Before Seattle’s #Snowpocalypse2019 was all anyone could talk about, I had a few visitors ask my advice on sightseeing in Seattle—specifically in just one day.
Creating a list of can’t miss Seattle attractions proved to be a delightful daydreaming exercise as I considered what I would do if I had a full day by myself without any commitments (a rare and delicious treat these days).
So what should you do if you only have a day to experience Seattle? (Caveat: this general year-round guide is for standard Seattle weather, from a bit drizzly to sunshine, and not designed for #snowmageddon2019.) Here’s what this Seattleite would do with a day to herself:
Start your day in Pike Place Market. The early mornings are my favorite time to be there! Le Panier opens at 7 a.m. so head there first for a nice coffee and the epinard. Sit in the window and watch the market wake up.
At 8 o’clock Piroshky Piroshky opens. Get the meat and cheese and the walk around the market. Find the gum wall and realize that all that gum is new since they cleaned it all off last September. Gross.
Work your way down to the waterfront and take a walk along the water. Take a selfie with Seattle’s Great Wheel in the background. Head to the Olympic Sculpture Park and explore the outdoor art. Walk up the hill to MoPop, which opens at 10 a.m. and has some cool music history, especially of Seattle’s grunge era. Take a photo of the Space Needle, but don’t pay to go up (better idea later). Take the monorail back downtown and maybe pop into at Nordstrom (it started here, what a great excuse to go shopping!).
Stroll down to Pioneer Square, Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. Take pictures of cool graffiti, etc. See if you can sneak into Il Corvo for a bite (it closes at 3 p.m.). Next, head to the Smith Tower for a cocktail with the best view in town (even better because it includes the Space Needle).
Make it to Bar Melusine by 5:30 pm for oyster happy hour and then wander around Capitol Hill. If it’s still light out, grab your Instagram boyfriend or just a friendly passerby and work those angles in every cute corner of Chophouse Row.
Choose your own adventure options:
Cafe Campagne: For a fancy brunch in the market if you have time.
Spinasse: The best pasta of your life. Get the butter-sage-angel-hair-pasta situation and realize you’ll never stop thinking about it.
Shiro’s: If you love sushi, this is a fun spot to sit at the sushi bar and let them guide you.
Deep Dive: Easily the coolest, swankiest feast-for-the-eyes bar in downtown right now, and perfect for a cold or wet Seattle night.
Soul Cycle SLUN: Will change your life. It’s a party on a bike. I’ll see you there!