Today I’m sharing tips on where to go in Seattle. Don’t miss Vegan Haven, amazing Thai food at Araya’s Place, Olympic Sculpture Park, and the best view of the Space Needle at Kerry Park.
This post is a continuation of my vegan Seattle travel adventure.
I had been hoping to get a lot more time in Seattle, but the Twin Peaks Festival kept us busy in Issaquah.
So on the Sunday afternoon before we left Washington, we drove into the city and headed towards Capitol Hill, feverishly trying to decide where to go in Seattle.
Where to go in Seattle
I know it’s super touristy, but…
Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room
We went to the Starbucks Roastery and Tasting Room.
You know how at Krispy Kreme doughnuts you can watch as the doughnuts are being made? Well, this roastery was like Krispy Kreme meets brewery. It had the slick metal and wood aesthetic of a brewery with the mechanical motion of a Krispy Kreme. The whole place smelled like a coffee lover’s paradise.
There were lots of places to sit – both at tables where you could place an order with a server or at the bar. At first we opted for a table, but no server ever came around to help us.
So we moved to a bar, where we’d be in the line of fire. It actually worked to our advantage, because we got much more of an interactive experience than we would have otherwise.
They had a special menu with flights of coffee and unique offerings that they don’t have in their regular stores. We ordered a pressed coffee to share along with soy milk.
However, after we’d already gotten our drinks I saw coffee being made using a siphon. That’s what I’d suggest getting instead (and stick around to watch it being prepared).
The barista explained the process of using suction to brew it. The process was invented in the 1800’s. It felt like a science project that gives you coffee in the end. Just think of how much better I would have been at science if food had been involved…
Butter Home in Melrose Market
After finishing our cups, we walked around the nearby shops. Melrose Market had an airy feeling like a farmers market, but the set up had cooking classes, restaurants, and little shops sharing a loft space. It reminded me of East End Market in Orlando.
I perused the wares at Butter Home and picked up a couple of porcelain bowls by Heirloom Home & Studio that were molds of a cauliflower and an artichoke. I especially liked that they were bright white, which made their kitsch factor a little more muted. They will be great dip holders at parties.
Coming from a landlocked state, I was eager to get to the water. So we headed towards Pike Place Market. The market had closed for the day, but a few of the adjacent shops were still open. We did some quick milling and continued our trek to the bay.
There was a lot of construction in the area, but we were still able to see some of the calm water and boats going out with the islands in the distance. So picturesque.
Karen Blixen said, “The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” That definitely rang true when I breathed in this view. It made everything feel still and right again.
One place high up on our list of where to go in Seattle was Vegan Haven in the University District.
It used to be called Sidecar for Pigs Peace, and proceeds from the store go to support Pigs Peace Sanctuary. It is volunteer-run and the only 100% vegan store in the state of Washington.
The store isn’t huge, but it is incredibly well stocked. If there’s some vegan product that you’ve been looking for high and low, chances are they have it.
I couldn’t believe their wall of Miyoko’s cheeses, Parmela, and Vtopian cheeses from Portland. We were heading out of town the next day and wouldn’t have access to a refrigerator for most of the time, sadly. It was so hard not to pile endless non-dairy cheeses in my cart.
In the chocolate area, though, I made up for it. I stocked up on the amazing hazelnut chocolate bars that I’d been dreaming about ever since I got one in my swag bag at Vida Vegan Con in Austin last year.
I also grabbed some coconut bacon and several Eli’s Earth Bars. The Dream Big flavor is my favorite, and it’s surprisingly hard to find, outside of online ordering.
There were so many nearby options for food – Wayward Vegan Café, Pizza Pi, and Araya’s Place. It was hard to choose where to go in Seattle.
But then I remembered that every person who had suggested Araya’s Place followed it up with two words – so good! So we decided to go there.
Plus, they have a quiet dining area with lots of seating and a nice wine list.
We started with an appetizer of tofu satay. The pan-fried tofu was crisp and sticky with a marinade of curry powder and coconut milk. It was served on skewers with peanut sauce for dipping and a vinegary cucumber salad.
One bite and I felt confident we’d chosen wisely with our restaurant choice.
Then we ordered two entrees to share.
We chose a stir-fry called Araya’s asparagus that was a mixture of seitan, ginger, Portobello and shiitake mushrooms, along with asparagus.
The presentation was beautiful and the spices were just right. The stir-fry was topped with basil leaves that were fried until crisp. It was an elegant touch.
We also split this avocado curry. Somehow I’d never had avocado in a warm curry application before, but what a brilliant idea!
Creamy avocado is always welcome, and each bite was a revelation. The green curry broth was also filled with seitan, soft and fried tofu, bell pepper, and basil.
Olympic Sculpture Park
I’d asked for suggestions on Instagram of things to see and do in Seattle. Jeanette Zeis suggested Olympic Sculpture Park. I had never been there before.
It was getting close to sunset, and I knew that would be a beautiful place to watch the sun melt into the ocean.
As opposed to the construction and crowds from earlier in the day by the water, this was the perfect antidote. There were people reading books, walking with their dogs, and strolling along the pathway.
The beauty of human-made sculptures played against the natural beauty of the water and mountains.
To cap the day, I wanted to get a vantage point of the city that included the Space Needle and skyline.
When we visited Seattle in 2007, we went up the Space Needle to the top. It was a lovely view, but when you’re on the Space Needle, you can’t see it yourself. And it is one of the most iconic parts of the Seattle skyline.
So this time we searched where we should go for the best view in the city. That took us to Kerry Park.
If a person had at least two nights to spend in the city, I’d recommend spending one watching the sun set from Olympic Sculpture Park and then spend the second at Kerry Park. Seeing the city darken across the water and then light up again as it turns on its lights was a stream of beauty.
The park had a festive atmosphere as families gathered around, couples posed for pictures, and photographers with cameras on tripods took long exposures of the twinkling lights.
As I mentioned in my last post, I spent a lot of time “preparing” for our Seattle adventure by watching old episodes of Frasier. It ends up that there’s no apartment in Seattle that would actually have his view from the window.
However, most people think that the view was actually from Kerry Park. So there couldn’t have been a more appropriate way to finish our time in the Emerald City.
“Hey, baby. I hear the blues a callin’. Tossed salads and scrambled tofu…”