Seattle, Washington. A city known for rain, coffee, and large tech companies. From the iconic Space Needle standing high in the city’s skyline to the original Starbucks located in Pike Place, the number of things to do in this city are endless.
So where should one begin? To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some our favorite attractions and FlyBuy partner restaurants so you can make the most of your visit.
1. Caffe Torino (422 Yale Avenue North, suite B, Seattle, WA 98109)
Start your morning off right with a cup of coffee from Caffe Torino located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. This cozy coffee shop aims to bring the flavors of Northern Italy to you right here in Seattle. The shop offers a variety of coffee and non-coffee beverages, pastries, sandwiches, and sweets. Our favorite is the cold brew with a slice of warm, pumpkin bread.
2. Space Needle (400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109)
After enjoying your cup of coffee, head over to downtown and visit the Space Needle. The Space Needle is an observation tower that stands 605’ high. From the top deck, you get a great view of the entire city. While you are in the area, make sure to explore all the surrounding attractions such as the EMP Museum (Experience Music Project), Chihuly Garden and Glass, and International Fountain.
Insider Tip: Hop into the International Fountain and try your best to run around the whole thing without getting wet. In case you get hit, we suggest bringing an extra set of clothes!
3. Pike Place Market
Apart from the Space Needle, Pike Place Market is something that comes to mind when people think of Seattle. Pike Place is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront and is one of the oldest of its kind in the United States. The market offers a selection of fresh fruit, salmon, flowers, and many other things. Make sure to leave your mark on the gum wall located beneath the market, visit the first ever Starbucks, and watch the Pike Place Fish Co. throw some fish.
4. Evergreens Salad (4609 Terrace Dr NE, Seattle, WA 98105)
Hop in the car and head down to University Village, a popular upscale shopping mall near the University of Washington campus. There is a wide range of stores including Amazon Books, Anthropologie, Free People, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream and Fran’s Chocolates to check out. Make sure to stop by Evergreens Salad and pick up a delicious salad. Evergreens uses high end ingredients like Beecher’s cheeses and all their foods are 100% all-natural. We recommend trying the El Sombrero, a salad with avocado, fire roasted corn, and tortilla chips.
5. University of Washington Campus
After lunch, head over to the University of Washington’s main campus located in University District. The University of Washington was established in 1861 and is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast. Stop by Suzzallo Library located in Red Square and take the stairs up to the reading room or the “Harry Potter” room as students like to call it. The room looks like something that came out of the movies with its high vaulted ceilings and chandeliers. Other attractions to check out include the Drumheller Fountain, the Quad during spring when the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom, and if time permits, we suggest taking a walk on the Burke-Gilman Trail to Gas Works Park.
6. Jones Barbeque (4417 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126)
Feeling hungry from all that walking? Make a stop in West Seattle and grab dinner from Jones Barbeque. Although small, the place pacts a punch in terms of flavor. Jones serves a selection of old-fashioned BBQ favorites including ribs, brisket, & sweet-potato pie. It is good comfort food that is sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied. Do not forget to ask for extra napkins!
7. Alki Beach (1702 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116)
Take your dinner from Jones Barbeque and head over to Alki Beach Park right next to the bay. Sit down on a nearby bench or on the rocks near the beach and enjoy your dinner with a nice view. After dinner, stick around and take a stroll along the beach and enjoy the sunset. If you are not from Washington, you are in for a treat. Watch the sunset with a view of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains in the background. Although not as warm as the beaches in California, Alki offers a chance to escape the city and relax near the water.
Other notable attractions in the area to check out: Kerry Park, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Fremont Troll, Discovery Park, sporting events (Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks), and the Seattle Great Wheel.
Save time waiting in line and parking by using the FlyBuy app while you are in town. FlyBuy is offered at all the restaurants mentioned above (Caffe Torrino, Evergreens Salad, and Jones Barbeque) and more. Order ahead on the app when you are exploring the city or in the car driving. When you arrive to the restaurant, simply pull up and a friendly restaurant employee will bring your order out to your car. There is no need to park or step out of the car and there are zero fees to use the service. Click here to learn more about FlyBuy.