Sleepless in Seattle: A City GuideLocation: Seattle, WA • 23 Sep
The 36 hour guide of what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in the Emerald City.
What to do:
Pike Place Market:
One of my favorite places I visited in Seattle was Pike Place Market, which is a farmers market with fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers, bread, etc. I wish I could live in Pike Place Market because it’s such a magical place…just look through my pictures above to see for yourself!
First Starbucks Store:
The original Starbucks is diagonally across the street from Pike Place Market. Make sure to go early in the morning so you don’t have to wait in a long line. I went at 7:30 AM and walked in and out in 5 minutes.
I suggest taking a stroll down Post Alley to see Seattle’s famous Gum Wall. Yes, you heard me right–gum wall, where people leave their mark on a wall by disposing of their gum. I couldn’t believe how much the gum wall had changed and grown since the last time I was in Seattle (July 2016). People are now adding their business cards to the wall!! Talk about a sticky marketing idea lol…
I mean are you even in Seattle if you don’t see the Space Needle?!? I highly recommend taking the elevator up to the observation deck for spectacular views of Seattle. It’s a little windy up there. Plus, they even have a camera on the observation deck that will take your picture, which is pretty cool.
Nordstrom Flagship Store:
The Nordstrom flagship store or as I like to call it a shopper’s PARADISE. The store has almost everything that’s online and then some! Better than anything you could EVER imagine: racks on racks on racks of clothes.
Flora and Henri:
If you’re near Pioneer Square stop by Flora and Henri for home decor, jewelry, gifts, women’s clothes, and kids clothes. They have so many cute items. I love how this black electric feathers ruffle dress can be worn several different ways. I paired this dress with a black camo tote before hitting the town for the night.
The street art in Seattle is on point. Street art really gives you an inside look of a city’s soul from political or religious events, feelings, and emotions. I forgot to save some of the photos that I uploaded to my Snapchat and Instagram stories (insert eye roll emoji here), but I included a few pictures above of the street art I came across.
Where to Eat:
Cheering on the home team and delicious food at Quality Athletics. Stop by for some drool-worthy eats. The gameday spread worth eating: elotes (street corn), loaded waffle fries (the perfect sweet and spicy combo), chicken & waffles topped with a fried egg, and the Quality Burger with Bacon. I’m a HUGE fan!
FlintCreek Cattle Co.:
Paradise found. Each course just kept getting better and better at FlintCreek Cattle Co. that I feel like I was dreaming y’all: charcuterie salad, grilled asparagus with burrata drizzled and olive aioli, Anderson Ranch lamb tartare (the perfect mix of citrus and spices), Anderson Ranch Oregon lamb crepinette (think meatball but 100 times better), and brown butter bourbon pudding. Everything was divine. Over a year ago when I was in Seattle, I had the pleasure of dining at FlintCreek’s sister restaurant RockCreek Seafood & Spirits, which has phenomenal seafood– still raving about that carryout calamari. I was so excited to meat at FlintCreek because red meat gives me life, ok?!? Let’s just say everything I ate was everything I ever wanted and then some.
Mamma Mia! Good Italian food is what I live for. Vendemmia really hit the spot with some excellent homemade pasta. It was a really nice treat being able to see the chefs prepare each dish in the open kitchen as soon as you walked through the door. I had the hamachi crudo (which had several different dimensions to it with each chew–incredible!), the burrata with grilled peaches, and a pasta dish with sausage.
Where to Stay:
I cannot say enough good things about my stay at the W Seattle. It was a few short blocks from Pike Place Market, several great restaurants, and Nordstrom.
The W Seattle was very modern in style and really embraced the city’s love for music with a DJ booth and pictures of blown up records in the lobby to create a fun and inviting atmosphere to bring people together. I found out that bands and musicians like Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Sir Mix-a-lot, and Foo Fighters, to name a few, are from Seattle. For the full list of musicians and bands, see here.
The room was the perfect size and was really spacious. I was on the 25th floor and had an amazing view of the city complete with beautiful sunrises each morning. I really lucked out in Seattle and had great weather–70 degrees and perfect. It only drizzled for a few minutes one day. Shoutout to the W Seattle for the tasty, colorful popcorn and to Visit Seattle for the swag bag. The Visit Seattle magazine and portable charger definitely came in handy.
I didn’t get a chance to go to the gym (although I debated it after eating some pretty big meals). However, I did get to tour the W Sound Suite (aka recording studio suite) at the hotel. Guests can rent this room by the hour. The W Sound Suite was filled with old records from famous Seattle bands and musicians. The bathroom was even decked out with a music theme with a record rug and a jukebox song list for the wallpaper. I stopped by the restaurant, Trace for a cocktail before touring the W Sound Suite. I ordered the Crime of Passion cocktail, which was really refreshing with passion fruit puree, Tanqueray, Pimm’s, St. Germain, and cucumber dry soda.
The service at the hotel was fabulous. Everyone really went above and beyond to make sure that I had an excellent stay from showing me around the hotel to taking a couple of photos of me. I really appreciated everything even down to the small details of the nice Welcome Popcorn snack in my room.
I highly recommend staying at the W Seattle. The accommodations were phenomenal and the location could not have been better. The service was one of the best I’ve ever had. If you ever find yourself in Seattle, be sure to book a stay at the W Seattle.
**This post was made in collaboration with Visit Seattle, Lesa Linster, Flora and Henri, Quality Athletics, FlintCreek Cattle Co., Vendemmia, and the W Seattle. All opinions are my own.