Shop.org is here and as I prepared to head to Seattle for a first time visit, I decided to ask a handful of people where to go for the best coffee, dining and shopping experiences. What happened next turned out to be a standard response from my sample of friends and acquaintances that have visited the city several times already. Not only did their eyes open very wide but they had a look of utter astonishment and excitement (as if they had just tasted chocolate for the first time) and they began to tell me how much they absolutely love Seattle. They love Seattle so much that they did not simply rattle off, in passing, a bunch of places I should try as I would expect most people to do. Instead, each one of them thoughtfully emailed me a list of what my Seattle “Hit List” should be for the weekend. Since there were too many incredible suggestions to choose from, I shortened the list (a difficult but necessary task.) The following is my newbie itinerary.
But first, coffee:
Not only is Seattle the birthplace of the first Starbucks to ever open in 1971, but it’s been said that people in Seattle consume more coffee than in any other American city.
Victrola Roastery and Cafe Wednesdays at 11 AM free public coffee cuppings. Discussions of regional differences in coffee production, processing differences and the roasting and selection process. The cafe and roastery is built in a classic 1920′s auto row building (how cool is that?) 310 E Pike Street.
Milstead & Co. Featuring fine coffees from renowned roasters Stumptown, Intelligentsia, Coava, Bows & Arrows, Heart and Wrecking Ball (an SF favorite.) 770 N 34th St
Analog Coffee Dispenses kegged coffee on tap (what the?!). Regulars can come back for seconds (and most likely do) even bringing their own growlers for a coffee refill. 235 Summit Ave. E.
Where to binge on oysters and other delightful treats:
The Walrus and the Carpenter Casual comfort meets local fishing pub. Most if not all food served is locally sourced. 4743 Ballard Avenue NW
Sitka & Spruce A rustic but chic restaurant specializing in simple but delicious food. 1531 Melrose Avenue
Delancey Cozy restaurant in the historic Ballard neighborhood known for their wood fired pizza. 1415 Northwest 70th Street
Mighty O Donuts: Located in an old historic building in the Wallingford neighborhood. Pride themselves on no added chemicals, GMOs or animal products. 2110 N 55th Street
Shop ‘til you drop!
Glasswing: Clothing, books, furniture in a Pacific Northwest kind of way. 1525 Melrose Avenue
Sip & Ship A one-stop shop. Buy a coffee, eat a pastry, find a special gift and ship it to your friends and family, all-in-one location. 1752 N.W. Market Street
The Elliott Bay Book Company Allegedly the best book store in the entire Northwest. Over 150,000 titles. 1521 Tenth Avenue
REI Last but not least, a must for visiting Seattle. REI’s Flagship store will have everything I need from comfortable shoes, to backpacks and of course rain gear for my visit. 222 Yale Avenue
There will be walking, lots of walking. There will be coffee, donuts and other baked goods. There will be oysters (but these I will not share with my travel companion.)
This is the perfect itinerary to segway into a 3 day exhibition at the annual Shop.org conference, this year taking place in downtown Seattle. TheFind Team will be at booth #623.
– Author Mercedes Ruiz is the Senior Manager of Business Development at TheFind.