Hey there! I’m back with another edition of Travel Tuesday and this week I am featuring Seattle, Washington. I have written about my love for Seattle many times. It’s truly one of the best cities in North America for a multitude of reasons. This time, I am going to give you three. Three Seattle neighborhoods, that is. A few weeks back when I was there, it was a family oriented trip so I didn’t get into the city a whole lot. But, when I did, I maximized my time and explored a couple new areas and of course, went back to my favorite.
First up, Pioneer Square. Welcome to the birthplace of Seattle. Laying claim as the city’s “first neighborhood”, Pioneer Square is a richly historic place known for its Renaissance Revival architecture, First Thursday art walks, night life, delicious lunch spots, and quirky boutiques. Explore the depth and beauty of Seattle’s first historic district (taken from www.pioneersquare.org).
I have been to Seattle about 6-7 times and had never ventured into this incredibly charming, vintage, European-esque neighborhood. It quickly became a new favorite and I will absolutely go back the next time I am there. The highlight was having breakfast at London Plane. Oh. My. Gosh. It’s a restaurant. It’s a flower shop. It’s home to beautiful gifts and accessories for the home, including great cookware and servingware. I fell in love. And this may have something to do with it:
Next. Pike Place Market. Pike Place Market is the city’s center for fresh, local produce, specialty food and small independent businesses. Established in 1907 to connect citizens and farmers, the Market continues its “Meet the Producer” tradition with a year-round farmers market, owner-operated bakeries, fish markets, butcher shops, produce stands and specialty food stores (taken from www.pikeplacemarket.org).
It will forever be one of my favorite markets and is a neighborhood in of itself. Flowers. Farmers market. Fresh seafood. Delicious coffee. Local artisans. Perfect photo ops. Cobblestone streets. Enough said. I go there every single time I go to Seattle. And yes, it’s filled with tourists but I am more than happy being one of them!
And my third little adventure was in Ballard. Ballard is a historic and hip little town in Seattle’s big city. Settled in 1853, Ballard has been refining its exciting neighborhood for over 150 years. Today Ballard is a place full of some of the best restaurants, pubs, shops, spas, and parks in Seattle (taken from www.inballard.com).
Let’s cut to the chase on this one. Yes, Ballard has loads of shops and places to eat. But I went for one reason. Hot Cakes. You see, being pregnant and having someone recommend going there mid day when my typical chocolate cravings emerge, it’s a no-brainer. This joint is a chocolate lovers dream. Charming and filled with character, the Hot Cakes blew my mind! Er, well, and my taste buds. See for yourself.
Next time you are in Seattle, here are the three neighborhoods not to miss! Pioneer Square. Pike Place Market. Ballard. You won’t be disappointed. Travel well, my friends!