Pike Place Market is a wonderful place to visit when the sun is out. Everyone is a tourist -including the localites ;) From Pike Place you can wander into Pioneer Square or catch a free ride on the Metro to International District -make sure to grab a bus schedule and also plan via the website a day or two in advance (I used it religiously!).
Vegetarian bites to keep in mind:
-Bamboo Garden (Seattle, near the Key Arena)
-Pizza Pi (by the U-district)
-Cafe Flora (by the Seattle Arboretum)
→Good resource for vegan stuff in the neighborhood
Hope you enjoy our city!
The beauty of Seattle isn’t the city itself, but what’s in the area. A trip to Mt. Rainier National Park and the Olympics cannot be missed. In the city, I highly recommend a Mariners a baseball game at Safeco field, and walking on the beach on Alki Point in West Seattle. The Seattle Center and the Space Needle are pretty cool too, though a little touristy. Take a trip to the Pike Place Market – the famous farmer’s market in downtown Seattle.
Most definitely go to Pike Place Market-it’s fun to wander around in. I really loved going to Seattle Center, and taking in the EMP-Experience Music Project along with the ourdoors part where it shoots water up into the sky and kids/grownups run around insanely. Go to google and type in Seattle parks, as they are lovely and pretty cheap for most part.
As to eating vegetarian, wander around the U-district, lots of choices and things to see.
There’s a lot to see anytime of the year, June even moreso. Enjoy our manic 4:30am to 9:30pm daylight! Two daytimes for the price of one. Don’t be surprised if it does become grey and drizzle for a while. June Gloom can happen here.
Ferrying out to Bremerton or Bainbridge Island from Seattle is a must, regardless of the weather. Bring a sweater, so you can go outside and take pictures of the Puget Sound waterfronts all around you. On a clear day, Mt. Rainier will follow you.
Now, I’m a vegetarian myself, but I find that I often eat at places that have vegetarian or vegan options rather than go to vegetarian-only or vegan-only places. You’ll find that pretty much every restaurant in Seattle has vegetarian or vegan options that aren’t offensively bland or bad, since there are lots of vegetarians here.
the Wayward Cafe in Greenwood is really good. The underrated choice is the raw vegan Chaco Canyon in the U District. I’m not a macrobiotics guy, but these guys really do a great job of making raw food tasty for people who don’t know that raw or vegan is.
There’s Teapot on 15th ave in Capitol hill if you want fake meat Asian fusion.
And while it’s the least healthy, the tastiest vegan option is Hillside Quickies in the U Dis and Capitol Hill. Jamaican vegan “burgers”/sandwiches. And the Mac & Yeese. Best when hot. Not that cheap, definitely oily, and make take a while to cook, but it’s worth it.
Another vote for teapot!
Also, I <3 the Square Lotus in Factoria – not that anyone would deliberately go to Factoria, but if you happened to find yourself there, I’d sure eat at the Square Lotus.
If you are in Seattle…go visit the Robots at their office…They aren’t really robots at all…but people!!…don’t tell them I said anything though…
If you’re going to Pike Place, go to the second hand store and check out the shrunken head!!! LOL
If you love Jimi Hendrix, go visit his grave, just south of town.
I love vegetarians! They leave MOREMEAT for the rest of us! (And have smaller brains…LOL)
Go up in the Space Neelde, natch! :c)
If you like shrunken heads, then also go to Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe on the Waterfront and see the mummified man. We always take out-of-town visitors there. It’s a very touristy place, but hey, to see the mummy is free, and you’re probably going to walk along the waterfront anyway…
Shrunken heads rock!! What’s not to like?? :c)
Takes me back to the good old days of cannibalism, raping and pillaging, Dixieland jazz…Way more fun than this sterile, homogeneous politically correct world we suffer through now!
Just be the had shrinker, not the shrinkee!! ;c)
Well, you can keep the cannibalism, raping and pillaging, as far as I’m concerned.
But there’s no harm in either Dixieland Jazz, mummified miners, or old shrunken heads, I think. Just because these things are not everyone’s cup of tea doesn’t mean that there aren’t others who would enjoy them.
Seattle and the Puget Sound region are well known for both entertainment and outdoor activities. There’s much to choose from, but I wouldn’t miss the following:
Pike Place Market
Seattle Center & Space Needle
For nightlife I recommend:
Showbox at the Market (Downtown)
Big Picture (Belltown)
Crocodile Cafe (Belltown
Elite Event (Queen Anne)
Chez Shea (Downtown)
For outdoor activities I recommend:
Mt Rainier hike
Kubota Garden (Rainier Beach)
Discovery Park (Magnolia)
REI Indoor Rock Wall (Central) – not exactly outdoor but in city
I recommend the following vegetarian restaurants in Seattle:
Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine (Wallingford)
Bengal Tiger (Roosevelt)
Moonlight Cafe (Vietnamese Cuisine, Central Seattle)
Cafe Flora (Madison Park)
I really recommend using public transportation or taxi to get around in Seattle and the Puget Sound area. Public transportiaon isn’t the most extensive in this area, and taxis are somewhat expensive. Yet driving in Seattle or between Renton and Bothell on the east side of Lake Washington is risky due to the roads, heavy congestion, and overly aggressive policing.
They can write me out all the speeding tickets they like, I’ll just duck back across the Canadian border! :c)
;) I’ve had visitors who have encountered everything from bizarre accidents to the sort of policing one would expect in the developing world. One can encounter much worse than speeding tickets, especially in the Puget Sound/Lake Washington area.
After you see the urban sites, take half a day to enjoy the natural attractions: the sea and the mountains.
I would recommend a ferry ride. From Seattle you can get to some of our islands (Vashon, Bainbridge) or over to the peninsula.
If you’ll have a car while you’re here drive through the Cascade foothills. Lake Easton state park and the town of Cle Elum are only about an hour and a half East of Seattle on I-90.
Carmelita is one of the the best restaurants in Seattle, vegetarian or not.
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