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The Ultimate 3-Day Seattle Itinerary • The Blonde Abroad

by kyngsam

This put up was written by Chelsea Loren, one among our Professional Journey Contributors!

Seattle: the head of the Northwest, identified for its espresso recreation, and notoriously gloomy climate.

Going into this 3-day journey, I knew I wished to go to the legendary Pike Place Market and was extraordinarily fascinated by its historical past and meals stalls — however a variety of the opposite issues that made this itinerary had been solutions I picked up from locals!

For these of you which might be devoted followers of the ‘Bucks, I’ll contact on Starbucks’ origins…after which steer you to a distinct place for espresso. 😉

As a word, I selected to not go to the Area Needle, however slightly respect it as a part of Seattle’s iconic skyline. Nevertheless, if you wish to embrace it in your go to, I’ve famous the place I believe it could mesh nicely.

For those who love indulging in native delights and discovering cool locations to snap pictures, right here’s the final word 3-day Seattle itinerary!

Public Market Seattle

Earlier than You Go

I went on the finish of Might for Memorial Day Weekend and was greeted with attractive climate. There was a lightweight mist once we received in, however apart from that we had been greeted by sunshine.

The climate (and whether or not it’s raining or not) will certainly influence among the outside actions. By way of climate, one of the best instances to go to Seattle are Might to mid-October for sunnier skies and fewer rain.

Bear in mind that for the reason that summer season tends to be the excessive season, there could also be extra crowds and also you’ll doubtless discover fewer offers in relation to lodge charges.

The place to Keep in Seattle

We stayed on the Alexis Royal Sonesta, about 10 minutes from Pike Place. The rooms had been beautiful, visitor service was nice, and it was a great strolling distance — would undoubtedly advocate its central location.

Wherever you select to remain, I’d extremely counsel someplace near Pike Place, as it’s fairly central to most stuff you’ll be doing, and staying on this common space makes strolling to issues fairly manageable.

A couple of different lodge choices:


Getting There

Getting Into Seattle from the Airport

Getting to our hotel from the airport, we took the Seattle Light Rail and it was about $5 to get into the center of Seattle and took about 50 minutes.

Ubers and Lyfts are available; will take about 20-25 minutes without heavy traffic and the price without surge was roughly ~$50. I’ve been told by locals that rideshare prices are not super reliable and can quickly surge…which I experienced firsthand.

My flight out of Seattle was an early morning one, and the first Uber slated the price at $60. It then canceled a few minutes later and the price jumped to $90. So just keep that in mind.

The Neighborhoods in Seattle

To get a lay of the land, here’s a quick overview  of some of the neighborhoods:

  • Ballard: Hip waterfront area, lots of breweries
  • Belltown: Cool dive and cocktail bars, some storied music venues
  • Fremont: Kind of a hipster vibe with vintage shops, this is where the iconic Fremont Troll is located
  • Queen Anne: Lots of older Victorian architecture, can get great views of the city
  • Capitol Hill: LGBTQ+ friendly, lots of fun bars and restaurants
  • Pike: Where the famous market is located, quite touristy
  • Pioneer Square: Downtown vibes, some of Seattle’s origins, older area, as a note, there are a lot of homeless in this area

*There are a bunch of other places but these are the main ones that came up when talking to locals about where to visit and what to see!

Your First Night

I’d recommend making a reservation at Pink Door in your first evening! After you test in to your lodge and get your bearings, make your approach over to Pike Place Market.

The market itself closes round 5 pm, so that you’ll doubtless be seeing it after it’s closed. You may snap a couple of photos of the long-lasting signal and get a style of what the realm can be like…earlier than the hustle and bustle of the morning.

Hold strolling till you discover Publish Alley. Now, there’s NO signal for the restaurant. There’s only a pink door.

Dinner at Pink Door

If you happen to’re capable of snag a reservation — achieve this! This place books up weeks (and perhaps months) upfront.

