Staff Picks

We asked our team to compile a list of their favorite Seattle activities and restaurants. Below are some great tips and recommendations from true Seattleites!


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1.  Picnicking at the Locks in Ballard. If you head in the main entrance and hang a right past the gift shop, there will be a series of grassy hills up on the left. Perfect for taking along blanket and lunch, relaxing in the sun and watching the water levels rise and fall.


2.  Go to a Sounders game! Even if you have no interest in soccer whatsoever, the energy of the crowd is infectious. You can’t help but have a great time. Anyone who enjoys watching sports at all will LOVE seeing the Sounders play at Century Link.


3.  Shopping downtown: Nordstrom flagshipPacific Place, 5th Ave, Westlake Center. Catch dinner and a movie on the top floor of Pacific Place afterwards! Mexico Cantina y Cocina is a surprisingly good dinner pick.





1.  Bath Tub Gin is a miniature prohibition era speakeasy-style bar tucked away in an alley between 1st and 2nd in Belltown. Just the fact you feel like you are part of a secret society when you locate the unmarked door makes it worth checking out. Hint: look for the wooden door.


2.  The Triple Door is a swanky dinner theater-style venue featuring music, burlesque and other unique entertainment. They serve food from the Wild Ginger restaurant located above – arguably one of the best Pan-Asian restaurants in Seattle. Sit in velvet half round booths, eat some yummy food, and enjoy the show!


3.  Bainbridge Island Ferry! I love doing the walk on ferry for Bainbridge Island from downtown Seattle Pier 52 on Alaskan Way.  It’s a short 35 minute ferry ride. Once docked on Bainbridge you’ll walk just a few short blocks into the town of Winslow featuring an adorable main street with coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, and 3 wine tasting rooms. I recommend the Eleven Wine Tasting room.





1. Pack a picnic and watch the sunset at Golden Gardens in Ballard or Alki Beach in West Seattle. Each beach is worth the trek from downtown. Both get crowded on the weekends but won’t be too nuts on a weeknight.


2. Walk down to Lake Washington from Capitol Hill. Get lost on the way down, stop for dinner/drinks on the way up.


3. Central Cinema has throwback movies, food and drinks. Also across the street is Chucks Hop Shop – what started as a beer store is now a great bar with tons of local beer on tap. Try one of their tasting flights of beer or cider.





1. Renting kayaks on Lake Union is a great inexpensive way to enjoy the sunshine. You can kayak over to Gasworks Park and enjoy a picnic there.


2. Rent bikes! Seattle is a bike-friendly city. There are lots of bike paths and lanes. I love biking the Burke Gilman Trail that runs along the canal. You can also take the water taxi from the waterfront to West Seattle and rent bikes there and bike along Alki Beach.


3. Unexpected Productions is hidden in Post Alley right by the Gum Wall. They have happy hour improv shows and other themed comedy performances. You’ll definitely be leaving the show with belly aches from laughing so hard.





1. Argosy Tours of the Sound: snag their last minute tickets for a great deal and a wonderful way to see the city from the water!


2. The Aquarium is a fun place to explore with the whole family! Spend time walking along the downtown waterfront when you are done and even take a ride on the Great Wheel!


3. GameWorks in downtown Seattle has drinks for parents to dull the craziness, yummy food and lots of games to keep the kids busy.





1.  Greenlake’s very own par three golf course is a blast for the entire family! This adorable family-run par three is inexpensive and a great place to play for all skill levels.


2. Kerry Park boasts a fantastic view of the skyline and is a great place for picnicking! This breathtaking view is tucked away in the Queen Anne neighborhood.


3. If you are here in the summer months, catch the Mariners at Safeco Field, a beautiful stadium for watching a good ol’ fashion baseball game. During the fall and winter months head to the “Clink” (what locals call CenturyLink Field) to watch the Seahawks play, and hear the loudest fans in football! Go hawks!








