48 Hours in Seattle

June 27, 2017

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Seattle. Image by Tiffany Von Arnim.

It’s been said that Seattle, like Rome, is defined by seven hills. A stretch perhaps, but in the 15 years that HUNT Seattle writer Jenise Silva has lived there, she’s witnessed a dizzying number of events that have helped shape the town from the  WTO protests in 1999, the first dot-com bubble  and its inevitable bust and the the 6.8 magnitude Nisqually earthquake of 2001 that literally cracked the foundation of the city.

Though things have felt more settled lately, change is still afoot. As Microsoft reaches middle age, Amazon is spurring explosive growth and has triggered a second tech boom, which has brought new life to town. Restaurants and shops seem to open at a daily clip, and the downtown waterfront is going through an expansive renovation, providing more parks and paths, and access to Elliott Bay.

Change is good. Seattle is still young and defining itself every day.

Day 1

The London Plane. Image by Jenise Silva.

10am: Fuel up with a breakfast of ham, asparagus and aged cheddar quiche over at The London Plane in historic Pioneer Square. After you’re sated, grab a lovely bouquet on your way out.

11am: Stroll by neighboring boutiques E. Smith Mercantile and Velouria to peruse housewares, apothecary items and snazzy duds.

12:30pm: Add a little culture to your day with a visit to Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, which is a few blocks away and anchored by established, independent galleries like SOIL, G. Gibson Gallery and Gallery4Culture.

1:30pm: Walk up the hill to the International District for lunch at Tsukushinbo. Sushi and shoyu ramen rule here, as does the katsu curry.

Seattle Pinball Museum. Image by Jenise Silva.

2:30pm: Around the corner lies MOMO, where you’ll find stylish Samuel Dong outerwear and trendy options from Cop. Copine. Pick up some new threads, then make your way to the historic Panama Hotel on South Main Street and relax over afternoon tea.

5pm: Head three blocks southeast and rediscover your inner kid at the Seattle Pinball Museum. Drop a few quarters in one of the vintage Bally machines, order a pint of local craft brew and be careful not to tilt.

7pm: Cab across town to Ballard’s Staple & Fancy for dinner. I wholeheartedly recommend the affordable chef’s tasting menu – it’s almost

Staple & Fancy. Image by Jenise Silva.

certain to include charcuterie and housemade pasta.

8:30pm: Amble two and a half blocks down Ballard Avenue to Tractor Tavern and catch an intimate – and on occasion, rowdy – alternative country or folk band playing to an enthusiastic crowd.

10:30pm: Not quite ready to call it a night? Catch the bus at NW Market Street and Ballard Avenue NW, and ride five stops to Brimmer & Heeltap for a cocktail.

Day 2

Frye Art Museum. Image by Jenise Silva.

10am: Start your day outside at Olympic Sculpture Park in Belltown. Here, you can view works by Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois and Jaume Plensa.

11am: Wander along Elliott Bay Trail toward Pike Place Market. Once there, indulge in a French brunch at Le Pichet. A baguette with butter and confiture pairs nicely with the broiled eggs with ham and Gruyère.

12pm: Flag down a taxi and direct the driver to Frye Art Museum, where admission is free. Check out rousing contemporary art along with the founding collection. Take it all in from one of the unique conversation chair sets, if you can.

1:30pm: Trek 15 minutes up Boren Avenue because it’s high time for a leisurely lunch, and also happy hour at Taylor Shellfish in Capitol Hill. They have award-winning wines that pair beautifully with oysters, geoduck sashimi, chowder and a variety of shucked bivalves, like the briny Virginica. Dig in.

Likelihood. Image by Jenice Silva.

3pm: Right next door is Melrose Market. Swing by the ogle the superb businesses that reside there, such as Butter Home and Glasswing, which both specialize in inspired home goods.

4:30pm: Mentally prepare to shop ’til you drop, and then make your way along the Pike-Pine Corridor, stopping in at Sugar Pill, NUBE, Likelihood and any of the other storefronts that catch your eye.

6:30pm: Find flavorful global cuisine for dinner at Nue on 14th Avenue. Enjoy rich seafood curry by way of Vietnam or fluffy fritters made from peeled black-eyed peas via Brazil.

Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium. Image by Jenise Silva.

8pm: It’s showtime! Attend a performance at 12th Avenue Arts, a shared theater space, and see the latest musical or play from New Century Theatre Company, Washington Ensemble Theatre or the Strawberry Theatre Workshop.

10pm: Wind down with a booze crawl via 12th Avenue. Have nightcaps at Tavern Law and Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium before your last call at Foreign National, where molecular mixology awaits.

About The HUNT Seattle Writer: Jenise Silva is a writer and photographer who has eaten her way through every state and many foreign lands in the course of her work and play. She’s contributed to Eater, Seattlest, Seattle Refined and Travel Sages, among others. You can usually find her pursuing her passions (food, film, farming, philanthropy, travel and the arts) – sometimes all at once – in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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