Whereas I didn’t handle to make a reservation, I did learn that Pink Door usually retains half the restaurant out there for walk-ins.

For reference, we had been there on a Thursday evening round 6:30 pm and put our names on the waitlist (they stated it could be about 1 hour 30 minutes); different instances of the yr the waitlist is perhaps too lengthy.

If there’s a wait — don’t fret! Make your approach proper throughout the alley to the wine tasting room, actually referred to as “The Tasting Room.”

Go in, do a wine tasting, share a charcuterie board that has Beecher’s Home made Cheese on it (undoubtedly advocate getting this native cheese because it’s on the checklist of musts to strive in Pike Place — however the line is often CRAZY lengthy. So if you happen to can pattern some right here, achieve this).

When you’ve imbibed a few glasses and your desk is prepared, put together your self for a decadent meal.

Pink Door’s menu options Italian delights and is particularly identified for his or her lasagna — manufactured from skinny layers of spinach pasta with bechamel sauce and pesto, after which topped with marinara sauce.

It’s stated that Invoice Gates as soon as requested the proprietor for the recipe and he or she stated no! So, do your self a favor and check out it whilst you’re right here. 🙂

Make reservations for Pink Door here!

Day 1: Pike Delights + Victorian Views

Hopefully you’re hungry as that is fairly a foodie-centric day!

Stand up early and head to Pike Market — it usually opens at 9 am. I’d counsel getting there earlier slightly than later as queues begin shortly filling up and the place is flocking with vacationers.

There could also be supply vans and vans in entrance of the long-lasting signal and flying fish stand, so simply hold that in thoughts (if you happen to’re making an attempt to snap an epic picture, chances are you’ll want to return at a later time or be affected person).

Take Your self on a Meals Tour

I’m all for occurring meals excursions! There are guided ones you can book — which if you wish to strive a number of issues, is perhaps one of the best guess. Plus, you’ll get among the historical past and enjoyable details about every factor.

Need to do your personal tour? I’ve listed out among the high picks so that you can pattern for your self!
Professional Tip: get the small sizes of no matter you’ll be able to to avoid wasting room for all the pieces.

  • Attempt Ellenos Greek Yogurt proper on the opening of the market. We received there very first thing — like 9:15 on a Friday morning and there was already a small line. It’s undoubtedly value ready for and can doubtless be one of the best Greek yogurt you’ve ever had. It’s also possible to combine flavors if you happen to’d like! I liked the Marionberry Pie (which is a sort of blackberry).
  • Mee Sum Pastry for bao, or you would go for Piroshky Piroshky Bakery (didn’t get to strive both however was tremendous fascinated by Mee Sum Pastry)
  • Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is the cheese I discussed on the wine bar. The road was at all times out the door and up the block, however I’ve heard it’s unimaginable. Additionally they have to-go cups of mac and cheese.
  • Daily Dozen Donuts for heat cinnamon sugar donuts

Book a guided food tour of Pike Place Market here!

About the “First” Starbucks

Regardless of your feelings about Starbucks, it does appear on a number of itineraries when visiting Seattle. So, if this is something you’d like to do — do it!

It’s located just outside of the covered market at 1912 Pike Place.

The line seemed to stretch down the street and up the block at all points of the day. I snapped a photo outside, for prosperity, but headed elsewhere for some brew.

If you’d like a more in-depth experience, you may want to check out The Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room at 1124 Pike Avenue.

Time for a Espresso Break

Take a break from sampling scrumptious treats! Head to Ghost Alley Espresso, positioned in Publish Alley.

It’s proper subsequent to the bubblegum wall, which is just a little gross…but in addition spectacular. Snap a photograph right here if you happen to’d like! The espresso store does have gum out there if you wish to make your mark on the wall.

At Ghost Alley Espresso, I’d extremely advocate getting the Thriller Mocha (Barista’s Selection)!

