The first time I went to Seattle I fell in love. This trip my love grew even deeper. The city is just amazing. There are lots of different neighbourhoods to explore each with their own eclectic little vibe. The city is laid back and it feels all inclusive, like you can be yourself and it will be accepted there. If Seattle isn’t a place you’ve visited, I highly consider adding it to your travel list.
Besides the beauty of the city one of the reasons it stole my heart is the food. Seattle is a foodie’s paradise. Last time I went to Seattle I didn’t really experience the food. Tom and I were camping plus Tom’s not a foodie so he wouldn’t care to wait half an hour in line for a crumpet. I would and I did.
Pike Place Market
You cannot go to Seattle and not visit this market. It’s famous for a reason. Between the fish mongers throwing fish, the gorgeous fresh picked flowers & the high quality produce, it’s an absolute dream of a market. Plus, it’s home to some of the best & most famous food of Seattle.
My first day I decided to make a little food tour through the market of some of the most famous places.
The Crumpet Shop
I can honestly say I had never had a crumpet before but I heard this was the place to try one. This place is super cute. It’s tiny and the line goes all the way down the hallway of the market. It’s a family run business. The son of the owner was right there making crumpets and chatting with everyone. He was so friendly & helpful to the tourists who staggered their way in and had no idea what a crumpet was.
There’s always a line but it goes quick & it’s well worth the wait. I asked for the maple butter crumpet. They asked if I wanted cream cheese & nuts on it too. Is that even a question?
Heaven. That’s how I would describe this crumpet. Perfectly warm and topped with the finest ingredients. I loved it so much that I went back a second day. This time I got the cream cheese with fresh made jam.
Almost as delightful but the maple one was definitely my favourite.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Right through the window of the shop you can see cheese being made. There’s a lineup down the street and most people are waiting in line for one thing, their world famous mac & cheese.
Mostly made famous by Oprah who claimed it as her favourite. I got myself a container and walked to the park to enjoy it on the grass while I looked out into the water.
Actually, this wasn’t my favourite mac & cheese at all. I was a little disappointed. It was incredibly creamy but I just didn’t find it had a strong enough cheddar flavour. I know people love it so it’s definitely a personal preference thing but I wouldn’t line up again.
Who loves mini doughnuts? Oh yeah, every human being. This place is tucked around the corner of pike place and took me a bit of wandering around to find it. They are known for their amazing mini doughnuts which they do up in either classic cinnamon sugar, maple, chocolate sprinkle or powdered sugar. Oh and plain but honestly, who eats a plain doughnut? I went for an assortment so I could try them all (except plain). Yup, amazing!
Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Down post alley you’ll find this cute shop with everyone sipping these refreshing looking drinks. They have a selection of ginger beers on tap. They range from original to fruit flavoured. I went with their seasonal flavour pineapple thai basil. It was so refreshing and had this kick of heat that lingered in the back of your throat. I loved it. You can also pick up their ginger beer bottled in stores around Seattle but I would recommend going to the store for the real thing right off the tap.
On my last day in Seattle I did a chocolate indulgence tour with Savor Seattle. The chocolate scene in Seattle is blowing up. There are tons of chocolatiers coming up with their own creations. It’s the next coffee they say.
A local favourite cupcake shop. I’m always looking to compare other cupcake places to my own local favourite, Crave Cupcakes. I have to say this definitely was right up there with Crave. We had a triple chocolate mini cupcake and it was decadent.
We followed that up with their chocolate ice cream. I’m not normally a chocolate ice cream lover but this wasn’t traditional ice cream it tasted like the richest dark chocolate that was frozen. Delightful!
This place right next door to Cupcake Royale specializes in local chocolate & wine producers. They have wine & chocolate tastings and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable. We got to learn about the chocolate making process and then taste a selection of really unique chocolates.
We even got to try a 100% cocoa chocolate. Surprisingly, I actually liked it. It’s bitter but I enjoyed it. We also tried a white chocolate lemon pepper chocolate bar. Very surprising in flavour but tasty.
First we tasted a chocolate cookie that that was to fudgey you would swear it was a brownie.
Then we tried the triple coconut cream pie. It had white chocolate shavings on top so I guess it qualified for the chocolate tour. This is an incredibly famous dessert in Seattle. I’m not a huge fan of coconut and would never order a coconut pie but oh my goodness. It was so fresh tasting and just wow. I could have eaten an entire pie.
Cocoa beans were first used to make a chocolate drink that wasn’t sweetened. It was mixed with water and spices. We tasted a columbian hot chocolate that sort of paid homage to the roots of chocolate but it was sweetened. It had cinnamon & cloves in it and we topped it with cayenne pepper. That stuff warms you from the inside out.
Then we tried what this place is really famous for, which is cheesecake. We had a triple chocolate cheesecake & key lime with white chocolate cheesecake. Both were equally delicious.
This little place tucked into the basement of the Pike Place Market is very quiet. As you walk in you’re taste buds melt with the smell of chocolate. They roast cocoa beans right in the store. We go to eat a freshly roasted cocoa bean. Again, despite the bitterness I quite liked it. Then we tried one of their handmade chocolates & chocolate dipped local cherries.
The tour ended at Fran’s. Fran’s was made very famous by Barack Obama who fell in love with her salted caramels.
Walking into the store you feel like you’re in a jewellery store. It’s very high end with minimalist shelves, glass cases and the shop workers dressed up in suits.
The salted caramels are incredible. They melt in your mouth but with the salted top, they aren’t overly sweet. We also tasted a dark chocolate truffle & dark chocolate thin patty.
Overall the tour was something I would highly recommend if you’re in Seattle and a chocaholic like me.
Have you ever been to Seattle? Do you search out the local hot spots to eat when you travel? Which of these treats would you want to try first?