Best of Seattle

If you’re looking for places to visit while in Seattle, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a listing of favorites from our very own conference registrants who live in or near Seattle.

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Coffee or Coffee Shop

  • Starbucks Reserve Roastery
  • La Marzocco (It shares space with KEXP, our local radio station, and you can even watch the DJs!)
  • Caffe Vita
  • Well Starbucks of course! The original shop is at Pike Place!
  • Peet’s Coffee
  • Uptown Espresso (Best mocha in the US called the Cafe Generra)

Brewery or Winery

  • Winery – Chateau Ste Michelle
  • Brewery – Fremont (near Gasworks)
  • Chateau St Michelle
  • Westport Winery
  • Fremont Brewing Company – go just to look at the art on the bottles!
  • Woodinville Wine Country
  • All of them!
  • Georgetown Brewing Company – IPA called Bodhizafa

Restaurant or Café

  • Sweet Iron (breakfast)
  • Grand Central Bakery (breakfast)
  • 14 Carrot (breakfast)
  • Skillet (breakfast)
  • Essential Café (lunch)
  • Pecado Bueno (lunch)
  • How to Cook a Wolf
  • Din Tai Fung (get the soup dumplings!)
  • Bizarro Italian Cafe
  • Anthony’s
  • Salty’s
  • RN 74
  • Portage Bay Restaurant (breakfast)
  • Dragonfish
  • Etta’s
  • Dahlia
  • Crab Pot
  • Japonessa Sushi Cocina
  • Space Needle Restaurant (for the views)
  • Etta’s (or any of the Tom Douglas restaurants)
  • Revel in Ballard. Worth the Uber trip!

Tourist Attraction

  • Kerry Park – great view of the city           
  • Pike Place Market          
  • Theo’s Chocolate tour
  • Sunday Fremont ice cream cruise     
  • Pike Place Market          
  • Space Needle
  • Gasworks Park is a local gem with awesome views of Puget Sound        
  • Museum of Pop Culture              
  • Fremont Troll   
  • Seattle-Bainbridge ferry

Family-Friendly Activity

  • Pacific Science Center
  • Riding the monorail
  • Burke Museum
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Pike Place Market
  • Seattle Children’s Museum
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Seattle Center (the butterfly house is amazing!)
  • Whale watching
  • Gasworks Park

Place to Shop

  • Local farmers markets (Fremont & Ballard are great)
  • Easy Street Records
  • Pretty Parlor
  • Archie McPhee
  • Elliot Bay Book Company
  • Seattle Premium Outlet
  • Fremont Shops
  • Pike Place Market
  • Westlake Center
  • Pacific Place

Outdoor Activity

  • Watching the seaplanes at Gasworks
  • Taking a ferry to one of the islands
  • Hiking/ jogging around Green Lake
  • Seattle sculpture park along the waterfront
  • Hiking
  • Walking the streets of our city
  • Gasworks Park
  • Golfing
  • Olympic National Park
  • Hiking, biking
  • Climbing/hiking near Mount Rainier (2.5 hour drive)

Sporting Event

  • Seawolves Rugby
  • Gonzaga’s Battle in Seattle
  • Mariners
  • Seahawks Football
  • Indoor climbing at Vertical World (first climbing gym in US)

Art Space (i.e. Gallery, Museum, Outdoor Installation)

  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Museum of Pop Culture
  • Vermillion
  • Museum of Flight
  • Frye Museum
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Pike Place Market
  • Seattle Center