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Seattle, WA, USA
One of Seattle's landmark buildings, the downtown public library is a dramatically asymmetrical, 11 story glass-and-steel 'sculpture' that takes up an entire city block. Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the interior features a continuous...
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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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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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1253 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
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Locals may get a twinge of nostalgia remembering Lunchbox Laboratory's original, tiny shack in Ballard, where vintage lunchboxes covered the walls, and they closed when they ran out of meat. Fortunately, their new South Lake Union location is much...
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1503 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Have a fresh crumpet on a brisk morning—you'll learn that their reputation as 'dainty' fare is completely unjustified. In Seattle, "The Crumpet Shop" has been a family-run institution in Pike Place Market for more than three decades. Get some tea...
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4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
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“Order great Italian pasta and meat dishes or let chef Ethan Stowell’s kitchen invent a unique family-style meal.” -Bill Frisell 4739 Ballard Ave. NW, (206) 789-1200. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Read more about Bill Frisell's...
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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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1621 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
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It's an uphill walk to get to Glo's, and, once you get there, you'll have to wait because it's pocket sized. But let's say you sit on the benches outside, watching the busy intersection under grey stormy skies (the only kind you get in Seattle)...
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660 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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With one of the largest Cambodian communities outside of Southeast Asia, the Seattle area is an ideal place to be introduced to Khmer cuisine. Twenty five years ago, the family-run Phnom Penh Noodle House in the Chinatown/International District...
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4905 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
“This place sells big cruising bikes like you see in Amsterdam. I go for the coffee. They make really good espresso drinks, and on Fridays and Sundays they serve biscuits and gravy.” -Bill Frisell 4741 Ballard Ave. NW, (206) 789-1678. This...
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Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA, USA
In Seattle, coffeeshops are for both ritual and rendezvous, a refuge from the dripping grey: caffeination, conversation, insulation, motivation, introspection, observation...
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325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
This sheet-metal fever dream of architect Frank Gehry is like a rock ’n’ roll Guggenheim, home to interactive and innovative exhibits that span music, sci-fi and fantasy, animation, video games and other scrambled bits of pop culture. A hands-on...
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345 15th Ave E Suite 103, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
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If you're allergic to doilies and calico prints, not to worry: Remedy Teas is a far cry from the frou-frou tearooms you're used to. Modern and minimalistic, with clean white decor, the most eye-catching feature of their cafe is the rows of big...
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5427 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
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Let's be honest, while local chocolatier Autumn Martin serves up cookies and seasonal savory treats like grilled cheese and salads, the real treats at Hot Cakes are the melty centered chocolate cakes and the inventive boozy milkshakes. The Hot...
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1523 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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The fabulous and creative Jill Wenger created and founded the beautiful Totokaelo in 2003 in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. This store is truly a purveyor of beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated fashion and objects, as the website...
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5318 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
When you pick your way down the metal stairs into Space Oddity, it quickly becomes very clear that this vintage furniture store is the result of a collector’s passion. Owner Todd Werny focuses on midcentury style, assembling an eclectic mix of...
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1112 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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This haven for rum lovers is one of Capitol Hill's newest craft-cocktail bars. Step inside and admire the floor-to-ceiling shelves packed full of books and nautical curios, along with plenty of cribbage and domino sets for customers to use. Sit at...
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6754 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117, USA
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“My wife is the wine expert, so when we go to Portalis together, she can order for us. When I’m by myself, the servers suggest wine pairings for small plates such as lobster ravioli and lamb kebabs.” -Bill Frisell 6754 15th Ave. NW, (206)...
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1449 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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Opened in 2013, this gastropub is a new and welcome addition to Capitol Hill, incorporating traditional French dishes with local Northwest ingredients. The decor is simple and elegant, perfect for a romantic dinner date, as long as you don't mind...
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5313 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
"Before I stopped eating sugar and flour, I used to go to this bakery-café for the macarons they make in different flavors and colors. It's a place where you want to sit and hang out." -Bill Frisell 5313 Ballard Ave. NW, (206) 706-3338. This...
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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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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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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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3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199, USA
Seattle's largest public park sits on a sea bluff that's high enough to pierce the city's infamous fog, revealing gorgeous views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Wander its 11 miles (18 km) of paths through forest groves, meadows...
