This is Part Two of What to See When Visiting Seattle on Foot. Part One was mainly about the strategies you need to be able to do visit Seattle and not need to rent a car. I’m grouping locations that you can take no more than 20 minutes walking between them. So when you plan your trip to Seattle you can check them out in a few hours. If you want to see what my full itinerary in Seattle, follow this link. Back to Part 2! I’m going to focus on two fun spots in Downtown Seattle: Pike Place Market and Starbucks Reserve Coffee Roaster.
We went to Seattle because my husband had a philosophy conference, and the hotel where it was held was downtown, which also ended up being our main meeting place. Not to mention that whenever I’d need a break I’d go into the hotel lobby and try to blend in with the dozens of philosophers. Walking in the city was everything the I could ask for. I think most of my time in Seattle was spent walking the streets downtown. The tall building and people walking on the streets, it’s just what I miss from living in a big city. The new constructions and old buildings blend so well, that walking up and down the Seattle hills didn’t seem like a hard task.
Quick tip: The number streets have less inclination than the non-number streets.
If you are like me that loves to nerd out and wonder around taking pictures of buildings, you are in for a treat. When I say that I loved walking the streets of Downtown Seattle I’m not kidding. I stopped to think just now and I really did that for most of the time I was there. It got to the point that I didn’t need a map anymore.
Since you’re in the city and you are probably of legal age to drink, you should definitely check out Suite 410 Bar and Lounge. Located on 410 Stewart St., this is a sure stop for happy hour. Not only their service was great but they had a great selection of classic drinks to some very unique ones.
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is a public farmer’s market that has been in operation since 1907. You’ll find everything from fresh produce to flying fish. It’s a great place to get lost and explore the different things Seattle has to offer. I didn’t spend a lot of time checking out the stores, but in case you enjoy it check out Rain or Shine’s 10 Best Kept Secrets of Pike Place Market. What I strongly suggest is that you try out pastries from one of the many pastry shops you’ll find there. Just by walking you’ll be able to follow the pastries by smell.
While you are at the Pike Market Place, you have to check out the Gum Wall. It’s located on Post Alley right underneath the Pike Market Place. The story goes that people have been sticking their gum there since 1993. It is by far one of the most disgusting and at the same time mesmerizing things I’ve ever seen in my life.
In case you are wondering if I stuck a piece of gum on the wall… wonder no more: Of course I did!
Lastly, keep an eye out for the original Starbucks – if you are up for waiting in line. We got lucky actually and didn’t spend much time in line. Still, we got two cups of Pike to go because the wait for any of their specialty drinks was huge.
Speaking of Starbuck, since you are in the city I strongly recommend that you walk up Pike street towards 1124 Pike St and you’ll find Starbucks Reserve Roaster and Tasting Room – It should take you about 15 minutes to get there. The Starbucks Roaster and Tasting Room is something completely different from anything you’ve ever thought of Starbucks. Forget the watered down frappuccinos or the huge lines of girls asking for flavored coffees, from the moment you open the doors to the Roaster and Tasting room you know you’re not at your everyday Starbucks. To start, there’s a greeter at the door that welcomes you and gives you a map of the store so you don’t get lost. All the coffees there were selected and roasted by Starbucks’ Master Roaster, who you can meet and ask all your coffee-related questions. In addition to that, you’ll be able to experience a unique coffee drinking experience, from the different brewing methods to unique flavors. My husband had a coffee where the beans were aged in whiskey barrels. It tasted like whiskey without being alcoholic. Spectacular!
It really doesn’t matter if you like Starbucks or not, the Starbucks Reserve Roaster and Tasting Room is a whole different experience. From the fancy furniture to the pneumatic system taking coffee to the many different stations, to the coffee itself. Totally worth it!
If you decide to stay in Capitol Hill, as we did, you can easily spend a day exploring Pike Market Place and on your way back stop at the Starbucks Reserve Roaster and Tasting Room. Or if it’s after 4 p.m. stop by Suite 410 for happy hour * wink wink*.
This is it for part 2 just a taste of what Downtown Seattle is all about. Part 3 I’ll show you the best-hidden secret in Seattle. If you want to see more pictures of Seattle, check out the Album on my Flickr Page.
Have you ever been to Seattle’s Pike Place Market? What was your favorite thing about it?