Seattle (and lots of good eats!)

donuts I absolutely loved Seattle. I had a feeling I would, what with the incredible food scene, walk-ability and mild climate. We enjoyed mostly beautiful weather, although there were a few cold days that had me wondering if I’d misread my calendar. Could it really be late June? I packed entirely wrong (which I am famous for doing) and sorely missed a warm jacket and woolly scarf. But by the last few days, the sun was out and my sundresses felt appropriate. Oddfellows2 Oddfellows Oddfellows1 My friend Kellen met me in Seattle, and I tacked on extra time once my tour wrapped up, so we had several days which to explore the city together. It was such a treat. We stayed in a wonderful Airbnb in Capitol Hill, and since it happened to be Pride Week, and Capitol Hill is the rainbow district, it was quite the happening place. We were right down the street from Oddfellows Cafe, and it became our go-to destination for breakfast and coffee. Their tahini toast with banana, pecan and coconut was the best! Rachel Ginger BeerBar Melusine General Porpoise1 General Porpoise Tolt4General Porpoise2 Capital Hill is the place to be if you enjoy great food. We had such a hard time choosing where to eat for each meal, and we generally stuffed ourselves, not wanting to miss out on a single experience. Out of every amazing thing I ate during my time out west, I’d have to say that the General Porpoise donuts took the cake (so to speak!). I’m not even a stuffed donut fan, but these were the best; pillow-y and rolled in sugar, filled with a light, creamy, delicious filling. My favorites were the strawberries and cream and the aprium jam, both seasonal flavors.  Sitka and Spruce Homegrown GlasswingGlasswing1 Starbucks roaster We also loved exploring Pioneer Square, with our two favorite stops being Drygoods Design and The London Plane. London Plane London Plane3 Drygood Designs1 Drygood Designs Another favorite shop we visited was Red Ticking, which is on Madison, a charming street filled with cute shops. It was a bit out of the way of Capitol Hill, but a visit to Red Ticking alone was worth the trip. Gorgeous French linens, perfectly curated clothing…I could have bought everything in the store (budget allowing!). The Red Ticking1 The Red Ticking And of course, you can’t visit Seattle and not partake in the tourist-trap that is Pike Place Market. Though to be honest, I absolutely loved it and found the most gorgeous produce and flowers, which were then used at my events and demos. The cherries were gorgeous, of course, but it was the delicate currants that really caught my eye.Public Market market finds We set aside an afternoon to take a day-trip out of the city, a sort of knitter’s pilgrimage to Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation, WA. Carrying an array of wonderfully curated yarns and knitting goods, Tolt is the kind of knitting shop that I dream of having nearby. There was a fireplace and lounge chairs where women were knitting and chatting. It had the feel of a real neighborhood shop. And their list of classes was amazing. I’d be there once a week at least, knitting away in one of those chairs by the fire if I lived nearby.Tolt2 Tolt1 Tolt, Farm to NeedleTolt3And so there you have it, a quick recap of my time spent in Seattle. I’d certainly love to go back with my family and partake in a ferry ride and some hiking, and possibly an extended trip to Olympic National Park. I’d love to drive the coast, and stop in Portland. Hmmm- that gives me some ideas for next summer!

Here are a few of my favorite Seattle spots:

The Whale Wins
Coyle’s Bakeshop
Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Upper Bar Ferdinand
Sitka and Spruce
General Porpoise Doughnuts
Chop Shop
Molly Moon Ice Cream
Ba Bar
Bar Sarjor
The London Plane
The Fat Hen
Preserve and Gather
Pike’s Place Market
Herkimer Coffee
Monorail Espresso
Storyville Coffee
Elm Coffee Roasters
Drygood Designs
Elliot Bay Book Company
Red Ticking
Tolt Yarn and Wool (in Carnation, WA located about 30 minutes from Seattle)Public Market1

Your thoughts on “Seattle (and lots of good eats!)

  1. This is fabulous Christine! I’m going to be in Seattle for the first time at the end of August and I’m thrilled to have restaurant and shopping recommendations. 🙂 Thank you!

    1. Oh good, Heather! I am so glad to have shared this list in time for your trip. DON”T MISS THE DONUTS! That is my greatest piece of advice 😉 Also, if I had to choose just one restaurant to recommend for a special dinner it would be either Sitka and Spruce or The Whale Wins. Tough call- both incredible, seasonal, fresh and original! Oddfellows was my favorite for a gorgeous yet casual breakfast (and great coffee!) Have a blast, and report back on your favorites!

  2. I love all the vibrant colors you captured. Seattle is one of my favorite cities. My wife and I got married there. Your photos bring back lovely memories. As always, I enjoy your work.

    1. Thank you so much, Abby. It is such a great city, and although it has a gray tone, it really is full of color. I had such fun wandering the streets, taking photos and popping into little shops and restaurants. I can imagine it was a lovely place for a wedding!

  3. Hi, Christine –
    Fabulous photos for an equally fabulous city! We were there two years ago on our way home from Hawaii. We visited in early May and saw thousands of tulips at Pike’s…gorgeous eye candy for sure! We also loved Bainbridge Island and Churchmouse…so much to see in four short days. I’m keeping your list for a return visit! And why can’t we have a clone of Tolt Yarn here? Wouldn’t we just love that??!!!

    1. I was really wanting to visit Bainbridge and Churchmouse, but the trip was too fast and furious! Next time. And yes, what I wouldn’t give for a Tolt clone nearby. It felt like such a community-driven shop, which I just loved. Hope you and yours are well, Maureen!!

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