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1505 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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Lost Lake may look like it's been open for decades, but despite its dimly-lit vintage decor, this Capitol Hill diner just opened in 2013 — and is already a favorite with locals. One side is a restaurant and the other side is a bar, depending on...
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915 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Feel like learning to East Coast Swing, Salsa, Tango, Waltz or Kizomba while you're in Seattle? From events to classes, to venue rentals and Footloose-inspired advocacy (repeal the 'dance tax' in Washington State), this is the perfect place for a...
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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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722 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Located across the street from the Paramount Theatre, Dragonfish Asian Cafe is an ideal stop for happy hour and pre-theater drinks and snacks. The Asian-fusion menu features sushi alongside Korean and Vietnamese dishes. Happy hour goes from 3 to 6...
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1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Some of the best ways to see Seattle are from up high! Whether it's the Space Needle, the Columbia Tower (which boasts a 360 degree view of the city and environs from the observation deck on the 73rd floor), or a downtown hotel, you will get a...
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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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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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Once the tallest building on the West Coast, Smith Tower offered panoramic Seattle views long before there was a Space Needle. The skyscraper was built in 1914 by typewriter tycoon Lyman Cornelius Smith. Ride an old-fashioned copper and brass...
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2100 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
A piece of cinematic history, Seattle’s Cinerama is one of only three movie theaters in the world still capable of showing three-strip Cinerama films (as well as 35/70mm films). Recently remodeled, the large theater is full of old-time glamour,...
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316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Serious Pie is one of local celebrity chef Tom Douglas’s restaurants—and his take on a pizza parlor. The pies are rustic, free-form creations with unusual ingredient combinations; the best way to experience them is to order several and share. The...
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2209 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
So called because it’s located above sister restaurant Pintxo, The Upstairs is indeed up a flight of stairs, but once you’re inside, it feels like a cozy, if dimly lit, living room, complete with Victorian-style couches and wingback chairs,...
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2222 2nd Ave Ste.100, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
You know a bar is serious about craft cocktails when they publish their bitters menu on their website. Clever Bottle has an impressive roster: sunshine bitters, X-mas Tree, chocolate, sunshine, cinnamon spice, bluebell flowers, apricot brandy,...
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304 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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It may not look like much from outside, but Maneki is a cozy and inexpensive family-run Japanese restaurant serving sushi and other traditional fare. The best values are the combo dinners, which are under $20 and include sunomono, miso, rice, tea,...
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4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
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The best oyster bar in Seattle is the Walrus and the Carpenter. I also like the rustic hallway leading to the modern resto space.
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1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Amid the colorful, serene splendor of Seattle's Japanese Gardens, located at the entrance of Washington Park, the winding paths and dark, wet branches made me think of Ezra Pound's famous poem "In a Station of the Metro": The apparition of these...
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1005 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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As its name implies, the Hideout isn’t the most centrally located place, and it can be a bit difficult to find the nondescript entrance (unromantically close to the Virginia Mason hospital). But step inside, and it’s a different world: dimly lit,...
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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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1833 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Also known as “the bookstore with the cats,” Twice Sold Tales has a really great neon sign that’s worth the visit all by itself. But don’t stop there — come inside and wind your way through the narrow aisles of bookshelves packed with used books....
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600 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Located in the International District in Uwajimaya’s food court, Unicone serves up very thin, Japanese-style crepes, filled with sweet or savory toppings and rolled up in a paper cone. Half the fun is watching them make the crepes before your...
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1901 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Vietnamese restaurant Long Provincial offers one of downtown's best happy hour food menus in their Jelly Bar. The drinks menu features some interesting (and potent) options, like the tangy kumquat bubbly or tamarind fizz. But it's the snacks that...
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1546 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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A neighborhood bar with Italian flair, Bar Cotto offers a carefully edited menu of pizza, vegetables, bruschetta, and local and imported cured meats. The Corona bean and cauliflower salad with currants and rosemary is a must-try, while the creamy...
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1314 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Part of the recent local boom in artisanal and craft liquors, Oola Distillery describes itself as a “micro-distillery” in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. They create small batches of gin, vodka, flavored vodkas (including...
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2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
Located on the shores of Lake Washington, the 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum is a lesser-known Seattle gem. It features a large botanical garden, a Japanese garden, a fragrance garden, and a waterfront walking trail. There are bike trails,...
