SEATTLE: First Timer’s Guide
Seattle is one of the most exciting cities in the United States. It is not as huge as LA or NYC and you can see a lot of the sights in a couple of days. From unique attractions to restaurants and art, here is a list of the best places to visit in Seattle, Washington.
VISIT THE PIKE PLACE MARKET
The iconic Pike Place Market is an absolute must in Seattle. It is the oldest continuously operating farmers market in the country, visited by ten million people a year. Taste the food, chat with the vendors, and take in the smells, sounds, and the hustle and bustle of this busy market.
HAVE A COFFEE AT THE ORIGINAL STARBUCKS
Technically, it is not the original one, even though it is marketed as such. The first on was opened in 1971 at a place a block away, but it does not exist any more. The Starbucks at 1912 Pike Place has been there since 1975. It is crowded but service is fast and you can buy some specialty mugs with the original Starbucks logo on it.
RIDE THE MONORAIL
Ride the monorail in downtown Seattle. You can take the monorail from the Westlake Center, which is within walking distance from the Pike Place Market, to go to the Space Needle and to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum. Sit in the front for the best view.
VISIT THE CHIHULY GLASS AND GARDEN MUSEUM
Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, next to the Space Needle, showcases the extraordinary art of Dale Chihuly. Explore the galleries, the garden, and the glasshouse to see all his art.
TAKE THE SEATTLE SCENIC SEAPLANE TOUR
Skip the lines at the Space Needle and enjoy the thrill of taking off the water by plane and seeing Seattle from up above during a narrated 20-minute scenic tour instead. It's exciting and the views are so much better!
Have a Whiskey Barrel-Aged Cold Brew
Have a Whiskey Barrel-Aged Cold Brew at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room at 1124 Pike Street. The cold brew doesn’t contain any alcohol, but the reserve Sulawesi coffee beans are kept in oak whiskey barrels to absorb the aroma and flavor. The tasting room has a great ambiance and is cool place to visit.
YOU HAVE GOT TO HAVE SOME OYSTERS WHEN IN SEATTLE
Plucked fresh from the nutrient-rich Pacific Northwest’s ice-cold saltwater, you can get the freshest oysters in Seattle. Take advantage of the happy hours when the oysters are half the price. Big and bring Virginicas, sweet and buttery Kumamotos, the local tiny Olympias - the choices are numerous.
SAVOR SEATTLE'S FOOD
Seattle has a diverse and exciting foodie scene and there are so many restaurants to choose from. Pick anything from the Zagat list or follow Savvy & Fine's recommendation and eat at Loulay Kitchen and Bar. It is a delightful contemporary French restaurant with elegant décor. Try their scrambled egg, served in its own shell under a dab of white sturgeon caviar.