How to Spend the Day in Seattle

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.

  • Caitlin

    As a Seattlite, I’m really disappointed in this article. Your day in Seattle ended at 2:30 and you went to Pike Place? The city has so much more to offer, and your day certainly didn’t end in the early afternoon.

    • Margaret O’Leary

      Agree!

    • Dakota Snyder

      I’m headed to Seattle next week! Do you have alternatives to add?

      • unmondodolce3

        I grew up there and have tons! I would agree with the recommendations of checking out Pike Place Market and potentially Green Lake if you have time. Green Lake is a three mile loop and nice walk, but nothing particularly special. Some additional suggestions… To Do: Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum is incredible and right below the Space Needle (I believe you can buy a combo ticket for both if you’re so inclined), Underground Tour, The Great Wheel, walk around the International District (Jade Garden has the best dim sum, but it is only served at lunch), take a ferry ride if the weather is nice, rent kayaks at Agua Verde (they also have pretty good Mexican food there). If you are able to get out of the city, a hike at Rattlesnake Ledge is relatively easy and beautiful. To Eat: Un Bien for the best sandwiches, Molly Moon’s for ice cream, Din Tai Fung for dumplings (always a huge, huge line so keep in mind when planning if you decide to go), Stateside (delicious French/Vietnamese fusion), the Pink Door (ask to be seated on the patio if possible. The restaurant is in Pike Place), Il Corvo (handmade pasta with a menu that rotates daily. They are only open for lunch).

        • Dakota Snyder

          Yes!! This is perfect, thanks so much. 🙂

        • The Everygirl

          Thanks for sharing this!

      • Leslie Terrell

        Head to Ballard for great food, drinks, and cute boutiques. Also check out Volunteer Park, Discovery Park, and Alki beach!

    • Leslie Terrell

      I agree as well! Very disappointing and so obviously an uber ad.

      • The Everygirl

        Hi Leslie, we’re sorry you feel that way! We will definitely add Seattle to our city guide list, so we can highlight more of the great places Seattle has to offer.

    • The Everygirl

      Hi Caitlin, so sorry you were disappointed! We also do full City Guides regularly, so we’ll be adding Seattle to our list to do a full breakdown of many of the amazing places the city has to offer.

  • Missy Moo

    The Underground Tour is always fun for visitors from out of town!

    • I agree! It was awesome!

  • I’m desperate to get to Seattle one day soon!

    I hope you have an awesome hump day!
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

  • Shareall5

    You are definitely not a local – any respectable Seattleite knows it’s Pike Place Market (not Pike’s Place).

    • The Everygirl

      Thanks Shareal, we’ve updated the copy!

  • Seattle looks amazing! I would love to go there someday. And your photos are gorgeous!

    x Annabelle
    travelsandtea.com

  • Nikki Laraja

    What a perfect way to spend a day!

    http://www.shopthecoconutroom.com

  • unmondodolce3

    As a heads up, it’s Pike Place, not Pikes Place or Pike’s Place.

    • The Everygirl

      Thanks! We’ve updated the copy.

  • Maria

    Such a disappointing, glaringly sponsored post. You can do better and your readers expect more.

    • The Everygirl

      Hi Maria, we’re so sorry you feel that way! We definitely want to do a more comprehensive city guide for Seattle to include more highlights of the incredible city.