Sleeping in Seattle

Space-Needle

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Olympic Sculpture Park

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Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. Like any good 826-er, I had to visit the Seattle contingent.

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Pike Place Market + Gum Wall

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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.

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The Whale Wins Everything is delicious and the decor is beautiful and look at that marble oven.

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Fremont Troll

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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.

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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?

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