48 hours in Seattle – what not to miss
1st Starbucks Coffee Shop
1912 Pike Place is a must for every visitor to Seattle, WA. This is where Starbucks was born. When entering the store you feel like you are back in the 1970 since the store maintained its original look – even the original logo. At the beginning the siren was still topless, look at it today and you can see that her hair covers her body. It is quite an experience and in my opinion a definite must-see when you are visiting Seattle. See where this new generation coffee-cult started up.
Pike Place Market
Since you are already on Pike Place, walk a bit further and take a stroll over Pike Place Market. Especially on a Sunday Morning very early when the city just wakes up. You get basically everything there.. exotic fruits, homegrown veggies, al sorts of souvenirs, kitsch and last but not least: fresh fish. The best thing about that is that it can be packed in a way that it will keep fresh for the next 36 hours or so. So, it will definitely survive a long haul flight back to Europe and even onwards to South Africa.
Probably Seattle’s most recognisable landmark and the symbol of the city: the Space Needle offers the best view over the city and the Olympic Mountains in the background. It was built for the 1962 World Fair and was the centerpiece of the futuristic themed Century 21 Exposition. No Seattle visit is completed without having been up there..
Although very touristy, still a nice thing to do: take a walk along the Waterfront when the sun is shining. Stop by at one of the many restaurants for a quick plate of oysters. My recommendation would be Elliot’s Oyster House. The oysters, the fish and the view if you get a table outside. On the one side the water and in the background the amazing skyline of Seattle. A perfect venue to spend a sunny afternoon and watch the sun go down.
I suppose there are plenty more things to do in Seattle and I do intend to go back one day and discover what else this city has to offer. 48 hours are definitely not enough!