F&W Photo Tour: Seattle
Cupcake Royale in Queen Anne is the place to go to for a cupcake craving. I always get their gluten-free chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing.
Café Presse is a French-inspired bistro in Capitol Hill. They serve an excellent breakfast and brunch, their fries are some of my favorite in Seattle. Their lattes and variety of foreign magazines are an added bonus.
Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum is a 200-acre park on the shore of Lake Washington. It is the most beautiful spot in the spring and fall with color bursting everywhere. Visit the Graham Visitors Center to talk to a botanist and be sure to check out the Japanese Gardens.
All around Lake Union you will find the famous Seattle houseboats with their quirky sense of design and lavish gardens. The Floating Homes Association organizes a houseboat tour every year around late summer.
Carkeek Park is one of the many beaches along the Puget Sound in Seattle (also Alki, Discovery, Golden Gardens) and one of my favorite spots to watch the sun set, both in summer and winter.
Delancey, owned by Brandon Pettit and author-blogger Molly Wizenberg, offers Seattle’s best pizza and also some of the best cocktails at their bar next-door, Essex. Their salads and oven-roasted vegetables are not to miss. Right behind the restaurant is The Pantry where they offer cooking classes and communal dinners.
Dry Goods Design
Dry Goods Design is a fabric shop and sewing school in one. Learn how to sew and get some of the best selection of fabric in the city (Liberty of London included). They also carry great stationery and gifts. Their new location in Pioneer Square is full of charm and classic Seattle architectural details.
E. Smith Mercantile
E. Smith Mercantile is a unique shopping and eating experience in Pioneer Square. Find local clothing and accessory designers, natural skincare formulated by shop-owner Kate Poole and lots of curated pieces. They also offer lunch, dinner and cocktails.
The Fat Hen is a quaint breakfast and lunch restaurant across the street from Delancey. I love their seasonal eggs benedict and cappuccinos.
Fisherman’s Terminal in Magnolia is where many fishing boats dock and unload their catch of the day. I love going early in the morning to watch the activity. You can also buy some of the best fish in Seattle in the shops that are inside the terminal.
Glasswing is one of my favorite clothing and accessory shops in Seattle. Independent labels and vintage clothing mixed. Also tucked in the back is the furniture shop Brackish.
Hello Robin is a cookie shop in Capitol Hill that shares the space with Molly Moon ice cream from May through September. The cookie ice cream sandwiches are a must after visiting Volunteer Park. My favorite is the flourless chocolate cookies with salted caramel ice cream.
King Street is Seattle’s main Amtrak station as well as commuter train stop. Renovation of this landmark finished in 2013 reviving its historical elements and making it another Pioneer Square destination.
Le Pichet is my favorite restaurant in the Pike Place neighborhood. It’s a French bistro with classic charcuterie boards, terrines and pâtes. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but there is something special about going here at night.
The London Plane, located at Occidental Square, comes from the partnership of chef Matt Dillon and Katherine Anderson who owns flower market Marigold & Mint (also one of my favorites in Seattle). The London Plane is a lot of things—restaurant, bakery, flower and gift shop and pantry. This is really a vegetable and salad heaven.
Michael Sanders makes what some say is Seattle’s best sourdough bread. He has been working with chef Matt Dillon for years at Corson Building and now he has his own bread kitchen adjacent to The London Plane. His sourdough can be bought at The London Plane.
Macrina is Leslie Mackie’s bakery with three locations across Seattle (Queen Anne, Belltown and SoDo). They are known for their potato bread and morning rolls, but their counters are full with an array of pastries and breads. They are open for breakfast and lunch.
Milstead & Co.
Andrew Milstead’s multi-roaster coffee shop in Fremont has quickly become the city’s destination for those looking for quality in beans and in service. It’s worth a trip just for how friendly their staff is. The AeroPress with their menu of coffees is the thing to try at Milstead.
Occidental Square is in the heart of historic Pioneer Square. It is where tourists, local businesses, pigeons, art galleries and yes, the homeless coexist surprisingly well. The ivy-covered building is a landmark. People watching on a sunny day can be very colorful to say the least.
Oddfellows is another one of Linda Derschang’s restaurants on this list (Tallulah’s is the other one). Located in the Oddfellows building next to Elliott Bay Bookstore and Totokaelo, it serves rustic food all day long. It is where the Capitol Hill’s quirk and art crowd gather.
Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state’s most popular scenic attractions. It is about 30 miles east of Seattle on I-90 but worth the drive. Here is where the Snoqualmie River makes a 270-foot plunge off a cliff to crash on the rocks below.
Tallulah’s is Linda Derschang’s newest venture in Capitol Hill on 19th close to Hello Robin and Cone & Steiner. I love its mid-century décor with artist Jen Ament’s work on the walls. A definite must-have is the lamb burger with fries.
Vashon Island Coffee
Get on the Washington State Ferry and hop onto Vashon Island for a leisurely day. Visit Vashon Island Coffee for some island lifestyle flavor and the home of some of the best coffee in the area. This is also where Seattle’s Best Coffee originated. There is a small locally organic focused grocer attached.
With the magnificent views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic mountains in the horizon, the waterfront is one of the most majestic neighborhoods. It is bustling during the summer months when cruise ships arrive and tourists invade the area. It is home to the aquarium, ferris wheel and many other tourist attractions as well as the ferry terminal for Bainbridge Island.
The Whale Wins is one of the three restaurants Renee Erickson owns in Seattle. It is located in Fremont, open for lunch and dinner, serving rustic fare with a wood-burning oven. I recommend the different variations of clams they always have on the menu and their Eton mess.