10 of our Favorite Places in Seattle
Seattle, our beautiful hometown
The Pacific Northwest is a special place, a magical area where sea and mountains collide and fresh seafood and lush greenness abound.
We're proud to call it home, and wanted to share a roundup of 10 of our favorite spots in Seattle.
1. Watch the famous fish toss at Pike Place Market
Okay yes, this is a tourist magnet, but it’s arguably the most iconic spot in Seattle with so many great gems like Market Spice, DeLaurenti, and the famous fish throwing (watch a video of that here)! And even us locals love grabbing fresh produce and flowers at the market.
You can also check out the original Starbucks, grab a piroshky, and there are many great restaurants here like Matt’s in the Market, Sushi Kashiba (our absolute favorite from the famous Shiro), and Chan.
2. Walk the historic Seattle Waterfront
From the market, you can walk down the stairs and take a stroll down the historic Seattle Waterfront. This is where you’ll find the Seattle Great Wheel (gondolas overlooking Puget Sound), Seattle Aquarium (check out their sea otters live cam), and slurp down some of the freshest oysters you’ll find! We also recommend grabbing a bowl of chowder and classic fish and chips and tartar sauce from Ivar’s, and watch the ferries go in and out.
Seattle's Space Needle was built for the World’s Fair in 1962.
3. Snap a photo at the Olympic Sculpture Park
4. Fill your tummy with some sushi
We couldn’t do a Seattle roundup without including a few of our favorite sushi spots. Seattle is world renowned for its incredible seafood, and Sushi Kashiba does it justice. A three-time James Beard Award nominee for Outstanding Chef, Shiro Kashiba is the grandfather of Seattle sushi. In fact, most of the city's other great sushi chefs trained under him (so did Nakazawa, the egg guy from Jiro Dreams of Sushi!).
5. Peruse the Ballard Farmer's Market
We love spending our Sunday mornings here! Running strong for 20 years and open all year-round, this neighborhood market has beautiful produce from Washington state farmers, honeys, cheeses, and jams that will delight all your senses. We love getting lost in the samples and grabbing what’s fresh and in season to cook up for dinner. It’s open every Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm.
6. Find the Fremont Troll
One quirky landmark that is always a hit is the Fremont Troll (see 360 views here and check out the real Volkswagen beetle in the troll’s left hand). Tucked underneath the Aurora bridge in the Fremont neighborhood since 1932, this is a neighborhood gem and you’ll see trolls make their appearance in the Summer Solstice Parade each year.
7. Hop a ferry to Bainbridge Island
Whenever anyone visits, we try and take them on a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island. Honestly, it’s worth it just for the breathtaking views of Seattle as you ride out. You’ll love the small-town charm and historic downtown Winslow, with diverse restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and a cute farmers market. You can even walk on, and rent a bike at the Bainbridge ferry terminal, Eagle Harbor; the island is a little hilly, so consider an electric bike for a smoother experience.
Seattle to Bainbridge Island: 35-minute ferry or 1 hour and 45-minute drive (via Tacoma)
Put on your hiking shoes
Seattle is called the Emerald City for good reason. As you’re flying in, the first thing you’ll is see greenery is everywhere. People travel from around the world to experience the wild and beautiful forests and mountains surrounding Seattle. There are thousands of hikes, but here are 3 of our favorites that are less than 2 hours from city center.
8. Marvel at Snow Lake
You could spend a lifetime exploring all of the hidden gems dispersed through the forest around Snoqualmie Falls, but if we had to choose one, Snow Lake would be it. A gradual trail takes you through thick wild forests and a number of waterfalls before dropping you at stunning Snow Lake. The last time we were there, we were lucky enough to be face to face with a moose who was taking a long drink of water.
6.4 miles roundtrip, 54 min drive from downtown
9. Head to Rattlesnake Ledge
If you’re looking for a fairly easy hike with a great view up to, head to Rattlesnake Ledge. Get a panoramic view of Rattlesnake Lake and the mountains that surround you from a rock shelf. But it’s not just the summit that’s wonderful - you’ll spend the entirety of your gradual 1.9-mile ascent enveloped by lush fir trees, ferns, and mossy boulders. You’ll feel like your walking through a magical, enchanted forest.
4 miles roundtrip, 90 min drive from downtown
10. Scale Mailbox Peak
This is a thigh-burner and a harder hike for sure, but the views are stunning. At roughly 850 feet of elevation gain per mile (roughly 4,000 feet total), your thighs will feel the burn once you start climbing, and it won't let up until you're standing triumphantly next to the Mailbox. People leave all sorts of treasures inside the mailbox, so bring a small token with you to leave behind!
9.4 miles roundtrip, 45 min drive from downtown