Bars & Restaurants
- Maneki ($$)
- Japanese home cooking. Way more to experience here than sushi, although the sushi is great too.
- Cremant ($$$)
- Bistro fare in Madrona. Prepare to eat at least one stick of butter, maybe two.
- Lark ($$$)
- Maybe a little less tradition bound than Harvest Vine, below.
- Metropolitan Grill ($$$)
- Seattle steakhouse with the best happy hour in town.
- Harvest Vine ($$$)
- Really, really good. Basque style. Not trying as hard as Lark, above.
- Salumi ($)
- This is the cured deli meats deli that Mario Batali's dad owns. The food is great.
However, be aware that it is more of a lunch spot, there are like three tables. The line is long starting
at 11:30am and their hours are tues-fri 11am to 4pm. I recommend calling in any sliced deli meat orders
ahead of time and going after the lunch rush.
- Sichuanese Cuisine Restaurant ($)
- Ok, it's not a very original name for a restaurant, but the food is crazy good. Right next door to Thanh Vi.
- Thanh Vi ($)
- Get your Vietnamese fix on. Right next to Sichuanese Cuisine, above.
Local Favorite Spots
- Aqua Verde
- This is a great place to go kayaking. Above is an good Mexican
restaurant with great mango margaritas. Below is a kayak rental
place. So you can do an hour or so of kayaking (around the
houseboats) and then return and get your mango margarita on. One
warning it can be crowded on weekends and nice days, so get there
- Rent a Canoe
- If Aqua Verde is too crowded, check out the budget option at the University of WA Waterfront Activities Center. Rent a canoe for a few dollars an hour and paddle around the arboretum.
- Pike Place Market
- Sure its the most touristy spot in Seattle, but I love tourist
spots that have to do with food. You can spend a day just going from
one place to the next eating. There is always something going
- This Frank Gehry built museum is a tribute to music and is a pretty
fun place to go. They have revolving exhibits. Also, EMP is at the
Seattle Center where there is the space needle (neither of us have
still been up that), the Children's Museum, andn the Pacific Science
- Central Library
- Architecture buffs may want to check out the Seattle Central Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas. Located downtown at 4th and Spring. You can't miss it...
- Seward Park
- Great spot for walking, inner city hikes, and swimming. Don't
bother with the official swim beach, just wanter around the south side
of the penninsula and pick a good spot!
- Don't bother with the Space Needle. Head to Volunteer Park and
climb the water tower for some great 360 degree views of the city and the mountains.
- Alki Beach
- Urban beach with great views of downtown. Perfect spot to go cruising with your lowrider or rollerblading in your bikini.
- Gasworks Park
- Old refinery turned public space provides a fine view of the city.
- Olympic Sculpture Park
- Already almost-famous sculpture garden.
- Ferry to Bainbridge Island.
- Great views of downtown and the sound for cheap.