As well as exploring Seattle‘s neighbourhoods, shops & boutiques, I merrily ate my way around the city. Seattle is a foodie’s dream, with everything from the freshest of fresh seafood and oysters, to the *best* coffee and doughnuts.
In my limited time in the city, I did rather well to sample a fair few foodie spots as I scampered about. Booking.com‘s research was spot on – with every new discovery I made I felt my confidence soar. I loved this adventure… and I love food! Here are my favourite Seattle food haunts in all their glory.
I met Alina here for coffee and doughnuts… and they were amazing. Barak Obama visited one of their branches a few years ago and they’ve never looked back. Doughnuts to end all doughnuts. Light, fluffy, sticky, sweet…. there’a a doughnut for everyone. And several for me.
Open since 2000, Ballard Farmers Market is Seattle’s first year-round neighborhood farmers market selling produce exclusively from Washington state farmers. You can pick up everything your heart desires. Especially if your heart desires the most delicious produce.
A family run neighborhood ‘trattoria’ on Ballard Ave, serving up sensational italian food in an old 19th century house, which has a gorgeous Scandi vibe… We devoured everything that was put in front of us, including these heavenly zeppoles…
Dandelion is a family owned herbal apothecary specializing in quality botanicals and you can pick up some ever so wonderful tea…
Alina insisted we stopped here for macarons on the way back to my hotel one day. We were all very tired but “you HAVE to try them” she said “They’re just the best.” And she was right. They were unbelievable.
Sitting here in Victrola, with my laptop and a coffee, reminded me of home. The cafe/coffee/laptoppy culture is just as it is in London and one of the big similarities, which rang true with Booking.com’s findings again… Great coffee, great pastries and a lovely atmosphere makes Victrola the perfect place to hole up in and get stuff done.
Croissants, pastries, freshly baked bread, sandwiches, coffee…all perfectly baked (or brewed) and utterly delicious. I ended up stumbling upon Bakery Nouvea completely by accident while I was in Seattle. And I am so very glad I did. Heavenly.
Located in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, The Elliott Bay Book Company is an ENORMOUS book store, holding over 150,000 titles, which are all set on cedar shelves in a multi-level bookshop… and at the back of the book shop is a bright and gorgeous cafe, where you can sip tea, work on your lap top, meet friends, or, do what I did and order an enormous quinoa salad, a jasmine tea and a huge piece of cake. It was such a lovely place to be and I could have happily stayed there all day long…
Just around the corner from The Elliot Bay Book Company, is Molly Moon’s. This was some of the greatest ice cream I’ve had…and I loved the whole look, simplicity and style of the place. Head there for ice cream and whatever you do, get it in one of their homemade waffle cones.
This restaurant was an amazing surprise and one I would recommend to anyone visiting Seattle. All I kept thinking was how I wished I could take LM there. And my friends. And my brother. And everyone I know. Thank you so much Alina, for introducing me to this wonderful restaurant.
How to Cook a Wolf is an Ethan Stowell restaurant and “pays homage to MFK Fisher and the philosophy of taking simple ingredients and transforming them into culinary splendor. The food is uncomplicated and rustic. It’s an ever-changing menu of Italian inspired small plates.”
Seattle is known for its fresh fish and there are several really excellent sushi restaurants. In 1994, Master sushi chef, Shiro Kashiba, opened his namesake, Shiro’s Sushi Restaurant, in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood and I went one evening… and had some of the best sushi of my life. It was absolutely delicious and the generously cut sashimi was my hands-down favourite dish…
A huge thank you again to Booking.com for sending me, like a mini Columbo, to investigate and explore this wonderful city.
I had a super time, met some wonderful folk and can absolutely concur that firstly, there are some real similarities between the Seattle and London… and secondly, travelling and exploring a new city alone felt like an incredible opportunity, to feel the nerves, conquer them and subsequently have the time of my life.
My feet are itching already…
This post is sponsored by Booking.com and all thoughts & opinions are my own.