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Seattle Travel Guide

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Nestled between lush evergreens and the sparkling waters of Puget Sound, Seattle is a city that thrives on its natural beauty and eclectic charm. With its iconic landmarks, vibrant neighborhoods, and endless activities, the Emerald City is a must-visit destination. We took a tour of Seattle and put together a list of some of the city’s most unique spots. Read on for where to eat, drink, shop, and explore, Parachute included.

Best Eats

Spinasse: Indulge in exquisite Italian cuisine, from sage butter tajarin to braised rabbit agnolotti, in an intimate, art-filled setting.

The Walrus And The Carpenter: Savor fresh oysters, whether raw or cornmeal-crusted, at this renowned shellfish haven with a majestic marble bar.

Canon: Experience exceptional cocktails in a Willy Wonka-esque atmosphere, complete with a secret patio and towering liquor shelves.

Classic Restaurants

The Pink Door: Enjoy Italian dishes with cabaret shows and trapeze entertainment, plus stunning Elliott Bay views from the terrace.

Salty's on Alki Beach: Upscale seafood and steak in a waterfront setting, famous for its luxurious buffet brunch.

Shuckers: Upscale oyster bar at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, offering a seafood-focused menu, wine, and cocktails.

Ivar's Salmon House: Casual waterfront dining with a woodsy vibe, featuring seafood dishes and shared plates.

Shiro's Sushi: Popular spot for sushi and Japanese fare, known for its straightforward and quality dishes.

Best Bars

Unicorn & Narwhal: Dive into a carnival-themed bar with whimsical decor, arcade games, and quirky cocktails in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Bathtub Gin & Co.: Hidden away in Belltown, this speakeasy-style bar serves expertly crafted cocktails in a cozy, intimate setting.

Rachel's Ginger Beer: Located in Pike Place Market, this bar serves ginger beer-based cocktails in a bright, casual space, perfect for a refreshing drink.

Rumba: A tropical oasis in Capitol Hill, Rumba specializes in rum-based cocktails and offers a laid-back vibe with a Caribbean flair.

Old Stove Brewing: Kid-friendly taproom and brewery with 16 taps of craft beers brewed on site.

Best Shops

Parachute: Visit us in University Village! It’s cozy, beautiful and packed with all your favorite bed and bath essentials. Work with our amazing store associates to add a touch of comfort to your space. 

Beecher's Handmade Cheese: Upscale shop with a variety of American cheeses and a sit-down café for sandwiches and soup.

Elliott Bay Book Company: An independent bookstore in Capitol Hill with a vast selection of books, cozy reading nooks, and an inviting café.

Glasswing Shop: A boutique offering carefully curated clothing, home goods, and plants, located in Melrose Market.

Lucca Great Finds: This charming shop in Ballard offers a variety of unique gifts, stationery, and home decor items.

Fremont Vintage Mall: Explore a treasure trove of vintage clothing, furniture, and collectibles in the heart of Fremont.

Best Things to Do

Pike Place Market: Explore this iconic market for fresh produce, local crafts, and the famous fish throwers.

Alki Beach: Visit tide pools and enjoy the scenic waterfront at this popular beach destination.

Seattle Aquarium: Discover marine life and interactive exhibits at this family-friendly aquarium.

Catch a Mariners Game at T-Mobile Park: Cheer on Seattle's beloved baseball team, the Mariners, at the iconic T-Mobile Park.

Fremont: Check out the quirky Fremont Troll, visit the Fremont Sunday Market, and explore unique shops and eateries.

Gas Works Park: Relax in this urban park with panoramic views of Lake Union and the city skyline.

Queen Anne: Visit the iconic Space Needle, admire the stunning glass art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and enjoy the charming neighborhood.