Seattle Travel

The 86 best hotels, restaurants, shops, bars, clubs, breweries, cafes, tours, places, and things to do in Seattle, Washington.

Best Hotels

1. The Four Seasons • Downtown

The best luxury hotel in Seattle. Superb service, suites, and restaurant. Outdoor jacuzzi and heated swimming pool have views of Puget Sound. Steps from Pike Place Market and short walk to downtown shopping. Great for families. • map • (206) 749-7000

2. The Inn At The Market • Downtown

The best boutique hotel in Seattle. Warm, charming place to stay right in Pike Place Market. Surrounded by top notch restaurants but retains an unhurried genuine vibe. • map • (206) 443-3600

3. Thompson Seattle • Downtown

Brand new, trendy hotel across the street from Pike Place Market and short walk to the hip bars and restaurants in Belltown. • map • (206) 623-4600

4. Fairmont Olympic • Downtown

Classic luxury hotel in the heart of the shopping district. Short walk to Pike Place Market and downtown theaters for plays and musicals. • map • (206) 621-1700

5. Kimpton Alexis Hotel • Downtown

Fun, hip hotel with artfully designed rooms. Walking distance to Pioneer Square, Safeco Field (Mariners), Century Link Stadium (Seahawks/Sounders), downtown, and Pike Place Market. • map • (206) 624-4844

6. Hotel Max • Belltown

Trendy, modern hotel with alt rock and pop culture theme. Good rates considering its prime location and appealing atmosphere. • map • (206) 728-6299

7. Warwick Seattle • Belltown

Comfortable mid-range hotel with indoor pool and great views from higher floors, walkable to Pike Place Market and the waterfront. • map • (206) 443-4300

8. Ace Hotel • Belltown

Hip budget option with creative room designs and a young, funky vibe. Lowest priced rooms have (clean and plentiful) shared bathrooms. Daily waffle breakfast. Close to the Market and Belltown nightlife. • map • (206) 448-4721

9. Best Western Plus Hotel • Pioneer Square

Comfortable and affordable hotel in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, walking distance to the ferry terminal; sports stadiums, and Pike Place Market. Original woodwork, vintage decor, free continental breakfast. • map • (206) 340-1234

10. The Mediterranean Inn • Lower Queen Anne

Mid-range rooms near the Space Needle and Seattle Center – all with microwave kitchenettes. There’s a laundry room available to guests, and great 360 degree views from the roof deck. • map • (206) 428-4700

11. Residence Inn by Marriott • Lake Union

All-suite hotel that’s a great affordable choice for families: well-equipped kitchens, balconies, indoor pool, kids’ game room, lobby taproom/snack bar. Located in South Lake Union, with easy streetcar access into downtown. • map • (206) 624-6000


12. Steelhead Diner • Pike Place Market

The best sit-down restaurant at Pike Place Market for families. Upscale comfort food, full bar, and terrific views. Try the razor clam chowder. (No seriously, do it.) • map • (206) 625-0129

13. Matt’s In The Market • Pike Place Market

Outstanding New American cuisine, with the freshest local ingredients sourced directly from the Market below. Its central Market location, amazing views, and inviting atmosphere make Matt’s THE iconic Seattle dining spot – open for lunch and dinner. • map • (206) 467-7909

14. Place Pigalle • Pike Place Market

White tablecloths, impeccable French cuisine, and cozy charm. A hidden Pike Place gem that’s a perfect pick for a romantic date night. Book a sunset reservation and ask for a window table. • map • (206) 624-1756

15. Café Campagne • Pike Place Market

Parisian-style brasserie in the Market’s Post Alley. A good bet anytime, but especially beloved for their rainy-season cassoulet and year-round weekend brunch. • map • (206) 728-2233

16. Black Bottle • Belltown

Casual gastropub, specializing in small plates. Excellent wine list, local beers, and creative cocktails. Outdoor seating in the summer months. 21+ • map • (206) 441-1500

