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Ben and I recently visited Seattle for a little change of scenery. Here in Arizona we don't get to experience the cool fall weather so we wanted to head somewhere new to explore while enjoying some crisper temps. We absolutely loved getting to know Seattle and all of its unique neighborhoods. If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway, Seattle is definitely an option worth looking into! In fact, we can't wait to go back and visit again sometime soon! But for now, I will just have to relive our vacation through these photos.
Our first day we decided to head over to the quaint neighborhood of Pioneer Square (southwest corner of downtown Seattle) to explore and grab some coffee and eats. First, we headed to Elm Coffee to warm up and watch the rain. We enjoyed yummy vanilla lattes and little donut to tide us over till breakfast.
Next, we headed to the photogenic London Plane for breakfast (located on the corner of Occidental Plaza). They have a wholesale bakery in the back of the building and all breads are made fresh and are so yummy!
After filling our bellies, with breakfast and mimosas, we made our way through the plaza and into a used + rare bookstore, where I found an incredible old hardcover of Edgar Allen Poe's short stories (he's one of my faves).
Later, we made our way down to E. Smith Mercantile to have a look around, shop their storefront and enjoy a cocktail at the bar in the back. It's a pretty cool spot and we loved how intimate the bar space was! It makes for a great quiet spot to grab drinks and catch up with friends!
If you are looking for options on where to stay, Ben and I stayed at the Inn at the Market in downtown Seattle, right next to Pike Place Market. It was the perfect location, central to most everything we visited, and we loved being next to the market for morning (and evening) treat runs haha!
You could spend an entire afternoon at the Pike Place Market if you wanted, but we enjoyed just wandering through, awing at the beautiful flowers, grabbing a yummy bread bowl of clam chowder followed by the most delicious miniature cheesecakes at The Confectional (try the pumpkin, I was addicted), or mini donuts at The Daily Dozen.
If you're looking for breakfast and coffee in this area, we LOVED Storyville Coffee (located next to and above Pike Place Market, which provided beautiful views of the Market and Puget Sound). Try the 'damn good waffle' and their vanilla latte! So good! This was my favorite coffee spot for sure!
If you're looking for dinner, on the opposite side of our hotel was the most amazing amazing amazing restaurant called The Pink Door! Literally you guys, we went twice in the three days we were there haha! It was SOOOOO good! I am still dreaming about my lasagne and Ben's pappardelle. I recommend booking your reservation well in advance so you can catch one of their famed cabaret shows while you enjoy your meal! It's such an amazing little restaurant and I am still wishing we could have brought it home with us here to Arizona.
For drinks, head to The Nest atop the Thompson Hotel (next door to Inn at the Market as well). It overlooks both downtown Seattle and the beautiful sea scape. It's a really cool bar that's perfect for catching happy hour and the sunset!
Another great neighborhood to visit is Capitol Hill. First, we started out at Oddfellows for some yummy brunch. It's a really neat, delicious and photogenic spot that's perfect for grabbing brunch or dinner with friends. We sat at the bar because it can get pretty busy on weekends, but it's so worth it.
We then wandered through the neighborhood stopping in a few shops, such as the bi-level mens and womens shop Totokaelo + Fox and the Feather, a boho-meets-rock-and-roll vibe.
If you are craving something sweet, check out Molly Moon's handmade ice cream! I got the salted caramel, which was super salty and caramel-y haha and Ben got the cookie dough, which pays homage to Hilary Clinton's award-winning cookie recipe.
On Sunday, I recommend heading over to the Ballard Farmers Market in the morning (market opens at 10am). It's a great spot to explore local vendors, grab some yummy crepes for breakfast, pick up some beautiful fresh flowers (at only $15) and meet up with friends!
When you get cold, duck into Caffé Umrbria for some chai lattes or shop the adorable local boutiques. We loved popping into Blackbird Apothecary for fresh beauty finds, gift ideas in Camelion Designs and Prism for mens and womenswear.
After you've finished exploring Ballard, head over to the Fremont neighborhood and wander. If you're looking for views like we were, we headed over to Gasworks Park on the shores of Lake Union. It sits opposite of downtown Seattle so it provides a great view of the city. The park was built on a former coal gasification plant and you can see some of the plant still standing. It's a really cool spot to just chill for a bit.
Queen Anne Hill
And speaking of views, I recommend heading over to Queen Anne Hill at Kerry Park to take in views of downtown and the space needle for a bit closer as well. It's a great spot to watch the sunset over the city. It's a really really small park though and can get crowded, so you might want to find you spot and just take in the views for a bit.
For views of the Sound, you can also head down the hill to Marshall Park (also a tiny park used for sightseeing).
Anyway, what did you guys think of this travel city guide? Will you be visiting Seattle anytime soon?
Ben and I recently visited Seattle for a little change of scenery. Here in Arizona we don't get to experience the cool fall weather so we wanted to head somewhere new to explore while enjoying some crisper temps. We absolutely loved getting to know Seattle and all of its unique neighborhoods, so today I am sharing where we stayed and a quick weekend itinerary...