I think August is the best time to go to Seattle. Overcast and gloomy for most of the year, August is when the sun comes out and shines on this Pacific Northwest city. The air smells fresh and the sky gives off an orange, lavender and blue hue during sunset – beautiful and dreamlike.
I went last August to visit my friend and we had a blast! He was such a gracious host by providing me accommodations and driving me around.
what to do
Pike Place Market – This is a must for anyone visiting Seattle. Go to the first Starbucks, but there’s no need to stand in line since it really is just Starbucks coffee and you can get that anywhere in the world – literally anywhere.
Seattle Public Library – After Pike Place, stroll around downtown Seattle and stop by the Seattle Public Library to rest a bit. Grab a book and relax :). The architecture here is stunning! If my college library was half as pretty, I probably would have studied more.
Bainbridge Island – If you have time, rent a car and spend a day at Bainbridge Island. Go to Storyville Coffee for your daily caffeine fix and Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial for your history fix. There won’t be too many tourist around and you’ll be surrounded by endless natural beauty.
what to eat
There are endless food options in Seattle but here are some of my favorites.
- Phnom Penh Noodle House for Cambodian food.
- Shiros for omazake sushi.
- Tamarind Tree for a trendy and cozy Vietnamese dinner. I love the ambiance at this restaurant.
- Pel Meni Dumpling Tzar for a hearty Russian lunch. One option is to order takeout here and drive to Gas Works Park for a picnic!
Don’t forget to get coffee. Because…
All photos taken with my Sony DSC-HX50V/B