17. Serious Pie • Belltown

Thin and crispy-crusted pizzas, made with fresh, local ingredients, house-cured meats, and creative toppings like smoked duck and Penn Cove clams. All baked in an apple wood-fired oven. Cozy, boisterous atmosphere. There’s a South Lake Union location too, but this one is the first and best. • map • (206) 838-7388

18. Purple Cafe & Wine Bar • Downtown

Cavernous and trendy, with an excellent menu range and a wine list for days. Good kids menu, too. Reservations recommended, but two floors means there’s also plenty of first-come first-served bar seating for walk-ins. • map • (206) 829-2280

19. The Pink Door • Pike Place Market

Enchanting Italian restaurant in Pike Place Market’s Post Alley. Inside, there’s entertainment – jazz musicians, tarot-card readers, and magicians perform nightly; full-on trapeze artists on Sundays and Mondays. Outside, there’s a breezy patio with views over Puget Sound. • map • (206) 443-3241

20. Sushi Kashiba • Pike Place Market

The best sushi in downtown Seattle. There’s a small dining room and a comfortable lounge, but for the full experience, belly up to the bar and order the omakase (chef-led dinner): it’ll cost you, but it’ll be worth it. Omakase is first-come, first-serve, so get there before the 5pm opening or you’re in for a wait. Reservations recommended otherwise. • map • (206) 441-8844

21. Elliott’s Oyster House • Waterfront

Oysters, seafood, and cocktails – best enjoyed while watching the ferry boats pass over Puget Sound. Good eats on the Seattle waterfront since 1975. • map • (206) 623-4340

22. Canlis • Queen Anne

Special occasion, blow-your-paycheck fine dining, with a vibe straight out of a midcentury supper club. Sweeping views, award-winning cuisine and wine list, live piano music. This is Seattle’s only “must dress for dinner” joint – a suit (or sport coat) is required for men, and no denim allowed. Reservations are a must. Located on Queen Anne hill, north of downtown. • map • (206) 283-3313

23. Walrus and the Carpenter • Ballard

Love oysters? The best of the best are served here, along with regional clams and mussels, house smoked fish, and specialty meats (including a killer steak tartare). Casual, friendly, and walk-in only; line up early or be prepared to wait. Northwest of downtown in Seattle’s hip Ballard neighborhood. • map • (206) 395-9227


24. Metsker Maps • Pike Place Market

Maps! Big and small, current and historical, local and worldwide. Also globes, puzzles, books, postcards and all things geographical. Housed in a charming Pike Place Market storefront. • map • (206) 623-8747

25. Elliott Bay Book Company • Capitol Hill

Seattle’s most beloved bookstore, selling both new and used volumes. Vaulted timber rafters, huge selection, regular author events, handwritten staff recommendations, cozy cafe space – this is what you miss when you buy online. Plan for an hour, but prepare to spend the day. • map • (206) 623-8747

26. Eighth Generation • Pike Place Market

Authentic Native American artistry: beautiful wool blankets, jewelry, t-shirts, cellphone cases, and fine arts. Skip the tourist traps and support local Native artists, designers, and entrepreneurs. Located in Pike Place Market, just above the gum wall. • map • (206) 430-6233

27. Indi Chocolate • Pike Place Market

Small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolate shop and factory/cafe in Pike Place Market’s new lower addition. They have regular classes and events, and even sell chocolate-making equipment so you can craft your own. (For ultra-luxe treats and truffles, head to Fran’s Chocolates up the street in the Four Seasons Hotel.) • map • (425) 243-2089

28. Golden Age Collectibles • Pike Place Market

A pop-culture paradise, carrying an astounding selection of comics, games, and toys. If you can nerd out on it, Golden Age has it: Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Marvel, DC, Game of Thrones, Simpsons, etc, etc, etc. In the lower level of Pike Place Market. • map • (206) 622-9799

29. KOBO • International District

Beautiful Japanese and Northwest fine art, textiles, and gifts – both contemporary and vintage. Their Japantown location is housed in an historic Japanese family-owned variety store, and includes a museum display of the family’s treasures. They also have a Capitol Hill location, but the one in the ID is better. • map • (206) 381-3000

