A Brief List of My Most Favorite Seattle Spots


Seattle has a bajillion coffee shops. They're all pretty decent. These are my top 5:
  1. Zoka
  2. Stumptown (also my favorite in Portland as well)
  3. Caffe Fiore
  4. Cafe Ladro
  5. Muse

  • 5 Spot (Pretty much anything from Chowfoods is a winner)
  • Hiroki (Great for dessert and tea)
  • Dick's Drive-In (ONLY get the Deluxe with fries and a shake. Everything else pales in comparison. Trust me. I learned the hard way.)
  • Peroshki Peroshki (Onion and potato is my favorite. On the north end of the market.)
  • Jack's Fish Spot (Great for fish and chips)
  • Pagliacci Pizza (Tasty local pizza chain. Excellent for late-night pizza.)
  • Royal Grinders (FANTASTIC gelato and sandwiches!)
  • Dad Watson's (Great beer. Be sure to get the cajunized tots to nosh on.)
  • Jolly Roger Taproom (Another place to get great locally-brewed beer. Get a large plate of fries to share with 3-4 friends. Be ready to engage with surly waiters—part of the experience for sure.)
  • Thrive (Raw food bar. Only enjoyed their raw juice, but it was spectacular. They work hard at having delicious food. They also take volunteers, if you've got some time to spare to pit dates or juice limes.)

Cupcakes and Donuts
This deserves a category of its own. Seriously.

  • Trophy Cupcakes (Cardimum Chai is my favorite. The S'More one is pretty dang tasty too.)
  • Mighty-O Donuts (Organic and delicious.)
  • Top Pot (Expensive, heavenly donuts. Great place to work out of as well. True story.)
  • Yellowleaf Cupcakes (Haven't actually been here yet. But I hear their tomato soup cupcakes are to die for.)

  • Archie McPhee (If you make a stop anywhere, go here. You'll thank me.)
  • Byrnie Utz Hats
  • Greenwood Space Travel Supply (A lovely front for Dave Egger's writing program)
  • Easy Street Records
  • Market Street in Ballard (Great for walking. Lots of great shops. Some kind of festival goes on weekly. Check out the Locks nearby. Think there's also a ship from the Deadliest Catch harboring there.)
  • 45th in Wallingford (Also great for walking. Great eats and interesting shops all along here. Start at Archie McPhee's and go east.)
  • Gasworks Park (Great to take a picnic to.)
  • EMP (Attached is the Science Fiction Museum. Need I say more?)
  • Open Books: A Poem Emporium (in Wallingford. A store full of just poetry. How...poetic.)
  • Peter Miller (What design heaven looks like. Really close to a Design Within Reach Store)


Tiffany said...

Will you take me with you next time? I could commit a week to eating out and drinking coffee.

Emily said...

Not fair. . .read this at work after an insufficient breakfast and now I'm practically drooling on all my tour preparation research.

Luz said...

Tiff, I will most definitely take you. Rich should send you up here for a retreat. :)

Emily, it's worth every bit of drool to visit the places. :)

Chris Tingom said...

Oh man, now I wish I could visit Seattle and stay a while. At least the next time I'm in Seattle, I have a list of spots to try.

hannah k said...

I hope I can visit Seattle some day! Yay yay yay archie mcfee is there... I'm so in love with toast bandaids!!! I saw them on my trip to Yellowstone :}

Thanks for the recs!


( i finally got a blog btw!!)

Missy L. said...

I really want to visit Seattle. Even more.