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Seattle is a beautiful city, surrounded by water and mountains, it breathes so much fresh air and life into the area! All of the water, beautiful evergreens and striking mountains do so much for your energy, truly lifting you higher on a vibrational level. This wasn’t my first visit to the city, but it was my first time truly experiencing it from a traveling real foodie’s perspective. Let me tell you, there is a lot to love here!
In a week’s time, I was able to scope out a few spots worth recommending based on their ability to nourish both the body and the mind. Whether it is your first time or you are a Seattle local, take the time to nourish yourself in this high-vibe city!
7001 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117
Mabel is a fantastic cafe offering bulletproof coffee, smoothies, and a few noshes. You can get your latte with an alternative milk too! They also have lots of real food snacks for sale, including my favorite, Epic Bars! The front of the cafe has great light and energy. The larger room in the back offers a great atmosphere for studying or working. The staff here were so friendly and I truly enjoyed connecting with them. Mabel, the cafe’s namesake, was a wanderlust and the theme is evident throughout the shop, inspiring those within to expand their horizons and “take the road less traveled”.
3510 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
The Flying Apron is a 100% dedicated gluten-free and vegan cafe and coffee shop. They make all the wonderful goodies you crave but without all of the junk! This is a real foodie sweet-tooth heaven! They have a great selection of coffee and non-coffee beverages with alternative milk options. The inside kind of reminds me of a library with its subdued lighting and peaceful energy. It’s a great place to snuggle up with a book or get some work done. And of course, indulge your inner-child with a gluten-free donut!
3510 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
Stoneway Cafe is a popular spot, a buzzing cafe in the morning that turns into a music venue and happening spot in the evenings. They have a good size menu with a couple of options for those avoiding dairy and gluten, including a paleo muffin. Their coffee is fantastic and they also serve kombucha, tea, and alcohol. I loved the space here, very open with a bit of a hipster vibe. It is a great spot to bring your laptop and go to town.
Milstead & Co
754 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103
If you a looking for an upscale local coffee shop, this is it. While they don’t really offer a lot of options for those avoiding certain foods (limited pastry selection), their coffee is legit. My favorite thing about this particular coffee shop was the environment. The high ceilings and the floor to ceiling windows bring in so much natural light. It feels like you are out on the patio without having to endure the rain or the cold. It’s just off the water and on a nice day, the actual patio would be a great spot to enjoy a view. It’s also a good size shop with plenty of seating and tables, whether you are meeting a friend or getting work done.
403 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Revel is a Korean-style street-food themed restaurant. Their menu is very creative and the art inside highlights the casual creativity with a fun atmosphere. My favorite part of this restaurant is the menu. If you ask about dietary preferences, they bring you a super-cool coded menu! The menu shows whether it is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free and whether or not the item can be modified to accommodate your particular preference. They don’t have a huge selection, but this handy tool really helps you to avoid whatever you need to avoid. Why can’t all restaurants do this?!? I was able to enjoy a delicious salad with corned lamb and the kimchi. P.S. If you like kimchi, I highly recommend their house-made kimchi!
Niche Gluten Free Bakery & Cafe
808 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Niche is a dedicated gluten-free cafe & bakery with a large selection of salads, paninis, waffles, and entree items. They code their menu with a dairy-free, paleo, and vegetarian marking so that you can easily find something to suit your desires. I had “A Bowl of Hash” with Salmon that was absolutely fantastic! Hashes are one of my favorite meals and they offer 4 different versions! Also, all of their meats are without nitrates/nitrites and are free of hormones and antibiotics. Yes! It isn’t a large place but well worth the visit for a delicious allergen-friendly meal!
3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199
This is the perfect nature escape right within the city limits of Seattle! If I hadn’t driven here myself I wouldn’t have believed I was so close to the heart of the city. This park is the largest in Seattle and has a fantastic trail loop that is almost 3 miles long. Part of the trail takes you right to the water of Puget Sound where you can also hike to the lighthouse or hang out on “the beach” and enjoy views of the mountains. Many parts of the trail are so surrounded by woods that you can totally get your forest bathing on! This is a perfect place to get some fresh air, movement, and grounding!
Gas Works Park
2101 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
I’m a little ashamed to admit that I had never been to this park before in my several previous visits to Seattle. Gas Works Park easily has the most epic views of the Seattle Skyline! If you make the short climb up the “hill” you get the most amazing unobstructed view over the lake of downtown and the Space Needle. The park has well-paved trails and lots of green space for a picnic! With the water right in front of you, this park is a great space to take it all in and chill.
37479 SE Fish Hatchery Rd, Fall City, WA 98024
Just a short drive from downtown Seattle is Snoqualmie Falls. If you love water even half as much as I do, this is well worth the drive outside the city. This park boasts a lovely lodge, a trail down to the river, and of course the 270-foot waterfall. Parking is free so there is really no reason not to go. I highly recommend the hike down to the lower viewing area. It’s a little bit steep but totally doable, just wear good shoes. There are far fewer people down here and you get a much better feel for the size of the waterfall. The rushing water and the river are incredibly scenic and peaceful. Ahhh….
One of my favorite things to do in a new city is to visit the local markets. It’s so much fun to see what is local and fresh and to find specially crafted real foods that I might not have access to normally. PCC Community Markets is Seattle’s locally grown, community-owned grocery store. They are basically like a local version of Whole Foods! They have a hot food and salad bar, a bulk section, and a large variety of fresh produce, meats, and seafood. No matter where you are staying in Seattle, one of their 11 locations is likely to be near. Shopping for real food and cooking where you are staying is one of the best ways to save money and nourish your body and mind, no matter where you are.
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