30. Archie McPhee • Wallingford

Gag gifts, fun kitsch, and oddities of all kinds. Kids go bonkers for their zany selection of goods, but adults might love it even more. Located north of downtown in the Wallingford neighborhood. • map • (206) 297-0240

31. Dockside Cannabis • SoDo

Recreational Marijuana is legal in Seattle, and this is the best place for beginners to buy. The store is lovely and bright, products are high end, and the friendly “budtenders” will help you figure out which strain and intake method is right for you. There’s even a small museum on site with artifacts related to the history of cannabis. • map • (844) 362-5420

32. Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop • Central District

This is where to go if all you’re looking for is good, cheap weed. They also have a Capitol Hill Location. • map • (800) 438-3784

33. University Village • University District

High-end open air shopping mall, north of downtown in the University District. Plenty of free parking. Popular shops include: AnthropologieWilliams-SonomaRestoration Hardware (whose four-story gallery showroom is a bit much, but fun to browse) • MadewellFryeRoom & BoardNorth Face. Popular restaurants: Din Tai FungBa BarEven StevensEureka BurgerBlue C SushiMolly Moon’s Ice CreamElemental Pizza. • map • (206) 523-0622

34. Steepologie • Belltown

Over 300 loose leaf teas, all of which you can try before you buy. Friendly and knowledgable staff will steer you in the right direction if you seem overwhelmed. Limited seating, no cash. • map • (206) 624-7745

35. Fremont Vintage Mall • Fremont

An underground labyrinth of stalls selling vintage toys, furniture, clothing, collectibles, art, and records; as well as locally-designed crafts and jewelry. • map • (206) 329-4460

36. Glassybaby • Madrona

Is it a votive? Is it a vase? Glassybaby’s multi-layered glass-blowing process results in gorgeous one-of-a-kind glass vessels that come in all the colors of the rainbow, and then some. Oprah and Martha both like ’em. They have a University Village location, too, but Madrona’s where the hot shop is – watch the artisans in action. • map • (206) 518-9071

37. E. Smith Mercantile • Pioneer Square

The front is a carefully curated gift shop, selling high-quality home goods, clothing, and gifts. The back is a (really good) classic cocktail bar. • map • (206) 641-7250

38. Filson • SoDo

A supplier of rugged outdoor goods since the days of the Klondike Gold Rush. Their stunning SoDo flagship location is where the factory is, and it’s open to public tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays – RSVP in advance. • map • (206) 622-3147

39. Blue Highway Games • Queen Anne

Tabletop games and puzzles of all kinds, with a large games library where you can test them out for as long as you like. And they serve beer, cider, and snacks – because that’s board game fuel. • map • (206) 282-0540

Bars & Clubs

40. Alibi Room • Pike Place Market

Cozy, dark, and intimate with great late night pizza. Located in Post Alley, near the gum wall. • map • (206) 623-3180

41. Von’s 1000 Spirits • Downtown

Fun pub-casual atmosphere, solid menu (must try: their amazing sourdough pasta), and a giant wheel that’s spun every half hour to determine the drink special. Located on 1st near the Four Seasons Hotel. • map • (206) 621-8667

42. Radiator Whiskey • Pike Place Market

Cozy and rustic tavern, with an impressive whiskey collection and an adventurous meat-heavy menu. Call ahead to order their popular smoked half pig head (serves 2-3). Tucked upstairs in Pike Place Market. • map • (206) 467-4268

43. The Nest • Downtown

Excellent high-end cocktails at the best rooftop terrace in Seattle, perched atop the Thompson hotel with sweeping views of the waterfront and Puget Sound. Can get very busy on warm evenings, so go early or call ahead for reservations. • map • (206) 623-4600

44. The Crocodile • Belltown

Dive bar that’s legendary in the Seattle music scene as the “cradle of grunge.” Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, and Alice in Chains all played here in the 90’s, and the venue still hosts great live music seven nights a week. • map • (206) 441-4618

