Pike Place Market
I love coming to Pike Place Market for fresh flower bouquets or to watch the fishmonger's tradition of throwing fish through the air. This market overlooks the Elliot Bay Waterfront and was originally opened on August 17, 1907. Here you can also find unique buskers and artisan vendors, and of course fresh fruit, vegetables, and fish! The original Starbucks is also nearby (though I don't recommend waiting in the huge line, as it's always packed full of tourists.)
I love talking to the artisans in Pike Place and hearing some of their cool stories! Pictured above is Leonardo, an Italian artist from Venice who sells his tile art here at the market. I was so happy to speak Italian and to share memories of the beautiful Veneto region in Italy where we have both lived.
Post Alley Gum Wall is located right below Pike Place. The wall was actually recently cleaned off, but it was of course quickly filled up again. You can't visit Seattle without leaving your mark on this famous wall.
Gasworks hosts the industrial remains of the Seattle Gaslight Company gasification plant. Here you will also find a fantastic view of Seattle's city skyline and smooth green hills, perfect for "iceblocking," (sitting on a block of ice and racing down the hill) a popular recreational activity among the locals. It's also a great place for a run, dog walking, yoga, or a picnic!
The International District
Seattle's Chinatown is one of those places that will pleasantly surprise you, if you take your time to explore. My favorite spot here is the New Century Tea Gallery. The Li Family are kind people who own the shop, and they will enthusiastically tell you about each tea as you sample and smell it.
Elliot Bay Book Company
Cozy bookstores are the best! Elliot Bay is big, but don't let that hinder you from sitting down with a good book - they have reading rooms in the back! There is a cafe inside as well, so you can grab a coffee or a snack at the same time.
The Fremont Troll
This is a public sculpture underneath a bridge in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.
Downtown Seattle is right on the shore of Elliot Bay. The waterfront hosts not only a beautiful boardwalk, but also several souvenir shops, restaurants, The Seattle Great Wheel, day cruises, and the famous "Ye Olde Curiosity Shop."
Capitol Hill is a trendy district in Seattle that I'm hoping to explore more. I like the colorful rainbow streets, and Plum Bistro, a vegan restaurant that serves some really good pancakes at brunch!
The Seattle Art Museum
Jane and I came to the Seattle Art Museum specifically to see the exhibit "Go Tell It: Civil Rights Photography," which I had been wanting to see. This exhibit is described as featuring "major works from the collection by artists including Dan Budnik, Danny Lyon, Roy deCarava, Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand, Marion Post Wolcott, and others. Whether capturing the inequalities of Jim Crow-era segregation, documenting keystone moments and leaders of the movement, or exposing the racial injustices that continued long after desegregation, these artists used documentary photography as a tool for activism and to bear witness to the battle for equality." It was a small exhibit, but the photographs were powerful, and there was also a 45 minute documentary playing that further gave insight into the experiences of African Americans in the United States.
After the Civil Rights' exhibit, we found out that the SAM was also hosting the exhibit "Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style." This exhibit showcased the designer's career and featured original garments and sketches.
Home of the Seattle Mariners! The garlic fries are a must here!
I did this hike just outside the city with my siblings and some friends. The lake was beautiful, though we got caught by mosquitos.
My sister and I came here one evening to share a Chicken Pot Pie, and the "Deserted Island Pie". The food was delicious, and the location was a cute little hole-in-the-wall spot that felt cozy and trendy at the same time. We went to the location on E Olive Way, though I hear there is another bigger, fancier location in Ballard.