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85 Pike St #500, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Walk, cycle or people-watch along the shores of Elliott Bay, a downtown stretch known for its circusy flair and spectacular vistas. You can ride the Great Wheel or visit the beloved Seattle Aquarium, home to wolf eels, sea otters, and the world's...
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Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Taking just the 'right' wrong turn on a visit to Pike Place Market can land you in Post Alley, where spearmint, wild cherry, and tropical punch bubble gum drizzles down the window panes and grape, peppermint, and lemon ice gum-cicles form from...
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108 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Seattle has become a cupcake town; you can (and I have) had entire conversations debating the merits of various cupcake shops. Cupcake Royale is one of the best, and definitely worth a visit. They have rotating monthly flavors (pictured is the...
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1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Built in 2012, the 175-foot-tall Seattle Great Wheel is the newest, and most romantic, addition to Seattle’s waterfront skyline. (As you might imagine, the first midair marriage proposal happened almost immediately.) Rain or shine, you can take a...
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400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
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This "U.F.O. saucer on a stick" is an atomic age baby, dating back to the 1962 World's Fair. If you're lucky enough to catch the city's iconic symbol on a sunny day, take the 41-second elevator ride to the observation deck and behold the sweeping...
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305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
I didn't expect to like the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit, because it seemed like yet another overpriced Seattle attraction. But I was pleasantly surprised by this colorful, photography-friendly collection of the one-eyed glass artist's work....
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Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
One of Seattle's most postcard-friendly areas, Pioneer Square is a beautiful, historical neighborhood with plenty to do. The galleries come alive for First Thursday art walks, not to mention the delicious lunch spots, quirky boutiques, and vibrant...
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614 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
The Underground Tour is one of Seattle's most iconic attractions and a definite must-do for visitors. Sure, the tour guides tell corny jokes, but the history really is fascinating: in the late 1800s, after a devastating fire and chronic flooding...
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309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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If you see a line stretching around the block and think, "No way," then Salumi isn't for you. But if you see a long line and think, "I want what they're waiting for!" bring a book and get ready for one of the messiest, meatiest, richest sandwiches...
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1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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The Elliott Bay Book Company is THE Seattle bookstore and, thankfully, survived its move from Pioneer Square to Capitol Hill five years ago with soul and towering cedar bookcases intact. Elliott Bay lost a significant chunk of square footage...
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1622.5 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
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Another food-truck-made-good in a permanent location, Molly Moon’s now has five locations around town, but still sends out its iconic baby-blue truck for special events — just follow your nose to the heavenly scent of their freshly made waffle...
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1412 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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If you’ve never had Hawaiian-Korean fusion, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to Marination. Started in 2009 as a food truck, Marination has since opened a couple of brick-and-mortar locations in Capitol Hill and West Seattle, but still sends...
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411 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Open since 2000, Victrola is a fixture on the 15th Ave strip, and its mismatched outdoor seats are always full of patrons sipping coffee drinks and enjoying the people-watching. The cafe features art openings and local art on its walls, and the...
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1200 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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During a trip to Seattle this past week my husband and I stopped to try some 'stumptown coffee'. Every morning we go to our local coffee shop... And we had to keep the tradition on our vacation and get some tasty coffee
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1930 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Moore Coffee is a gem found in the historic Moore building. Look for the mini patio and wooden doors leading into this cozy Seattle coffeehouse. Alma, the head barista, has a talent for cute latte art, ranging from the typical latte leaf to bears...
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925 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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In the heart of downtown, Belle Epicurean is located inside the Fairmont Hotel, but has a small storefront on 4th Avenue. Step inside this tiny French bakery and inhale the aroma of croissants, macarons, and other confections. Belle serves...
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1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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Located near Seattle University, Café Presse is a little taste of Paris at a student-friendly budget. The welcoming, spacious café features Caffe Vita coffee and house-made pastries, French wines, a full bar, and a small but tasty menu of casual...
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219 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
It’s easy to love Seattle and the benefits afforded by its diverse, dense, urban environment. However, like most big cities, on any given day in downtown Seattle, you can often be faced with the impacts of the hustle and bustle that goes along...
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1550 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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One of local celebrity chef Ethan Stowell’s restaurants, Anchovies and Olives describes itself as “an Italian-inspired seafood and pasta joint.” The ever-changing dinner menu offers appetizers like fried chickpeas with smoked paprika and lemon,...
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1400 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Gelatiamo is a cute little gelato cafe in downtown Seattle, just a couple of blocks away from the Seattle Art Museum and Pike Place Market. They use lots of local ingredients in their creamy confections, like organic milk from Fresh Breeze Farms...
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4020, 1316 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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Sure, ice cream and gelato places are everywhere, but how often do you see a frozen custard shop? The addition of egg in the mix is what makes all the difference, apparently: richer and creamier than ice cream, yet with less calories and...
