Since departing from the beautiful city of Seattle, I have received numerous questions regarding sights and activities when visiting Seattle. I would rack my brain each time to haphazardly concoct a lengthy list of all my favorite point of interests, activities, and eateries, only to forget about it the next time someone asked. Well, I’ve finally decided to jot down the list so I have one place to reference all my favorite places around Seattle.
Points of Interest
Kerry Park: Kerry Park offers the best skyline view of Seattle. A scenic overlook to swing by after dinner and wind down for the night.
Space Needle: This should’t need an introduction. Definitely worth the $14 to climb above the towering sky scrapers. Go up at dusk to watch the entire city illuminate right in front of you.
Seattle Center: After the Space Needle, wander around Seattle Center and browse the art and museums. Visit their website beforehand to check if they have any ongoing events!
Pike Place Market: A bustling farmers market where artists, merchants, farmers, fisherman, florists, all setup shop. Meander through the unique shops and browse the myriad of hand-made crafts, fresh seafood, flowers, or tasty treats to your heart’s content. Pike Place also houses the first ever Starbucks coffee shop.
Gas Works Park: Escape the narrow streets of downtown across Lake Union and take a stroll through Gas Works Park on a sunny afternoon. A former coal gasification plant turned into a public park, Gas Works overlooks Lake Union and provides a beautiful skyline view of downtown.
Fremont Sunday Market: If you liked Pike Place and are available on a Sunday, check out this quirky flea market for vintage jewelry, crafts, and other miscellaneous items. They also have several local food trucks that are great for lunch!
Ballard Locks (Hiram H. Chittenden Locks): The Ballard Locks are boat locks between Lake Union to Puget Sound, an intriguing structure if you haven’t seen one before. The lock allows boats to traverse through a waterway where the water levels can be raised higher or lower. Oh, and check out the fish ladder!
Olympic Sculpture Park: Take an walk through Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. It’s an outdoor park with beautiful views of Puget Sound and Seattle’s waterfront. It’s free and open to the public!
EMP Museum: Filled with mind-bending exhibits and displays ranging from sci-fi galleries to musical studios, the EMP museum is a great place to hang out and play.
Seattle Art Museum: Love art? Check out the Seattle Art Museum for their modern art galleries.
University of Washington: Out of all the college campuses I have visited, UW is one of the most gorgeous campus I’ve seen. Eat lunch around University Village and meander around the college campus. Just take a look at their library!
Waterfront: Grab a cup of coffee and take a stroll along the waterfront. The area reminds me of a smaller version of San Francisco’s Pier 39. Take a ride on the great wheel to get a unique view of the city.
Seattle Public Library: One of the most elegantly designed libraries I’ve seen. The architecture outside and inside is both stunning.
Outside of Seattle
Future of Flight (Boeing Factory): Tour through the world’s largest building and marvel at the engineering feats of creating Boeing planes. If you have extra time in Seattle, I definitely recommend visiting this destination.
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge: Perfect for a relaxing half day trip to explore the wildlife refuge. Elevated boardwalks allow you to walk among the interesting mud flat landscape.
Bainbridge Island: Bainbridge lies right across the water from Seattle. Take a WSDOT ferry out there for a quick day trip!
Snoqualmie Falls: A large waterfall with an observation deck that’s perfect for photos. The area contains many facilities, so no hiking is needed to reach the falls.
Discovery Park: A hidden gem at the edge of Seattle, Discovery Park is the perfect getaway for a short stroll through nature. Stroll through beautiful scenery and views of Puget Sound and check out the West Point Lighthouse at the end.
Twin Falls Trail: Explore the Snoqualmie region with a short half day hike on this Twin Falls trail.
Wallace Falls State Park: Slightly northeast of Seattle, Wallace Falls State Park offers more hiking and camping adventures.
Rattlesnake Ledge: A 4 mile round trip hike to some amazing views of the Snoqualmie region. This is one of my favorite short hikes around the area.
Mt. Rainier National Park: Take a day trip to Mt. Rainier and hike through the beautiful Cascade Range. Look at the stunning views below!
Breakfast / Brunch
Serious Biscuit: Delectable breakfast biscuits that makes you remember this place when eating any other biscuit in the future.
Toulouse Petit: A beautifully adorned French restaurant with delicious dishes. Their powered sugar beignets with espresso syrup is mouth watering.
Lola: A modern Mediterranean restaurant serving unique plates. Definitely get the grilled smashed potatoes.
Citizen: Small little cafe at the bottom of Queen Anne, perfect for a quick breakfast or brunch.
Lunch / Dinner
Michou Deli: Hungry while strolling around Pike Place? Grab a sandwich or soup at Michou Deli.
Paseo Caribbean Sandwiches: Despite its dainty residence, they serve the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.
Shiro’s Sushi Restaurant: Incredible authentic sushi, although slightly on the $$$ side.
Lunchbox Laboratory: Craving a delicious burger? Go try their experimental burgers, such as the “Dork” - a blended duck and pork patty.
Marination Ma Kai: Head out across Elliot Bay for dinner and drinks by the water at Marination Ma Kai. Ready your camera for some awesome skyline pictures of the city!
Treats / Snacks
Espresso Vivace: David Schomer, owner and founder of Vivace, is credited for developing and popularizing latte art. Best espresso drinks I’ve ever had. Get a Cafe Latte Nico style.
Top Pot Donuts: Delicious donuts. That’s all that’s needed to say.
Molly Moons Ice Cream: Fancy homemade ice cream with seasonal flavors.
Le Panier: Swing by this classic French boulangerie and patisserie for some afternoon coffee and sweets.