I was sleepless in Seattle with Meg Ryan when I was a kid. I went to see Frasier’s office quite often – via TV at least. And my favourite radio channel KEXP is based in Washington’s beauty. There are quite a few things that attracted me to come to Seattle. Yet it was not the easiest city to approach somehow.
With almost intrusively open-minded (in the very best sense) Portland and a lot of peaceful nature adventures behind me on this roadtrip, Seattle was a bit of a challenge to grasp. Probably due to the lack of time I had here. Nevertheless, I saw some wonderful and surprising parts of the city. And – of course – was so unbelievably lucky with my third Airbnb apartment on this journey again.
Based right in hip Capitol Hill, I used the first night of my arrival to see the sundown against Seattle’s skyline from Kerry Park. The term “park” is not exactly appropriate for this little grass verge but it is ever so popular with locals and tourists nonetheless. With good reason: The view you get here is simply perfect. All downtown at a glance. After a huge scoop of ice cream from Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (not showed on pictures as eaten in the dark. And quickly), I returned to my 40 sqm Airbnb palace and was not exactly sleepless in Seattle (sorry, but the bed was way too comfy).
Seattle also made way for a change: poached eggs at Hi-Spot Café instead of stacks of waffles and pancakes.
Strengenthed by this yummy breakfast, I went downtown to pay Pike Place Market a visit. Once a negligible farmers market, it has delevoped into a huge place full of local fruit, veggies, fish, jewellry and arts stalls.
After the busyness of the city centre I was longing for a more remote place. And I striked it rich: in industrial Ballard. Formerly an independent fishing village, Ballard has unfolded into a well-liked neighbourhood in Seattle’s northwest. Raw buildings, hip cafés and restaurants as well as chic boutiques line the streets of this often overlooked area.
After a decent cup of coffee at Anchored Ship Coffee Bar …
… and lovely strolls through the shop Prism …
… it was time to let the last day in Seattle sink away at the sunny west coast. Leaving for Vancouver the next morning felt exciting. Still I had the feeling I had missed quite a few spots and shades of Seattle. So I keep my “best coffees in Seattle list” and hope to see this seaport again soon.