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3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
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The Whale Wins is the latest restaurant from award winning chef Renee Erickson and partners Jeremy Price and Chad Dale-and it will completely steal both your heart and your taste buds. The venue is truly the 'lively, light filled, cottage-like...
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1333 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Centrally located, but in a quiet commercial building, Origin is one downtown restaurant where it's easy to walk in and get a table even during the lunch rush — or, better yet, an outside spot on their large, sunny patio. Origin offers a wide,...
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1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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The Tamarind Tree proves you can take the Vietnamese out of Vietnam. This place makes every effort to keep their traditional cuisine in tow. It is tucked in a corner of a Little Saigon business complex with no street signage. Having spent time all...
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2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
While the Washington Park Arboretum is a great place for a hike, it is a difficult place for a drink. Unfortunately there are no bars in the Washington Park Arboretum, so sone of those living on the edge of the park have made their own watering...
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3130 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
The sun sets over the snow-capped mountains of the Olympics and the Puget Sound from the Seattle waterfront.
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601 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
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If there’s such a thing as a single “Seattle style” for women, it’s probably epitomized by the charmingly craftsy, slightly bohemian, shabby-chic goods for sale at Burnt Sugar. From knitted hat to knee-high Frye boot, with all kinds of...
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1215 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115, USA
Pie isn’t just for dessert anymore! When the weather is dreary, nothing hits the spot like a piping-hot savory pie. Pies and Pints features traditional flavors like steak and potato or chicken pot pie, plus some unusual twists like lamb and potato...
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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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3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
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I'm so glad that my long time friend that had just moved to Seattle, decided to take me here for our reunion dinner. It's the first restaurant from husband and wife cooking ensemble Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi and it's a part of the cool Fremont...
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225 12th Ave #101, Seattle, WA 98144, USA
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Who has the best banh mi? That's a question that could be debated endlessly - but Saigon Deli, in the International District, is a strong contender. For just $2.50, you get a fresh, crusty baguette stuffed with meat or tofu (the BBQ pork is...
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2505 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
What’s not to love about a 21+ movie theater that features alcohol and white cheddar popcorn (served in a champagne bucket) delivered directly to your seat? Sure, it may not be the most state-of-the-art projection system, but that’s not really the...
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1501 17th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
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This is a little neighborhood cafe in one of the prettiest districts we drove through. After going to Volunteer Park, we were looking for a snack nearby and this was the cutest place ever. Though quite the locals scene, we did find a sidewalk...
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5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo is fun for visitors of all ages, but particularly exciting for kids. The grounds are large, so wear walking shoes and plan on at least a half-day to see everything. There are cafes and restaurants inside the zoo, but...
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400 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
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If you’re in Fremont, Brouwer’s Cafe is a fun, casual option that's conveniently close to Theo Chocolate — just look for a big corrugated red-and-brown building. Lunch specials include hearty pub fare like lamb burgers, open-faced sandwiches, and...
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300 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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The Six Arms Brewery is a Seattle outpost of the regional McMenamin’s chain. Their beers include a range of stouts, pale ales, and IPAs, plus Edgefield cider and wine — but more importantly, you can get their delicious pear brandy sidecar cocktail...
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4201 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
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As the PDX local expert, I do try to venture north every now and again to observe how the neighbors are getting along. Roux is a wonderful wisp of fresh energy for the SEA food scene. From the striking location on Fremont to the cajun cooking with...
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4709 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
True, Half Price Books isn’t an independent bookstore. But any place that sells used books is worth digging through for bargains, and they also carry calendars, music, DVDs, games, and gift items. The inventory rotates pretty regularly, so there’s...
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2116, 2121 1st Ave #101, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
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Love designer labels, but not the high price tags? You could snap up a bargain at Sell Your Sole Consignment Boutique. The Belltown shop features separates, dresses, jewelry (including new, Northwest-made pieces), and accessories on the first...
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1902 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Le Panier is a popular French bakery at Pike Place Market. One French Seattle resident I know claims it is the best French bakery in Seattle. And that may very well be true because it is immensely popular among locals. They have many good breads,...
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6031 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108, USA
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Post-afternoon arrival in Seattle we stumbled into Georgetown, between the airport and downtown. Eight of us were seated at a huge wood table and enjoyed great service, local beer, and great combos of local grown and raised food. Nice lighting,...
