Seattle, WA, USA

24 Hours in Seattle

I am a huge fan of quick weekend trips! We are super lucky in Vancouver to have so many great destinations only a few hours away. I travelled to Seattle back in December and knew I needed to come back with a few girlfriends. With a sunny weekend ahead of us we loaded up the car, curated a playlist and drove 229 km across the border for a fun weekend in Seattle! Keep reading to hear where we stayed, where we ate (and drank) and shopped!

Where to stay

When planning this trip we searched a dozen Seattle hotels before landing on the Motif. We wanted to stay somewhere central, close to both Pike Place Market and Capitol Hill. When we arrived at the Motif hotel we were greeted, instantly offered a welcome glass of wine (they earned brownie points for that one) and some great recommendations for where we should go for dinner. For a 4 star hotel, we were very impressed with the level of service and the spacious room! The lobby decor was quite modern and this extended into the rooms as well. There was a Bluetooth speaker which we definitely used to pump us up for a night out. I would highly recommend the Motif hotel for a girls night in Seattle!

Where to Eat

There are SO many great restaurant options in Seattle. We basically spent 24 hours eating, drinking and visiting as many fun spots as we could. For fun Seattle restaurants and bars here are my top places:

Pike Place
Cutters Crabhouse - Right beside Pike Place Market, Cutters has a fantastic view of the water and of the Great Wheel. We went to Cutters for brunch and were not disappointed by their massive Bloody Mary's and menu. They make their Bloody Mary mix from scratch and it almost tasted like a Caesar. I had the Cutter's Benedict with crab and it was rich and so delicious! If their dinner is anything like their brunch, I'm sure it would be fantastic!

Indi - Have you ever had an egg cream coffee? It's a fizzy coffee drink and I've never had anything like it! This little cafe is at the bottom of Pike Place market and is in the same area as a brewery and a biscuit shop. They have the most amazing chocolate-based drinks and even make a rose chocolate body lotion, which I am kicking myself for not buying!

Capitol Hill
Rumba - We found Rumba when looking for happy hour spots in Capitol Hill. Little did we know how much of a treat it would be. The fun teal decor and Carribean vibes are surprisingly sophisticated along with their cocktails. The drinks are strong rum-based & fantastic happy hour!

Foreign National - While walking up the street a doorman poked his head out the door and said "are you looking for Foreign National?" We don't know how he knew, but we were quickly brought to a table in this cozy little speakeasy. We were shocked by the long list of interesting cocktails. Emily had one with a sprig of dill in it and it was SO tasty. Make sure you check out the bathroom for dreamy pink and vintage vibes!

Optimism Brewing - A fun brewery with picnic tables, giant UNO and no tipping! They had quite the selection of beers at this dog-friendly brewery. The Partly Sunny and B.E. Juicy were delicious, but I love me a good IPA! They have different food trucks in their courtyard every day as well.

The Matador - The last time I was in Seattle we went to the Matador for late night happy hour. They have great inexpensive tacos and guac! Who can say no to that!

What to do

From the gum wall, shopping to the underground tour, we could have spent a week exploring the city! I'm a big fan of walkable cities and we didn't take a single cab or Uber the whole trip. We walked up into Capitol Hill the first day and popped our head into a few different shops between cocktails.

Here are some fun things to do in Seattle:
- Grab a coffee from the original Starbucks
- Pop into Piroshky Piroshky for some delicious Russian baked goods
- Walk through Post Alley and grab a bite to eat
- Buy flowers from Pike Place Market
- Walk through the different shops in the market
- Head up to the urban garden on the roof at Pike Place to take in the views
- Grab some cheese from Beecher's
- If you're in Seattle on the first Thursday of the month, all museums have free admission!

We had a blast in Seattle! What are some of your favourite spots in the city? leave them in the comments!

*This post was in no way sponsored and all opinions are my own.


Karenn said…
I’ve been on the fence about visiting Seattle but I think I just found my next weekend trip! Thanks love! 😍
Suzan Baker said…
For me 24 hours is rushing thing anywhere. I like to take my time when I travel.
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Roger David said…
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Patricia Carter said…
I would say that you definitely made the most of the 24 hours.
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