THE FULLEST Guide to Seattle

This city guide comes from THE FULLEST founder, Nikki Bostwick. Living in the Pacific Northwest for five years herself and visiting her in-laws that lived in Seattle for over a decade, Nikki has spent quite some time in Seattle over the years. Although she’s not a huge fan of the rainy weather all year round — she loves returning to the city in early fall and finds it the perfect time to soak in the best of Seattle’s leafy trees, fresh air, good food, and its plethora of exciting activities and events.

Stay

Palihouse

A contemporary boutique hotel part of the larger Palisociety Hotel Group (that we are big fans of). This particular hotel is located directly across the street from Downtown Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market and Seattle’s Waterfront.

@palisociety

Graduate Seattle

An art deco-style hotel for those that are looking to stay close to the nearby university — it’s only a 10-minute stroll from the University of Washington campus.

@graduatehotels

Eat

The London Plane

Half bakeshop and half flower shop, this store offers the best croissant I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating, and I’m quite the croissant connoisseur! This is the perfect spot for a long afternoon lunch while enjoying the ambiance of the space and people. Just be more cautious when visiting this area of town because it has had a major influx of homeless people since the pandemic — something to be mindful of if you’re traveling with kids as it can sometimes be difficult to navigate with young children.

@londonplaneseattle

Elm Coffee Roasters

Right next door to The London Plane, this coffee shop has their very own house-made hazelnut milk! They also have a store in the South Lake Union area.

@elmcoffeeroasters

Frankie and Jo’s

Our favorite plant-based ice cream! We love their salty caramel ash flavor and head to their shop everytime we are in town.

@frankieandjos

Burien Press

After the airport, stop by this coffee shop and natural wine bar for your drink of choice. It’s run by the founders of Plants & Animals and Moonshot Coffee.

@burienpress

PCC Community Market

One of my favorite local grocery stores to stock up on organic and natural essentials for your stay in Seattle. Pick up all the goods and make your own healthy mini bar in your hotel room or Airbnb.

@pccmarkets

Central Co-Op

Another one of my favorite places to source organic and local produce, plus bites to eat. It’s also owned and operated by the people that work and shop there. Bonus points for their dedication to sustainable practices, community accountability, and the local food economy.

@central_coop

Melrose Market

A cute indoor food market that occupies a set of historic automotive buildings on Capitol Hill. If you’re looking for a quick salad or sandwich, scoop one from Homegrown, a sustainable eatery that has multiple locations across Seattle.

@melrosemarketseattle

Cafe Flora

An old school vegetarian restaurant that I’ve been going to for years that serves up delicious, creative vegetarian dishes made on sustainable, local ingredients.

@cafefloraveg

Tall Grass Bakery

Looking for quality baked goods on your trip? Tall Grass is an organic bakery that has the best selection of bread, cookies, pretzels, and scones. Find it in the cute Ballard district.

@tallgrassbakery

Bateau

It’s no secret that if we’re going out to eat meat, it has to come from a trusted and quality source. This grass-fed, organic steakhouse specializes in quality, dry-aged steaks and also features foraged and fermented ingredients.

@bateauseattle

San Fermo

This gorgeous restaurant serves up traditional regional Italian dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Super popular but they do take walk-ins if you don’t have a booking.

@sanfermoseattle

Beast & Cleaver

Looking to have dinner in one night? This family-owned butcher shop and restaurant in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood is dedicated to using local, sustainable, and organic meat. Pick up some quality and integrity cuts and cook up a restaurant-quality meal from the comfort of your private accommodation.

@beastandcleaver

Aslan Brewing Seattle

Apparently, organic beer is hard to find but this brewery makes great beer (well, at least according to my husband). Check out their tasting room if you are with someone who is partial to craft beers.

@aslanbrewing

Restaurant Homer

Big fans of this Mediterranean-style restaurant that cooks their dishes over a wood fire. It’s also created by a husband and wife duo that live just a couple blocks from the restaurant!

@restauranthomer

Fable

An all day eatery by the makers of Moonshot Coffee, they’re currently going through some renovations but opening soon in Beacon Hill, Seattle. Follow them on Instagram for the updates.

@fableallday

Lupo

Every city guide needs a pizza spot and we love Lupo for its specialty sourdough, wood-fired options. Open for dinner in Fremont.

@lupofremont

Marmite Seattle

Hearty soups, sandwiches, and a full weekend brunch menu that uses fresh, organic resources from local Northwest purveyors, served up in rustic, light-filled surrounds.

