Seattle Travel Guide - What to Do and Where to Eat

Seattle City Travel Guide

I was born and raised in Washington but after moving around the country and now living back in Seattle, I realize that there is still so much that I have yet to discover! Seattle is surrounded by mountains, evergreens and water, making it a beautiful place to live. Here is a growing list of my favorite spots to see and eat.


FAVORITE FOOD SPOTS:

  • Sushi Kashiba - Sushi master chef Shiro opened Sushi Kashiba in 2015. If you’ve ever watched “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”, Shiro was the apprentice of Jiro! It’s an amazing experience to dine here. Omakase starts at $95, but totally worth it - your belly will be so full at the end of the night. The sushi is super high quality and simple really is best when you eat here. It’s good to call a couple weeks in advance to reserve a table. If you feel lucky, you can go early before opening and get a table at the bar and watch Shiro work his magic! (Located right next to Pike Place Market)

  • Fort St. George - Japanese comfort food is my favorite. If you come here, you MUST try their garlic mayo spagetti with meat sauce. Not what you’d expect to order at a Japanese restaurant, but it’s my all-time favorite spagetti. It’s flavorful, garlic-y and creamy. I also recommend their bento with hamburg steak! (Located in Chinatown)

  • Lola - A nice brunch spot! I have a post on this restaurant already, so check it out and see my recommendations!

  • Pike Place Chowder - A popular tourist spot, so expect long lines, but I recommend you experience this spot! They say they have the best clam chowder in America, and I believe it! The classic New England Clam Chowder is my favorite as well as their Lobster Roll.

  • Il Corvo Pasta - You can’t go wrong with fresh handmade pasta. They usually have different specials everyday, which they show on their website. They have amazing focaccia bread and kale salad, so be sure to order those with your pasta dishes!

  • Kamonegi - The best place and only place to get handmade buckwheat soba noodles. Order the Foie Gras Tofu, Savory Egg Custard and Yakitori Duck Tsukune for appetizers. For soba, you have the choice of hot or cold, and I like to eat it hot. The broth is flavorful and smooth.

  • Piroshki Piroshki - Get your Russian pastries here! Another popular tourist spot that often has long lines, but it’s worth trying. You can get one for a quick snack, or grab a couple for a filling meal! I recommend the Cheddar Cheese & Garlic Roll, Smoked Salmon Pate, Potato & Cheese, and Apple Cinnamon Roll.

Sushi Kashiba - Omakase

Sushi Kashiba - Omakase

Il Corvo Pasta

Il Corvo Pasta

Pike Place Chowder - New England Clam Chowder & Lobster Roll

Pike Place Chowder - New England Clam Chowder & Lobster Roll

Kamonegi - Soba

Kamonegi - Soba


DESSERTS + DRINKS:

  • Molly Moon’s Ice Cream - There are several different places to get ice cream in Seattle, and one of my favorites would be Molly Moon’s! I recommend trying their unique seasonal flavors.

  • Lady Yum - Delicious macarons are made here! My favorite flavors are Toffee and Salted Caramel.

  • Starbucks Reserve Roastery - A beautifully designed 15,000 square-foot space, filled with a heavenly aroma of roasted coffee beans. Located in Capitol Hill in Downtown Seattle, it has a factory inside! It is a roasting facility, cafe, and a restaurant, with plenty of seating for studying, meetings or catching up with friends. They have a unique menu that is exclusive to this location.

  • Sirena Gelato - If you end up driving across the bridge to the Eastside (Bellevue or Kirkland area), I would stop by this gelato stop! My ALL TIME favorite gelato. Get the Pistachio and Stracciatella. Located in Kirkland’s waterfront, it’s a nice place to enjoy the lake view and walk around.

Molly Moon’s Ice Cream

Molly Moon’s Ice Cream

Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Starbucks Reserve Roastery


ACTIVITIES:

  • Seattle Art Museum - A great place to find inspiration, you’ll find a wide variety of art here! Every first Thursdays of the month, tickets are half-price - $12.50. If you have a student ID, you can also get a discount!

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass - A great place to visit with the family to see the beautiful work of Dale Chihuly. He creates breathtaking sculptures and art with glass.

  • Space Needle - Get a ticket to go up the Space Needle for an amazing view of Downtown Seattle. They recently remodeled it and there’s a glass floor section which is really fun! If you’re planning to visit both the Chihuly Museum and Space Needle, they sell it as a bundle so you’ll save a little bit of money.

  • Pike Place Market - Even though i’ve been here so many times, I haven’t really explored all of the shops that are inside. There are many different things you can find inside like restaurants, florists, crafts, and more.

  • Gas Works Park - Order some food to-go and bring it here to relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Seattle.

  • Alki Beach - Another great spot to enjoy the beaches and views of Seattle.

  • Rattlesnake Ledge Trail - A popular trail with an amazing view at the top! Elevation is pretty high but overall is a short hike. (Located in North Bend, about 1.5 hours from Downtown Seattle)

  • Twin Falls Trail - Good for beginners, this trail is pretty easy with waterfall views at the end. (Located in North Bend, about 45 minutes from Downtown Seattle)

  • Kayaking at Lake Sammamish State Park - (Located in Issaquah, about 20 minutes from Downtown Seattle) You can rent kayaks here and float around Lake Sammamish!

Flowers from Pike Place Market

Flowers from Pike Place Market

Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum

Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum


The list can go on and on, but these are my top picks! I’m sure I will add to it as I continue to discover more places in Seattle. If you’re planning a visit soon, I hope this list is helpful for you. Have fun!

—  Love, Minna