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music venues • art galleries • ethnic food • gourmet coffee • value for money • asian food • cocktail bars
What are the Seattle spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
My first tip is do not skip Pike's Place! Yes, it is touristy, but my goodness, some of the food/fish throwing/bizarre "magic tricks," are worth bumping into someone's shoulder every five minutes. After you've done that, I recommend seeing Green Lake (especially in the summer), walking around Capitol Hill, and grabbing The Stranger (a local magazine that you will see everywhere) for a guide on the best events going on around town (as well as some hilarious commentary).
Do’s and don’ts in Seattle: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
DO'S: Do say hello to people on the street. You may have heard of the "Seattle Freeze," but it's a myth. Do be aware of people's pronouns. This should go for everywhere, but Seattlites are very conscious and respectful of people's chosen pronouns. Don't be afraid to ask, "What are your pronouns?" Do use the bus! Get an ORCA day pass otherwise it's 2.75 per ride, which adds up. DON'TS: Don't walk around Pioneer Square at night if you can avoid it (especially alone). Don't smoke weed in public! While it is recreationally legal, it is illegal to smoke it in public spaces.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I have two jobs: one in finance, and one for a record label. People often find it odd that I tend to hang on both sides of the spectrum, but the great thing about Seattle is that most of the people you will meet are doing the same thing. I work in finance because I love doing analysis but I also have to add some order to my life because Seattle's music scene and nightlife is hectic, fun, and messy. Spend one night at any bar in Capitol Hill and you'll understand (maybe the next day when you're googling "Where is RiteAid" to buy some Advil).
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
Depends on if I'm going to a show. Tickets to smaller shows at venues like Kremwerk, Timbre Room, Nuemos, and Chop Suey usually run 15-20 dollars. If I am not going to a show, I usually spend about 25 dollars on drinks-- a beer and two mixed drinks. Totally depends on what neighborhood you're in. Capitol Hill, Ballard, Downtown, and Madison Park are expensive, while Central District, First Hill, and University District are generally much cheaper.
Which Seattle shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
Out of the Closet! It's an amazing thrift store that benefits the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Your all-time favorite musicians:
Khotin, Project Pablo, Pearson Sound, Omar S, Andras, Bella Boo, and Seattle DJs such as: Aos, Archivist, Homemade Weapons, Rajj, D.Dan, and CCL
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
Night: Capitol Hill. Day: Green Lake or Capitol Hill.
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Seattle?
BABAR. It's a Vietnamese street food place that's open super late and drops a disco ball past midnight in Capitol Hill.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Seattle is coffee capital of the world! Walk 10 feet and find the nearest coffee shop (sans Starbucks) and take refuge.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
Plum. It's a fancy vegan restaurant that (as much as I want to hate), I love. When I was in college, my friends and I had their cookbook and always tried to replicate the recipes. Now that I live here, it almost feels like a mini mecca every time I dine on ginger pomegranate "fish" and sweet potato gnocchi. There's a reason this place is in almost every list on this website and any Seattle trip planning site.
Which local creators do you admire?
Women.Weed.Wifi and Tuf. Both are female and non binary collectives that help propel Seattle's creative scene. Tuf has some awesome ambient brunches, as well as hosts an annual festival called TufFest where artists and musicians come together to throw an amazing party in the park (and an awesome afterparty that bleeds into the next day). On the other end of the spectrum, there's a collective called ToeJam -- it's a hedonistic hip hop group that throws insane pop up shows. It's different for this city.
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
Cafe Presse (French cafe near my house with great sandwiches... if only I could take a glass of wine to go...) and FOB Poke Bar