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When an unexpected work trip to Seattle was put on my calendar, I was the opposite of an unhappy camper. In fact, I was beyond thrilled to clear my plans and head west. Seattle has always been high on my vacation list, thanks mainly to tales of incredible lattes on every block, and I couldn’t wait to experience it for myself.

Bitches City Guide: Seattle

I knew very little about the city and didn’t have time to do my typical research, so I relied heavily on local family and some new PR friends to get me through my weekend like a non-tourist.

I would say I did pretty darn well based on my leg soreness from the miles I walked between the pounds I gained. Check out my picks for the perfect weekend in Seattle, below!

Dine

Bitches City Guide: Seattle

Naka Kaiseki
Chef Sota knocked our socks off for our first dinner in Seattle at Naka. This was my first time experiencing kaiseki, a food journey that combines intricate edible art with the freshest and best ingredients from all over the world. The passion that goes into this food was evident in everything from our bites to the way our server spoke about the menu. Despite a multi-course tasting menu, which can sometimes translate to stuffy, we were relaxed and at ease as we embraced the creativity behind Chef’s interpretation of kaiseki. Go here for a really unique dining experience! 1449 East Pine Street.

Mamnoon
There’s few things I love more than hummus and yogurt dips, which is why I jumped at the chance to attend Capitol Hill’s Lebanese hotspot for my last night in Seattle. From the mezze to the flavorful grill items, there wasn’t a weakling in the bunch. We finished things off with a chocolate date cake, which was the most memorable dessert I had in Seattle. 1508 Melrose Avenue

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Wild Ginger
For special Asian food centered around flavors like freshly made coconut milk and egg noodles, you don’t want to miss Wild Ginger. 1401 Third Avenue

Lark
This charming location in a restored warehouse in Capitol Hill reminded me instantly of my fav haunts in Brooklyn, and with its charming decor and clean interior, there’s no surprise this has won several design awards. Lucky for us, the food matched the ambiance. From outstanding artisan-focused pastas to a robust wine list, this restaurant is a standout. 952 E Seneca Street

Lunch

Pike Place Chowder
Don’t be put off by the line. This establishment has won awards for a reason, and it’s worth being patient for. Prepare yourself for the thickest, creamiest chowder you’ve tasted. 1530 Post Alley

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Other Coast Cafe
Sometimes, all you want is a sandwich. When you get this craving in Seattle, you must head to Other Coast for the Rajun Cajun. It’s a no frills sandwich shop with some kickass combos, and it’s in the funky little hood of Ballard. 5315 Ballard Ave NW

Drinks

Artusi Bar
We sipped on a Montcenis Botanical Garden tequila cocktail while we snacked on lasagna (yes, snacked!) with matsutake cream, parmigiano, and prosciutto, and I was incredibly impressed by the quality of both the food and our cocktails. For ten steps above your standard happy hour, go to Artusi to pair great small plates with some really different cocktails. 1535 14th Ave

Rachel’s Ginger Beer
A bar completely centered around a plethora of ginger beer on tap? With alcohol? Yes please! 1530 Post Alley

Brunch

Westward Brunch in Seattle

Westward
Go to Westward on a beautiful day to experience the patio seating and true marina-dining experience, but don’t shy away on a rainy day; the Northwestern seafood cuisine is just as great in gloom! 2501 N Northlake Way

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The London Plane
Pacific Northwestern brunch fare lived up to its expectations at The London Plane with special items that highlighted the true flavor of Seattle cuisine. 300 & 322 Occidental Ave. S

Sazerac (in Hotel Monaco)
This gem of a hotel eatery is a perfect pairing with your stay at Hotel Monaco. It has a straightforward menu, and it opens at 7 a.m. for all of you earlybird tourists. 1101 4th Avenue

But First, Coffee

Bitches City Guide: Seattle

Slate Coffee
This shop is worth the trek to Ballard, with a simple menu (not written on a chalkboard!) and a life-changing roasting/espresso situation. Plus, they have really cool hats for sale. 5413 6th Ave NW

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Zeitgeist
Housed in the funky area of Pioneer Square, this coffee shop deserves a spot on your Seattle tour. It’s spacious and industrial, with unique art on the walls and really great coffee. 171 S Jackson St

Bitches City Guide: Seattle

Vivace Espresso 
This sidewalk cafe stand in Capitol Hill brought me back to my days in Italy sipping on espresso. With its neon signage and unassuming space, you could easily pass this without thinking twice. This would be a serious error, as it was the best latte I had in Seattle. 321 Broadway Avenue East

Stay

Bitches City Guide: Seattle

Hotel Monaco
We loved everything about our stay at this Kimpton Hotel, from the complimentary bikes in the lobby for guest use to the thoughtful yoga mat in our room to help stretch out our sore muscles. Plus, I’m a sucker for a good robe, and Hotel Monaco’s robe happened to be animal printed. The room was full of light with pretty accents and patterns that I couldn’t help but photograph. It’s also walking distance from anywhere you want to  be downtown. Our stay here was one of the best choices we made in Seattle. 1101 Fourth Avenue

Boots on the Ground

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Chihuly Garden and Glass
Seattle is apparently a mecca for sculpture artists, and is home to one of the more recognizable in the country: Dale Chihuly. With mesmerizing glass installations that will literally stop you in your tracks, you don’t want to miss this fairly new exhibit. 305 Harrison St

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Discovery Park
If you don’t have time to drive out to Mount Rainier, you should make your way to Discovery Park, with beautiful foliage, beaches, and a picturesque lighthouse. 3801 Discovery Park Blvd

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The Underground Tour
For a great way to pass your morning, with humor and history, all wrapped into one tour. Plus, there are bathroom jokes. 608 First Ave

Bitches City Guide: Seattle

Evergreen Escapes
If you’re itching to get out of the city and experience custom-crafted escapes, check out Evergreen and their qualified team of escape artists. From hiking Mt. Rainier to a kayaking and wine tasting adventure, they offer it all.

Second Suitcase, Please

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Pike Place Market
This is a Seattle rite of passage, and there’s a reason for it. Not only did Pike Place Market make me wish I had a place in Seattle to store some of the most amazing (and cheap!) flowers I’d ever seen, but it made me wish I had sweatpants on. I went from donuts at Daily Dozen, to a piece of cheese at Beecher’s, to a ginger beer at RGB in a matter of ten minutes. There’s also a plethora of food gifts, trinkets, and special mementos to bring home.

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