Me, my boyfriend, Paul, and our best friends, Chris and Sav just got back from our own little Seattle excursion, and we had SO much FUN.
In this blog, I outline all of Seattle’s must-sees so that if you’re planning a trip, or flirting with the idea of planning one in the future, you can look no further. Trust that I did the research, I mapped all the locations, and I gave it a trial run. I crafted the perfectly jam-packed, yet refreshing and fun weekend get-away, made for friends, couples, or families.
MUST-STAY: Our Airbnb in Lawton Park
Regardless of who you travel with the Airbnb we chose would be a perfect spot for any group of 4! It was cozy, stylish, and in the best location. We could easily get to the heart of Seattle in less 15 minutes by car and have the opportunity to explore surrounding neighborhoods.
If you’re interested, check out Debra & Graham’s loft here:
MUST-SEE #1: The Great Wheel
Ah, The Great Wheel. This might just be the highlight of the whole trip for me.
We headed straight for the pier after we checked into our Airbnb and let me tell you, this was a dreamy way to start the weekend. Just in time for sunset makes for plenty of photo opportunities and a gorgeous view of the city as the sun sets on the buildings of downtown Seattle.
Plan your visit here: https://seattlegreatwheel.com/
Visit here: Seattle Great Wheel, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
MUST-SEE #2: Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum
This place blew me away (no pun intended).
I’m not huge into art or museums, but this one is definitely worth checking out! It’s a quick walkthrough (in and out in under an hour) with lots to see.
If you want to read up on the museum, or Dale Chihuly himself, go here:
Visit here: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
MUST-SEE #3: Pike Place Market
Pike Place has got it all! It’s easy to spend a whole afternoon poking around in the little shops, gazing at flowers, and stopping for lunch — and I recommend you do all the above, that is if you don’t mind a little crowd!
Visit here: Pike Place Market PDA 85 Pike Street, Room 500 Seattle, WA 98101
MUST-EAT: Pike Place Chowder
While you’re in the market, head over to Pike Place Chowder for me.
I ordered the New England Clam Chowder in a Sourdough Bread bowl and Paul ordered the Seafood Bisque and we would both HIGHLY recommend.
And don’t let the line turn you away, it is 100% worth the wait.
Check out their menu here:
Visit here: 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
MUST-SEE #4: The Original Starbucks
I was raised to be a Timmies girl, but when in the States, Starbucks is my go to. And if you’re any fan of coffee at all, how can you not check out the very first Starbucks?
Visit here: 1912 Pike Place Seattle, WA 98101
(But be sure not to mix it up with the Starbucks on 1st and Pike. The original is just around the corner!)
MUST-EAT: Molly Moon’s Ice Cream
Afternoon ice cream snack anyone?
After a busy day of exploring we headed uptown for a little treat and this place did NOT disappoint. But I’ve got a few tips for you…
TIP #1: DON’T upsize. The portions were HUGE! I’m never one to abandon an ice cream cone and I only got a single scoop but I had to pass mine to Paul to finish it off.
TIP #2: Do yourself a favour and get the cookie dough!! It’s so unique, with a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, oatmeal cookie dough, and chocolate chunks (YUM).
Read up on your ice cream flavours here:
Visit here: 917 E Pine St Seattle WA 98122
MUST-SEE #5: Fremont
Fremont is a cute little neighborhood, just a short 10-minute drive from the Airbnb in Lawton Park, and it’s made for mid-day strolls or for a quaint evening out after a long day.
And while you’re at it, drive by the renowned Fremont troll here: Fremont Troll, N 36th St, Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, United States
MUST-SEE #6: The Gum Wall
Our last tourist attraction for our last day in Seattle… (sad).
If I’m being honest, this place is kinda gross. But… I feel like it’s almost a Seattle right-of-passage to visit and contribute to the sticky walls that line Post Alley.
So, if you’re a first timer like I was, visit here: 1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
MUST-SEE #7: Pioneer Square
Sadly, we only had the chance to do a drive-through on our way out of town, but I would definitely encourage you to carve out the time to spend an hour or so visiting a coffee shop and looking around at the boutiques. Pioneer Square would make for a perfect sunny afternoon activity!
TIP: make sure there isn’t a Mariners game when you want to visit the square, otherwise, you can kiss parking goodbye.
MUST-SEE #8: Ballard
Ballard is such a cute place! We hit Ballard as our final stop before heading back to Vancouver and wow, what a lovely way to end our trip.
Best of all, Ballard gave me 2 ‘must-eats’ for you guys:
MUST-EAT: The Fat Hen
A small brunch bar, fed with natural light and serving delicious eggs benny’s. If you know me you know I’m always in search of the best eggs benedict in town and this place might just take the cake.
Take a peek at the rest of their menu here:
Visit here: 1418 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117
MUST-EAT: Frankie & Jo’s Ballard
One last treat to finish off the trip…
This place was impressive, to say the least. Their ice cream (and waffle cones!) are all gluten free, dairy free, plant-based, organic, and still yummy! I have no dietary restrictions and I’m not vegan, but how can you say no to *healthy* ice cream?!
There’s a few Frankie & Jo’s in town, but I’d lead you to the Ballard location for the adorable cactus garden they have hidden out in the back and the incredibly friendly staff that just complete the experience.
So, visit here: 1411 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117, USA
And if you’re interested in how they make this crazy inclusive ice cream, go here:
And there you have it. A weekend in Seattle.
Hope you enjoyed following along our adventures! If you know anyone planning a trip to Seattle, be sure to share this blog with them!