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 currey and bacon fried rice.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
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.
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.
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.
Try the fire-roasted corn on the cob for a truly Caribbean experience at Un Bien’s sunset-pink shack.
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.
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.
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.
A Jetsons-style mid century modern café with some of the best espresso in Seattle: what more could we want?
A bright pink espresso machine colors General Porpoise’s bright and open space, alongside perfectly poured, artisanally-roasted lattes and handmade doughnuts made from locally sourced ingredients.
Single-origin coffee is roasted onsite at Elm Coffee Roaster’s historic Pioneer Square spot. Sip a pourover coffee while you work or order a quick espresso at their chic and minimal wooden bar.
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
Small but cozy with a yellow counter at the center, Pruf is the perfect spot for hiding from the rain or hunkering down with a book.
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.
Sitting at the center of a lively marketplace including farm to table restaurants, artisan grocers, and specialty bars, Glasswing hopes to capture the elusive essence of contemporary Pacific Northwest design at their large and curated shop. The front half of the store is an homage the the makers of Seattle, offering a selection of locally made goods carefully curated throughout. The back half is a shared design office and gallery space, where artists are able to workshop and showcase their art.
A beautifully edited selection of handmade objects, Moorea Seal offers makers and artists’ work alongside goods from around the globe. Find gifts, accessories, objects and clothes at their airy yet cozy downtown home.
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
Giving a voice to the local design community, JOIN DSGN’s eclectic yet minimal space showcases the best of Seattle’s maker and artisan talent.
Les Amis curates garden-picnic wear in a fairytale space framed by a magical violet wisteria vine.
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).
Center for Wooden Boats Sunday Sail
Grab a lifejacket and strap on yer sealegs for a 25-year-old Seattle tradition courtesy of the Center for Wooden Boats. Every Sunday, volunteer skipper and crews take nautical tourists on museum-quality vessels from wooden canoes to antique sailboats around Lake Union. If it’s a sunny day, arrive early!
While at first glance a scenic seaplane tour around Seattle might seem like a boujee joke, created for the sole purpose of rom-com finales or Wes Anderson plot lines, we implore you to think again. Flying over the PNW–Mount Rainier, Olympic Mountains, Butchart Gardens included–can be a beautiful meditation on the grandeur of the universe, the elaborate beauty of nature, or, yes, a really great date.
Impressionism at Frye Museum
It’s a rare super-hot day, or a less-rare rainy day, and a roof suddenly feels very imperative to your survival. Head to Frye Museum and enter the idyllic landscapes found in ‘Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet,’ open until August 5.
For the first time on the West Coast, Basquiat’s iconic ‘Untitled’ is on view at SAM until August 13.
Basquiat’s 'Untitled' on View at SAM
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
A beach in Seattle! Ride bikes around the peninsula while breathing in salty air, or just lay out a towel and enjoy some summertime sun.
3.5 acres of the most renowned and authentic Japanese Garden in the US thrives in Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum.