Serious Pie – Gourmet, wood-fire pizza (316 Virginia St. corner 4th Ave.) Pizzeria with a bread baker’s soul, serves up pies with blistered crusts, light textured but with just enough structure and bite. Our attentiveness to each pizza in the 600 degree stone-encased apple wood burning oven preserves the character of house made charcuterie and artisan cheeses from around the world. There are two other locations in Seattle now at Pike St. and Westlake Ave. in North Seattle. Open daily 11am – 11pm. $15-20.
Mexico Cantina y Cochina – Mexican restaurant and rooftop patio (600 Pine St, between 6th and 7th Ave.) Nestled on the top floor of Pacific Place Mall, with scenic views overlooking the busy Pine Street below, they serve local seafood, meats, and produce and integrate them with the diverse cuisine of Mexico, especially cuisine from the Veracruz region. Open daily 11am-9pm. $15-30.
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Bavarian Meats – Bavarian deli, shop, and café (1920 Pike Place). Part lunchtime destination, part German grandmother’s pantry. Enjoy a meal in the store or have it shipped to your front door. Bavarian Meats is a third-generation family owned and operated business. Max Hofstatter came to America from Munich in 1933. He was only 19 years old, but he had big plans and a small suitcase. He settled in Seattle and worked as a sausage-maker for many years, honing his craft. Bavarian Meats was founded in 1961, just in time for Max to make a name for himself at the 1962 World’s Fair. In the early ’70s, Max passed the torch to his sons, Jerry and Bob. And now, Jerry’s twin daughters, Lynn and Lyla, run the family business. Open daily 9am-5:45pm (till 4pm on Sundays). $5-15.
Piroshky Piroshky – Russian Bakery (1908 Pike Place) Savoury and sweet hand-held pies with fillings as diverse and differing as the cultures and people who make and serve them. Opened in 1992, the bakery brings a taste of Russia to the Pacific Northwest. Also in Columbia Center on 5th Ave. and in two other locations in Seattle. Open daily 8am-6pm. $5-10.
Honest Biscuits – Biscuit sandwiches café and catering (93 Pike St. in the Atrium) Started by Art Stone, who made biscuits with his grandmother in rural North Carolina when he was about four years old. After the past six months of perfecting his own recipe, he believes he may be finally catching up to her. He is trying to respect his grandmother’s legacy while injecting his own life experience, traveling and living in different places, to take biscuits to the next level. Open daily 8am-5pm. $5-10.
Starbucks – The original Starbucks coffee shop (1912 Pike Place) Opened in 1971. The design evokes the heritage of that first store through hard woods, furniture and lighting, with many recycled elements of the original store preserved during construction. While commonly referred to as the first Starbucks location, the current address is the second for the Pike Place store. The first Starbucks cafe was located at 2000 Western Avenue from 1971–1976. This cafe later moved to 1912 Pike Place, its present location. Open daily 6am-9pm. $5-10.
Etta’s Seafood – One of Tom Douglas’ restaurants (2020 Western Ave. at Pike Place Market) In 2006, Tom Douglas and his wife and business partner, Jackie Cross bought a house with a little acreage in Prosser, Washington, in the lower Yakima Valley, 2 ½ hours east of Seattle. After a few years struggling with the new farmer’s learning curve, their first big year of production was in 2010, transporting 2400 pounds of produce a week from the farm for distribution to all the Tom Douglas Restaurants. Open daily 11:30am-9pm. $15-25.
Beecher’s – Handmade cheese (Pike Place) Located in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and New York City’s Flatiron District, the store and café demonstrate the centuries-old craftsmanship that goes into every batch of cheese, serve hot paninis, soups, and the “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese. As with the Seattle location, the cheese made in New York City is made from premiuim milk from local herds just south of Albany. Open daily 9am-7pm. $8-15.
La Buona Tavola Truffle Café – Oil and wine tasting shop (1524 Pike Place) Known for wine tastings, truffle salt, and specialty food samples with ingredients (ripe tomatoes, fresh Basil, fragrant European Truffles). They have many gluten free products. Great for gifts Open daily 10am-6pm. $10-25.
