Whether you’re stopping through Seattle on an extended layover, or passing through on your way to explore Washington and the Pacific Northwest, it’s worth planning a day or two to check out all the sights, food, and activities the Emerald City has to offer. Here’s our itinerary for spending two days in Seattle!
If you get coffee just once in Seattle, it has to be at Vivace. Hands down the BEST espresso we’ve ever had!!! And we’re kiiindaaaa espresso connoisseurs *says in fancy accent*. Seriously guys, even Emeril described Vivace’s espresso as “the best in the U.S., if not the world”.
This shit beats Italy’s espresso by a landslide. Smooth, bold, and not at all bitter. David Schomer and Geneva Sullivan began Vivace in 1988, roasting their beans in the Northern Italian style, which brings about the highest concentration of caramelized sugars of any roasting style. This explains why the espresso is sorta sweet, even without any sugar added. Yum!
Bird On A Wire Cafe
Head over to Kerry Park for great views of the sun rising over the Seattle skyline. Only there was no sunrise when we were there and it was super cloudy (cons of going in April D: ). Nevertheless, it was still a beautiful, lesser-known view of Seattle.
Pike Place Market
After an unsuccessful sunrise, we drove over to Pike Place Market in the heart of Seattle. This is by far one of our favorite markets we’ve been to!
Post Alley Gum Wall
Jose Rizal Park
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya
If you have more time in Seattle…
Seattle Space Needle
Unfortunately, construction on the Seattle Space Needle during our visit prevented us from the stunning panoramic views (and a nice dinner we were planning on having at the top!) achieved by ascending the 605 ft tower. Tickets cost $26 for general admission, $22 for seniors and $17 for children. Heading to the top of this world famous structure is definitely a must do when in Seattle.
Update 4/25/18: We received false information about the Seattle Space Needle during our visit. The restaurant is closed for renovations, but the observation deck is still open!