I’ve fallen in love. No, not with Joe, that happened a long time ago! What I mean is that I have found a city so great that it has swept me off of my feet: Seattle! The delicious food, the vibes and friendly people, the Puget Sound views that make you feel oh-so-coastal…all of it has slingshot Seattle to first-place in my rankings of “Favorite U.S. City”! One of my favorite parts is the never-ending list of fun date ideas in Seattle! It’s a great place to visit as a couple and treat every experience like its own date. In no particular order, here are the top 12 date ideas to take your trip to Seattle to the next level (*wink wink*)!
1. Eat Way Too Much At Pike Place
Pike Place is probably one of the top two biggest tourist attractions in the city (Space Needle being the other), so it’s no shocker that I’m putting the market on a travel list! But, even for all of its touristy-ness, Pike Place really does hold a place as the heart of Seattle’s burgeoning food scene.
Best plan? Make your date here a food and drink crawl! Some of the top spots you absolutely have to hit are:
- Le Panier – A French bakery with the freshest, most delicious croissants you’ll eat outside of Paris. If you follow the blog, you know Joe and my penchant for French food!
- Rachel’s Ginger Beer – A soda shop like none I’ve ever seen! RGB has all kinds of different ginger beer flavors and ginger beer cocktails on tap! Build-Your-Own Moscow Mule, anyone? Yes, please!
- Radiator Whiskey – Two words: bourbon margarita. And that’s all I have to say about that!
- Pike Place Chowder – Go for a mid-afternoon meal to beat the insanely long line. The line is long because it really might be the best chowder in Seattle!
- Copa Cabana – The best part about this place? The view over the market away from the crowds. Grab a marg, sit back, and relax.
- Take a Savor Seattle food tour – A two hour tour that rounds up 7 of the most famous eateries in Pike Place. The perfect way to do it all at once!
And when you’re so full you’ll feel like rolling back to where you’re staying, don’t forget to grab a beautiful $10 bouquet of flowers for your boo! 😉
2. Catch A View and A Drink Above Town
You know we can’t get enough of rooftop bars. The Thompson Hotel’s rooftop bar The Nest gives the perfect chill atmosphere for a city watching date during the day, or some fabulous people watching together at night! Situated right next to Pike Place, you can even head to The Nest for a post-market trip cocktail or two!
3. See The Whole City
Kerry Park gives the most stunning panorama of Seattle. If you’re lucky and catch a clear night, you’ll be able to witness the sunset over Mount Rainier off in the distance. The best news for the bargain hunter? This date is completely free!
4. Mix It Up With A Breakfast Date
What else says “romance” like stuffing your face first thing in the morning? Not much that I can think of! Wait in line together at the kitschy Biscuit Bitch. The experience is one you’ll be giggling about long after the fact!
5. Indulge In A Fancy Dinner
Visit Spinasse in the trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood for the most delicious egg pasta with butter and sage (Tajarin con Burro e Salvia) or Le Pichet for your French fix. After your romantic, candlelit dinner, visit Rob Roy for drinks. It’s one of those bars that makes you really appreciate the art of the cocktail!
6. Museum Hop
It’s always fun to get cultured together! Seattle’s City Pass offers discounted rates to bundle some of the top museums and attractions in the city such as the Space Needle, the Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Museum of Pop Culture.
7. Learn Some History
Did you know that Seattle was rebuilt on top of itself after a fire burned the city down? Well, now you do! The humorous and educational Underground Tour guides you through all of the tunnels left behind. It’s dark and cold down there, so the perfect excuse to snuggle into your boo! 😉
8. Be A Fan
Sounders, Seahawks, Mariners—Seattle has a great sports culture and each team has loyal fanbases. If you get a chance, go to any game together and cheer for the home team. One of the best parts about sports in Seattle is that, unlike many major league franchises, the stadiums are just a short walk from all Downtown destinations.
9. Ride Into The Sunset
Sunsets are my love language. I don’t know if there’s anything quite as romantic as watching the sky light up in bright colors before dark. For about $12/person roundtrip, take the ferry to Bainbridge Island right at sunset. The ride takes about 40 minutes each way. On the way out to the west, you’ll be staring the sunset down the entire time, while heading east back to Seattle you’ll catch a great view of the lit up city skyline. Bonus points: they serve booze on the ferry!
10. Caffeinate Yourself
Seattle’s coffee culture is second to none. The original Starbucks was founded right near Pike Place, which is worth checking out, but for a more unique experience, visit the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. The best way I know how to describe this place is like Willy Wonka’s Factory but for coffee! The block-wide building features high-end finishes, energetic music, and super Instagrammable drink presentations. Hang out here for a while and you will honestly walk away coffee wasted!
Sit at the coffee bar and do the siphon tasting. The brewing method is an experience on its own and you really can taste the difference between traditional brewing and this. Our barista, Max, was a former Cirque de Soleil trapeze artist from France who really made the experience a performance for us!
Finally, check out the coffee cocktails. Yes, you read that right. These alcohol-free beverages use coffee and other ingredients to create cocktail-inspired coffee. The Emerald City Mule was a personal favorite of ours!
11. Get High
No, not like that! Make your way to South Lake Union for the day where they offer seaplane tours. There’s something so cool to me about a vehicle that works on water and in the sky! Flight prices run in the $99/person range for a 20-minute flight. Not in your budget? There are plenty of restaurants situated around South Lake Union to satisfy your crab cake cravings and peer our onto the lake to watch the planes take off and land.
12. Escape The City
One of my favorite parts about Seattle is the perfect balance between hectic city life and laid back island time. There are several islands surrounding the city that you can reach by a short ferry. For a romantic getaway, check out Vashon Island. It is incredibly quaint and only a 15-minute ferry from the Fauntleroy terminal in Seattle.
We found this dreamy and secluded Airbnb. It was just steps from the ferry terminal and right on the water, so aside from the convenience that brought, we could enjoy watching the boats come in and out all day.
If you arrive in Vashon during rush hour, there are buses that will take you from the ferry terminal into town. We grabbed groceries for our entire two-day stay and just cozied up for the duration! There is also the option of taking a car across the ferry, which I would recommend if you happen to be staying a bit farther away from the terminal.
I’d like to give a huge shout out to Jordan Binder for several of these suggestions! You are such a Seattle expert!
What are some fun date ideas in Seattle that you’ve tried?
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