Grand Central Baking Company – (214 1st Ave. S) Founded 25 years ago by Gwen Bassetti, who introduced the Como loaf in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, the bakery is still locally owned, led by a unique mixture of family and friends, and dedicated to the craft of artisan baking with the best local ingredients. Going back to Gwen’s roadside farm stand on Lopez Island in the 1960s, where she sold fresh homemade bread, jam and vegetables with a gaggle of young children, a few of whom now lead the bakery. Bassetti later opened a sandwich shop in Seattle’s newly refurbished Grand Central Hotel Building, rechristened it Grand Central Bakery in 1989 and started an artisan bread revolution. Gwen’s son Ben Davis opened the first Grand Central in Portland in 1993. Open Mon–Fri 7am-5:30pm and Saturdays 8am-4pm. $5-10.
Delicatus – Seattle Delicatessen (103 1st Ave. S) Founded by Derek Shankland and Mike Klotz on the simple concept that people in the greater Seattle area deserve a better sandwich. The vision is to meld both local and European traditions by using primarily Northwest-sourced ingredients purchased directly from local farmers, artisan producers and suppliers of the finest regional products. Open daily 11am-6pm (till 4pm on the weekends). $10-20.
Berliner Döner – (221 1st Ave. S) Rotating kebab meats, marinated chicken, and leg of lamb roasts served on locally baked Turkish-German style flat bread and Greek style pita, spinach wraps, and ciabatta rolls with house-made yogurt sauces and fresh produce. Open Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm. $10-15.
Bookstore Bar and Café – (1007 1st Ave.) C.S. Lewis had it right when he said that eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably. A delight for bibliophiles and foodies alike, the Bookstore has brick walls, library desk lamps, and shelves lined with books and bottles. It serves contemporary cuisine, and one of the largest selections of scotch and whiskey. Try their brunch. Open daily 7am-12am. $15-30.
Oddfellows – Café and Bar (1525 10th Ave.) Committed to environmentally sustainable practices in daily operations, they source food from predominantly local purveyors to produce simple, lovely food using as many sustainable, organic, humane and environmentally friendly ingredients as possible. The interior, furnishings and fixtures at Oddfellows are 90% salvaged, recycled or repurposed. All thier paper goods, coffee supplies and take-out materials are 100% compostable. Try their brunch! Open daily from 8am-till late. $10-25.
Sitka and Spruce – Rustic chic wine bar (1531 Melrose Ave.) The Northwest-ingredients inspired by the chef Matt Dillon’s travels to Spain and his interest in Persian and North African cooking result in dishes like mackerel with feta and pistachios. He uses many of the cheeses, meats, and wine that the shops in the market stock. Open daily 11:30am-2pm and 5pm-10pm. $20-35.
Linda’s Tavern – Cowboy-themed dive bar, and the last place Kurt Cobain was seen alive (707 E Pine St.) Ranchlike decor, an outdoor patio, and a popular weekend brunch. Linda Derschang (a Colorado native who moved to Seattle in 1987 to open a clothing shop), Bruce Pavitt, and Jonathan Poneman (the founders of local record label Sub Pop), opened Linda’s Tavern with four beers on tap and no food, and became an immediate institution—a place musicians worked and hung out. A full liquor license, a kitchen addition, and two decades later, Linda’s remains, in location and spirit, more or less the same since opening in February of 1994: a neighbourhood bar, no matter how the neighbourhood changes. Open daily 4pm-2am. $10-15.
Victrola Coffee Roasters – Art Deco-themed coffee shop (310 E Pike St, between Melrose and Belleview) Named for the popular home phonograph of the 1920s to embraced the liveliness, exuberance and fun, of the Jazz era, Victrola opened in 2000 in the 15th Avenue neighbourhood. In 2003, they began roasting their own coffee, and opened a second location in 2007 in an old 1920’s auto row building just off downtown at the base of Capitol Hill. In 2009 Victrola acquired a great neighbourhood cafe just down from the Library and light rail station on Beacon Hill. Try their weekly tastings, and pastries. Open daily 6:30am-8pm. $5-15.
Bauhaus Coffee – Book-lined café with Space Needle views (414 E Pine St, corner Crawford Place) Opened in 1993, it’s the spot to bring a book and tune out over a cup of coffee. Big windows offer spectacular views of the Space Needle as well as the neighbourhood foot traffic. With two other locations in Ballard and Green Lake, each coffee shop has a uniquely different theme, same great coffee. Open daily 6am-1am. $5-15.
