Seattle is a city I always enjoy going back to. It’s not because of Pike Place Market (although I visit it every time I’m in town), or the iconic Seattle Space Needle, but because Seattle is full of some truly amazing places to eat, drink, and chill out. So check out my suggestions for where to go when the day turns rainy and you’re looking for someplace warm and dry to relax!
1. Slate Coffee
Seattle may be famous for being where Starbucks got its start, but there’s so many other stellar coffee shops in the city besides the world-famous chain. Slate coffee is definitely one of these and they offer an excellent variety of coffee as well as knowledgeable baristas to help you figure out exactly what you want. What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than with your hands wrapped around a hot latte?
240 2nd Ave S
If you’re in the mood for something a little more fun and upbeat, you should definitely considering dropping in to the Flatstick Pub. This quirky basement bar offers a wide range of beers, both local and foreign, and mini-golf! You can’t go wrong with that combination, and after 3pm you can order food from a list of restaurants which will deliver right to your table.
3. Seattle Public Library – Central Library
1000 4th Ave
I know this seems like an out-of-the-ordinary place to visit, but it’s truly worth it to take a look at the Seattle Central Library. It’s housed inside an 11-story modern glass building in downtown Seattle and you can easily spend an entire rainy day perusing its shelves, exploring its different floors, or sipping a coffee at the library cafe. The best part is, visiting it is free, so you don’t have to spend a cent if you don’t want to.
115 Occidental Ave S
Because I spent my childhood in Mexico, I tend to always be on the lookout for good Mexican restaurants wherever I travel in the world. Casco Antiguo definitely doesn’t disappoint, and has some of the best Mexican food I’ve eaten outside of Mexico. There are plenty of vegetarian options for people who don’t eat meat, and the margaritas are pretty spectacular too. Try the Hot Pepper Margarita if you like cocktails with a bit of a kick!
712 NE 45th St
Take a walk on the dark side by stopping in at Seattle’s most infamous bar. Located in the University District, this seedy tavern offers a true taste of the local flavor and culture. Not only is it the first and oldest pub in the district, but it’s also been the hangout of famous cultural icons such as poets Theodore Roethke and Dylan Thomas. Hundreds of books line the bar’s shelves, there’s live music, and a pool table. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a busy day, and admire the local scene over a pint of stout.
What are some of your favorite Seattle hangouts? I’d love to hear your suggestions! Share them below in the comments section.