Over Thanksgiving weekend I visited my cousin who moved out to Seattle (well, Bellevue, if we’re being precise) a few years ago. Having never been to the city before, I pulled a lot of my itinerary from this blog post. This turned out to be a good move.
Space Needle + Seattle Center The fog burned off just in time to catch a glimpse of Mount Rainier in the distance. Pro tip: you might as well just eat in the restaurant. I mean, the food is almost guaranteed to be terrible, but you get to enjoy the view longer, and you get a free ticket to the Observation Deck, which cost $20 alone.
Toulouse Petit A really good French/Cajun restaurant that was fortunately open for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, there weren’t a lot a lot of vegetarian options.
Bainbridge Island Heading out to the island is worth it for the ferry ride itself (we spotted a seal!) but the island is also very quaint and home to one of my favorite restaurants from the trip, Cafe Nola.
Easy Street Records A record store AND a brunch spot. Recommend.
Experience Music Project The Gehry architecture is enough of an attraction, but EMP is an incredibly fun museum, with horror and sic-fi exhibits on top of the music experience. Lots of Hendrix and Nirvana stuff, plus a music studio you can play in. It’s all very interactive; we spent hours there.
Olympic Sculpture Park
Pike Place Market + Gum Wall
The Original Starbucks You know it’s the original ’cause the logo still has boobs.
La Panier Absolutely the best French bakery I’ve ever visited.
The Whale Wins Everything is delicious and the decor is beautiful and look at that marble oven.
Seattle Public Library The futuristic downtown library branch is like a book museum in a spaceship. Recommend.
Cafe Flora Great vegetarian restaurant. We went for brunch and I had amazing vegan biscuits and gravy.
My biggest regret is that we didn’t have a chance to take the Underground Tour, which takes you through “Old Seattle.” Maybe next time?