I go to Seattle two or three times a year. Sometimes with my ladyfriends, sometimes with my other half, and sometimes with my entire family. No matter who I’m with or why I’m there, I almost always stop at two places, mostly because I am obsessed with them, but also because no one else seems to put up much of a fuss — they are that packed with tantalizing things.
First stop: the 1500 block of 10th Avenue on Capitol Hill.
There, three of my favourite places sit right next door to each other. How’s that for one-stop shopping? The boutique Totokaelo, whose shoe wall is a delight, the Elliott Bay Book Company, whose picks are always perfect for the bedside table…
…and the Odd Fellows Cafe, which is just as packed for brunch as it is for after-dinner drinks.
Second stop: Melrose Market, a teeny, tiny, less busy, far cuter version of Pike Place Market.
Its florist Marigold and Mint makes me wish I had a need for cut flowers while on vacation. Butter Home on the upper level is filled with gifts for your home or your BFF’s. The Calf & Kid brings out the cheese fiend in all of us. And Bar Ferd’nand will have you popping the finest of bottles.
Then there is the jewel of the entire market: my very favourite restaurant Sitka and Spruce. It was recommended to me a while ago by Anya Georgijevic, a fellow Vitamin Daily editor, and I have felt indebted to her ever since. It’s small, casual in ambiance (though not in price) and its food will open you up to new flavour combinations. Squash in my morning yogurt? Yes please!
Happy travels, Seattle-goers!
[Photos from Kelsey Dundon’s Instagram]