Shopping, Food and Fun in Lively Seattle

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  • Seattle

  • USA

  • Washington

  • Family Travel

  • Solo Travel

  • Digital Nomad Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Food & Wine

  • Adventure Travel

  • Shopping

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The opportunities for activity are endless in Seattle. This city is packed with cool bars, restaurants, coffee shops and indie stores, so keep your eyes and mind open while walking through this very special city.

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Where to stay in Seattle

The Edgewater Hotel

Situated on the Seattle waterfront, this hotel is just a short walk from Pike Place Market and boasts views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains.

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Fairmont Olympic Hotel - Seattle

Old school glamour and refined service meet at this central Seattle stay, with 450 luxe guestrooms and the gorgeous brasserie, the George.

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Pan Pacific Seattle

Providing easy access to many Seattle landmarks, this downtown hotel provides guests with a restaurant, fitness center and luxury amenities.

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Things to do in Seattle

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  • Pike Place Market: You can quite literally find anything you are looking to get your paws on here. The amount of fresh produce and fruit is unreal. You have a local fish market! Over 100 vendors with arts/crafts. This place is truly amazing. The area itself is just amazing vibes all around.

  • Throwbacks Northwest: If you’re looking for a place to thrift in Capitol Hill, this is it, especially if you’re a big sports fan! This shop is mostly men’s wear but definitely has a variety for all. They SHINE when it comes to vintage sports and athletic wear! I found so many nice statement pieces for myself here.

  • Late Night Thrift: 25 Vendors! That’s all I feel like I have to say… This place is crazy, but so organized. Thousands of vintage T's, hats, Levi’s (!!), shoes, leather and fur! You name it, they got it! 10000/10 recommend this amazing place. If you like thrift, this is your place!

Also check out the trendy Pioneer Square, the iconic Space Needle, and the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Places to eat & drink in Seattle

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  • Muchou Deli: World-class deli right here downtown Seattle! Michou is an award winning deli located in the heart of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. Enjoy breakfast, fresh soups, sandwiches, salads, dips and sweet treats at great prices. Michou is the best deal around.

  • Odd Fellows Café + Bar: If you’re a fan of brunch, this is by far one of the best spots in the Capitol Hill area! Enjoy your food in a beautiful aesthetically pleasing space. This restaurant gets a 10/10 in my book. They also serve coffee and cocktails here if you’re trying to spice up your day before walking around the area!

  • Rachel’s Ginger Beer: Now this is a real find! Phenomenal ginger beer. If you like a good Moscow Mule, this is your place to go! The space itself offers a very nice interior area to hang out with friends, or if you’re looking for someone to sit down solo, this is the location to do so.

  • Santo Coffee Co: One of the ~vibey~est~/simple coffee shops! Surrounded by plants, beautiful lighting, this is definitely a great place to read a book or get some work done while enjoying a cup of coffee. 10/10 recommend next visit to Seattle!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out my guide, Everything Goes Guide to Bar Harbor, Maine.

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