Seattle is the quintessential Pacific Northwest city, and both locals and visitors can find an array of things to do. Birthplace of Starbucks and home to the Space Needle, you can find plenty of places to eat, shop, and live like a real Pacific Northwesterner. Grab your umbrellas and your galoshes and get ready to explore!
When you’re in Seattle, you should take advantage of all the fresh fish and stop at The Walrus and the Carpenter. This little local fish shop has a menu that changes daily to accommodate whatever is pulled in from the docks that morning. You can find oysters, clams, scallops, and fresh fish as well as fresh vegetables and steak tartare.
Cheese is another big part of Seattle, and you can grab lunch and watch the cheese-making process at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. You can enjoy a variety of soups, sandwiches, and salads or eat a big bowl of their World’s Best Mac & Cheese. Their dining room features a glass-walled workstation so you can see their cheesemakers craft their award-winning cheese.
In the mood for steak? Try Metropolitan Grill which was voted the best steak in town. You can stop in for their lunch menu and enjoy a classic Roast Beef Au Jus or come in for dinner and sit down to eat a filet mignon, porterhouse, or prime rib. They also have a selection of seafood and can accommodate gluten free diners.
While there are plenty of historical places to visit in Seattle, there are also some great shopping spots. If you want to hit a classic shopping mall, try Pacific Place. There are 50 stores inside that range from high-end retailers like Barney’s New York and Michael Kors to favorites like Express and Lululemon. There are also dining options like Johnny Rockets, Pike Place Chowder and of course Starbucks.
University Village offers 120 different stores and restaurants, and you can get some fresh air because it’s all outside. This mall is just 10 minutes outside of downtown Seattle and has a good mix of local shops and major retailers. Stop at Fireworks for home furnishings exclusive to the Seattle area or find your next statement piece at Ben Bridge Jewelry.
A trip to Seattle wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Pike Place Market. There are a ton of places to shop at the Public Market Center including a farmer’s market, specialty food stores, a craft’s market, and tons of restaurants and food options. You can even stay at one of the hotels in Pike Place Market, so you’re in the middle of all the action.
If you’re ready to freshen up your look or try something entirely new, Seattle is home to some unique salons. Fringe Hair Salon offers common services like cut and color, but they can also add extensions to make your hair longer or fuller. They have special hair services like keratin treatments and ola plex and offer consultations if you’re not sure what you want.
Sensa Salon will help you love your look with modern cuts and colors as well as keratin treatments, Brazilian blowouts, corrective coloring, updos, and more. You can also take care of your skin with their facials, peels, and scrubs. If you’re getting married, they have a wedding package that takes care of hair and makeup for you and your bridal party.
These places are just a tiny example of what you can find in Seattle, so make sure you come ready to experience everything this city has to offer.
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