Things to do Seattle Downtown
Seattle has a ton of things to do and see, and sometimes trips just aren’t long enough to get to it all! If you are in Seattle for a short period of time, even just for a full day, I’ve got the best day plan for you!
My most favorite spot in the city was the area on and around Pike Place Street and First Street. You can grab a morning latte and head to the market to watch fresh fish being tossed into the air when someone makes a purchase. And by toss I mean, watch out because those fish come out of nowhere and can smack you right upside the head!
The Original Starbucks
The first thing you will want to do is get up early in the morning and head to the original Starbucks that resides at 102 Pike Street. You may need to stand in line for quite awhile to get your grande latte with an extra shot, but the experience of being in a coffee shop that has done so well for itself since 1971 is well worth it for any coffee connoisseur. From scrap leather on the bar, to furniture made from nearby farms, and burlap bag drapes- it’s rustic and has a great friendly vibe.
Pike Place Market
After you grab your grande latte with an extra shot, the next thing you will want to do in Seattle is head on over to the Pike Place Market to catch the experience of fish throwing! There’s a spot in the market where they sell fish and seafood. If you purchase fish, they will put on a small show tossing your fresh fish into the air from person to person, it’s quite entertaining!
Who wants to buy fresh seafood on their vacation? No one, what would you do with it?! That’s why they will tell you that they can flash freeze your seafood and ship it to your house! My nutritional therapist side of me will tell you, that the taste of fresh fish from the ocean (not farm raised) is immensly different. So flavorful and rich. It’s well worth it!
If you’re visiting Pike Place Market and want to learn more about the delivery of their fish and seafood products, check out GoldBelly’s website. They give you the price breakout of how much everything costs, and can give you more information on the deliveries!
The Pike Place Market has much more than seafood. It’s partly farmer’s market as well. With fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables. There’s also much shopping that can be done as you stop along the local artisan and craft tables and shoppes. A favorite stop of mine is Market Spice. All of the fresh smells of herbs, spices, and teas. Mmmmm…. For a complete list of what the market has to offer, check out the official Pike Place Market site!
Best Restaurants Seattle Downtown
Since you have spent so much time getting your latte and meandering through the market, you probably are hungry for lunch by now! There are so many great restaurants right in the market area. Some favorites are Cutters Crabhouse, Sushi Kashiba, The Seatown Market Diner, and Ettas. If you are just so excited and don’t want to leave the market, yet your tummy is telling you it’s lunchtime, look into this great Chef Tour of Pike Place Market that you can book right through AirB&B. You can’t go wrong with a two hour tour that enhances your history knowledge and your taste buds at the same time!
Day Trips from Seattle Downtown
The state of Washington has so much more to offer then fresh fish and original lattes. If you are in the downtown area and are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day, there are a ton of great places that you can head to for a day trip. Check out my blog on our Day Trip to Whidby Island. You can’t go wrong with heading north of downtown Seattle to experience this zen-ful island!
Traveling with kids always means that you need to find something fun for them to experience too! Some other great spots to head to that aren’t too far and are fun for the kids are Newcastle, the Boeing Factory (which has awesome fun tours of planes), Kubota Gardens, Alki Beach, Seward Park, or to the Soos Creek Botanical Garden & Creek.
Hope you enjoy your travels to Seattle my friends!