Seattle has been on my list for a while now, and being so close means that a long weekend is feasible. If you’re living close by or coming to Vancouver then I would recommend visiting Seattle and/or Portland. You can see more about my Portland trip here. Through research and asking local Seattle bloggers I was able to make a cheat sheet of where to go below:
We ventured down to Seattle on Friday and given that it was a long weekend the drive was pretty quick. Our AirBnB was a small and quaint apartment, located in the heart of Capitol Hill. When I researched local neighborhoods, this one appealed to me the most because it seemed like the Gastown, or East London of Seattle.
Our AirBnB host provided a welcome package, detailing places to eat close by. We decided to try his Mexican recommendation and I’m glad we did because we would never have found this place had it not been recommended. Taco Chukis was located inside a discreet complex, but once we got inside there was a flood of Mexican music and a diverse mix of quirky individuals. The food was delicious and authentic, and when comparing our tacos to ones we had in Mexico, they were pretty on par!
Later on we ventured to a bar called The Unicorn. It was a two tiered carnival themed bar, housing arcade games, a photo booth, bedazzled helmets, and carnival themed food! It was somewhere that you could spend your entire evening, indulging in a plethora of exquisite cocktails, or watching one of the life performances from Burlesque dancing to juggling swords.
Saturday morning welcomed us with a slight hangover, but nothing water and a coffee couldn’t fix! We made our way to Pike Place Market, and being a huge lover of markets, I was sad to say that I had expected much more. Perhaps it’s different in the summer, or maybe I had just been to better markets in Vancouver and London. Before leaving the market we shared a Jacks fish’n’chips which wasn’t too far for the first Starbucks.
Next up, we headed back to Capitol Hill to check out a few stores that had been recommended to me. You may of heard of Tokokaelo before, but if you haven’t it’s a beautifully designed store that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The store houses famous brands like Marni, Acne Studios and Mansur Gavriel, plus they also have an online store should you fancy having a peruse.
For Dinner we went to a place called Oddfellows Cafe + Bar, it was lined with old wooden flooring, exposed brick walls, and candle lit lighting. This gave me a true sense of nostalgia for London, the mood, and the menu reminded me so much of home and I would definitely revisit to try their Breakfast and/or Lunch .
In-keeping with our cocktail-bar-a-night trend, we ventured to Canon, another highly recommended bar in Capitol Hill. This is a perfact place if you’re looking to try an mix of high quality cocktails with small plates and lite bites.
See more of what I packed here:
Sunday mornings should always be reserved for brunch and I was very excited to be going to The Fat Hen which came highly recommended among Seattle Bloggers. I would suggest making a reservation to avoid any queues, or perhaps going before the classic brunch hour of 11 am. Their menu has a mixture of delightful egg dishes, but their most popular dishes were that of the egg skillets. You can tailor your skillet to include or remove any items, for example, I went with the Camicia but chose to add ham.
The weather didn’t allow us to continue onto the Japanese Gardens so as an alternative, we decided to check out the University Way shopping village close by. If your from the US or UK then the conversion will work in your favor, however, if you’re from Canada you would end up paying more in the long run.
Later on in the evening, we headed to The Bottlehouse located just outside the city in a cute converted house. The house offered a large variety of wines which you could pair with a cheese and charcuiter board, and if you didn’t want to opt for a planned wine/cheese combination, then an in-house cheese-monger would tailor your board to suit the wine of our choosing.
We ended our Sunday night at a Caribbean inspired bar and restaurant called Rumba, also located in Capitol Hill. The music, food and drinks were all amazing, sticking to the Caribbean theme in every sense, so this was another place that didn’t disappoint. The other option we had for the night was Lark, being an upscale restaurant this would have gone better with The Bottlehouse, but we wanted something fun and colorful, so we chose Rumba.
On our last day the weather was sunny, rainy and windy, making it difficult to squeeze in a visit to the gardens. Instead, we decided on a quick brunch at a local cafe/diner, Morsel. The most famous item on the menu was the Spanish fly, second to that the classic biscuits and gravy. Like most places we visited in Seattle this also did not disappoint.