Last weekend, Austin and I had the most wonderful time in Seattle. It was my husbands first trip and my second, but it was equally just as exciting for both of us. While we aren’t gurus of this city, I did want to share with you some neat places for dining, sight seeing, and lodging while your downtown.
It was really important to us to find a hotel that was located near the water and Pike Place Market. I did some research and found The Palladian Hotel had everything we wanted!
Everything from the marble countertops to the food at Shaker + Spear was on point. We loved staying at this boutique hotel!
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Day 1: After checking in to The Palladian, we set off to Pike Place Market. Ok, we actually went there everyday but that’s a must right? We grabbed some breakfast at La Panier, a cute bakery with delicious chocolate croissants and lattes. They also had quite the assortment of macaroons! I liked this place because it was quick. They offered seating, but it was also a great place for someone in hurry or wanting to grab a bite on the go. We were anxious to explore, so we wanted something quick! After breakfast, we explored the market. It was actually nice because it wasn’t packed (I guess because it was a Friday?). We took our time, watched the guys throw the fish, looked at every single flower stand (sorry Aus), and explored the different shops. For lunch we went to Pike Place Chowder. A bread bowl of clam chowder was just perfect for a cold day in Seattle.
After lunch, we continued to walk around the market. A few locals told us to check out the gum wall and it was actually pretty…neat. Very colorful! After that we decided to check out the aquarium. Personally, I love aquariums so I was actually really excited about this! The weather was getting pretty cold so it was a great excuse to warm up inside. Later, we went back to The Palladian to relax (we were so tired!).
For dinner we ate at Shaker + Spear. If you are looking for a trendy and nice restaurant, this needs to be on your list. Side note- I would be sure to make reservations as this place was pretty busy. Austin loved the grilled Octopus and Oysters I enjoyed the scallops and steak. Yum yum!
Day 2: We hit the ground running and did not waste any time. We started the day at Local 360 for brunch. I got this suggestion from many of you and it was one of the best brunches I’ve ever had! They had so many options from GF to vegetarian, it was delicious. Austin has the chicken and waffles and I had eggs, GF biscuit (homemade, it was amazing) and bacon. We also tried the PB+J Bon Bons and they were heavenly. Trust me!
After brunch, we went back to the market to grab some trail mix & dried fruit (go figure – more food), then set off to the Space Needle. While we waiting for our reservation, we walked around the Seattle Center and the glass exhibit. It was pretty busy and yes, touristy, but it was really fun and gave us a gorgeous view of the city. I wouldn’t want to be a tourist with anyone else!
That night we went over to the Ferris Wheel. We were told to ride it during sunset and I am so glad we did. The view was so beautiful! After the Ferris Wheel, we went out for drinks and appetizers at List. Very trendy and hip. For dinner, we went to Serious Pie. I had many of you recommend this place for pizza and I am so glad we were able to try it! It really was the best pizza I have every had. The dough was perfect! Only thing, it was very busy. I mean packed! They do take reservations so I would take advantage of that before dining. I highly recommend the buffalo mozzarella pizza and the coconut cream pie for dessert! You guys– SO good!
Day 3: For our final day, we went over to Bainbridge Island. Honestly, we really had no idea what to expect on the island. We took the ferry, and enjoyed the beautiful view of the city. When we got to the island, we realized it was a lot quieter than we expected. There wasn’t too much shopping or dining, but we did enjoy walking around and watching all of the boats. I would recommend this if you had time to ride bikes or go hiking. We did pop into the town candy shop and got some treats to eat while we walked around the docks. Later that afternoon, we went back to the city, stopped by Nordstrom (of course!) and then went to Pennyroyal for a few drinks and bites before dinner. It’s located downstairs of The Palladian Hotel, so it was super convenient. We loved everything about Pennyroyal and enjoyed the yummy drinks and snacks. After that, we set off to eat sushi at Japonessa.
We had such a fun time in Seattle and I can not wait to go back! xx
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