THE LOCAL: Jeremy
WHY YOU SHOULD TRUST THEM: Jeremy is a non-profit fundraiser from St. Louis who’s lived in Seattle for the last four and a half years. He loves a good margarita and knows where to get the best ones in the city. If you need help deciding what to do in Seattle or picking a restaurant recommendation, he’s your guy!
1. Your Go-to Happy Hour Spot?
Bait Shop on Broadway in Capitol Hill. I’m a sucker for a good frozen drink and their frozen painkiller is top notch. Bait Shop definitely has a dive bar vibe but they’ve got tasty food, a friendly staff and the best playlists on the weekends.
2. Best Coffee Shop or Bakery?
I am big fan of Convoy Coffee. They’ve got an espresso bar in the Impact Hub’s lobby in Pioneer Square and also have mobile coffee carts at a few popular farmer’s markets on weekends. Their coffee and breakfast items are locally sourced but probably the most important thing is that their baristas will compliment you when you’re having a good hair day. I’d call it the best coffee shop in Seattle for that reason alone!
3. Favorite Outdoor Activity?
Beach days at Golden Gardens. Think of an outdoor activity and you can probably do it at Golden Gardens: playing volleyball, throwing a frisbee, playing fetch with your pup, or even lounging on a sailboat! I recommend planning a sunset cookout. Bring along a stereo, bonfire wood, blankets and snacks and you’re in for the perfect summer evening!
For the more adventurous type- who also has access to a car- hiking and camping are awesome weekend activities. The Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park is a great getaway and the best part about Lake Serene and Lake Valhalla is that you can jump in the water to cool off after making the trek!
4. Your Recommended Rainy Day Agenda?
Most people like to cozy up at coffee shop or grab a bowl of soup, but my rainy day go-to is heading to a brewery with friends to play board games or cards. Peddler Brewing Co. in Ballard is a favorite. If you’re looking for a biker or dog-friendly spot, then Peddler is your place. They also host corn hole tournaments, movie nights and poetry slams during the week. (P.S. If you do want to grab a bowl of soup, we recommend the Khao Soi curry at Soi in Cap Hill)
5. Essential Seattle Tip?
After a night of bar hopping, eat a Seattle dog (hot dog with a cream cheese slathered bun and mountain of grilled onions). Seattle dogs are sure to fix any drunk craving and prevent a hangover!
Another Seattle Tip: Leave your umbrella at home! Instead, bring a good pair of walking shoes. It doesn’t rain here as much as people think; it’s gray in the Spring, but you’ll be fine with a rain jacket. I do wish, however, that someone would have warned me about how hilly Seattle was before I moved here!
WHAT TO DO IN SEATTLE: TripAdvisor’s TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
1. Chihuly Garden and Glass– Thumbs Up.
The gardens are usually packed with tourists, but they’re worth a visit. You can also combine your ticket with admission to the Space Needle, which is located next to the gardens. However, if you’re only looking to hit one busy tourist attraction, my advice would be to go to Chihuly.
2. The Museum of Flight– Thumbs Sideways.
If you’re a plane/aviation/history buff and looking for what to do in Seattle, this is your spot. If you’re not into any of those things, skip it.
3. Washington State Ferries– Thumbs Sideways.
There are several day trip destinations reachable by ferry, including Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Whidbey Island. The views of the Seattle skyline and the surrounding mountains are fantastic!
4. Pike Place Market– Thumbs Way Up!
I’m a big fan of Pike Place Market. Saturdays and Sundays are always bustling, so if you don’t like crowds, try to go on a weeknight. Trinkets, souvenirs, fresh produce and seafood, artisan cheeses, kitchen staples, coffee, pastries, and flower arrangements are all things you can find at the market. One thing you MUST TRY is a serving of greek yogurt from Ellenos.
Seattle also has some great farmers markets, which make a nice alternative to Pike Place Market. I recommend the Wallingford market on Saturdays and the Ballard market on Sundays.
5. Safeco Field– Thumbs Up!
It’s no Busch Stadium, but I love going to Mariners games. Friendly fans, $12 nosebleeds and garlic fries are all plusses in my book. If you’re interested in sporting events, I would recommend going to a Sounders game.
Jeremy’s Essential Seattle Restaurants
1. Ba Bar
This French/Vietnamese spot in Capitol Hill is my favorite restaurant in Seattle (and is an essential on Eater Seattle). I think I’ve had every food item on their standard menu and that not an exaggeration. They’re open until 2AM on weekdays and 4AM on weekends, so they’re the perfect late night spot. Go on Tuesdays for 50 cent wing night!
My ideal Saturday morning would consist of going on a run or to yoga, then treating myself to a sandwich at this Greenlake eatery. You can’t really go wrong here with anything on the menu, but I usually go for their reuben, pork belly or brisket sandwich.
Another sandwich spot that I love with multiple locations. I never stray from my go-to at Paseo: the scallop sandwich with four stars of heat. My mouth is currently watering just thinking about it! All of their sandwiches are served on french bread with cilantro, pickled jalapeños, aioli and huge strips of caramelized onions, and their most popular item is the marinated pork. When they closed for a short bit in 2014, their fans were so devastated that memorials were held outside their Fremont location. Luckily, they’ve since reopened their doors!
4. Kedai Makan
I had never eaten Malaysian food before experiencing it at Kedai Makan a few years ago, but now I recommend that everyone try it at least once. I’d suggest the Nasi goreng, their crispy fried rice served with either fried tofu or lamb.
Twilight Exit was my first local spot when I moved to Seattle. It’s a dive bar in the Central District that has awesome burgers and a great summer patio. Go on your birthday, and they’ll whip up a long island iced tea type drink for you (on the house!) and you’ll get to keep the giant mug it’s served in! They’ve also got killer karaoke on Sunday nights. (And, speaking of karaoke, the best karaoke in town is at Boxcar Ale House in Interbay.)
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Are you a Seattle local? Did we miss any of your favorite spots? Comment below to tell us what to do in Seattle!