Seattle, USA

Best Season to Visit: Spring / Summer

Weather: Historically known as a very grey city, so much so that 50 Shades is based in the city. However, the past 2 years has had some exquisite weather for extended periods with summer highs reaching 30C. Winters are grey, wet and mildly windy.

Reasons to visit:

Getting Around:

  • King County Metro is the main public transit operator in Seattle with buses being the prominent mode of transportation. Bus frequencies to get around most tourist hot spots is pretty good for the US (15 mins gap between buses for the same route)
  • The core part of downtown is quite walkable like most US cities but for a number of attractions, I recommend taking the bus.
  • Use the Sound transit link light rail to get to downtown from the airport (35 mins, 20 mins in a taxi). If staying for a few days, I recommend getting an Orca card topped up with $10-15 per person for a weekend which will make transferring buses easier.
  • Seattle Transit Blog¬†provides a useful guide for visitors on how get get an Orca card from Seatac airport. It also has it’s own transit guide for some attractions that complement this blog’s transit guide.

Food and Drink

Foodies are spoilt for choice in Seattle. Period.

  • Sushi : Seattle’s has some of the best sushi in the US IMHO. Maneki is our No. 1 recommendation but Shiro’s, Umi, Wasabi, Chiso’s and Seastar (now only in Bellevue) are pretty good too.
  • Beer : Red Hook, Elysian, Pike Place, Fremont are few of the brewers beer drinkers should try.¬†
  • Coffee : Pictures of the 1st Starbucks should be the only thing you should take before heading to some local cafes to savour some good coffee. Try Stumptown, Storyville or Vitrola.
  • Chocolates : A trip to Seattle should include a visit to the Theo chocolate factory in Fremont. Choclopolis in Queen Anne has a selection very few cities in the US can offer.
  • Asian food @ International District : No dearth of excellent Chinese (Jade Garden), Japanese (Tsukushinbo) and Vietnamese (Tamarind Tree) restaurants in the international district. Perfect before/after a Seahawks game.
  • Fusion : Because Seattle is such a multi-cultural city, there are some excellent fusion restaurants. We recommend Revel in Fremont (be there at 5 PM to get a good seat).
  • PNW cuisine : Ingredient focused with clean flavors. Any Tom Douglas establishment will do.
  • Special Mentions:¬†Bakery¬†Nouveau, The Crab Pot, The Pink Door

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