Restaurants that are hard to get in but well worth it: JunBaby* (I got in after the 4th time, still had to wait for an hour and a half after coming in to put our name down right away when they were open for the night.), The Walrus & The Carpenter** (oysters, seafood, ah so good!), Staple and Fancy (right next to The Walrus & The Carpenter)
Brunch: The London Plane* (my fav.! part bakery, part flower shop, part cafe), Oddfellows Cafe, 5 Spot (breakfast!), Portage Bay Cafe, Pike Place Clam Chowder* (amazing on cold rainy days)
Burgers: Uneeda*, Dick’s (local, cheap & cheerful. I love just sitting down in the parking lot and inhale 2 burgers at once! It’s fun!), Katsu Burger (multiple locations, known for panko-breaded deep dried meats burger.), 8 oz. Burger (UW)
Vietnamese food: Pho Than’s Brothers* (cheapest & it’s my most favorite pho I’ve tried in Seattle! Go to the UW location), Ba Bar (pricier but I love the vibe here, go to the Capitol Hill location.), Tamarind Tree, Green Leaf, Stateside (also pricy, creative food presentation. I love the decor here!), Sai Gon Deli* (the best and cheapest banh mi in Seattle), Banh Town, Hue Ky Mi Gia (Chinese/Vietnamese noodles soups, get the duck soup!), Thanh Son tofu* (fresh tofu, soybean milk, che), Bambu (International District and UW, has decent Banh Trang Tron), Lam’s seafood* (I go here for grocery & fresh seafood & everything Vietnamese-related items.)
Korean food: Hae-Nam Kalbi & Calamari* (I love every single dish I’ve tried here, the flavor is on point!), Hosoonyi Tofu Korean restaurant, Bok a Bok Fried Chicken
Joule*, Revel*, and Trove: all 3 founded by the famous chef Rachel Yang, hip, unconventional Korean/Asian/new-American fusion type of food, small dishes with unique flavors
I love beers & red wine but don’t drink a lot, so this is not an alcoholic list.
Ice cream* (expensive but worth it once in a while): Molly Moon, Frankie & Jo’s (plant-based vegan), Salt & Straw
Coffee shops: Milstead & Co., Starbucks Reserve Roastery (cool touristy location. I get Starbucks on the daily since it’s convenient and everywhere here in Seattle!), Capitol Coffee Works, La Marzocco Cafe (Seattle Center), Retreat (Green Lake), Slate Coffee Roasters, Cafe Ladro (multiple locations) (Please comment your coffee shop recommendations!)
Theo Chocolate (local, shop in Fremont)
Bakery: Bakery Nouveau, 85-degree bakery (also try their sea salt coffee and bubble tea), Holy Cannoli, Pie Bar (obviously, pie heaven!), General Porpoise Coffee and Doughnuts, Gelatiamo (ice cream cakes)
High-end shops: Totokaelo*, Baby&Co. (unique designers), The Bravern (Bellevue, Gucci, Prada, etc.), Nordstrom HQ* (5 floors downtown ), Le Labo Fragrances* (Capitol Hill), Aesop
Glasswing* (plants, clothes, beauty. home stuff), Luna Sandals, Pipe + Row (Fremont)
Stationary shops: Join Shop, Paper Hammer, Uwajimaja (Japanese gifts & stationary stuff, International District)
5. Pay attention & be patient! Sometimes it takes a while to find a parking spot or hours to get to the next destination, all I have got to say is that you have to be patient! Because it will all be worth it, trust me! Also, always be on the lookout for possibilities that might come your way when it comes to finding hidden spots or cool neighborhood that you happen to come across.