Two weeks ago I flew to Seattle, Washington for the most joyous reunion. One of my best friends got married and I had the absolute honor of standing by her side as a bridesmaid!
ASOS Dress here–only $67!
This wedding in particular felt even more special because some of my nearest and dearest friends from New York flew out and it was basically the best time ever. This wedding was special because it was a reunion of my colleagues and friends who I worked with at the same school and on the same 6th grade team while I lived in Brooklyn. These are the ladies in which I spent 12 hours a day with in the hallways, in the classrooms, down in the cafeteria, and in the workroom sitting next to each other. These are the ladies in which we’d run down the hallways after dismissal, host epic dance offs, sing our hearts out in the workroom, and just *work work work work work* (Cue Rihanna). These are my ladies in which I went to the gym with after spending a ridiculous amount of hours at school, only to spend another hour together because we loved each other that much. These are the ladies in which I found family in their friendship. I feel so genuinely lucky to have people like that in my life. Even after moving our separate ways and being separated by coasts, we manage to get together and feel like no time as past. And so I think you get the picture: it was a love fest all around.
We spent 2 days after the wedding to explore Seattle and boy, were we lucky! We were SO fortunate to have incredible weather–a high of mid 80’s and no clouds in sight! While it was warm during the day, it definitely got a bit chilly in the evening, so I recommend bringing a light jacket for any evening activities. I’m including a few things on this list that I didn’t do on this most recent trip but experienced before on a previous trip. There are way more things I know I could include, but here are just some starters for first time visitors! I’ve rounded up 10 things to see, do, and eat while you’re in Seattle!
Disclaimer: I am not a Seattle expert and if you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors there, this guide may not be for you. If you’re more of a “enjoy the natural scenery from afar” or a foodie, this guide may be for you. 🙂
- Gas Works Park
We rented our AirBnB in the Wallingford neighborhood and lucky for us, this gem of a park was about 10 minutes away from us! The park is a former gas plant located perfectly with waterfront and city views. It is truly a marvel as you’re surrounded by big industrial,gear-looking structures (I know, I’m so scientific, it hurts), beautiful greenery, and of course those amazing water views! People were out and about walking around, sun bathing, in boats, picnicking, you name it. BEWARE THOUGH: There was a lot of goose poop everywhere–I would wear close-toed shoes to avoid any mishaps! Unfortunately, one of my friends became a victim of the goose poop and stepped in it. You’ve been warned. 🙂
Red Culottes from ASOS (on sale for $20!)
White Ruched Tee from ASOS ($23!)
White Converse ($50)
2. Ballard Farmer’s Market on Sunday
The neighborhood of Ballard is super charming and has a historic atmosphere to it. We stumbled upon the Farmer’s Market on Sunday which happened to be one of the highlights of the day! There you’ll witness hundreds of vendors with handmade goodies, lots of fresh veggies and fruits, and of course delicious food. People are out and about, playing music, and enjoying the quaint vibes of this charming area of Seattle. I even stumbled upon a gluten free bakery called Nuflours I wanted to try so it was the perfect opportunity to do so! They were delicious too!
My dress is last year from Old Navy, but here are some options:
Ruffle Denim Dress from ASOS ($43)
Ruffle Denim Pinafore Dress from ASOS ($39)
Dr. Scholls’ Platform Sandals ($78) (THE MOST COMFY SANDAL EVER)
Straw Boat Hat (On sale for $17!)
3. Chihuly Garden and Glass/Space Needle
Both of these iconic Seattle must-see’s are conveniently located near each other. On my last trip to Seattle, I purchased a ticket to the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit and enjoyed it! There you’ll witness the most beautiful glass sculptures, witness live glass blowing demos, and have some awesome photo opportunities. I personally didn’t go up the Space Needle, but did get a picture with it. We happened to stumble upon the “Taste of Seattle” during the weekend we were there and enjoyed walking through the area, eating our way through instead.
4. Pike Place Market
This was obviously on your to-do list already. I’m here to tell you that it’s worth the trip and definitely a fun place to wander around for a few hours! The market is iconic for his fish selling and throwing stand, the fresh produce, amazing bakeries, and local artisan goodies. The first Starbucks ever to be built is located here and you’ll see it when you see the line of folks wrapped outside. There are a ton of bakeries, restaurants, and places to try in this area. I personally sipped on a fresh watermelon juice from a juice stand while walking around the beautiful market. This place does close early at 6:00pm M-Sat and at 5:00pm on Sunday so be sure to come early! And don’t forget to make a visit to the gum wall for that iconic IG photo!
5. Starbucks Reserve: Roastery and Tasting Room
If you love Starbucks, then you will love this place. This place has all the hip and chill vibes and is where you can sample some of the finest coffee drinks Starbucks makes! It’s chic and not your typical coffee shop. You’ll witness beans being roasted on the giant machines and smell them permeate throughout the entire room. The cool thing about this place is that you’ll find menu items you cannot find at a regular Starbucks–I’m talking about small batch espressos and coffees, mixed coffee drinks, you name it. Definitely put this on your to-do list if you’re a coffee lover! And even if you’re not, it’s still worth the visit. 🙂
6. Theo Chocolate Tour
If you love chocolate, this tour is a must-see! Theo Chocolate is organic, fair trade chocolate that prides itself on harvesting cocoa beans sustainably. The tour is $10 and about an hour long; it starts with a lesson on how they harvest the beans, where they come from, and information on how they turn it into chocolate bars! The best part is there are plenty of samples of chocolate to try and they’re all delicious. You’ll even get an opportunity to tour the facility and see how they make their chocolate in the back! It’s awesome that their chocolate is made on the premises and sold in their store.
I follow a plant based and gluten free diet, so all of these are vegan and gluten free friendly!
7. Verve Bowls
This is acai bowl and avocado toast heaven. Trust me on this one. We went two days in a row for breakfast because it was just just that good. Everything is made to order and so dang fresh. They have gluten free granola and gluten free bread which is such a win! Eat here and you won’t be disappointed.
8. Bounty Kitchen
I would 100% eat here again if I had the chance to. From salads, to juices, to bowls, everything was delicious, fresh, and so nutritious. I loved that there were vegan and meat options and the ingredients were always wholesome. There is truly something for everyone here and everything was absolutely delicious. The atmosphere is light and airy and made for the perfect lunch spot!
9. Banh Thai Restaurant
I absolutely love Thai food and this place did not disappoint. The food is super fresh, tasted authentic, and so delicious. Portions are large so I recommend either sharing or you’ll have left overs like we did. They had a nice outdoor area for seating so we enjoyed our dinner on a nice quiet street with the lovely Seattle weather! This restaurant was also walking distance from the Space Needle so it was the perfect place after we worked up an appetite from exploring the area.
Two words: fried cauliflower. Just trust me on this one. Seriously. This restaurant is dog friendly with outdoor seating, and has the absolutely most delicious Lebanese food. Think fresh hummus + Pita (or delicious GF crackers for me), baba ganoush, and other mouth-watering goodies. I literally dream of this cauliflower. I regret some choices I’ve made in my life…and this is not one of them.
Sweet friends, let me know if you’ve done any of these things I’ve listed above! Or if you’re heading to Seattle soon, let me know which of these you want to try! I hope this guide helps you in your traveling pursuits–leave me a comment if you want to see more of this!