Must See, Eat, Do Recommendations for Seattle, Washington

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Huge artsy, indie music scene with grunge, jazz, rock, soul roots, Seattle is known for its rainy, cloudy, misty, overcast weather and ingenious, innovative, creative, entrepreneurial contributions to society such as the list below:

  • Pyramid Beer
  • Nordstrom
  • Costco
  • Rhapsody
  • Expedia
  • Microsoft – Bill Gates
  • T Mobile
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Starbucks

(Companies formerly based in Seattle)

  • United Airline
  • Boeing
  • Cinnabon
  • Red Robin
  • United Parcel Service
  • R.E.I.
  • Washington Mutual

Maybe a theory is that people are “depressed” and inside most of the time because of the weather, it forces them to be creative and think of new things to do, new ways of thinking, new gadgets, new creations?

Could that be an explanation of Seattle’s creative reputation?

Imagine a small, laid back “walkable” city, gray buildings.. covered with trees that make you feel like you’re in the mountains ..then throw in some water and ports mixed together and that is a glimpse of what it feels like to be in Seattle! 🙂


2 Day Sightseeing/Food Itinerary



1. Paseo’s

Really, really good sandwich place. I had the grilled pork chop sandwich, omg so good. I think you’ll need a car to get here though. On yelp you’ll see two different locations. Maybe one is more accessible by public transportation. This is the one we went to:
6226 Seaview Ave NW

(at 67th St)
Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 789-3100

2.Pike Place Market

Fresh fruits and vegetables!

Beautiful Dahlia Bouquets for sale

3. Savor Seattle Food Tour

Classic Tour. Really fun, our tour guides were so funny and cool (Tim).

They took us around the Pike Place Market so its good to take the tour to get to know the area and taste the good stuff! $40, 2hrs. You get really full from just sampling the food.

Lots of people!

If you want to skip the tour but still want to try the good food here are some highlights:

3. Amazing smoked salmon from the fish throwing place

Very fun to watch! Reminds me of Tokyo, Japan Market

4. Good Piroshki’s from Piroshky Piroshky


5. Beechers– Good Handmade Cheese

6.  Clam Chowder – Pike Place Chowder

7. Etta’s – Crab Cakes




Highly recommend- Seattle Tourism and Convention Bureau

They can even mail you a FREE booklet of everything you should see, eat, do, etc

1. Space Needle
See beautiful view of the city

My coworker said not to bother eating at the restaurant on top, its overrated.

2. Experience Music Project (EMP) – Music Museum

If you’re into going to museums I would recommend it!

HIGHLIGHTS – learning the history of music and how music influences different genres.

MAKING your OWN music upstairs – you can play different instruments..real and virtual ones, mix songs, and sing! SO MUCH FUN!

It’s right next to the Space Needle. Bring a college ID for student discount.
325 5th Ave N
(between Thomas St & Harrison St)
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2702

In addition to the huge Jazz scene during the “Post War era” as well as the birth of “Grunge” music genre during the 90’s, several Famous, historical bands lived, performed, started their careers, and were born in Seattle.

Not to mention the following bands…

  • Pearl Jam

  • Alice in Chains

  • Soundgarden

  • Nirvana

  • Band of Horses

  • The Kingsmen (sang “Louie Louie”)

  • Quincy Jones

  • The Wailers

  • Ray Charles

  • Jimi Hendrix

  • The Postal Service

  • Deathcab for Cutie

  • Sir Mix a Lot

  • Foo Fighters

  • Presidents of the United States of America

  • Dave Matthews (Just moved there)

Lights/Technology coordinated with the Music

Guitar Statue

One of the OLDEST guitars

R&B in Seattle

Rock n Roll

Grunge is Born


Original lyrics to "Lump" by Presidents of the United States of America

Original Lyrics by Jimi Hendrix



The CD was born in the 80s!

3. Alki Beach

Across the bay from downtown. Has a really nice view of Seattle skyline. The beach itself is okay to lounge in. I wouldn’t go in the water, it’s pretty rocky.

4. Top of Queen Anne

Didn’t make it out here but it was highly recommended by my coworker who lived in Seattle for 2 years. Said its a nice view of the city.,_Seattle

5. Fremont

One of the BEST Oktoberfests and DOG friendly!

6. A bit outside of Seattle – Bellevue,_Washington



Up and down Pike St. or Pine St. It’s easy to start from the Pike Place Market and work your way up from that area to check out the major shopping stores.



Irish Pubs with Live Folk Bands!


1. Capitol Hill

2. Belltown,_Seattle

3. Queen Anne



1. Belltown Billards

This is where we went our first night. It was just a regular bar, had a dance floor, pool tables on the other side. The crowd was cool, it wasn’t too grundgy or anything but I think you’ll be able to find something better.

2. Linda Bar

hipster bar/restaurant, fun hang out
707 E Pine St

(between Boylston Ave & Harvard Ave)
Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 325-1220

Connect the Dots Mural in Outside Patio at Linda Bar Tavern

3. Rplace

Gay bar, hip-hop, top 40s, right next to Linda Bar
619 E Pine Street
(between Belmont Ave & Boylston Ave)
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 322-8828

4. The Chapel Bar

Used to be a real chapel, turned into martini bar, must try peach and coconut martini
1600 Melrose Ave
(between Pine St & Yale Ave)
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 447-4180

5. The Hideout

Cool artsy lounge, kinda hidden, packed on fri/sat
1005 Boren Ave
Seattle, WA 98127
(206) 903-8480

6. Soul Deluxe at the Triple Door

On Friday night, free, if you want some groovy funk

7. Alibi Room

Great food, drinks, thin pizza & salad!

dim lighting, cool vibe/atmosphere, underground hidden alleyway near the famous gum wall, brick.



  • Can Can
  • Cha Cha Lounge
  • Club Motor
  • The Crocodile
  • The Comet
  • Chop Suey
  • D4
  • Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
  • El Corazon
  • The Funhouse
  • Havana Cocktail Club
  • High Dive
  • Neumos
  • Jules Mae’s Saloons
  • King Cat Theater
  • The Moore Theatre
  • The Nectar Lounge
  • The Paramount
  • The Q Cafe
  • Showbox at the Market
  • Showbox Sodo
  • Slims Last Chance
  • Squid Row
  • Studio Seven
  • The Sunset Tavern
  • ToST
  • The Tractor Tavern
  • The Triple Door
  • The Vera Project
  • The Viaduct
  • The Gorge
  • The Fart



Whale Watching

Orca Watch

$78 (10am-4pm approx) Sat only

Island Adventures

$89 ($79 with student ID) Daily departures at noon. Sat is 70% booked and Sun is 39




Carkeek Park

Discovery Park

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4 thoughts on “Must See, Eat, Do Recommendations for Seattle, Washington

  1. Viewing your photos is like looking through a kaleidoscope – I wasn’t sure what would pop up next. What a city. The photo looking down on it made it reminiscent of something from the food stalls. Interesting what a change of scale does to the mind.

    • Glad you enjoyed the photos! Yes, we love kaleidoscopes and we ❤ seattle! 🙂 Photo angles totally make a difference =) Feel free to add any of your photos, videos, stories, experiences, or advice as well =)

    • We are so glad you find it useful! 🙂 Feel free to pass it along to others..let us know if you check out those places! Hope it helps other travelers enjoy and have the same experiences we were lucky to have!

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