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Local 360 [b/l/d]: farm-to-table, new American restaurant in Belltown. Reco the Duck Patte, Fried Chicken, and the Seattle Slaw to sip.

Nosh the Truck [food truck]: The best fish and chips I’ve ever eaten – and this is coming from someone who grew up in a beach town in Australia. Bonus: the minted mushy peas.

Michou [on-the-go]: Small spot in Pike Place Market with quick sandwiches and easy to justify mini doughnuts.

Storyville Coffee Company [caffeine]: Ignore that fact that Starbucks was born in Seattle and get yourself a superb cuppa + views at Storyville.

Top Pot Doughnuts [snacks, caffeine]: gourmet doughnuts and a coffee to match.


Fremont Brewing [brewery]: For your afternoon delight. They have an unbeatable outdoor area, and brews to match. Reco the nitro stout.


Pike Place Market: Ask anyone what to do in Seattle and PPM will make the list. Sure, it’s touristy, but if you’re any sort of foodie you’ll appreciate the freshly caught salmon and produce that line the rows of stalls.

Queen Anne: One of those neighborhoods where you can’t help but wonder how much the houses cost. Stop by Kerry Park for the best view of Seattle and Mount Rainier.

Fremont: Dude with beards seems to be in abundance here. Maybe it’s because of the high concentration of breweries? Go on a Sunday and explore the street market for trinkets and the Nosh food truck, and follow with a tour of the Theo chocolate factory. Finish the day with a brew at Fremont Brewing.

Olympic Sculpture Park: Grab a dinner to go and head down to this park at sunset to catch a view that can’t be beat.

University of Washington: Is it weird that I enjoy visiting other college campuses? Not many can rival the manicured grounds and views of this one, especially with Mount Rainier in the background.

Ballard Locks (also known as Hiram M. Chittenden): Watch multi-million dollar boats and salmon (seasonal) swim in and out of the locks. Weirdly satisfying, and and excellent way to spend your afternoon (bottle of wine optional).