We love traveling both in and out of the country, but always look forward to coming home to Seattle. Here are some of our favorite things/places to go in Seattle/the PNW. 

Capitol Hill/Central District:

Shopping:

Elliott Bay Books (Bookstore)

Wall of Sound (Record Store)

20/20 Cycle (Bike shop)

NUBE (Boutique & Dank Crystal Retailer)

Ghost Gallery (Boutique & Dank Crystal retailer)

Food/Coffee:

Oddfellows & Little Oddfellows 

Momiji 

Via Tribunali 

Sitka and Spruce 

Smith

St John's

Porchlight Coffee (Go see Zack and tell him I set you. Candle master, friend and baseball lover.)

Cafe Presse

Cafe Pettirosso

TALLULAHS

Ballard:

Shopping:

Sonic Boom Records (Record Store)

Light in the Attic Record Store (Open Saturday & Sunday from 12-4)

Baleen (Boutique)

Prism  (Boutique)

Food/Coffee:

Bitterroot 

The Gerald

La Carta de Oaxaca (Oaxaca) 

Essex 

Hattie's Hat 

Hotel Albatross

Ballard/Frelard Pizza Company

Golden City  (BEST DIVE BAR IN SEATTLE)

Fresh Flours

Cafe Fiore

Cupcake Royale

Fat Hen 

Downtown:

Food/Coffee:

Matt’s in the Market

Le Pitchet 

Lola

Palace Kitchen

Dahlia Lounge

Serious Pie

Monorail Espresso 

Moore Coffee

Top Pot Donuts

Fremont:

Food/Coffee:

Revel 

Silence Heart Nest

Fremont Coffee Company

Lighthouse Coffee

Add-a-ball

Shopping:

Jive Time (Record Store)

Burnt Sugar (Boutique)

Georgetown:

Food/Coffee:

Fonda La Catrina 

Smarty Pants

The Corson Building (Treat Yo Self)

All City Coffee

NW Adventures:

Sunday Market: Each neighborhood in the city has their own farmer’s market. Fremont's tends to have more antiques and food trucks, while Ballard's Market has more vetaband flowers. 

In Town Parks & Swimming:

Golden Gardens: One of the best parks in the city to hang out on the beach and look for seals and whales. Parking can be tricky but there's a bike path that runs alongside the water.

Discovery Park: 534 acre natural area park. It is the largest park in Seattle, and occupies most of the former Fort Lawton site. Very easy to get lost in this urban park. 

Denny Blaine: Located directly across from the house that Kurt Cobain killed himself in, Denny Blaine is a hotbed for nude/topless hipsters. 

T-Dock (498 Lake Washington Blvd): Though it gets VERY crowded, the T Dock provides the best of both world's, a chance to lie out and sunbath and go for a dip without having to trek through the stoney shores. Bet warned that people dock themselves from morning to night so getting a spot is often difficult. 

Green Lake: After speed walking around the lake, a dip has never felt so nice. If you can look past the the color of the water and the fact you're swimming in a massive pond that ducks poop in, you'll be just fine. 

Matthews Beach (5100 NW 93rd) 

Magnuson (7400 Sand Point Way ne)

Seward Park: This is one of my favorite spots to swim out. Mostly families and provides a great view of Mt. Rainer. 

Out of Town Swims:

Rattle Snake Lake: Great swimming. This is also connected to the Twin Falls Hike, lots of switchbacks but worth the view. 

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Close friend and expert photo blogger Carly Starr knows how to travel. Check out her blog for local and international adventure suggestions. She won't steer you wrong.