@marmiteseattle

Tweets Cafe

This charming coffee shop offers a rotating menu of salads and pastries. Heads up, this café is only open on weekends from 11am – 3pm and is cash or check only. It’s a little far out from the city, but its local and farm-to-table vibe make it totally worth the drive.

@tweetscafe

Shop

Village Maternity

We were looking for a kid’s store to grab some organic tights and shoes and this one came through for us! They stock a good amount of brands from personal care products for mama and baby to more conscious clothing brands like Quincy Mae. Find it in University Village.

@villagematernity

Jenni Kayne

A long time favorite shop of ours has expanded its doors to Seattle and is also located in the University Village providing timeless, seasonal, neutral and natural clothing, plus furniture and lifestyle products.

@jennikayne

Glassy Baby

These stunning hand-blown glass candle holders and drinking glasses come in hundreds of colors and they give back to organizations worldwide. They’ve grown a lot since they opened their first Seattle-based store, but the Madrona store is still my favorite to visit.

@glassybabydowntownseattle

Les Amis

Nestled within the Wisteria trees in Fremont, Les Amis brings a curated collection of modern apparel with attention to the full picture, like where the clothing is manufactured. There is a nice balance of entry level lines and higher-end brands making it a spot for everyone to enjoy.

@lesamisseattle

Spruce Apothecary

A skincare studio and retail space that focuses on clean and effective beauty products, holistic wellness, and sustainable lifestyle goods. Spruce was founded by two experienced and passionate holistic estheticians, Jenn and Tiann, who came together to share their deep knowledge and create an inclusive, welcoming, and healing space for all.

@spruce.apothecary

Dandelion Botanical

Located a couple hours north of the city, this family-owned herbal apothecary was voted as one of the five best herb stores in America by Rodale’s Organic Life and stocks everything from East Asian Medicine tinctures to herbs, spices, and Ayurvedic formulas. If you’ve been on the hunt for an OG apothecary shop, this is the one!

@dandelionbotanicalco

Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy

The Pharmaca Madison Park location was recently acquired by Medley and they merged the Pharmaca brand into their own name. The Pharmaca store on Madison has been a staple for me over the years and I’m happy to still have access to it for my homeopathic and overall alternative travel needs.

@pharmaca

Visit

Washington Park Arboretum

My absolute favorite place to walk, ever! The 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum is a joint project of the University of Washington and Seattle Parks and Recreation offering miles of trails that wind through forests of maples, magnolias, oaks, and salmonberry. You can find an easy loop that’s about three miles and can take about 45 minutes to walk. Honestly, it feels like a never ending wonderland of trees.

@washingtontrails

Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden is a historic 20-acre Japanese garden in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. A public park since 1987, it was originally started in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota, a Japanese immigrant. Today, it is maintained as a public park by the Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Kubota Garden Foundation. If you’re staying closer to the city and find this is too far away, you can head over to the Seattle Japanese Garden located on the southern end of the Washington Park arboretum for another gorgeous Japanese garden to visit.

@kubotagarden

Ballard Farmers Market

Seattle’s first year-round farmers market featuring 100-plus vendors for organic, handmade, and locally grown foods from produce, meat, dairy, seafood, baked goods, local crafts, body products, and more.

@sfmamarkets

Dunn Gardens

A lovely, private 2.5-acre garden that was designed by the Olmsted brothers. It is open only at certain times of the year for viewing and for special events — so make sure to check their calendar.

@dunn.gardens

Volunteer Park Conservatory

A Seattle landmark located in Capitol Hill, this volunteer park conservatory is a Victorian-style glass-paned greenhouse structure with a botanical garden and conservatory.

@vpconservatory

Center for Wooden Boats

If there’s anything old school and wood — I’m all ears! Look up their events and activities in advance; we checked out a wooden boat regatta while we were in town.

@centerforwoodenboats

The Ballard Locks

A complex of locks at the west end of Salmon Bay in the Lake Washington Ship Canal. If you have kids it’s a fun opportunity to show them the way boats make it from the lake to the ocean and vice versa.

@ballardlocks100

Seattle Art Museum

Referred to as SAM, the Seattle Art Museum also has two other affiliated locations the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park — all of which are worth checking out.

@seattleartmuseum

Fran’s Chocolate Factory

Fran’s is a family owned confectioner hand crafting truffles, salted caramels, gold bars, and chocolate-covered fruits and nuts since 1982. Although they’ve grown tremendously and are available across the country at major retailers, it’s fun to visit their hometown factory and try the chocolates while there. They source organic and fair trade whenever possible — and that’s rare for a confectioner of this volume. It’s quite the treat and personally, I love their salted dark chocolate caramels!

@franschocolates

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