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QUICK GUIDE TO SEATTLE

My TOP Travel Highlights and Recommendations for the Emerald City

Unplanned but happy-to-be-here, in March 2017 I had the opportunity to spend three days in the beautiful, west coast city of Seattle. I arrived pretty jetlagged but still wanted to make the best of my stay. Check out my quick guide to Seattle and my TOP recommendations on sights, food and hotel.

Introduction

Seattle is a city of its kind. Known for its rain, its located between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of Lake Washington. The city is surrounded by the Olympic Mountains to the west and the Cascade Range to the east. And just within two hours’ drive, you can find yourself in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Flying in

The reason why I happened to travel to the Emerald City was, that I found a super cheap flight deal with Condor (which is a Thomas Cook leisure airline). The price was just half of what other airlines offered and Seattle was only a few hours away from my final destination - Vancouver, Canada. So I figured, why not!

This city has long been on my bucket list.

While Condor is a low-cost carrier with average food, the leg room and overall experience was great. However you will need to pay extra for access to the movie entertainment. Altogether, for it’s prices/quality ratio, I can totally recommend it.

Quick Guide to Seattle

The Gum Wall  

Seattle’s TOP attractions such as Pike Place Market and the first ever Starbucks are on every visitors lists. But be sure not to miss the Gum Wall, which is just down the stairs from the produce market on Post Alley.

It’s one of the most unhygienic and germiest tourist attractions I have ever seen, but that definitely doesn’t disguise most travelers (me included).

The Gum Wall is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum of all kinds of colors, making it an unique art space worth stopping by!

Lake Union and Fremont Neighborhood

If youre visiting the city in the summer, this is the place to go. But even in the winter it was fun to walk around and get out of downtown.

You can rent a kayak and paddle around to see charming floating houses, sailboats and get a beautiful view of the citys skyline. Otherwise, the loop around Lake Union is a great 10 kilometer run (or walk), making it a perfect spot for a holiday workout.

Stop by Gas Works Park for a picture and continue walking through Seattles stylish Fremont district. You can finish off at Fremont Brewing Company, which serves great food and craft beer!

Capitol Hill

This district used to be known as Catholic Hill (because of its large Roman Catholic population). From the 1960s it started to transform into Seattles major gay and artistic neighborhood. It features some unique beautiful architecture and dozens of bars and restaurants with live music at night, boutique cafes and theatres.

Walking back to downtown, you may stop by the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room on East Pike Street for a cool coffee tasting experience.

First-ever Starbucks, yes we did it :)
FYI, the coffee is just the same as any other Starbucks. Go early and you'll only have to stand in a 10-15 minute line.

Roof top pool and jacuzzi
Silver Cloud Hotel Stadium

For our stay in Seattle, we had the Silver Cloud Hotel - Stadium randomly selected for us on Hotwire. Its a great hotel. I loved it especially for its amazing roof top open-air pool and spa with sundeck.

As of course it had to rain during our trip to the city, warming up in the hotels roof top jacuzzi after a full day of walking was exactly what we needed! Also, Silver Cloud offers free shuttles service for its guests to various spots around downtown and back.

Where to eat

Breakfast:
Biscuit Bitch

This place is a tiny gem of a breakfast place! Their biscuits, gravy, eggs and sausage are very yummy! I like the funny idea with the name: you will find positions on the menu such as “Gritty Scrambled Cheesy B****”, “Smokin’ Hot Seattle B****” or “Canadian B****”.
Address: 621 3rd Ave - near Pioneer Square
Price: up to $10

If you’re feeling like having just a small and quick breakfast, this Chinese stand has delicious Steamed BBQ (dim sum) Buns for just $3. It’s opposite of Pike Place Market and close to the First-ever Starbucks. Other Asian specialties such as Sesame Balls, Moon Cake, Gong Bao Chicken or stir-fried noodles are also available.
Address: 1526 Pike Place
Price: up to $10

Lunch / Dinner:

Pike Brewing Company

Just around the corner from Pike Place Market, this restaurant and brewery is well hidden enough to be out of the touristic spotlight. Great choice of local brews and a good variety of food. Pizza and the Pike’s Pulled Pork Burger are delicious here. Happy hour is Monday through Friday 4-6 pm.
Address: 1415 1st Avenue
Price: $15-30 per meal

See you in Seattle? :)

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