The Fashionably Femme Guide to Seattle
My time in Seattle was absolutely amazing, to say the least. From copious amounts of food to walking tours, to coffee, to thrifting, I fell deeply in love with the Emerald City. So here’s my Fashionably Femme guide to the city that has stolen my heart.
Pike Place Market
The Pike Place Market is possibly the most iconic spot in Seattle. Yeah, the Space Needle exists but when the decision comes down to food and such or views, food is always going to win for me. We spent an entire day wandering around Pike Place, chatting with vendors, sampling foods, and enjoying the buskers playing their wonderful music. Naturally, we visited the first Starbucks store as well.
I recommend arriving at Pike Place as early as possible, ideally around 7am before the market itself is open. Head over to the Starbucks and get your cup of coffee and souvenirs. Grab breakfast from Honest Biscuits [they have vegan biscuits and gravy. What could be better?!] and watch the market wake up for the day around you. If you’re there for flowers or produce, you’ll get the freshest and best picks.
By getting there early you can hit all of your ideal places before the mass of crowds arrive then settle in to your preferred lunch spot just as the masses of people arrive.
We visited prior to the new Market Front area opening [the first expansion of the market in over 100 years] but that just means that we have more to explore when we return!
Like Chicago, Seattle is a city made up of neighborhoods. Leave it to the traveling queers to accidentally stumble upon the gayborhood within hours of arriving to Seattle. This area of Capitol Hill runs along Pike and Pine, sports rainbow painted crosswalks [just so you can’t forget where you are] and has some wonderful coffee shops, thrift shops, and more.
While we didn’t go, I was definitely tempted by the drag brunch at Unicorn on Pike Street. You can thrift in places that benefit local LGBT organizations, and if you’re craving diner food at any time of the day, Lost Lake will provide you with your fix. I’m such a sucker for greasy spoon food so when we arrived and desperately needed something to eat, we headed straight there and chowed down.
Coffee. That’s all I really need to say here. Allow yourself a few hours from your day in Capitol Hill to explore the Starbucks Roastery and Tasting Room. You’re sure to find some wonderful coffee gear to take home. Be sure to check out the coffee library and get a coffee flight to split between 2 to 3 people.
Haunted History Ghost Tours of Seattle
One of my absolute favorite ways to learn the history of a new city is by taking a haunted tour, so when Sarah found Haunted History Ghost Tours, I was immediately on board! This ghost tour doesn’t rely on jump scares or anything like that. The tours ground themselves in facts, research, and actual accounts to create their spooky experience. Follow your guide around Pioneer Square, Seattle’s oldest and most haunted neighborhood. Whether you buy into “that ghost stuff” or not, you’re bound to love the stories these tours tell and will definitely learn a thing or two about this historically rich city.
I think it’s safe to say that this is the most up and coming brunch spot in the entire city. It has all the makings of a trendy spot with marble everywhere and natural light flooding in. Add in fresh baked goods, a small flower shop, homemade bread, and some magnificent food and you’re in for a wonderful meal. We stopped here with Asa, of Lace and Pearls, before heading on to the Roastery. I highly recommend the avocado toast and with all the green goodies on there, I felt like a Green Goddess the rest of the day!
Frankie and Jo’s Ice Cream Shop
Entirely plant-based ice cream shop. Need I say more? Also located in Capitol Hill, Frankie and Jo’s is scooping up unique flavors of vegan ice cream. You can make a refreshing pit stop on your day of thrifting and exploring this wonderful neighborhood!
Everyone needs a little bit of nature on their trip, even these City Girls. Take a venture to Volunteer Park and enjoy wandering the gardens there. Trust me. The water tower offers some awesome views of the whole city and the conservatory lets you get up close and personal with all different kinds of plants. Just wandering the grounds of this large park is wonderful. And, for the dog-minded among us, there are always dogs out to greet! Just remember to ask before petting.
What kind of style blogger would I be if we didn’t go shopping? Seattle is home to the flagship Nordstrom and, as such, we NEEDED to go visit. I had splurged on a bag to bring with me to Seattle so I didn’t make any big purchases there but even just browsing was a dream. Right in the heart of downtown, the Nordstrom is surrounded by a number of other great shops to check out. Shop ‘til you drop!
Visiting Seattle was an absolute blast. Sarah and I are actively looking to move to this amazing city within several years’ time. Have you been to Seattle? Do you live there? What other recommendations do you have?