Hello, my name is Sammie from @sammanila and I will be talking about about my amazing city, Seattle! Follow along to see some of my favorite eats and activities.
1. FARMERS MARKET
Pike Place Market
I feel it's fitting to start off with Pike Place Market. The market is one of the oldest continually running farmers markets in the US. It attracts not only tourist or foodies, but locals too. I find myself strolling around the market on a weekly basis, whether its to shop for groceries or to indulge in the finest Greek yogurt you'll ever taste at Elleno's while enjoying the street performers all around the market.
2. FORK SCARFS
Il Corvo
One of my favorite lunch spots in Seattle is Il Corvo! Located in the downtown area, Il Corvo serves the best pasta in town at affordable prices. This is a weekday joint so you have to walk over if you happen to have a day off, or an extended lunch hour. If it happens to be available when you're there, I recommend trying the mafalda!
3. WATERFRONT VIEWS
The Great Wheel
The Great Wheel, located at the Seattle Waterfront, is a fun way to see amazing views of the city. 3 rounds will cost you about $13 and you can fit up to 6 people in a car. Even if you choose to not take a ride up on the Great Wheel, it is walking distance to the market and Seattle Ferry Terminal.
4. VIETNAMESE STREET FOOD
Ba Bar
Ba Bar is the place to go on Tuesdays, since its 50 cent wings! My friends and I love coming here to order all 3 flavors and a round of beers while we unwind and catch up. I also love to order a macaron afterwards over at their barista area at the entrance area.
5. FREE LEARNING
Museum of Flight
Every first Thursday of the month, it is free admission at all museums in the city. One of my favorite museums to visit is The Museum of Flight. The museum is the perfect place to geek out on aviation history, as well as for those that simply want to admire the collection of planes and space craft.
6. INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT ICON
Kau Kau Barbecue
Growing up when my family and I had day trips in the city, we always had to end our day with a meal at Seattle's International District. Its always my go-to neighborhood if I am in need of a tasty, yet cheap, meal in the city. One of my favorite spots is Kau Kau Barbecue, which is home to my favorite roasted pork. For a quick meal, I just order a 1/2 lb at the counter and walk around as I eat. Or if you have time to sit in, they have one of the best lunch deals in town: $6.50 for a side of fried rice, soup BBQ Pork and your choice of meat (roasted pork, duh!).
7. FOR TOURISTS
The Ballard Locks
For those that want to steer away from the typical tourist spots in Seattle, The Ballard Locks is a place I recommend to friends that are visiting for the first time. It is a place where one can hang out and watch the boats go through, as well as visiting the fish ladder and learning more about salmon and their life cycle.
8. NEIGHBORHOOD WALKS
Capitol Hill
There are many neighborhoods in the city of Seattle with its own unique flavor, but my favorite is Capitol Hill. The Hill was the first neighborhood I lived in Seattle and is home to many of my favorite spots. Whether I'm in the mood to dance to 90's old school music, to karaoke my feelings away or to find that perfect cocktail, Capitol Hill provides all the answers to my needs!
9. ICE CREAM + ART
Blue Bird Ice Cream
Every 2nd Thursdays, Capitol Hill hosts a neighborhood art walk. Various businesses in the area partake by hosting local art, as well as even serving complimentary hors d'oeuvres to all visitors! The picture above was taken at @bluebirdicecream, featuring the works of @juliet_dang.
10. SWEET TOOTH
Hood Famous Bake Shop
I am a sucker for sweets and the newest addition to the Ballard area, @hoodfamousbakeshop, always satisfies those cravings! Well-known for their ube cheesecake, this bakeshop constantly comes up with tasty desserts such as mango calamansi fritters, ube marshmallows and cassava cakes.
11. RUNNING TRAIL
Green Lake
One thing I am grateful about Seattle is its proximity to outdoor activities and parks! I love to run over to Green Lake due to their trails around the lake, as well as various activities ranging from boat rentals to even participating at one of the many boot camps that take place around the area.
12. SEE FOOD
Musashi's
Seattle is home to some of the freshest seafood I have tasted. Musashi's, located in the Wallingford area, is my favorite place to grab a chirashi bowl. For under $20, they pack this bowl with generous cuts of salmon, tuna, unagi and many more. This place does generate a line quickly so I suggest calling in advance to have your food to-go!
13. DO IT FOR THE 'GRAM
Ferry to Bainbridge Island
As much as I love Seattle, there are times where I can use a quick getaway. Luckily, that is easy to accomplish by hopping on a ferry to Bainbridge Island. The ferry from the Seattle Ferry Terminal takes about 30 min to travel each way only costing $8 to walk on. The ferry provides Instagram worthy views of the city and if you get lucky, you might even experience an orca sighting.
14. COFFEE TOWN
Storyville Coffee
Of course, I cannot end my nomly takeover without mentioning coffee! Seattle is synonymous with coffee, thanks to Starbucks. If you're looking for a unique coffee experience, I recommend visiting Storyville Coffee. There are a few shops in Seattle but if you happen to take a ferry trip over to Bainbridge Island, you need to make a stop at their roastery. Here you can tour and observe the roasting process and hanging out in the loft area where they'll whip you some of the smoothest coffee in the area.