Take note: here are five of the best Seattle hot spots, straight from the locals who know…
Like any city, Seattle is often associated with a few famous things. Starbucks Coffee, the Space Needle and the Pike Place Market all call this city home and are among the most widely known “things to do” in the area. But ask any local and you’ll find out there is so much more to be discovered beneath the surface – which is why we did just that. Welcome to 5×5: A series where local Free People employees offer up one of their must-see, must-visit, or must-do sights. Get a glimpse into Seattle by checking out the in’s and out’s of this must-see place.
Whitney Anderson: Assistant Store Manager
Hannah Lee: Store Brand Leader
Mount Rainier National Park – Discovery Park: 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199
To burn off all the amazing food we have in Seattle I became an avid hiker at a young age, which is honestly very difficult not to do in the amazing Pacific Northwest. Although it’s a bit of a trek, my all time favorite hike is the Paradise Trail on Mount Rainier — my family typically goes once a year and we stay on the mountain until sunset to watch the beautiful colors bounce off the snowy mountain. For a more local adventure I frequently take my roommate’s Corgi, Maisy, on a big walk through Discovery Park which is Seattle’s largest public park located in Magnolia neighborhood and was previously the U.S. Army’s Fort Lawton!
Pike Place is the #1 Instagrammed location in all of Washington — but little know the hidden jems that it has to offer and the food is my forte. One of my favorite places when I’m feeling fancy is The Pink Door in Post Alley which is an upscale, speakeasy style Italian Restaurant that offers live music and burlesque dancers for entertainment throughout the evening! There’s also Emmett Watson’s which is a picnic-inspired Oyster Bar — casual and relaxing and an amazing hidden escape from the hustle and bustle of the market. Another great place to grab a quick and semi-fancy bite is the French bistro Maximilien (located right behind the guys that throw the fish) — sit at the intimate 6-seater bar and share some paté while overlooking the amazing view of the Ferris Wheel that lights up Seattle!
My favorite things to treat myself to while out and about in Seattle are a refreshing ginger beer in the summer and a big mug of chai tea in the fall and winter. Rachel’s Ginger Beer in Capitol Hill is handcrafted in Seattle, and features fresh, simple ingredients and seasonal flavors. The best spot for Chai Tea is Caffé Fiore in Queen Anne, an organic coffee shop that feels like a second home and holds a special place in my heart.