My boyfriend and I moved to Seattle exactly a year ago, and have since had the chance to explore and get to know the city! While we are learning more about the city everyday, I thought I would compile some of our favorite things to do and places to eat so far. We are not much for touristy things most of the time, so these are some unique ways to see the city that maybe you haven't heard of before!
1. Get a free banana at the Amazon Campus
This little known thing-to-do in Seattle is free and healthy! Amazon has a free banana stand right next to the Doppler building downtown, located in the little courtyard next to Great State Burger (yummy fries!). Pick up your healthy snack and wander around looking at the colorful Doppler building, the unique design of the Amazon Spheres, and stop by AmazonGo for a glimpse of the future of retail!
2. Take the ferry to Bainbridge Island
This is hands down one of the best adventures we have been on in the area. The ferries are fairly inexpensive, and offer amazing views of the water on your way to the island, and views of the city as you head back. Start early so that you have lots of time on the island, and so you can beat the mid-day crowds on the ferry, because they can fill up fast! Once you are on the island, Bainbridge Distillery is a must-stop. This distillery has won awards for its vodka, and it's easy to taste why! They offer a free tasting and distillery tour, but I have a feeling you'll be leaving with at least a bottle of vodka and some whiskey chocolates!
3. Walk along Alki Beach
This little town right on the beach has a southern California feel, and a great view of the mountains and Seattle across the water. Stop by Ampersand Cafe, a cute little Hawaiian coffee shop, for a cup of coffee, and drink it as you stroll along the water. Alki Beach gets busy fast when the weather is nice, so go early or off-season if you want a more peaceful walk on the beach. Although we have yet to see them, there are signs along the beach telling of possible seal sightings!
4. Happy Hour at La Cocina Oaxaqueña
Located up in the hip Capitol Hill district in downtown Seattle, this little Mexican restaurant has an awesome outdoor patio and one of the best happy hour deals in the city. From 4-6pm Monday through Friday, swing by for super strong $6 margaritas, and snacks starting at $4 for chips and guacamole. Their food is inspired by southern Mexico, and is fresher and lighter than most Mexican food. They also have an awesome salsa bar featuring 4 different types of freshly made salsa.
5. Have a pint at GhostFish Brewing
Everything at this brewery is gluten free, including the beer, but you would never know it! Whether you are avoiding gluten or not, the unique flavors and cozy atmosphere are sure to please all tastes. Their beers experiment with all different ingredients to achieve gluten free beer unlike any other. They also have an entirely gluten free menu. On most days, you will see people hanging out on the small outdoor patio or inside at the bar, playing board games and enjoying a pint!
Have you visited Seattle before? What are your favorite places to go? I would love to hear from you if you explore one of the places above!