I always forget how rad Seattle is. We were there for a quick trip recently to see one of our best pals in a show at 5th Avenue Theatre, and spent a couple of super-fun days visiting, working, and eating our way through Capitol Hill. It’s a really wonderful, walkable area that’s packed full of really fun restaurants, funky stores, coffee shops every two steps, and bars with brilliant happy hours. Here are a few of our faves.
Lost Lake Cafe is a pretty killer spot with a midcentury diner feel (it reminded me a lot of Jones in Philly for all of you east coasters). We stopped there for breakfast, but their happy hour looked affordable and delicious, and if there hadn’t been a zillion other great restaurants in our neighborhood I would have been happy eating here over and over.
I Instagrammed this photo of our stop at Rumba for a drink and some tapas, and everyone freaked out over the blue chairs. I don’t blame you guys! The decor in Rumba feels like a blogger’s version of Havana, with perfectly placed pineapples as decor. Go at happy hour and share some tapas while you’re there — the boys ordered every flavor of taco and empanada that was on the menu.
Did I mention all we did was eat? The restaurants in Seattle are so good! If you’re in the market for more tacos, try Poquitos. The brisket taquitos were pretty delicious, especially when they were really hot. They’re also known for their yam tacos, which were sweet enough to feel like a dessert.
Sun Liquor Distillery is a cool spot to get some house-distilled gin, rum, and vodka. Their cocktails were so refreshing and unexpectedly fancy! I got the Racquet Club and Mr. Lovely tried the Jersey Grin. Both winners — we’re definitely going to try to DIY those bad boys. Also, get the fries. Woah.
And it wouldn’t be a trip without trying a neighborhood hole-in-the-wall! Oh my gosh, go to New Saigon for some of the most delicious pho you’ve ever had. Perfect on a cold and rainy Seattle day.
Finally, if you need a sweet treat, hit up Trophy Cupcakes. It’s a few miles away from the Capitol Hill area, but so worth the trip! Sweet Jenny took us out there to see their little shop in an old converted school house, and to try the cupcakes. Woah. All I have to say is Salted Caramel. They also have a book that just came out, and you can see Jenny’s styling and DIY party crafts there. Cupcakes are serious business in Seattle!
If you have any other faves in Seattle, don’t be afraid to leave them in the comments! xoxo