Quinn’s Pub – Gastropub with artisanal eats and a curated beer selection (1001 E Pike St) They serve hand-cut fries, roasted beet salad, classic fish and chips, wild boar sloppy joe, and an awesome burger. Open daily 3pm-1am. $10-20.
Bastille – Café and Bar (5307 Ballard Ave. NW) Commitment to organic, sustainable agriculture, they source their products from local farmers and purveyors, and have installed a 4,500 square foot garden of raised-bed planter boxes where they grow their own lettuces and herbs. Installed and maintained by Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farm Company, the boxes are irrigated and heated to keep fresh greens throughout the year. They offers tours every Monday from June 8 to September 21 at 5:30pm for $10. The tour includes a complimentary rooftop-inspired cocktail (available alcohol-free). They have a lovely covered patio and great brunch on Sundays! Open daily 5:30pm-11am, and Sundays 10am-12am. $15-30.
The Walrus and the Carpenter – Seafood restaurant (4739 Ballard Ave. NW) The name was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1872), it’s a neighbourhood resto with a cozy, welcoming setting, opened in 2010. Open daily 4-10pm. $10-25.
Things to do and see:
The Globe Bookstore – New and used books (218 1st Ave. S, Grand Central Building, Pioneer Square) The Globe offers books of good value, new and used, in arts, sciences, literature, history, children’s titles, and cooking. Owned and operated by Carolyn and John Siscoe since 1979, the Globe is open daily from 10am to 6pm.
Ballard Farmers Market – (Ballard Avenue NW, between Vernon Place and 22nd Ave.) Open since 2000, Ballard Farmers Market is Seattle’s first year-round neighbourhood farmers market selling produce exclusively from Washington state farmers. 2015 marks their fifteenth anniversary. Check out their Recipes Blog. Every Sunday 10am-3pm, year round, except for Christmas and New Year’s Day when they fall on a Sunday).
Sky View Observatory – 73 floor of Columbia Center (701 5th Ave.) At nearly 1,000 feet it offers the tallest public viewing area west of the Mississippi. The 360 degree panoramic view includes Mt. Rainier, Bellevue, the Cascade Mountains, Mt. Baker, Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the Space Needle and the city of Seattle. Developed by Martin Selig, the 76-story Columbia Center was completed in 1985. Clad in smoked tempered glass and Carnelian granite, the structure boasts 8,800 windows, 2,100 hydronic heat pumps, 48 elevators, and 6 escalators. The many technical innovations required for such a large scale project, such as viscoelastic dampers and triangle shaped bracing, enable Columbia Center to withstand earthquakes and hurricane force winds, making it one of the strongest and safest buildings in the Pacific Northwest. Open daily 10am-8pm. Best view is at sunset! $14.25.
Alki Beach – (1702 Alki Ave. SW, West Seattle) Great spot for a 2.5 mile walk any time of year. There are picnic tables, a bathhouse housing an art studio, and a restroom at the south (Alki Point) end of the beach, and there you’ll find the monument to the arrival of the first white settlers on November 13, 1851 (Alki Beach is the site of the landing of the first white settlers in Seattle). The north end of the beach is protected by a bulkhead, and flanked by cottages. The whole beach offers spectacular views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and the flotilla of ferries, sailboats, steamships and other craft that ply Puget Sound waters. The Statue of Liberty, a small replica of the original “Liberty Enlightening the World” in New York City, was a gift from Reginald H. Parsons and the Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 1952.
Kerry Park and Viewpoint (211 W Highland Dr.) Great view of Elliott Bay, Central City, Space Needle and ferries, especially at sunset. As the plaque on a wall at Kerry Viewpoint tells us: “Kerry Park given to the City in 1927 by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sperry Kerry, Sr., so that all who stop here may enjoy this view.” The sculpture “Changing Form” by Doris Chase was added in 1971, a gift from Kerry’s three children.
Gas Works Park (2101 N Northlake Way) Beautiful view of Seattle. This 20-acre point on Lake Union was cleared in 1906 to construct a plant to manufacture gas from coal, and later converted to crude oil. Import of natural gas in the 1950s made the plant obsolete. The city acquired the site for a park in 1962. The park was opened to the public in 1975. The boiler house has been converted to a picnic shelter with tables, fire grills and an open area. The former exhauster-compressor building, now a children’s play barn, features a maze of brightly painted machinery. Open daily 6am to 10pm.