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1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
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We wandered into Plum on a recent Seattle swing looking for something different for lunch. How fortuitous to find this Capital Hill hangout with a flair for everything vegan. Being a "bacon-tarian," I need to be moderately motivated to step into...
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1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
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Take a trip away from the hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market to Queen Anne, a cute neighborhood with hidden parks, excellent book stores, and El Diablo's killer cuban coffee. Don't miss the Cafe Con Leche and Mexican Hot Chocolate.
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1536 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
There’s plenty for gluten-free, egg-free, and vegan diners to enjoy at Pike Place Market, including the tempting pastries and cookies at Cinnamon Works. At the counter, a section of the display case is marked off for gluten-free customers, so it’s...
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Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave #1200, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Dry Soda might very well be one of the original hipster sodas. Their four-ingredient, low-calorie sodas come in sophisticated flavors like blood orange, lavender, and juniper berry (full disclosure: middlebrow vanilla bean is my favorite). You can...
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1411 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
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Located in an converted craftsman home, Tilth has long been a purveyor of "real" food made from fresh and local ingredients. Having recently introduced full gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan menus - Tilth has made dining out for the food...
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5105 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
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Avid sports spectators generally don't enjoy having me around for Gametime. My commentary includes: "Who in their right mind picked a purple and yellow color combination for a football team?" "Who's the black and gold team? I want them to win. The...
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1501 Western Ave ste 202, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Tucked away beneath the Pike Place Market — halfway down the long staircase to the waterfront known as the Hill Climb — is the Zig Zag Cafe, a charming little cocktail bar with a distinctly speakeasy-esque atmosphere. The craft cocktail menu...
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6301 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
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Craving a Cuban sandwich, but not quite enough to wait in an hour-long line at Paseo? Just a few doors down is Geo’s Cuban and Creole Cafe, which serves up deliciously messy, meaty sandwiches and other Cuban specialties without the wait. The...
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2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
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I don't think my family ordered anything at Westward that wasn't great--flavorful calamari in crispy batter and clam dip with awesome house-made potato chips to start things off, delicious bolognese and perfectly cooked scallops as entrees, and...
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425 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
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Even in a bibliophilic city like Seattle, Ada’s Technical Books stands out as an exceptionally geek-friendly haven. For one thing, it presides over some of the best themed book clubs in town — human thought and sexuality, classics of science...
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Lummi Island, WA 98262, USA
On Lummi Island, about three hours from Seattle, you can bike miles of farm roads, search for an ancient Native American petroglyph on Sunset Beach, and take a “wild foraging-and-feasting” sea kayaking trip with Elakah Expeditions to prowl the...
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Diablo Lake, Washington 98283, USA
In the summer, take at least a couple of days to drive the North Cascades Loop — four hundred miles of alpine splendor just to the northeast of Seattle, just south of the Canadian border. At Diablo Lake, pull off the highway and check out the...
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Marblemount, WA 98267, USA
Summer arrives somewhat late in the Pacific NW--but when sun finally parts the clouds in July, it's glorious. The "Mountain Loop Highway" running east from the town of Granite Falls into the central Cascades is the gateway to numerous hikers' and...
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Granite Falls, WA 98252, USA
The Big Four Ice Caves are located in the North Cascades, and can be reached via a one and a half hour drive northeast of Seattle. During the summer months, an easy forest hike in (little over a mile, on a well maintained path for all levels of...
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Wenatchee, WA 98807, USA
A challenging dayhike with a glacial-lake view at the end, and then Bratwurst-und-Bier for dinner: a perfect summer's day in Washington State's central Cascades! Take Icicle Creek Road from the town of Leavenworth to Eight Mile Road, then turn...
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Mt Shuksan, Washington 98244, USA
In the South of France and in South America, I've come across images of this Pacific NW peak being used as a stand-in for Switzerland. Buying breakfast food in a Peruvian supermarket, I saw a box of "Swiss Muesli" graced with the image of Mt....
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Neah Bay, WA, USA
Cape Flattery is the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States. It is in Clallam County, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca joins the Pacific Ocean. It is also part of the Makah Reservation, and is...
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Wenatchee, WA 98807, USA
Central WA is a beautiful place. It's where families are on camping trips and avid outdoors enthusiasts intersect. Blue Lake is a great place to stretch your legs from a long drive on Hwy 20. It is an easy 4.4 mile roundtrip hike in the shade --...