where to shop, eat + stay in seattle

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I was lucky enough to be able to take the boy to Seattle recently. It was his first time there and the city was at its best. We spent our days wandering, playing tourist and eating/drinking our hearts out. I’ve put together a little guide of my favourite places in the city for you!

Where to Stay:
The Edgewater Hotel is located on the water (actually, right on the water- see above) and it’s gorgeous. Expect to look out at an amazing sunset right from your bed. It has a very West Coast lodge feel to it, making it an exceptionally cozy place to come home to after a day walking around the city. If it’s good enough for the Beatles and Led Zeppelin (!), it’s good enough for me!

What to Do:
We hit all the tourist spots using our CityPASS, including my personal favourite, The Chihuly Museum. I was recently introduced to Chihuly’s glass work by my mom and I’m absolutely blown away by it (no pun intended). The photos I took seriously don’t do it justice.

Pike Place is another must-see (look out for the fish-throwing kiosk), but the newly discovered EMP Museum was a great find. Focused on pop culture and music, it showcases everything from Seattle musical greats (Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix) to costuming from Star Wars. Plus, it has an area to play different instruments in sound-proof rooms! (I haphazardly banged on the drums and pretended I could sing before giving up…)

Where to Eat:
I’ve been going to Purple Cafe in Seattle for a while now and it never disappoints. The Baked Brie appetizer is a must. Lola is a newer find and their breakfasts are absolutely amazing. Be sure to call ahead as their waits are usually 40 mins on weekends!

Six Seven is probably my new favourite seafood restaurant (including Vancouver). I’ve never had such perfectly cooked fish in my life, nor have I had a waiter who chose wine so well (and I never like the wine waiters choose). I highly recommend this restaurant, especially for an anniversary or birthday.

Where to Shop:
Call me boring, but as a Canadian without the big US department stores, I cannot get enough of Nordstrom (the downtown store is a flagship and it’s amazing) and Barney’s. The downtown core has great selection of stores with different price points as well.

There’s also a wonderful little vintage boutique in Madrona called Driftwood with a beautifully curated selection (think labels like Lanvin and Dior). The area has great boutique shops + restaurants as well so spend an afternoon walking around.

Well, Happy Monday friends! Do you have any favourite places in Seattle or the surrounding areas? I’d love to hear your thoughts!



  1. Devon
    03.09.2015 / 12:39 pm

    I’d go up to Capital Hill, stare at all the beautiful mansions on the nice side of the hill and then go eat something random on Broadway. I’d probably go visit the troll under the bridge and Lenin (both) in Fremont, followed by drinks at Brouwer’s. I’d walk through the UW campus and fend off the aggressive squirrels, and I’d grab a kayak and paddle through the arboretum. I’d try to take a drive over to West Seattle and see Alki, go over to the east side to see Snoqualmie Falls, and if I was feeling particularly ambitious and had some time, I’d drive the loop down the sound and up to the Olympia National Park, which is actually a rainforest. Then I’d take a ferry back, and see if I could route by way of Bainbridge Island and Deception Pass. Pike Place and the waterfront are by far not the nicest parts of Seattle.

    • 03.09.2015 / 5:28 pm

      Thanks for your suggestions Devon.. I’ll definitely have to go a little more off the beaten path next time.

    • 03.09.2015 / 5:29 pm

      thanks kirsten! great suggestions, I’ll have to go down there again soon 🙂

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