Vine & Spoon
From the creators of Seattle’s beloved bars Alchemy and By the Pound, Vine & Spoon is one of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings of the season. Farm to table dishes are served alongside cocktails garnished with greenery from the backyard patio. Bonus: there are trees inside for patio-impossible rainy days.
Plantain chips! Rockfish ceviche! Grilled papaya! Manolin offers a small-yet-hard-to choose-from menu of seafood dishes at their aesthetically U-shaped bar. With seafaring cocktails and an edited wine list, the Fremont beauty is perfect for most every occasion.
Communal tables and 90’s R&B set the tone for classic soul food prepared with Hawaiian flavors at Seattle’s Ma’Ono. The fried chicken is tender and crispy, served alongside reworked classics like mac & kimcheese and curry and bacon fried rice.
Expect craft cocktails and seasonal Mediterranean-inspired tapas like potato chips with chorizo and creme yogurt or salmon tartine with caviar at Dandylion’s rustic-meets-modern Queen Anne digs.
Try the fire-roasted corn on the cob for a truly Caribbean experience at Un Bien’s sunset-pink shack.
Classic French cuisine served in a space that resembles the camaraderie of a seaside fishing pub, the internationally acclaimed The Walrus and the Carpenter serves perfectly shucked, chubby oysters at their welcoming bar in Old Ballard.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Serving contemporary Korean cuisine, Joule is an ode to a country’s love of beef. Go for dinner or for brunch, the mid-morning menu is a rotating themed buffet of fermented, pickled and smoked goodness.
Rachel's Ginger Beer
Handmade in Seattle using fresh water, lemons, organic sugar and ginger, Rachel’s Ginger Beer is as delicious as it is beautiful.
Damn The Weather
Curse the Seattle weather at this Pioneer Square watering hole, a curated 1889 wood-and-brick space from the mind of former Fleet Foxes bassist Bryn Lumsden. Damn the Weather is home to one of the best bar programs in the city, making its reputation as a welcoming bartender’s bar.
Sip on the Strawberry & Prickly Pear Margarita or on-tap Pink Guava Paloma at New Luck Toy’s cool-kitsch West Seattle bar and restaurant. There’s also pinball and, after a drink or two, karaoke.
New Luck Toy
Emphasizing the beauty of cocktail chemistry, Alchemy creates inventive elixirs at their sophisticated spot in West Seattle’s Junction neighborhood. The cocktail menu changes monthly alongside the seasonal and locally-sourced fare.
Expect whimsical drinks, an arcade, claw machine, & photo booth at Unicorn’s carnival-themed bar.
An orbiting disco ball reflects shiny flamingo statues at Foreign National’s bar that serves up tiki classics alongside highbrow cocktails. The bar also dishes up small “drinking snacks” such as sour pour and sticky rice sausages.
Kurt Farm Shop
Custard-based ice cream sourced from a farm on Vashon Island, made with Jersey cream and milk, organic cane sugar and fresh eggs: Kurt Farm Shop is elevating our favorite dessert. Flavors are churned and rotated daily, between lemon verbena, Tristar strawberries, rose geranium, and Sungold tomato jam, among others.
Expect ice cream churned from plants harvested the same day and colorful flavors like kale lime leaf, berries & fermented cream, and salty caramel ash.
Frankie & Jo’s
A Jetsons-style mid century modern café with some of the best espresso in Seattle: what more could we want?
One of our favorite shops for avant-garde fashion inspiration, Totokaelo’s airy, two-story digs offers beautifully designing and thoughtfully curated fashion and objects. While prices run steep, seasonal sales allow the occasional splurge on your favorite hype-y brand.
Similar to Totokaelo but offering more obscure and unique pieces, a trip to Baby & Company promises the discovery of a new favorite brand.
Baby & Company
Affordable and beautiful handcrafted jewelry is offered at Baleen’s minimalist and bright Ballard digs.
Colorful and curated, Prism is the place to pick up a gift for anyone (including yourself).
Bellevue Arts Museum
Hop over Lake Washington for a breath of inspiration – Bellevue Arts Museum provides a public forum for the community to contemplate, appreciate, and discuss visual culture.
'Peacock in the Desert' at SAM
On view until Jan 21, 2019, head to Seattle Art Museum for a celebration of the rich artistic traditions of the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur. Some pieces are out of the country for the first time.
Showcasing the dynamic glass art of Dale Chihuly, expect lush outdoor gardens and a grand centerpiece Glasshouse. For a different perspective, stay until the museum closes at 8:30pm (an hourly later on weekends).
Chihuly Garden and Glass
3.5 acres of the most renowned and authentic Japanese Garden in the US thrives in Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum.
Seattle Japanese Garden
Garden d’Lights features over half a million lights formed into the shapes of flora and fauna, set amid the natural beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden.