Nicknamed both ‘The Emerald City’ (evergreen forests) and ‘Jet City’ given the local influence of Boeing. Over 800 aerospace firms call Seattle home as do thousands of ICT companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia and the burgeoning startup scene. Seattle has one of the largest life science clusters in the U.S. and is home to the third largest container complex in the country. ‘Seattleites’ have a (snobbish) reputation for their heavy coffee consumption. Starbucks, Tully’s and thousands of coffee houses were either founded here or proudly call Seattle home.

WHERE TO STAY

  • MAYFLOWER – great value option in Central Seattle, located in the Westlake Center Mall, just a few blocks from Pike Place.
  • MEDITERRANEAN INN – in Lower Queen Anne (a funky neighborhood) close to shops and dining, downtown and Seattle Center. Rates are great, service is excellent and the views of the water from the rooftop garden are superb.
  • THE THOMPSON – a brand new hotel with amazing rooms and in a prime Downtown position offering views of Pike Place Market and Elliott Bay.
  • MOTIF SEATTLE – awesome location in the heart of downtown, a hotel everyone raves about.
  • FAIRMONT OLYMPIC HOTEL – a refined hotel established in 1924. The Fairmont Olympic had a recent renovation and now offers classic elegance with mid-century modern room décor.

CO-WORKING

  • Seattle has numerous co-working spaces located throughout the city.
    Contact the SEATTLE COLLABORATIVE SPACE ALLIANCE to source all your co-working information including membership, locations and facility features. The alliance is a coalition 19 spaces all listed here.
  • We also highly recommend WEWORK SOUTH LAKE UNION.

COFFEE & KAI

FOR COFFEE

  • SLATE COFFEE  simply stated, Slate promises to source the best local ingredients they can find to provide the best coffee experience in Seattle. Three locations: Ballard, Pioneer Square and District University.
  • SEATTLE COFFEE WORKS  is a place to experience and experiment with coffee in its richly diverse forms and varieties. Coffee Works goal is to create dedicated tasting venues for specialty coffee. Two locations: Ballard and Downtown.
  • LA MARZOCCO  features rotating coffees designed and curated by leading coffee voices from around the world. Each month a different, renowned coffee roaster or coffee brand takes over the cafe to implement a new menu.

FOR LUNCH AND DINNER

  • AQUA BY EL GAUCHO  Is located at end of Pier 70, offering Seattle’s best waterfront dining experience. Named one of the top ten seafood restaurants in America and awarded the Washington State Wine Commission’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year.
  • PINK DOOR – Tempts with modern Italian-American food, provocative live entertainment, and a warm, lively respite from the ordinary world. From the trapeze artist swinging over guests in the dining room to the couple’s entwined on the patio taking in the Elliot Bay view, what’s not to love?
  • IL CORVO  A charming, intimate lunch spot serving handmade pasta accompanied by market fresh produce, antipasti and charcuterie. The menu changes daily, so make sure you check out the specials.
  • LE PICHET  Located in Seattle’s Pike Place Market Historical District, Le Pichet is an intimate restaurant specializing in the regional cuisine and wine of France. 
  • SITKA & SPRUCE – Upscale restaurant & wine bar serving eclectic gourmet small plates in a rustic-chic setting.
  • METROPOLITAN GRILL – Recognized as one of the top ten steakhouses in the US, The ‘Met’ is well known for offering an exceptional dining experience.
  • CANLIS – Iconic Seattle restaurant highly regarded for its Northwest cuisine. Canlis is a very exclusive, fine dining experience, make sure you book ahead.
  • LARK – Chef John Sundstrom’s menu features locally-produced and organic cheese, charcuterie, vegetables, grains, fish, and meats, all prepared in season.

NIGHT SPOTS

  • THE NEST – Located on the rooftop of The Thompson Hotel. Overlooking the city and harbor, The Nest is the ultimate place to host clients for post/pre-dinner drinks. We recommend making a reservation for parties/groups of 10 – 30 people.
  • FROLIK is a unique social experience, offering a space to encounter innovation and creativity with a playful twist. A vibrant environment – complemented by flexible dining options, a spacious outdoor deck, fireplaces, shuffleboard, ping-pong and more.
  • ROB ROY – Classic ‘cubby’ lounge bar serving seasoned cocktails. Interesting fact: their ‘Old Fashioned’ cocktail is served with machete-carved ice cubes.

COOL HUNTING

  • Seattle may remind you of Auckland. It’s similar in size, outdoors oriented with great scenery on the doorstep and a mild climate year-round.
  • Take a stroll around Green Lake (5km) or Kerry Park in the Queen Anne neighborhood (close to Downtown) for “the” postcard view of Seattle. In late Feb/early March, visit the University of Washington campus for hundreds of Cherry Blossoms blooming among the Gothic campus buildings.
  • Take the water taxi to West Seattle and grab a drink at SALTY’S overlooking the city skyline.
  • Rent a boat on Lake Union from THE ELECTRIC BOAT COMPANY or for an indoors activity check out the BOEING FACTORY TOUR.
  • Visit a local brewery. Our favorites are STOUPREUBENS & FREMONT. Others can be found here.
  • Seattle also has amazing wineries found in the suburb of Woodinville (30-minutes from the city). Explore 90 wineries all with tasting rooms, Cellar Door and outdoor gardens.
  • If you have a day or two check out the ferry tours to Victoria (the capital of British Columbia) with CLIPPER VACATIONS. Clipper runs every day to Victoria and the San Juan Islands taking in whale watching along the way. You’ll see Finn Whales and Orca from the pods resident in the Puget Sound. If you have the time stay overnight in Victoria, we love the old-school high tea (with champagne) offered at the FAIRMONT EMPRESS HOTEL
  • For more information on local events, activities and experiences visit SEATTLE TOURISM

GETTING AROUND

  • Central Seattle is fairly compact and walkable.
  • Seattle has a comprehensive bus system and a CENTRAL LINK LIGHT RAIL connecting the city with the airport in 40-minutes, a great option if you arrive in peak traffic when it can take up to 1.5 hours by car.
  • Bellevue & Redmond (30-minutes from Downtown) are both home to a large Microsoft presence, Expedia, Amazon and Costco’s corporate office. Bellevue has its own scene (upscale malls and some restaurants) but unless you have multi-day meetings there stay in Central Seattle. Bellevue is very corporate/dry with most locals commuting into Bellevue for work each day.
  • Book hotels ahead of time. When rates are high (often USD $300+ for 3 star accommodation) you can save by staying near the airport and taking public transport into the city.

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