With its prime coastal location, Seattle is known for being a seafood hot spot—locals and visitors alike relish feasts of salmon, oysters, and other fresh-from-the-sea delights. Rounding out the city’s foodie scene are chefs, bakers, brewers, and other gourmands with multicultural backgrounds. Here’s how to ensure a memorable culinary experience in Seattle.
Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle is a non-negotiable stop—simply a must—where you can sample smoked salmon, hot doughnuts, crab cakes, and cheese all in one place, plus grab a cup of coffee from the original Starbucks. Oyster lovers won’t want to miss dining at the Walrus and the Carpenter, while pizza aficionados should head to Serious Pie for artisanal pizza with house-made charcuterie. For something sweet, visit Dahlia Bakery for the triple coconut cream pie, a beloved creation by James Beard Award winner Tom Douglas. Purple Café and Wine Bar is a great place to end the day, with their extensive list of regional and international wines, and a selection of beer from local breweries such as Holy Mountain and Pike Brewing.
- Explore Pike Place Market with a chef tour guide for the best insights into the seafood and other goods for sale.
- Book an early-access Pike Place Market tour to get inside before the crowds.
- Experience a piece of the Pacific Northwest’s beer culture on a Seattle brewery tour.
- Go beyond Starbucks on a walking tour of local coffee roasters and cafés.
- Learn how to make and plate sushi with a sushi-rolling class.