24 hours in Seattle
The third and final installment of this Pacific Northwest travel guide ends with 24 hours in Seattle. The last leg includes a roundup of what we ate, where we stayed and something a little touristy, but so worth the experience.
If you’re looking for a chill city with cooler temps, a laid-back vibe, and a great food scene from what I experienced, then Seattle is for you!
From Olympic National Park, drive to Bainbridge Island to catch the ferry to Seattle. This is about a 30 minute ride. As you come into the terminal, you’ll get fantastic views of the Seattle skyline and the Pike Place Market. I was pretty giddy as we were out for the woods and into the city. A warm welcome indeed!
But first, breakfast
After we packed up our camp, we drove through Sequim, Washington to fuel up with a big breakfast Country Breakfast at The Oak Table Cafe.
This family establishment serves up the fluffiest pancakes and some real farm-to- table breakfast. Think Walla Walla onions from East Washington that were picked that morning and delivered to the restaurant that afternoon. The French style omelet with heaps of sharp cheddar cheese and chicken apple sausage was the quintessential country breakfast in Washington.
Piggies in a blanket is their signature dish. 3 breakfast sausages wrapped in pancakes. Yes, pancakes! Espresso is really big in Washington and they have drive-up espresso stands every few miles. Definitely pair your country breakfast with one of the espresso drinks here.
Inn at the Market was a perfect location for our 24 hour stay in Seattle. It’s within walking distance to many restaurants, shopping and the Pike Place Market. The rooms are comfortable, clean and spacious. There’s a beautiful rooftop terrace with lounge chairs, tables and a daily happy hour to enjoy sunset views of the Puget sound.
Eat and Do
Shopping at Pike Place is a very unique experience with hundreds of local artisans selling their wares. It can get a bit overwhelming, so hold out for that special something. Maybe aromatherapy from All Things Lavender ?!
For once, shopping was not at the top of my travel to-do list, but eating my way through this city was.
Start at the Old Stove brewery. Grab a cold beer (I went for the Streaker Citra Pale Ale-YUM) and sit outside for a great view of the Puget Sound.
The food options at the market are endless so try as much as you can. The fish is literally the freshest it gets in this country. The diverse array of options ranges from Filipino cuisine, to empanadas, to Greek and Moroccan, but we settled for some raw oysters and fried clam strips to kick off our foodie adventures in Seattle at Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar. Located just off the marketplace, it was the quiet we were looking for amongst the throngs of tourists at the market. It felt like our little secret place!
En route to meal #2 of the day we stopped for some Russian pastries at Piroshky, Piroshky which smelled amazing, but tasted just meh. I would liken it to a dry croissant. It wasn’t terrible, but I wouldn’t go back. I really do like saying the name though, Piroshky, Piroshky.
Sushi to be Savored
We knew we couldn’t leave Seattle without having sushi and Sushi Kashiba did not disappoint! Not only was the sushi super fresh, but the level of service we got at the bar was top notch. The bartender perfectly paired our dinner selection with a Washington Viognier and was incredibly knowledgeable about the sushi. He also gave us a bunch of suggestions for our next meal.
Chef Shiro Kashiba, also known as The Sushi Sensei of Seattle, opened Seattle’s first sushi bar in 1970. He was classically trained by Jiro Ono who you may know from Jiro Dreams of Sushi. This was a truly special dining experience and we would’ve stayed here all night if we could!
Finally to satisfy your sweet tooth, try Shug’s soda fountain and ice cream bar. A Seattle staple serving up sundaes, coffee and ice cream cocktails. Shug’s was a great way to end the night. We got the Sunday’s Best which was the homemade vanilla with fresh fruit, a waffle cookie, whipped cream and a cherry and the Brown Derby– a Mighty O chocolate donut with a scoop of ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry. It was a sweet ending to a sweet day.
All the Coffee
The last and final stop in Seattle was a morning well spent at Starbucks Reserve. This is an experience. It is unlike any coffee shop or Starbucks I’ve ever been to. My favorites here included the chocolate bread with orange marmalade and a the prosciutto with parmesan and arugula croissant.
The coffee options are abundant so make sure to try something different. Check out the menu and a barista will guide you toward what your taste buds are craving. It was so hard to go back to basic Starbucks after the exotic options served at the Reserve store.
So there you have it, a 24-hour foodie adventure in Seattle. I hope to add more to it on my next trip. Have you been? Share in the comments below and let me know where to go next time.