They may ask in case you have most well-liked flavors or something you don’t like, and the one I sampled was INCREDIBLE. We requested and so they stated it had a mixture of white chocolate, coconut, and rose.

Wander the Market

The Pike Place Market opened in 1907, and whereas I’m guessing most locals don’t truly store right here right this moment and it’s extra geared in direction of vacationers, it’s simply as cool as I believed it could be.

Whereas right here, see the long-lasting fish throwing sales space, Pike Place Fish Market, after which wander the alleyways of the market.

Relying on the season, seize a bouquet of flowers in your lodge room. Flowers right here develop extremely nicely and the peonies had been tremendous low cost! Later in the summertime, it’ll be dahlia heaven all through the market.

For Souvenirs

There’s a spot referred to as Rings-N-Issues that’s type of unassuming, however the proprietor, Chad, grew up out there! He stated it was his dad’s stall and he took it over a couple of years in the past. He now designs tremendous cool shirts, mugs, and stickers.

I actually favored these as they weren’t the standard vacationer shirts, slightly they had been designed by a neighborhood artist.

A variety of his designs are actually cool and spell out “Seattle”’ in curious ways in which you wouldn’t actually know at first look — like an octopus whose tentacles coil to spell out Seattle.

End Out Pike with a Bowl of Chowder

Haven’t had sufficient but and persevering with on together with your meals tour? Whilst you could also be stuffed by this level, Pike Place Chowder is value it! You may order for pick-up or wait in line (the road might look lengthy however isn’t as unhealthy because it appears).

I received the Unique and that appears to be the most well-liked alternative, however I’ve heard they’re all unimaginable! If yow will discover seating, eat right here, or take it to go and eat on the benches that overlook the water!

Afternoon in Queen Anne

After you’ve labored your approach out of a meals coma, make a visit to Kerry Park. We selected to stroll — essential after all of the meals from the morning — and it undoubtedly received the blood pumping.

Kerry Park has unimaginable views of the town and is a main place for pictures!

Proceed on to see all of the Victorian homes within the Queen Anne space. The neighborhood towers above the remainder of Seattle and is a mixture of residential streets and quaint buying blocks.

There are a couple of must-sees within the space, however my recommendation can be to wander and admire all of the unimaginable structure!

The Coleman Home is a spectacular cottage that appears like one thing out of Alice in Wonderland. Heads up, it’s a personal residence, so please be respectful if you happen to’re snapping pictures!

Make your technique to the principle road of the realm and discover a snack! There are a handful of espresso retailers and bakeries, however most of them shut round 4/5 pm.

Olive Oil Tasting

If you happen to’ve by no means finished an olive oil tasting (and even in case you have!), cease by A Bit of Taste.

They’ve so many distinctive flavors and concepts for pairings that you just wouldn’t ever consider, however they’re great! They provide journey sizes of olive oils and completely different sorts of vinegar in case you simply have a carry-on. 😉

Day 2: Pioneer Sq. + Alki Seashore

London Aircraft for Breakfast

Make your technique to Pioneer Sq. and head to London Plane for breakfast! It’s an lovable brunch spot that doubles as a floral store and place to select up homewares and an assortment of different goodies.

Get a predominant dish and do your self a favor by ordering a Kouign-Amman (it’s a buttery and candy Breton (France) pastry that’s an absolute delight.

In case you’re questioning methods to pronounce it, it’s like “queen ah-mon.” (I’ve received your again!)

After breakfast, wander round Pioneer Sq.. There are some actually distinctive murals and artworks within the space, together with previous bookstores, bars, and classic retailers.

Only a word that the homeless inhabitants is powerful in Pioneer Sq. and sadly it’s gotten worse due to COVID.

Ebook the Underground Tour of Seattle

Beneath the Streets has a brief and candy tour (simply an hour) that provides you with an excellent glimpse into Seattle’s origins!

You’ll be taught just a little concerning the Nice Seattle Fireplace and the “amethyst” blocks that line the sidewalks, what occurred in the course of the Klondike Gold Rush, and see a little bit of the underground.

