If you love having the mountains, the water, and a bustling city all in one spot, start booking your trip to Seattle ASAP. Seattle is a quirky town full of beautiful scenery and amazing places to eat, sweat and slay. Here are some of my favorite places to do it all.
Places to Eat in Seattle
If you’re anything like me, you like eating healthy but when enjoying a meal out, you want your food to be more fun than what you’d make yourself at home.
Jujubeet is an artisan juice bar and cafe that makes amazing plant-based dishes and drinks with multiple locations in the Seattle area. If you love fun wraps, raw treats, and fresh juices Jujubeet is definitely the place to go. Their Main Street location in Bellevue has a dreamy interior full of bright fixtures, marble and beautiful plants. Perfect place to snap a photo for the ‘gram.
We all scream for ice cream! Frankie and Jo’s is a new ice cream shop in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. All of the ice cream is completely dairy-free, and they regularly update their menu with new flavors using fresh, seasonal ingredients. With flavors like Tahini Chocolate, Salty Caramel Ash, and Gingered Golden Milk, it’s safe to say Frankie and Jo’s slays the ice cream game.
If you’re a fan of brunch (who isn’t?), a visit to Portage Bay Cafe is a must. Portage Bay has four locations around Seattle that all serve amazing dishes made with local, organic, sustainable ingredients. They also have an incredible toppings bar where you can load up your dishes with every amazing topping you can think of. Their motto is “eat like you give a damn,” and I couldn’t agree more.
Places to Sweat in Seattle
City Cycle is a brand-new cycling studio that just opened in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. Everyone at the studio is so friendly and welcoming, and most importantly the playlists are EPIC. With class themes such as 2000’s Pop Diva and Bieber vs. Timberlake, every class feels like a party while still delivering a killer workout.
Bala Yoga has two locations in the Seattle area, and is one of my favorite places to flow. Not only are the studios absolutely beautiful and Instagram-worthy, this place just has an amazing vibe (and even has kombucha on tap). The instructors are super-friendly and helpful, and the classes are gently heated, allowing you to get in a good stretch without being drenched in sweat.
Places to Slay in Seattle
Pike Place Market
You just can’t go to Seattle without visiting Pike Place Market. Pike Place is an epic farmer’s market on the Seattle waterfront with tons of amazing shops and vendors where you can get beautiful flowers (perfect for the gram), fresh produce, and unique hand-made items.
After hitting up Pike Place Market, you can hop on the water taxi to take a quick ferry ride to Alki Beach in West Seattle. Alki Beach is right on the Puget Sound and has some of the best views of the Seattle skyline. Once you’re there you can have some fun in the sun on the beach, and a bonfire when the sun goes down.
If you want to see the iconic Fraiser view of Seattle, make sure you swing by Kerry Park in Queen Anne. If you go at the right time, you can even see Mount Rainier among the rest of the Seattle skyline. #blessed
If you enjoy coffee, definitely hit up the Starbucks Reserve and Tasting Room in Capitol Hill. You can see how the beans are processed and they have a ton of fun, unique drinks that you won’t find at any regular Starbucks location.
Les is a personal trainer, nutrition coach and green-beauty junkie from Seattle. Through her online wellness community The Balanced Berry, she shares workouts, recipes and advice to help women feel strong and confident while loving the skin they’re in. In her spare time, you can find her trying new workout classes and taking pictures of her food. For approachable wellness advice and real-talk, follow her on Instagram @balancedberry.