Cannelle et Vanille's Insider Guide to Seattle

Breakfast at The Fat Hen. © Aran Goyoaga
By Alex Vallis Posted October 13, 2014

James Beard Award-winning blogger and photographer Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille shares her insider picks on where to stay and what to eat in Seattle.

"There is something about the Pacific Northwest that reminds me very much of the Basque Country where I grew up. the rain, the fog, the clouds, the culture of harbor towns has something distinct about it," says James Beard Award-winning blogger and photographer Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille. "There is a great creative spirit that aims to stay outside of the mainstream. I am very drawn to that." Goyoaga, a former pastry chef, now lives in Seattle, where she posts gorgeous seasonal recipes, expert gluten-free desserts and shots of her PNW life. For F&W's Photo Tour series, we asked her to show us her city's most beautiful (and tasty) offerings. Click through the slideshow to see Cannelle et Vanille's Seattle in 25 Images. Below, some of her insider picks on where to stay and what to eat in Seattle.

Favorite Seattle restaurants. I love the oven-roasted vegetables and salads at Delancey (plus the family feeling); The London Plane has the best soft-cooked eggs with dukkah; The Whale Wins always gets me with their Eton Mess; and the chanterelle benedict is a must-order at The Fat Hen.

Go-to Seattle bakery or coffee shop. I love Milstead for coffee. Because I cannot eat gluten, it's hard for me to decide on bakeries but I love like the GF biscuits at Macrina. Oh and the macarons at Bakery Nouveau and Honoré Artisan Bakery are very good.

Favorite Seattle bar. Essex has some of the best cocktails but disclaimer, I am old and not very active in the bar scene!

Best Seattle boutique hotel. The Inn at the Market and the Ace Hotel are very close to my studio and the ones I recommend for people.

Best after-hours spot. I like going to Ba Bar in Capitol Hill for late-night fries and pho.

Best affordable activity for a visitor. Hiking in Discovery Park and packing a little picnic has to be the cheapest and most beautiful activity.

Favorite Seattle shop. Totokaelo is the most amazing shop for designer shoes and Lindsey Adelman's lamps haunt me for their beauty. Les Amis is another clothing shop in Fremont that I love. Also, Dry Goods Design for all the color and fabric and Marigold & Mint for flowers and gifts.

Ultimate Seattle souvenir. I am always thinking of food souvenirs so I think The London Plane's dukkah and bread would have to be one. And coffee. Bring your loved ones lots of Seattle roasted coffee.

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