Definitely book this tour in advance!

Take the Ferry to Alki Seashore

To see the opposite facet of Seattle, take the ferry to Alki Seashore. The ferry is $5.95 a technique, and takes about 15 minutes to recover from to the seashore.

You’re welcome to wander the realm or have a cocktail at Salty’s. We had been advised by locals that Salty’s isn’t identified for its meals however is a spot the place folks go to rejoice or for a flowery meal.

You doubtless will want reservations for Salty’s!

I’ll agree, the meals was simply okay; I wasn’t tremendous impressed, particularly for the value. HOWEVER, if you happen to’ve by no means had the crab cracking expertise — this isn’t a foul place to strive it for the primary time.

So my advice can be to return right here for one crab cluster and a glass of wine.

Once more, you come right here for the views and the expertise, not essentially the meals.

Smith Tower for Drinks

Aside from Pike Place Market, if there’s one factor you completely should do in Seattle, I’d say go as much as Smith Tower for drinks!

The 38-story constructing was accomplished in 1914, making it the oldest skyscraper within the metropolis, and was one of many tallest skyscrapers outdoors of NYC on the time it was constructed.

The tower is regal, to say the least, it’s replete with gilded interiors and marble. It appears to be like like one thing out of an Outdated Hollywood film.

The viewing platform gives among the most lovely 360-views of Seattle. Plus, the cocktail bar has a type of speakeasy type, which is significantly cool.

Discuss swanky!

It’s $16 per particular person to go as much as the commentary deck/bar, after which one other price for whichever drink or meals you select, however in my view, nicely value it.

Seize Dessert at Shug’s

Did you assume you had been finished with Pike Place? Not fairly!

If you happen to’ve received a hankering for one thing candy, cap your time without work with an ice cream sundae at Shug’s!

(They shut at Eight pm)

Day 3: Fremont + Capitol Hill

Classic Market

Fremont has a large vintage market on Sunday mornings! If you happen to’re into classic threads and enjoyable goodies, this can be your cup of tea. It appeared to cater to locals, so that you gained’t discover a number of typical touristy garb right here.

See the Troll

The long-lasting Fremont Troll below the bridge is positioned right here. It’ll doubtless be coated in folks snapping pictures, so snag your picture when the coast is evident!

Different Issues to Do in Fremont:

  • Gas Works: Steampunk-looking former gasification plant of Seattle, has a park constructed round it
  • Fremont Brewing: Household-owned craft brewery and beer backyard
  • Theo Chocolate: You could have seen this model in shops. The natural chocolate model has its flagship retailer in Fremont


Is the Space Needle in your lists of musts for Seattle?

You could possibly fill the afternoon by heading there after which trying out the Chihuly Garden and Glass, which is true subsequent door.

Capitol Hill for Cocktails

Later within the day, head over to Capitol Hill for an evening of cocktails and funky meals!

Unicorn is a lurid carnival-themed bar with an arcade under. They’re identified for his or her corn canine, suggestively named drinks, and sugary delights.

(Attempt the fried peanut butter balls — they don’t look appetizing however they’re delish!).

Make certain to observe Macklemore’s “Thrift Store” earlier than heading right here to hype you up — a variety of the scenes had been filmed contained in the bar.

It’s undoubtedly a vibe and doubtless not for everybody, however we had fun!

The Capitol Hill space has a ton of enjoyable bars and cafes. Chophouse Row caught my eye with its string lights and array of eateries. Take your decide!


Have one other day or two in Seattle?

These are the issues I’m planning on doing on my subsequent journey: take the ferry out to Bainbridge island, hire bikes, and go wine tasting!

I’d like to hire a automotive and hike Mount Rainier — this was advisable to me by quite a few locals.

And there you could have it, people! My 3-day itinerary for Seattle! What’s in your Seattle agenda? Let me know within the feedback under!

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