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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!