Seattle, United States
Kara, 29
Professional Designer + Art Lover
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vegetarian museums vintage cocktail bars breakfast and brunch café cheap food

What are the Seattle spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Golden Gardens Park (weather permitting), Lyndas Bar, Redhook Brewlab, Totokaelo, Theo Chocolate Tour

Do’s and don’ts in Seattle: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

For wardrobe - Seattle is a pretty casual city. Always tip your barista. Always tip in general, but note with some restaurants the tip is included in price of entree, read receipt. Seattle has "Uber Pool" for budget friendly transportation - you can share an uber with riders going on the same route. Download the app "One Bus Away" for the bus schedule.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a professional designer - I like to be creative and discover the art and culture of a city when traveling.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Depends - if you go to a local dive bar drinks can be $5-$10. Less casual bars between $12-$18 a cocktail. Dinners +$15

Which Seattle shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Lucky Vintage, Lucca, Prism, Glasswing, Totokaelo, Moorea Seal

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Haim, Spoon, U.S Girls, Girl Ray, Hamilton Leithauser, Alt-J

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

Smith in Capitol Hill, Ristorante Machiavelli, Stateside

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Seattle?

Dino's Tomato Pie, Neon Taco, Torta's Condesa,

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Chances are it will be raining when you're here - pack accordingly!

Your go-to brunch spots:

Cafe Flora, Cafe Pettirosso, Cafe Presse, Corvus + Co

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

For a fee, you can take the elevator up to the bar ontop of the Smith Tower - cuter atmosphere than the space needle!

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