A 72-hr Long Weekend in Seattle City Guide
Seattle. Where do I even begin my infatuation with this city? It has been more than a few years since I last visited this beloved PNW (Pacific Northwest) city, but it remains one of my favorite cities and travel destinations of all time.
In particular, I love Seattle’s close proximity to Los Angeles (a brisk 2.5 hr flight away), an actual cosmopolitan reprieve from the heat, with its unexpected bursts of natural beauty that exists seemingly every corner. I, for one, suddenly become a romantic sap upon the sighting of foliage, and there is no shortage of this in Seattle. But the incessant and sporadic rain does put on a damper on this otherwise beautiful city, which is why I relied on Uber to get around to the things that mattered most — eats, drinks and sights. So let's install the Uber app and go for an adventurous ride through Seattle together!
An Unbelievable Happy Hour: Orfeo
How could you resist one of the best happy hours when it is mere steps away from your hotel? You don’t. Orfeo, a New American restaurant with an Italian emphasis, has numerous options catering to the hungry happy hour goer. The freshly hand-made carbonara pasta and stacks of portabella mushroom fries are just some of my favorites. Polish off the meal with an invigorating aperol spritz and you’ve got yourself a winner!
Address | 2107 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Phone | (206) 443-1972
Mon - Sun, 4–10PM
While the PNW is commonly associated with food tends to be more starchy and decadent in nature, I actually managed to find quite a few culinary gems that are off the beaten path. Thanks to the marvelous efficiency of my uberX rides, I had no trouble getting there even in the heaviest of downpours.
The Best-Kept Omakase Secret: Shiro's
Shiro kinda blew my mind away. I went solo for their dinner service, because 1) the restaurant opens up at around 5:30pm sharp, 2) the queue is long, if you don’t get there on time, 3) and I wanted one of the most coveted seats in the restaurant — at the sushi bar, where the magic truly happens and unfolds in front of your very eyes. To ensure my punctuality, I strategically scheduled my ride beforehand on the Uber app. The omakase experience is unlike any other. In lieu of a traditional multi-course experience, the chef will continue to produce courses tailored to your palette and preferences until you request a full-stop and the check. I absolutely fell head over in heels with the albacore belly selection as well as the blue fin tuna. The Japanese aji mackerel was by far the best I ever had.
Address | 2401 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Phone | (206) 443-9844
Mon - SUn, 5:30–10:30PM
A Matsutake Dashi Broth
A speciality that was part my of 13-course omakase
This isn’t your ordinary Starbucks down the block; this is THE Starbucks if you’re looking for a premium coffee experience. We’re talking about an intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the inner workings of Starbucks as a stand-alone roastery. You really get a sense of the Starbucks as a brand, especially when in combination with complete flights of caffeine from specialty roasts and vintages.
Address | 1124 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone | (206) 624-0173
Mon - Sun, 7AM–11PM
Seattle gets a reasonable amount of rain during the winter season, so I find it best to hibernate indoors with a hot toddy, especially at the Scout PNW inside the Thompson Seattle hotel. Admire the beautiful decor and hotel guests in their cozy habitat as they saunter about. And if you do plan on heading out for the night, consider this your pre-game sesh before booking an uberX. As always, drink and ride responsibly.
Address | 110 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone | (206) 682-4700
Elm Coffee House
Should you decide to avoid Starbucks altogether, I highly recommend dipping into one of the few Elm Coffee House locations. Its indie vibe extends to its tea selection and coffee varietals. And the ambience with a flood of natural light should be a huge draw for any avid Instagrammer.
Address | 240 2nd Ave S #103, Seattle, WA 98104
Phone | (206) 445-7808
Despite the major renovation that is taking place right now, the Space Needle’s tourist allure remains ever so apparent. The views are unrivaled and unobstructed once you’ve made your way up. Up 518.8 ft , that is. It’s a sweeping, panoramic view to behold, as you see the beauty of Seattle unravel in front of your eyes. A shimmery glimmer from the Pacific Ocean in the horizon will almost move you to tears. Almost.
Address | 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109
Mon - Sun, 10am-8pm
If you don’t know who Dale Chihuly is by now, I can’t help you. Perhaps one of the most prominent glass sculptors of our time, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a definite must-see for me when in Seattle. Yes, it is a bit of tourist trap if you go anytime after 11am, but to see Chihuly’s intricate, glass-made artwork up-close is so worth it. Each room comes with a signature, showstopper piece. I suggest really taking the time to admire each exhibit from afar and different angles — the intricacies really come together. Pro-tip: You can purchase a two-fer admission ticket, for both the Space Needle and Chihuly at a special rate! Even more of a reason to do both.
Address | 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109
SUN - Thurs, 11am-6PM, Fri - Sat, 11am-7pm
Washington Park Arboretum
Whether it’s Sleepless in Seattle or The Ring, Seattle is home to many iconic, film locales. The Arboretum is a treasure trove for any aspiring location scout, filmmaker or tourist extraordinaire. There’s no shortage of foliage; in fact, it is so abundant that you simply cannot take a bad shot here. With a wide expansive view of the Union Bay to the north, the Arboretum is the epitome of Seattle’s wide variety of outdoor activities.
Address | 2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112
Mon - Sun, 9am-5pm
For another scenic and romantic view of Seattle, Gasworks Park is the place to be. There are swarms of people, from kayakers to air gliders, at anytime of day, but it is still a relatively great spot for an impromptu picnic while witnessing the very reason as to why Seattlites are so outdoorsy by nature.
Address | 2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
Mon - Sun, 6am-10pm
Seattle is the definition of a perfect, long-weekend getaway for me. Especially when I can easily access Uber anytime, anywhere, to alleviate the stress of a timely trip and unforeseeable inconveniences. What are some of your go-to weekend destinations? Anywhere you're hoping to visit this year? Tell me more below.
Post is sponsored by Uber; words and experiences are entirely my own.