Postcard from Seattle | Mini Travel Guide For First-Timers

Hi everyone! 

View of downtown Seattle, the Space Needle and Mount Rainier from Kerry Park.

In addition to my bi-weekly outfit posts and monthly gift guide edits, I plan on publishing travel-related posts once in  while. These will be mini travel guides with recommendations on places to eat and visit. Today's post is a mini travel guide for first-timers in Seattle. I checked out quite a few places during my 3-day trip, but listed only my top recommendations below!

Recommended Places to Go

  • Chihuly Garden & Glass: Lower Queen Anne district.
    This is an indoor/outdoor art museum of Dale Chihuly's glass and garden installations. If you've ever seen the glass sculptures at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, you may already be familiar with some of his work. The glass garden "plants" change with the seasons. :) 
  • Kerry Park: Lower Queen Anne district.
    Great place to enjoy the Seattle skyline. On a clear day, you will see Mount Rainier to the right of downtown Seattle. The perfect place for a photo opp!
  • Pike Place Market: Downtown district.
    This is a year-round farmer's market with produce stands, bakeries, butcher shops, fish markets and more. Pike Place Market is the home of fish tosses, the Gum Wall, and the original Starbucks.
  • Seattle Asian Art Museum: Capitol Hill district.
    I visited this museum to see the "Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World" and "Calligraphic Abstraction" exhibits. Both exhibits are on view until October 4, 2015. The exhibits aren't an absolute must for your first-time in Seattle, but are worth checking out if you are into digital art and calligraphy.
  • Seattle Central Library: Downtown district.
    This is a clean, modern and beautiful library with a lot of natural lighting. If I was a local, I could definitely see myself coming here to study or to get some work done. The architecture of the library is beautiful inside and out, and each floor is worth a visit.
  • Space Needle: Lower Queen Anne district.
    The Space Needle is an iconic landmark with a 360 degree view of the city from the observation deck. I recommend coming here at night to enjoy the gorgeous Seattle city lights. Purchase the package admission for the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden & Glass for a better rate!

Recommended Places to Eat/Drink

  • Marination Ma Kai: Seacrest Park.
    With 3 locations in Seattle, I chose to check out the one in West Seattle on Alki Beach. To get there from Downtown Seattle (Pier 50), take the King Country Water Taxi to Seacrest Park/Alki Beach. You'll be able to see the Seattle skyline from the top deck of the water taxi on a clear day! The water taxi docks right in front of Marination Ma Kai, where you can enjoy a yummy variety of Hawaiian/Korean fusion food out on the patio with a view of the city skyline.
  • Serious Pie: Capitol Hill.
    Killer pizzas. Need I say more? There are a few Serious Pie locations in Seattle, but I ended up at the one in Capitol Hill. It is inside the Starbucks Reserve & Roastery, which is a cool spot to check out as well while you're there.
  • Pike Place Market: Downtown district. Be sure to check out the below eateries within the Market!
    + Beecher's Handmade Cheese: for the Flagship cheese wedge.
    + Elenos Real Greek Yogurt: for the yummy Greek yogurt with granola toppings.
    + Storyville Coffee Company: this place is a hidden gem within Pike Place Market. What makes this place so special is its relaxing vibe and cozy atmosphere. It helps that their coffee is on point too. ;) Definitely my favorite coffee spot in Seattle.

I hope you enjoyed my mini Seattle travel guide. Feel free to share your favorite spots in Seattle in the comments below. :) Also, I will be making a quick trip to New York City in a few weeks. Although I've been to NYC on a quick business trip once before, it will be my first time getting to explore and enjoy the city. I would greatly appreciate any recommendations from you on the best places to eat and visit!

Thank you so much for reading!

Photography by Nathan Liang & Diana Youn