A Foodie’s Guide to Visiting Seattle

You’re visiting Seattle! YAY! If you’re looking for where to eat in Seattle or the best coffee spots, I wrote this for you.

I’ve lived in Seattle for 7 years and people always ask me for recommendations so I’m going to share the spots that locals love.

My number one tip: bring a jacket with a hood and your sunglasses.


I wrote all about this in my Seattle Coffee Shop Guide!
Starbucks Reserve Roastery—this isn’t your normal Starbucks… it’s like the Willy Wonka factory of coffee. While I know you’ll probably go to the first Starbucks ever near Pike Place Market, I highly recommend you go here too. Just walk straight up Pike Street, across the freeway, and you’ll arrive at the Roastery, where they roast small patch coffee for Starbucks Reserve brand; Starbucks’ higher end brand. it has a completely different menu with specialty coffee concoctions and delicious Italian baked goods from Princi bakery. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery is my favorite place in Seattle. They also just opened a smaller Reserve Bar in the Starbucks Headquarter building in Sodo.

Espresso Vivace


Elm Coffee

Slate Coffee

Milstead & Co.

Storyville Coffee (on Pike Place)


Bar Melusine—this Capitol Hill spot is an Instagram dream. Inspired by a French bistro, this adorable bar has the same bright green and white chevron floors I saw in Marrakech. plus, you can’t go wrong with anything in their northwest-inspired menu (but definitely order a donut, or save room for one from next door—General Porpoise).

Instagram-worthy Bar Melusine in Capitol Hill, Seattle

Joule—Fremont’s Korean-fusion is equal parts delicious and mind-blowing.
Walrus and the Carpenter—This spot in Ballard is famous for oysters & small plates. There’s always a wait and they don’t take reservations, but it’s well worth it.
The Whale Wins—Fremont’s seafood destination by local chef and James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest, Renee Erickson. 
Serious Pie Pizza—For life-changing pizza, visit one of two locations in downtown (one on Westlake and one on Virginia)
Taylor Shellfish Farms—two locations, one in Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill, known for fresh oysters, seafood & small plates.
The London Plane—This hip Instagram-worthy spot features Northwest-inspired cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.
Bateau—if steak is your jam, this is your place. Bateau takes “farm to table” to a whole new level: they own the farm, raise the beef, dry-age it in house, and serve it with French-inspired sides like the best damn fries ever. Just make sure you don’t fill up on their amazing bread + hand-churned butter!
Salumi—Italian salami sandwiches in Pioneer Square done so well it’s completely worth waiting in line for. They’re only open midweek for lunch. You’ll thank me.
Il Corvo—The best pasta in all of Seattle. They have a small menu with only three pastas per day, and they are only open midweek for lunch. There is always a line, but I promise it’s worth it.
Pablo y Pablo—modern Mexican fare with baller menu options like soft-shell crab tacos, crispy duck carnitas, and a loooot of vegan options.


No Anchor—this innovative beer bar (yes, they specialize in beer) just got a James Beard nod and they have amazing food. I love, love, love this place.
Canon—This Capitol Hill spot is know for fancy craft cocktails.
Unicorn—If shots called “unicorn jizz” are your thing. this brightly decorated spot is more for the younger, bar-going crowd, if that’s you, go for it.
E.Smith Mercantile Back Bar—this old-timey craft cocktail bar is in the back of a tiny store in Pioneer Square.

If the weather is nice, find a rooftop patio ASAP
The Nest at the Thompson Seattle—This rooftop bar, lounge, and terrace features hand-crafted cocktails, and small snacks with seasonal Pacific Northwest produce, featuring fire-lit corner and greenery with sweeping views.
M Bar—this rooftop spot with sweeping views in South Lake Union  features Middle Eastern–meets-Mediterranean food & drinks.
Fremont Brewing—Grab a local beer and enjoy the weather on their giant outdoor patio. Bring your dog or a snack.


Bakery Nouveau—this award-winning classic French bakery is a dessert dream. try the twice baked chocolate croissant, birthday cake macarons, and their Carmello cake slice. three locations: Capitol Hill, West Seattle and Burien.
General Porpoise—delicious stuffed sugar donuts in the cutest goddamn place ever. white marble counter tops and a hot pink LaMarzocco espresso machine!!! 😍😍😍😍
Crumble and Flake—this Capitol Hill stop just has delicious desserts
Dahlia Bakery—Tom Douglas, one of Seattle’s most iconic restauranteurs,  is known for the most delicious coconut cream pie I’ve ever had. Available in bite sized form at this tiny bakery in downtown Seattle.
Hello Robin—Imagine that a s’more and a chocolate chip cookies have a baby and it’s a called a Mackles’more.

General Porpoise donuts in Seattle
General Porpoise donuts in Seattle


Things to do that aren’t eating

Visit Seattle Center—this area of Seattle’s downtown is home to the Space Needle and it’s surrounding attractions (the Museum of Pop Culture, Chihuly Glass Garden, Pacific Science Center). You can take the original Monorail from downtown (near Nordstrom Rack), which drops you off near the Museum of Pop Culture. Inside Seattle Center, there’s a fantastic food court with local restaurants (I’d eat at Skillet or Eltana). You can also walk a little further north and end up at the KEXP HQ for a cup of coffee at La Marzocco Cafe.
Pike Place Market—One of the United States first open markets is still a market. You’ll find local produce and handmade artwork from local artists. This is a great place to pick up a souvenir or just to wander around. Beneath the Main market are three floors of unique shops and a killer view of the Puget Sound.
Seattle Art Museum—located a few blocks away from Pike Place Market, this Art Museum regularly has installations from contemporary artists like Yayoi Kusam and Andrew Wyeth.
Greenlake—this 3.5 mile loop around Greenlake is one of my favorites in the spring time.
Seattle to Alki Water Taxi—Take the water taxi from downtown Seattle to Alki and get lunch at Marination Ma Kai, then walk along the paved waterfront path
Seattle to Bainbridge Ferry— Take the ferry from downtown Seattle and visit Bainbridge Island.

To stay

The Thompson—My go-to hip spot for a staycation in downtown Seattle. Plus, their restaurant Scout is really, really good.
Hotel Theodore—Hotel Theodore’s Art Deco tower was the tallest hotel in the city when it opened downtown as the Roosevelt Hotel in 1929.  They recently renovated the entire hotel and now it’s just as luxurious as a new hotel.
Hotel Max—This artsy downtown hotel is centrally located in downtown and has a really good restaurant attached to it: Miller’s Guild.
AirBNB—There are TONS of Air BNB’s in Seattle, which I recommend if you want a more “neighborhood” experience. Look for a place in Ballard, Fremont, or Capitol Hill.  If you’ve never used Airbnb before, use this link to get $40 off discount your stay.

Have fun! Leave me a comment if you wanna get a cup of coffee while you’re here 🖤

Author: Becca Risa Luna

Seattle-based fashion writer and personal essayist. Likes designer handbags, glaring openness, and subtle vulgarity.

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