Hipmunk City Love: Seattle Travel Tips

Looking for tips to see and do in Seattle? Our travel guide will advice you on the places to eat, drink, stay and explore on your next vacation to Seattle.

Seattle is a city that has inspired many legendary artists like Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, so it’s no surprise that this Emerald City has an eclectic spectrum of music and art spots. Also steeped in a rich culture, the city attracts many visitors who are looking for a bit of everything – from outdoor parks to water sports to architectural monuments. Here are some travel tips for those who are planning a quick trip to Seattle.

Explore the Neighborhood

Known as the “city of neighborhoods,” Seattle is home to plenty of neighborhoods, each boasting a distinct personality. Whether it’s an urban environment, a historic district or a quiet waterfront space, visitors are sure to find a favorite spot. If you’re a foodie, one of the best neighborhoods to sample some great food is Capitol Hill. Bell Town is the most walkable neighborhood in Seattle. You can grab a beer at the most happening pub, watch a movie in one of the theatres, and stroll the streets without an aim – a good way to spend a few hours.

Sampling Seattle’s Coffee

For many people who visit Seattle, the first product that comes to mind is coffee – specifically Starbucks. And for good reason. Seattle is often called the coffee capital of the country. There are a multitude of coffee shops in Seattle’s nook and crannies; after all it’s the first city where people tasted coffees from brands like Seattle’s Best and Tully’s. In attempting to expand Seattle’s coffee culture, some major cafes like Analog Coffee, Caffe Ladro, Elm Coffee Roasters and Espresso Vivace have also successfully lured many locals and tourists.

Sleep at hotels in Downtown Seattle

If you fancy luxury hotels but are not willing to empty your pocket, stay at the Hyatt Place Downtown Seattle or Hotel Monaco Seattle, a Kimpton Hotel that offer some fabulous hotels deals. You can also choose to stay in Pioneer Square, the oldest neighborhood in Seattle, where the heritage hotels give visitors a chance to bask in everything that the charming Seattle has to offer. Book a room at the Edgewater Hotel to stay by the waterfront.

Venturing the Markets

Imagine a place where you can interact with the locals and indulge in a bit of shopping. The Pike Place Market is a vibrant and lively space featuring farmers markets serving locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables and crafts markets selling Washington-made handicrafts. Pack specialty foods produced nearby and collect an array of spices and teas as well as fish from seafood markets. The downtown area also has an variety of designer clothing stores for your upscale shopping.

Eating Out

Whether you’re on a date, with kids or are alone and simply looking for a place with the best view, Seattle spoils its visitors with choices. The Ma’Ono Fried Chicken and Whisky is known for its fried chicken complete with Kimchi and rice. Located in the Capitol Hall neighborhood, The Wandering Goose serves rare buttermilk biscuits and sandwiches, but the veggie plate is equally mouth-watering.

Nearby Outdoor Adventures

Ringed by the Cascade Mountains to the east and Olympic Mountains to the West, Seattle is also a paradise for all nature lovers seeking some exciting outdoor fun.

Featured Image by Chloe Albin via Trover.com

Would you like to add anymore interesting things to this list? Share your experiences in the comments below.


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