45. Toulouse Petit • Queen Anne

Creole cuisine, twice daily award-winning happy hours, and decadent decor: floor to ceiling windows, beautiful wood and ironwork, and gold velvet booths. Also great for brunch. Located near Seattle Center. • map • (206) 432-9069

46. Damn the Weather • Pioneer Square

Cozy spot for seasonal small plates and innovative craft cocktails – and happy hour runs all afternoon long. • map • (206) 946-1283

47. Temperance Bar • Pioneer Square

An art-deco themed room with a view, Temperance is located in the historic Smith Tower observation deck. Take the antique elevator up to the 35th floor, and enjoy your cocktail alongside incredible vistas of Mount Rainier, the Space Needle, and the ferries on Puget Sound. • map • (206) 624-0414

48. Unicorn • Capitol Hill

Funky and bizarre carnival-themed bar with arcade games, photo booth, and specialty corn dogs. Fun weekly events include drag queen bingo and brunch. • map • (206) 325-6492

49. Bathtub Gin & Co. • Belltown

Authentic-feeling speakeasy, straight out of prohibition and hidden down a Belltown alleyway. (Check the website for location clues.) Great house cocktails, intimate setting. • map • (206) 728-6069

50. Zig Zag Cafe • Downtown

Elegant and cozy watering hole with maybe the best craft cocktails in Seattle, a fantastic food menu, and an inviting patio under Pike Place Market. Late night menu until 1am. • map • (206) 625-1146

51. Flatstick Pub • Belltown

Super fun games pub serving Washington beers and ciders. Indoor mini golf, cornhole, basketball beer pong, giant Jenga, and Duffleboard – a tabletop mix of mini golf and shuffleboard that you’ll only find here. Dogs allowed. • map • (206) 682-0608


52. Old Stove Brewing Co. • Pike Place Market

Modern, breezy beer hall on Pike Place Market’s new lower level expansion. Small but solid menu of great appetizers and snacks. Design your own beer flight for just $2 per 4oz taster. • map • (206) 829-4800

53. Pike Brewing Co. • Pike Place Market

Great craft beer since 1989, offering seven brews year-round (try the Kilt Lifter Scotch-style ale), as well as limited and seasonal beers. There’s a pub downstairs, an upscale restaurant above, a microbrewery museum, and brewery tours offered Tuesdays-Saturdays. • map • (206) 622-6044

54. Fremont Brewing • Fremont

Great location in trendy Fremont and across the road from the Burke Gilman bike and pedestrian path. Huge outdoor seating area is awesome on sunny days. No restaurant but outside food is welcome. Kid and dog friendly (inside and outside). • map • (206) 420-2407

55. Reuben’s Brews • Ballard

The best of a handful of great breweries in the residential/industrial Ballard neighborhood. Extensive selection of traditionally-brewed and barrel-aged favorites beers, and a small (but potent) collection of sours. No food is served, but there’s generally a food truck or two outside, and discounts at the pizzeria next door. • map • (206) 784-2859

56. Ghostfish Brewing • SoDo

The first and only dedicated gluten-free craft brewery in the state – and it’s actually good! Their Peak Buster double IPA and Belgian-style ales are particularly good. The attached pub has a fully gluten-free menu, with many vegetarian and vegan options. Located south of downtown, near the sports stadiums. • map • (206) 397-3898


57. Elm Coffee Roasters • Pioneer Square

Exceptional small-farm coffee roasted on site in Pioneer Square. The cafe is bright, with a minimalist design and a great selection of baked goods. Elm specializes in light roasts, so if you like your coffee inky, you’ll likely be disappointed. • map • (206) 445-7808

58. La Marzocco Cafe • Seattle Center

Excellent espresso, from the folks who make the machines. La Marzocco features a rotating selection of small-batch roasters, and is adjacent to local indie radio favorite KEXP’s studio space, so there’s often live music to enjoy. • map • (206) 388-3500

59. Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room • Capitol Hill

Even if you’re ambivalent about Starbucks generally, the Tasting Room’s specialty coffees (all roasted here), wide range of elevated brewing methods, and gorgeous design/ambience make this cathedral of coffee worth a visit. The amazing edibles from famed Milanese artisan bakery Princi don’t hurt either. • map • (206) 624-0173

60. Analog Coffee • Capitol Hill

Expertly crafted espresso drinks and pour-over coffee, friendly service, and old-school vinyl favorites playing in the background. A great small coffee shop for those who miss great small coffee shops. • map


61. The Underground Tour • Pioneer Square

A fun crash course into Seattle history, exploring the subterranean city that used to be. Tour groups are large, and the spiel can be kitschy, but the guides know their stuff. (If you prefer a smaller group size, try Beneath the Streets). • map • (206) 682-4646

62. Savor Seattle Food Tours • Downtown/Capitol Hill

Seattle’s best food tour company has something for everyone. Sample local chocolates, cocktails, Pike Place Market favorites, or gourmet restaurant bites. Tours offered year round. • various locations • (206) 209-5485

63. Kush Tourism • SoDo

An in-depth look at local marijuana commerce and culture. You’ll visit a glass-blowing studio for a pipe-making demonstration, a marijuana grow facility, a production facility where extractions and edibles are produced, and a retail shop. • map • (206) 587-5874

64. Bon Vivant Wine Tours • Woodinville

Get picked up at your hotel and whisked away to wineries and tasting rooms in Seattle, nearby Woodinville or Bainbridge Island, or farther afield across the Cascade Mountains. Groups are small (no more than 10 people), and private tours are available by request. • various locations • (206) 524-8687

65. Argosy Cruises • Waterfront

Seattle’s best boat tours: Visit the working harbor, journey through the Ballard Locks to see the floating homes on Lake Union, float past Bill Gates’ house on Lake Washington, or cruise out to Blake Island State Park for smoked salmon and a Northwest Native American storytelling show (summer only). • map • (206) 623-1445

66. Kenmore Air Scenic Seaplane Tour • Lake Union

See it all from above. Float plane tours are offered of Seattle, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, and the San Juan Islands, and can be combined with whale watching and kayak tours. Planes are stable and comfortable, and experienced pilots make take-off and landing a breeze. • map • (866) 435-9524

67. Victoria Clipper • Waterfront

Seattle’s only whale watching excursion that departs from downtown (March-October), Clipper Vacations also offers day trips to San Juan Island and Victoria, British Columbia. • map • (800) 888-2535

68. Alki Kayak Tours • West Seattle

Guided kayak tours of Elliott Bay and Alki Point in West Seattle. They offer daily sunset tours that are especially popular in the summer months, and a nighttime paddle during full moons. • map • (206) 953-0237

69. Safeco Field Tour • Pioneer Square

An hour-long behind the scenes look at the home of the Seattle Mariners. Visit the press box, dugouts, owner’s suite, and more. For an insiders look at where the Seahawks and Sounders play, take a CenturyLink Field tour. • map • (206) 346-4000

Things To Do

70. Pike Place Market • Downtown

71. Water Taxi to West Seattle • Waterfront

72. Ferry to Bainbridge Island • Waterfront

73. The Space Needle • Queen Anne

74. Seattle Aquarium • Waterfront

75. Seattle Center • Queen Anne

76. Museum of Flight • Tukwila

77. Woodland Park Zoo • Phinney Ridge

78. International District

79. Great Wheel • Waterfront


80. Downtown

81. Belltown

82. International District

83. Capitol Hill

84. Fremont • Buses 5/28/40/62 from downtown (20 min.)

Funky fun neighborhood with bars, diners, high end restaurants, shops, and oddball sightseeing. Best Stuff: The Fremont Troll • Theo’s Chocolate (they do cool tours) • Fremont Vintage MallFremont BrewingMilstead & Co. (coffee) • Nectar Lounge (live music) • George & Dragon Pub

85. Ballard

86. Upper Queen Anne