    We will be:
    DOWNTOWN

    Seeing “Elf: The Musical” at the 5th Ave Theater (still a few nose bleed seats avail.)

    Having Dinner at the Georgian Room at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The Fairmont is a grand old Seattle Icon. The Georgian Room is kinda highbrow French. I recommend a stop in to check out the Teddy Bear Sweet, decorated for the holidays.

    Going for a run (one could walk, too) down 5th Ave in the wee hours Sunday, before the city really wakes up. All the lights around Westlake Center are beautiful. Oh, there is a holiday carousel at Westlake, too.

    You cannot beat the Santa at Nordstrom’s flagship store downtown. There is a line, but the setting and the Santa are LEGIT. They also bring you cocoa while you wait.

    At 6pm every night, it “snows” indoors at Pacific Place, a shopping center in the heart of downtown. There are not any really great stores or restaurants in Pac. Place, but we may check out the snow.

    One could head north of Downtown to the Seattle Center, where they hold “Winterfest”. This is where the Children’s Museum, and Seattle Children’s Theater is located. (This is all in the shadow of the Space Needle). There is an ice skating rink (kinda small, though) here for the holidays. The King Tut exhibit is also here, at the Pacific Science Center.

    We will be heading south (about 20 min) to visit the Museum of Flight. Amazing flight museum, we will be there for half the day.

    And we will not leave Seattle proper without a Dick’s Burger. There are at least 5 locations in Seattle.
    Enjoy your time in the Emerald City.

  • Olivia says:

    I grew up going to the Seattle Children’s Museum and would highly recommend it! Extremely imaginative place — as a kid I always felt like I was in a magical world when we went there.

    Portage Bay Cafe with locations in Ballard, South Lake Union and the University District is major yum for breakfast! Flying Apron Bakery is great and has two locations, one in Redmond (Seattle suburb) and one in Fremont (cute neighborhood in Seattle).

    Also, there are some weekend farmers markets if you will still be in Seattle that go year round.

    Have a great trip!

  • Ellen K. says:

    Paseo. Their Cuban sandwiches are amazing. They have locations in Ballard and Fremont.

  • Kelly says:

    Black Bottle in Belltown for dinner
    Macrena bakery for brunch
    Paseo in Fremont or Virginia Inn in Belltown for lunch
    Maritime Brewery for the BEST microbrews.

  • Jeanette says:

    Not sure if it’s been mentioned, but Theo Chocolate has a tour of their chocolate factory! Lots of fun and inexpensive. I also enjoy Ballard Pizza Co. Try the “Moses” pizza!!

  • Lindsay knuth says:

    You have to go to Inis Patisserie in Madison Park! Best croissants in town. Madrona neighborhood is also great, very cool shops. So excited you’re in our sweet little city.

  • Yuan says:

    Lots of places to go in Seattle especially during these times. Others have mentioned here the best restaurants. Woodland Zoo Park would be featuring WildLights which you really must see. Seattle Center has many events too as well as the Aquarium. The Space Needle also has some nice holiday events. You should try the Seattle Holiday Walk. Welcome to Seattle Jordan!

  • Zsuzsa says:

    I live in Europe, in Hungary, and it was very funny to read:
    “Everything is so close together in Europe so it is easier to get from country to country. And since you aren’t going to0 far it isn’t too expensive. ”

    Why? Because I’m 30, and was only in 2 of my neigbour countries and 2 days in Venice and one holiday in Spain in my childhood. Why? Because it is absolutly expesive!

  • Marie says:

    For shopping both Portage Bay Goods and Essenza in Fremont are pretty fantastic. Both have a super charming aesthetic and really unique items. The Fremont neighborhood is full of public art and oddities. Theo Chocolate is a must as well. They are the only Fair Trade and Organic Chocolate Factory in the country! They have a store with samples set up all over the place. They also have really interesting flavor combinations like a Fig, Fennel, and Almond bar, Bread and Chocolate bar and other really wonderful confections. For shopping, I would also recommend Lucca in Ballard. It’s a really adorable shop with a great collection of curiosities.

  • Amanda says:

    I don’t know if you’re still there, but right by the market there is a place called Dhalia. It’s a fun little restaurant next to Pike’s. Order the doughnuts. They come shaken in a brown paper bag and you dip them in heavenly mascarpone vanilla cheese and seasonal jam. To die for. Seriously. I miss Seattle… I grew up living a few hours away and and recently moved away. Miss it so much! Enjoy!

  • Welcome to Seattle!
    I’d totally recommend any Tom Douglas restaurant! Also for seafood Blue Acre is great!

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