Hey y’all! I’ve been a bit M.I.A. here on the blog lately, but I promise I’m alive and thriving! I talked a little bit about this on my Instagram the other day, but I’ve been prioritizing family and friends over the blog for the past few weeks. I don’t feel like that’s … bad or wrong though?!? I’m sure you guys understand. But BOY do I have some siiick content coming up (I know I always say that, but Kathleen and I just shot some looks and when I hire Kathleen you KNOW it’s gonna be good).
Mark and I took our ~first ever~ trip to SEATTLE and we loved it! We were there for my stepsister’s wedding which was magical in every sense. Because of that, we only had one day to spend exploring the city, but you better believe we maxed it out. Here’s how to spend the perfect day in Seattle and what we would have done if we had more time.
THE PERFECT DAY IN SEATTLE
SHOPPING IN THE INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT
I spend most of my free time in NYC in Chinatown, so it’s no surprise that we stopped in Seattle’s International District to see what was up. This was our very first stop – it’s a super easy ride to the International District from the airport on the light rail. We visited my stepsister’s store, Pink Gorilla Games. There are two locations, one in the Internation District and one in the U District. #shamelessplug, but her store is famous in the video gaming community – the selection is highly curated, with an emphasis on vintage/rare video games. If you or someone you know is a serious gamer, this is a great place to check out!
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS: Pink Gorilla International District, 601 S King St #101C, Seattle, WA 98104
After visiting Pink Gorilla, we walked down the street and popped into Kinokuniya, which is a Japanese book store! They had sooo many amazing books and knicknacks – I had to exercise SERIOUS self control while inside.
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS: Uwajimaya Village, 525 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104
PIKE PLACE MARKET
After exploring the International District, we were hungry af, so that was the perfect excuse to head up to the famous Pike Place Market. Instead of Ubering, being the NUMTOTs that we are, we walked back to the International District light rail station and got off at the Westlake station. The Market is huuuuuge and they sell all kinds of food, flowers, soaps, t shirts, and more. Seafood is a big thing in Seattle, so we got clam chowder and Mark got a grilled fish sandwich that he swears is the best fish sandwich he’s ever had.
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS: Pike Place Market, 85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
We actually came back to PPM the next morning with my entire family and we went to Piroshky Piroshky, a Russian piroshky bakery (piroshkies are kind of like Polish pierogies, but they are much bigger. I suggest only ordering ONE). I studied Russian in college, so it was so cool to get authentic Russian food while there. The piroshkies were to DIE for, so I recommend stopping here if seafood isn’t your thing.
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS: Piroshky Piroshky, 1908 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
THE GUM WALL
Underneath Pike Place Market in Post Alley lies the Gum Wall, which is exactly what it sounds like – a wall covered in chewed up, spit out gum. It’s totally gross but I was in awe of it. I came prepared and bought a pack of Double Bubble before our visit, so we could leave our mark on the wall. A stranger was kind enough to snap these gems of Mark and I (I want to frame these tbh). After the photos, we spit out our gum and left it on the wall in the shape of a heart. How romantic!
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS: Gum Wall, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
There’s also a super cute coffee shop called Ghost Alley right by the Gum Wall – the staff was super friendly and nice, so I’d recommend stopping here if you want non-Starbucks coffee.
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS: Ghost Alley, 1499 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101
THE FIRST STARBUCKS
The first Starbucks is right by Piroshky Piroshky but here’s the thing – there’s a huge line outside of it. I was tired and didn’t really want to wait in a huge line to see a Starbucks with some brown signs instead of green ones. There’s a regular Starbucks near the famous “Pike Place Market” sign, so I stopped in there to get my caffeine fix 🤷🏻♀️.
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS (ORIGINAL): Starbucks, 1912 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS (REGULAR): Starbucks, 102 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
LEFT BANK BOOKS COLLECTIVE
Mark and I love bookstores, and Left Bank did not disappoint. Cozy, quiet, independently run and conveniently located right outside of Pike Place Market? Yes, yes, yes, and YES!
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS: 92 Pike St #B, Seattle, WA 98101
The Seattle Ferris Wheel reminded me sooo much of the wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago. The wheel takes you right over the water and you have gorgeous views of the city and surrounding mountains. You can also drink on the wheel, so I got a glass of wine for my ride. This is a very touristy activity, but it was definitely worth doing! I felt like I got my money’s worth here.
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS: 1501 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98134
MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE
This was highly recommended to us by people who know Mark and I well, so we HAD to check it out! Mark said it was the best museum he’s ever been to, but I thought it was just ok lol. A lot of the exhibits are focused on bands/music, so if that’s your thing, then you’ll love this museum. Walking through each exhibit only made me hyper aware of how “uncultured” I am lmao – I don’t really watch a ton of movies or listen to that many different bands (I spent most of my formative years scouring models.com looking at fashion editorials and on my Tumblr dashboard, comment below if you can relate to that). It was still fun though, but I have a feeling I probably would have enjoyed Chihuly Garden and Glass more.
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS: 325 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
WHAT WE WOULD HAVE DONE IF WE HAD MORE TIME
CHIHULY GARDEN AND GLASS
Who doesn’t love Chihuly?!? Dave Chihuly is a world renown glass sculptor based in the PNW, and Chihuly Garden and Glass is a permanent sculpture garden exhibition of his work. Chihuly Garden and Glass is right next to the Museum of Pop Culture and the Space Needle, which is super convenient if you’re looking to do any combination of those three things.
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS: 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
RESTAURANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT
If we had more time, I probably would have had lunch in the International District because we passed by so many incredible Asian restaurants while walking around. Y’all know that I almost exclusively eat Asian/Asian-inspired foods (I’ve even started making my own lo mein and egg drop soup at home lol), so I would’ve liked to have sat down for a bowl of pho or something.
SEATTLE JAPANESE GARDEN
Loooove me a good botantical garden! Since we were here in the fall, the foliage in the Japanese Garden would have been incredible to see!
ADD TO GOOGLE MAPS: 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112
FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE PERFECT DAY IN SEATTLE
Seattle was AWESOME and has so much to offer. I definitely understand what the hype is about now. It’s right on the water and surrounded by gorgeous mountains/nature, and has plenty of interesting museums and great dining. I definitely want to visit again since I didn’t have enough time to do everything I wanted to. It’s also pretty close to Vancouver, Canada, which is another place I’d love to visit. I’d also come back in the fall since the weather and the foliage were both *chef’s kiss* while we were there.
Have you ever been to Seattle or the Pacific Northwest? What’s your idea of a perfect day in Seattle? Leave your thoughts with me in the comments below.