I wanted to start this post by saying a big thank you to Hannah (Ryan’s sister) for the amazing Christmas present of airplane tickets to Seattle! We had such a blast going to Seattle. This blog post is going to be a breakdown of what we did, were we ate, and more! Hopefully it can give you some insight on what to do if you’re planning a trip to Seattle as well.
If you’re anything like me, you like to do a lot of research before a trip. I like to think as my travel as 50% research and 50% spontaneous! That way I don't miss out on the highlights of a trip, but I'm also able to enjoy the randomness that comes along with travel. Enjoy ♫꒰･◡･๑꒱
We arrived in the evening and hung out with Hannah. First we had dinner at Cafe Flora on Madison Street. A cute restaurant with vegan options and a wonderful atmosphere. We ended up going to a bar that I was looking forward to the whole trip, Unicorn! It's a carnival themed bar and has lots of bright colors, with animal heads around the establishment. The only negative-ish thing I had to say was the bar has really dim lighting, so we weren’t able to see the decorations very well. The bar has a small vegan menu as well as meat options. So you're able to munch on vegan food while enjoying the sugary drinks. Pinball, Skee ball, and other arcade games are found in the downstairs section that carries the same drinks as the top floor.
We went to a breakfast spot called Bang Bang Cafe, which has these massive vegan Mexican breakfast burritos. They fill you up and were very budget friendly. It was close by to Pike Place Market and the notorious gum wall, so we walked over there after enjoying our breakfast. Pike Place Market is very touristy and definitely reminded us of the pier in San Francisco. You can also see the famous "first Starbucks" storefront that always has a huge line to enter. We had no interest, so we skipped out on it. There's also local performers and lots of fresh fish food for all the meat eaters. We had a lot of fun walking around to smell the roses and looking at all the neat items the vendors were selling. Including lavender mists, fresh produce, and lots of local art.
We bought the Seattle City Pass, which cost us $90 per person and is such a great investment. If you really want to explore Seattle and get to do all the main tourist attractions, this is the best way to do it. As long as you go to 3 out of 5 of the choices offered in the package, you’re able to get your money’s worth. We went to Seattle Pop Museum and had lots of fun running around and seeing our favorite movie props and exploring more about pop culture. My favorite part would have to be the horror movies gallery, which had a real life prop of cute little Gizmo from Gremlins and the fairytale movies section. Ryan’s favorite part was the musical room where you can jam out to any musical instrument.
Afterwards, ate at Plum Bistro, an all vegan restaurant in Capitol Hill. This place was more on the pricier side, but we got to enjoy some yummy vegan pasta. Next, we went to see the sunset at the Seattle Space Needle. Definitely go in the evening to watch the sunset or early in the morning for the sunrise. We almost missed it, because the line was so dang long to enter. So don’t follow our footsteps and make sure you go early!
We walked around Capitol Hill until we ended up at The Highline, which was a vegan dive bar with lots of comfort vegan food. They had all the yummy vegan alternatives to your favorite greasy bar food. That evening they had a special event with Burlesque performers. They were raising money for charity and celebrating body diversity (‘∀’●)♡ Yay girl power!
A fun day filled in Fremont! We went to Wayward Vegan Cafe and had a delicious vegan breakfast. The wait was kinda long, but the food was so good and totally worth it. This place is quite well known in the vegan community, so if you're able to stop by then definitely do. They have a huge menu with lots of options to choose from.
Next, we went to the Fremont Antique Mall and shopped around to find some vintage goodies. They have a great selection of awesome antiques so if that’s your thing to do, go check it out. We walked over to the Fremont Troll, which was pretty neat! The giant sculpture was pretty creepy looking and it was fun to people watch and see their interactions with the troll. Our Uber driver told us about an awesome spot in Fremont, which had the house that the movie UP was inspired by! So we stopped by and took some cute pictures there. People love to leave balloons, so it added a nice Disney touch and made the experience more authentic. It was also ironically in-between a Ross and giant gym. For lunch we went to No Bones Beach Club, which was a vegan Hawaiian themed tiki diner.
Afterwards we went to the Ballard Sunday Farmer’s Market and spent some time going through the shops. We found a really neat store called Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop; which had lots of cool fossils, bones, and antique finds. Next we went to Gas Works Park. It was nice to walk around and sit on the grass while watching the clouds fly by. We wish we could go inside of the structure, because it looked so cool to explore! But admiring from afar is nice too 🙂
We made reservations a month in advance for a 5 course vegan dinner at Harvest Beat. Guys, let me just start off by saying I’ve never eaten so dang good in my whole life. I wish I took pictures of the food, because you would definitely be drooling. Check out our video on Seattle down below to see a snip of some of the food. This dinning experience was SO magical. We had a full on feast and were so comfortably stuffed afterwards. They change their menu seasonly and really take their time in creating such a beautiful dining experience. This was definitely my favorite part of the trip.
The first thing we did in the morning was go to the aquarium on the pier. The otters are able to swim to you and you're able to see them close up. It also showcased a lot of local artists, which was a wonderful way to support the local art community. You get to learn about all the local sea life found on the pier of Seattle.
Afterwards we went to do the harbor cruise tour. This was a very laid back experience where you went on a boat and got to learn about Seattle’s history and get and up close view of the cargo ships.
Then we went to Chihuly Glass Museum. All of these experiences are found along the pier, so you're able to walk from one attraction to the other. There are a lot of cool glass structures and installations of art. The coolest part was a live glass blowing demo they had outside of the garden. Since Seattle is known to be quite rainy, these tourist attractions on the Seattle City Pass are great to enjoy year-round.
We got some walk in tattoos at Super Genius Shop, by Darling Tom. Ryan got a rose and I got some crystals on my arm. For dinner we went to Sizzle Pie and got ourselves yummy vegan pizza. The rest of the day was very relaxing, we went to a tea place, played some checkers, bought some legal and recreational herb. 🙂
Our last half day! We went to go eat breakfast at Glo’s. A cute cafe spot with limited vegan options, but it was affordable and nourishing. Then we ended up going into a book store, Twice Sold Tales, that had over 8+ cats. We had a blast playing and cuddling them, while walking around and looking for new books to read.
You can watch our two part Seattle Youtube vlogs down below. I hope this was a helpful guide and you can use this as a way to plan your trip out as well!