I am back from a wonderful girls trip to Seattle. It was my third time visiting Seattle but it was a totally different experience this time around. Seattle is known for its coffee scene and they have the best cafes in every corner and street.
We started with the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, a unique experience for all coffee enthusiasts. It is all about the coffee here. You can watch the process from the roasting of beans to it getting to your cup. Their menu is extensive with coffees from around the world plus seasonal creations. I tried the Costa Rica Naranjo – a bright citrus with notes of pomelo and lemon with a creamy milk chocolate sweetness. Their food menu offers sweet and savory bits and bobs to go with your coffee. If you are wanting for more than just a scone, they have pizzas and sandwiches too.
Next stop was Suzzallo Library inside the University of Washington which is open to the public. It gives all the Harry Potter vibes and leaves you feeling like you are in Hogwarts. Just look at the Grand Staircase and the Reading Room.
Then we strolled around the campus, admiring the architecture and the glorious sunny day in Seattle. A quick stop at Burger and Kabob Hut for some Indian masala burgers. Don’t go by the looks of the place, the burger (chicken masala burger) is amazing.
There are many spots in Seattle to get views of the city and Gas Works Park is one of them. A former gas plant still stands here but the place is now used for walking and kite flying.
A perfect sunny day in Seattle came to an end with some fine dining at Borolo.
A new day in Seattle starts with visiting the old Pike Place Market. I always love coming back here, the vibe and energy of the market is something you can’t find in regular stores. But first, breakfast at the popular Piroshky Piroshky, offering delicious handcrafted Russian pastries since 1992. There is always a line but don’t fret it moves quickly. There are sweet and savory options to choose from and they are really good. There is no seating inside except few stools but its so worth it. Every time I’ll go to Seattle, I will make it a point to go there. Speaking of repeats, Din Tai Fung is on top of that list. If you are also dumpling obsessed then you have to go here. This place is an institution for me.
Went into the heart of old Seattle at Pioneer Square, the oldest neighborhood lined with historic buildings. Now there are shops, art galleries, coffee shops and trendy bars that fill these old buildings.
Wrapped up the trip with some Christmas cheer in Downtown Seattle and Bellevue. If you plan to visit Seattle during the winter months, November-December is great because everything is festive. Downtown Seattle is adorned for the holidays, the shops are decked up, Christmas markets on the street and so much to get you in the holiday spirit.