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1509 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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The delicious smells wafting from this hole-in-the-wall will woo anyone within a two-block radius. Little Uncle is a tiny shack on Madison Ave. that serves up fantastic Thai "street food" dishes. The menu is tiny (there's always a rotating daily...
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1933 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Le Pichet (the sister to Cafe Presse in Capitol Hill) is a quaint little French bistro close to Pike Place Market. Locals rave about the quiche, which often sells out by lunchtime, but if you miss out, you can console yourself with their...
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1908 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Don’t be discouraged when you see the long line winding through the store, out onto the sidewalk, and back into the building — it moves surprisingly fast, and Piroshky Piroshky is worth it. Plus, the wait will give you time to peruse the glass...
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1211 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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With two locations (Capitol Hill and Ballard), Lil’ Woody’s is known around Seattle for their hearty, inexpensive burgers. (Note to convention-goers: the Capitol Hill location is just a few blocks up Pine St. from the Convention Center.) Toppings...
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332 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
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Now I know what a hipster is! This awesome little spot was chock full of 'em and, as visitors from Boulder, the land of hippies and rock climbers, I really appreciated the service. They serve chicken and waffles and about the best burger you can...
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429 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
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Recently remodeled, Coastal Kitchen has shed its colorful decor for a more upscale, modern vibe, but it's still serving the same stellar brunch dishes, like the ever-popular gingerbread waffles shown here. Every few months, they create an entirely...
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1532 Minor Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Capitol Hill’s Melrose Market is a spacious, sunlit, vintagey-looking indoor market with a variety of artisanal and locally made foods: Rain Shadow Meats, Calf & Kid cheese, the Marigold & Mint flower shop, and Taylor Shellfish. There are also a...
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1318 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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Created by the owners of Quinn’s Pub (another Capitol Hill foodie spot), Restaurant Zoe’s goal is to be an energetic urban bistro known for good food and service. Dinner fare favors the carnivorous, and includes steak tartare, black cod, and spicy...
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1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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A dash of London style; hints of Scandinavia; a generous dollop of Seattle cool: Sitka & Spruce brims with gastronomic oeuvres that demonstrate that good things happen when fresh, high-quality ingredients intersect with meticulous preparation....
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1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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Inside Spinasse’s charmingly rustic dining room, you’ll feel like you’ve left Seattle for an Italian trattoria. The roasted beet salad with cherries, radishes and marinated La Tur cheese is tangy and refreshing, while the hand-cut egg pastas are...
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5459 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
If you like strange and one-of-a-kind vintage home decor, Ballard Consignment could be a very dangerous place for you. A maze of connected rooms on two floors, the store is set up as a series of furnished rooms decorated in different periods and...
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5330 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Sure, Camelion Design is a furniture store, but they also have a wide selection of smaller and more suitcase-friendly items artfully displayed throughout. Snuggle up with one of their extra-soft, jewel-toned, luxe alpaca blankets and you may find...
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4540 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
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Click prides itself on carrying useful, well-designed objects for the home, which anyone can appreciate. But the heart of the business is owner Frances Smersh’s unconventional, edgy modern jewelry using materials like dyed concrete and...
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4559 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
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Visitors with a particular interest in the grunge scene should make a trip to West Seattle’s Easy Street Records — Eddie Vedder lives in the neighborhood and has been known to shop here. But aside from that, Easy Street is just a great local...
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1010 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Architecture and design buffs will enjoy these architectural walking tours of Seattle. The Seattle Architecture Foundation’s themed tours range from Architecture 101 to animal design details to Northwest Art Deco style. Tour guides are volunteers...
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106 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Fran’s, Theo Chocolate, Dilettante, Chocolat Vitale…with the abundance of excellent Seattle chocolatiers, how can you hope to try them all in one visit? Chocolate Box simplifies your dilemma by bringing a variety of local chocolates and wines...
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1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
A couple of doors down from Fancy (see what they did there?), Schmancy is a whimsical little shop full of toys for kids of all ages. Novelties like food-shaped plush toys, finger puppets, mini knitting kits, Kidrobot figurines, and Japanese...
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2220 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Called “one of the five best music stores in America” by the Wall Street Journal, Bop Street is a vinyl collector’s paradise, with a genre-ranging inventory of over half a million titles. The store has been around for nearly 30 years and is still...
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2209 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Sonic Boom Records is a large, dog-friendly independent music store on Ballard’s main shopping stretch. They have new and used CDs and vinyl for the collectors, and the knowledgeable staff is happy to help you find whatever you’re looking for....
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3419 Fremont Pl N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
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It may not look like much from the simple street entrance, but vintage-loving shoppers will find plenty to browse at this underground, two-floor antique mall. You’ll find black velvet paintings, vintage pinup magazines and comics, and antique...
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Whitethorn, CA 95589, USA

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