Before I went to Seattle the idea in my head was; Grunge music, the space needle, fish soaring above tourists heads at Pike place market and of course Starbucks, though I left with a completely different memory of the buzzing friendly neighbourhoods outside the city center.
AirBnb’s selection of Seattle accommodation did not dispappoint us. For a couple’s getaway we picked a lovely floathouse just like in Sleepless in Seattle, and it exceeded our expectation. Beautiful sunset spot, centrally located and not far from our first discovered hip neighborhood – Freemont.
The most interesting restaurants we found were in Capitall Hill, Ballard and Freemont. Capital Hill offers plenty of hip restaurants such as Dino’s Tomato Pie. This super chilled space claims that they offer the second best pizza in Seattle.
Odd Fellows Cafe + Bar is a treat to interior design. This stylish venue offers daily happy hour with selected cocktails and starters and tasty brunch on weekend’s.
If you‘re after Asian food, our recommendation is The Green Leaf in Belltown, just outside the downtown. Traditional Vietnamese, definitely worth a try is the Banh Xeo and Pho, a big healing meal after a big night out in Seattle.
For a little treat, stop at Blue Bird Ice Cream shop in Freemont and taste their delicious selection of homemade icecreams. Vegan Coconut with choc mint chips & Chocolate Puding are a must.
Capital Hill offers amazing night life. We started at Linda’s, a cowboy-style tavern which thankfully hasn’t changed it’s interior since they first opened. If you feel like getting a little wild, head to Unicorn, carnival themed decorations, Drag queen show on stage and ask behind the bar for your own Unicorn helmet. Cha Cha Lounge is a true dive bar located in the basement of Bimbos mexican restaurant. Mexican wresting memorabilia decorates the walls and there’s even a vending machine with sombreros.
We cannot forget to mention our favourite brewery, Fremont Brewing. Their regular beer list is pretty big and also a great selection of seasonal beers with great prices allround. They also have open fires, free pretzels and are dog and family friendly. While in Freemont don’t miss the cool artwork of a Troll under the bridge not far from the brewery. There are loads of live music venues around town, one we checked out was Tractor in Ballard. A good beer selection and great place to see bands, it feels just like a country barn right down to the hay stack at the back.
Seattle is a good bike city with cycle lanes or paths through most of the city and neigbourhoods. A few good places to stop along the way were the University of Washington, Gas Works Park at the northern end of Lake Union for that iconic city view, the Chittenden Locks and Golden Gardens park in Ballard. A great little find is The Center for Wooden Boats in South Lake Union. They offer free public sailing every Sunday on Lake Union with a little history lesson from the volunteers.