1. The Pink Door, Pike Place Market – amazing Italian food and fun atmosphere. Get the rabbit bolognese!


2. Uneeda Burger, Fremont – grab a gourmet burger and a beer after you check out the Lenin statue, the famous troll and the incredible Fremont Vintage Mall.


3. La Carta De Oaxaca, Ballard – super authentic Mexican, great margaritas, located right on the amazing Ballard Ave.





1. Von Trapps, Capitol Hill. Head over for a large beer selection, some german food and bocce ball!  Love this place!


2.  Barolo, Downtown. Intimate romantic Italian. If you are looking for a romantic meal, Barolo is your place.





1. Terra Plata, Capitol Hill. Awesome deck, delicous farm to table menu. One of the best in Seattle.


2. The Walrus and the Carpenter, Ballard. Don’t be fooled by the simple decor – this restuaurant serves up some amazing oysters and specialty cocktails.


3. Monsoon, Capital Hill. Contemporary Vietnamese cuisine. Try the clay pot catfish.





1. Salumi, Pioneer Square. Owned by Mario Batali’s father, this meat shop doesn’t just sell mouth-watering sandwiches – check out their weekly special soups, pastas and veggies too!


2. Cafe Pettirosso, Capitol Hill. Great food and bar, very local vibe, friendly waitstaff.





1. Poppy, Capitol Hill. Enjoy a leisurely meal served thali-style: several small plates for each guest on a large platter. This Middle Eastern style food is delish!


2. In The Bowl, Capitol Hill. This vegan-friendly Thai restaurant is one of my all-time favorite Seattle restaurants. Get ready for some serious spice!


3. Saba, Central District. Worth the trek south, but best Ethiopian in town. If you are lucky, you’ll catch an Ethiopian hip hop dance party on the weekends.


4. Honey Hole, Capitol Hill. My favorite bar on Capitol Hill. The French dip sandwich – yum yum yum!





1. Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge, Queen Anne. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! This is a great place to enjoy happy hour or dinner.  Their Classic Carne Asada is one of the best dishes I’ve ever had.


2. Sutra Vegetarian Cuisine, Wallingford. This non-traditional dining experience is definitely worth the trip and the experience. Sit at communal tables as you enjoy the prix-fixe menu that consists of four courses for $40 per person.  Reservations are a good idea.





1. Mikado, International District. Amazing Japanese BBQ and a great live grill show!


2. The Crab Pot, Downtown. Located right on the waterfront at Pier 58, The Crab Pot has amazing and inexpensive fish and chips. So much seafood sloppiness your food is served with a bib and a wet wipe!


3. Best Teriyaki, Capitol Hill. It really is the best Teriyaki in town!





1. Paseos, Fremont. Hands down my favorite sandwich in Seattle! The very long line is worth the wait, but you may consider ordering ahead of time to avoid the lines and be aware they only accept cash.


2. Hot Cakes, Ballard. They make the most amazing chocolate molten cakes. They are baked to order and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, yummy! They also have boozy shakes and butter beer for those looking for drinks with dessert.


3. Molly Moon’s is also a Seattle staple. With locations in almost every neighborhood, it’s not difficult to get your hands on the best ice cream in town! The salted caramel is my favorite!


4. Portage Bay Café, Roosevelt, South Lake Union and Ballard. An awesome brunch location! They use local ingredients and they have a toppings bar full of whipped cream and fresh fruit. What’s not to love?





1. Red Mill Burgers, Greenlake and Ballard. Voted Seattle’s best burger and onion rings. Make sure you pick up one of these while you are here.


2. Beth’s Café, Phinney Ridge. If you are looking for a challenge or just some great breakfast food, look no further than Beth’s Café, open 24 hours a day. Featured on The Food Network’s Man v. Food Beth’s is home to the famous twelve-egg omelet challenge.


3. Pyramid Brewery, Pioneer Square. Pyramid is your pre-game sports destination. Located within quick walking distance to Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, the atmosphere and food at the 8,000 square foot restaurant is sure to amaze.




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