Parks: Green Lake (grassy lawns and 3 mile paved path around the lake), Gasworks (very photogenic, esp if your into industrial decay), the Arboretum (beautiful in spring/summer, also has canoeing).

Columbia Tower is taller than the Space Needle!

Pike Place Market is a farmers market, fish market, and local art market.  It’s huge and mostly indoor/undercover so it’s still fun if the weather sucks.

Seattle Public Library if you’re into libraries or cool modern architecture.

If you are into soccer I hear the Seattle Sounders games are awesome.  Seattle is so into it that they call it “football”.

Theo Chocolate has a yummy factory tour.  Or so I’ve heard.  Sadly I have yet to try it.


Lark is great for small plates/tapas especially if you have a group (6 or so) so you can get lots of things.

Kingfish Cafe has great Southern soul food.  I remember the cornbread muffins, red beans and rice, and strawberry shortcake with particular fondness…

Cafe Flora is gorgeous and delicious and vegetarian.

Delancy is supposed to have excellent pizza. But I haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

Zoka is my favorite place to sit and drink coffee.  Both the University District and Wallingford locations are great.

…And if you happen to be in the University District these were some of my favorites when I was a student.  Since that was AGES ago and I had poor-college-student taste, I can’t give them a very strong recommendation…

Thai Tom is a tiny but busy Thai restaurant, the long wait for a table will remind you of San Francisco.

Big Time is a lively brew pup with shuffleboard and yummy beer.

Cedars has really yummy Indian food and bottomless chai.

Posted by Tess on May 18th, 2011 Comment now »

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