By the time spring rolls around in Seattle, we’re all ready to spend some time outside. Seattle is the best of both worlds: it has all of the perks of a big metropolitan city, while still being close enough to the mountains and water for all of the outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest is known for.
When planning a day out with friends, I have a few of priorities: coffee, good food, and spending time outside! Some of my favorite places in Washington are right here in the city, so I grabbed a friend and planned a day of hanging out at some of our favorite local spots. Since we decided to stay in Seattle, we opted to use Uber to get around town for the day and avoid some of the hassle that comes along with city driving and parking. With the ability to split fares between the two of us, and to get a ride to and from the airport, Uber was a convenient and affordable option that helped us maximize our time around the city.
9am: Coffee at Storyville in Queen Anne
Always. There is no shortage of coffee shops in Seattle, as it’s home to the coffee giant, Starbucks, and hundreds of other local shops. We took a ride via an uberX and stopped into one of my favorite local coffee shops, Storyville in Queen Anne, before heading out to another neighborhood favorite, Kerry Park.
9:30am: Take in the views at Kerry Park and walk to Parsons Gardens
Kerry Park is a small neighborhood park in Queen Anne, on the highest hill in Seattle. If you’ve ever seen a picture of the Seattle skyline, there’s a good chance it was taken here. It has amazing views of the city and on a clear day you’ll also get a view of Mt. Rainier. Kerry Park is also a short walk from Parsons Gardens and the Betty Bowen Viewpoint. Parsons Gardens is a charming little garden surrounded by spectacular craftsman homes — think secret garden oasis. From there we headed to Pike Place Market to beat the crowds.
11am: Pick up flowers at Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is a major tourist destination, but it’s also my local farmer’s market, so it’s safe to say I’m a regular. Pikes is the best place for local seasonal produce and, best of all, flowers. This week was the first cut of peonies for the season, so we were determined to get there early and get our pick! Almost every vendor had hundreds of peonies, lilacs, and tulips. If I could buy them all, I would.
12pm: Lunch and Shopping in Pioneer Square
As the late morning crowds started to arrive, we made our way to Pioneer Square. Pioneer Square is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seattle. It has beautiful tree-lined streets and is filled will art galleries, restaurants, bars, and boutiques. It’s also home to one of my favorite restaurants, London Plane. London Plane is a beautifully designed space that is part café, bakery, floral shop, and specialty grocer. They host floral arrangement classes and other events, but their food really can’t be beat, so we stopped in for a quick lunch.
It was one of the nicest days Seattle has had all year, so we decided to hop in another uberX and go to Green Lake Park, a few miles north of downtown.
2:30pm: Green Lake Park
Green Lake has almost three miles of path around the lake, tennis courts, soccer fields, and a boathouse where you can rent paddleboards and other gear. It’s the perfect getaway just a few minutes away from downtown. With our peonies and other treats from the market in tow, we spent the remainder of the afternoon hanging out on one of the many docks around the lake.
Admittedly, I sometimes take my own city for granted. Spending the day visiting some of my local favorites reminded me of all of the reasons I chose to live in Seattle in the first place. There are always new places to explore, so grab a friend and rediscover the hidden gems in your own city.
This post was in partnership with Uber, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.