Seattle is a unique city. While it isn’t my favorite, it does have some redeeming qualities. I love the rainy days, the rolling green islands, Mount Rainier, the 90’s grunge music, and the Netflix show The Killing. Anyone else secretly in love with Detective Holder?! While I didn’t get to spend as much time exploring the city as I would have liked, I did enjoy my time in Seattle. Check out my list of trendy must-sees in the PNW’s Emerald City.
Places to Visit along the Seattle Waterfront
- Pike Place Market
- Piroshky Piroshky
- Original Starbucks
- Post Alley (Gum Wall)
- Space Needle (technically not along the waterfront)
Pike Place Market
Hello, fresh flowers! Seattle’s public market overlooks Elliot Bay, along Seattle’s waterfront. Opened in 1907, Pike Place Market is one of the oldest markets in the United States. You’ll find flowers of every type and color, fresh seafood, quirky shops, and a multitude of coffee shops and restaurants. The smells, sights, and sounds are abundant.
Since 1992, this Pike Place staple has been creating hand made Russian treats. The line forms early and gets really long so stop by early. As you approach the front door, you’ll get to see the pastry chefs hand-rolling the fresh dough right in front of you.
While Post Alley may not immediately sound familiar, you will probably recognize the iconic Gum Wall. It’s gross, beautiful, and fascinating all at the same time! Grab a coffee at Ghost Alley Espresso on your way!
Yes, it’s touristy and generic, but I’m a sucker for 360 aerial views. I think it’s worth a visit. No picture of the Seattle Skyline is complete without the Space Needle. Did you know the Space Needle’s concrete foundation goes 30 feet underground?
Where to Eat in Seattle
What is your favorite hidden gem in Seattle?