After hundreds of recommendations, above you’ll find a categorized map (including a list of: must visit cafes, restaurants, bars & activities) – the shops I peaked in and the restaurants I munched at as I galavanted my way through Seattle, Washington. They were all tremendous – I promise, not one will disappoint. Be sure to click the white box in the map’s upper left corner for details (!)[line][line]
Where to snag a cup of joe and perhaps a sweet treat to accompany it: Neptune Coffee, Milstead & Co., Analog Coffee, Street Bean Coffee, Slate Coffee Bar, Muse Coffee Co., Grand Central Bakery
Above all else, I found myself most enamored by Seattle’s coffee scene – which I suppose was to be expected, though I’m never one to fall for hype. Stepping into immaculately constructed build outs, carefully planned, yet utterly simple, oozing coffee sophistication, there was nothing to do but romanticize and sip. The coffee was always star, rich, aromatic, all those other words meant to sum up the very essence of a bean – awakening? If you have the opportunity meander into Neptune coffee for a rosemary espresso tonic (I was skeptical, but this is a must), then use that newly caffeinated energy and hightail your bum across the city to Capital Hill’s Analog for a Herkimer pour over, a Mighty-O donut, and a stellar collection of superhero and indie influenced comics, because.. when in Seattle.
So, you want a light bite: Bar Sajor, Sitka and Spruce, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Plum Bistro, The London Place, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, Homegrown, Pike Place Market
Pro tips: although there seems to be quite a bit of hype surrounding Pike Place Market (and I suppose rightfully so – it is a mayhem of food shops, vendors, energy, and chaos), if you’re truly hungry and don’t feel like pressing your way through a crowd, raw sashimi in tow, I’d recommend Homegrown for a half sandwich – their hummus and roasted red pepper marks a healthful option for those on the go. If you have time to sit, dash over to Pioneer Square (perhaps catch a Sounders game.. or don’t) and check out Sitka and Spruce, Bar Sajor, and The London Plane (coincidentally owned by the same restaurant group – well done sirs) the trek is worth every moment. Order all of their local wines, simple, rustic, and locally sourced plates and small bites, and marvel at the true artisanship and thought encompassing every element. If (actually delicious!) veggie burgers with a side of fries and the vegan agenda are your scene – Plum Bistro is quite delightful. If dessert is your must (it’s mine)- a scoop of Molly Moon’s coconut and local strawberry ice cream for the road should more than do the trick.
Adventuring: Discovery Park, Meridian Park Farmers Market, Coal Creek Trail, Evans Creek Preserve, Camp Long, Poo Poo Point
A few recommendations for those afternoons you can’t traipse too far outside Seattle proper, but need a step away from the cement, the retail, and the everyday to truly immerse yourself in nature. Be sure to smother yourself in sun screen, wear your comfiest hiking shoes, pack a satchel of raw almonds, and a water bottle incase you get thirsty. You will get thirsty.. I did.