We LOVE Seattle, and have spent the last 4 years getting to know our amazing city.
I stumbled upon our friend Luz's See/Eat/Do Seattle blog post recently, and I loved it. Luz and her husband Cole also sent us an amazing list for San Francisco last summer, which we followed closely. While planning our upcoming New York trip, I've been pretty obsessively looking for guides to NYC as well. Since everyone has such different tastes and desires for sight seeing, I think there's room for a Shop/Eat/Drink list from our point of view! I'll focus in on neighborhoods I have "expertise" on, only include my MOST favorite places, and include the stores that carry our products. Cool? Cool.
Seattle's oldest neighborhood, and where our studio is located. I spend most of my time here. It's quirky and has a bit of a reputation, but it's very lovable and growing cooler by the minute.
E. Smith Mercantile
On the lovely treelined street 1st Ave South. Super cool western themed mercantile. Vintage boots, curated clothing, craft cooking & cocktail ingredients, and stationery from yours truly.
Cuttysark Nautical Antiques & Flags
Also on 1st Ave. South. Nautical gifts, supplies, etc. Pleasantly un-hipster. Think old guys in boats.
Magic Mouse Toys
Closest thing to Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium that i've found. Fun to just look around.
Rivet & Sway
Super gorgeous eye glasses for women. Open by appointment only.
Linda Hodges Gallery
My favorite art gallery in Pioneer Square. I walk by it several times a week to go to the post office, and I always linger in the window.
THE best sandwiches. I dream about the Mudd Honey. You guys. Sliced roast beef, turkey, Zoë’s slab bacon, white cheddar, horseradish aioli, house BBQ on a toasted Italian roll.
Good gosh darn smoothies. Right next door to our building. The William is my favorite.
Walkable from Pioneer Square, lots and lots of cultures coming together.
Kinokuniya Bookstore (Located in Uwajimaya)
I love this place. Washi tape, sketchbooks, rubber stamps, unique pens, and everything Japanese and cute that exists.
Thai Curry Simple
Inexpensive, large portions, and deeeeelicious. I didn't know I liked curry until we started eating here.
Shop: I'm not going to lie, the only place I go frequently to shop in West Seattle is Target.
Best selection of local & imported hard ciders in the city. (I love hard cider.)
Twice baked almond croissants. They're huge and perfect.
They carry Canadian candy bars. For me, that's enough of a draw.
When you're alone and life is making you lonely, You can always go downtown When you've got worries, all the noise and the hurry, Seems to help, I know, downtown
Great stationery store, founded by the owner of publisher Marquand Books. I find something I can't live without everytime I walk in there. They also carry our cards.
Beautifully curated, full of fun gifts. Their window displays are always impressive and engaging.
Peter Miller Books
Every design book you could ever want to flip through. Almost too many for my brain to handle.
Great independent clothing boutique. Love browsing this place.
Top Pot Doughnuts
Best doughnuts anywhere. I eat the chocolate glazed old fashioned almost exclusively. There are lots of other locations as well, but this one is the coolest building.
Greasy spoon kind of place - good food, but the main draw for me is that you can order a bowl of Lucky Charms as a side. So cool.
Yellow Leaf Cupcakes
My favorite cupcakes ever. They're all good, I can't pick a favorite.
Had one of the best meals of my life here. (It was Osso Buco.)
Western themed decor but fancy-shmancy craft cocktails and desserts.
Great high end gift & stationery store. Carries our cards from time to time.
Blue Highway Games
Nerdy board game store. Has an area to try out games, which is fun.
My favorite Seattle bakery to spend time in. I love their buttermilk biscuit with preserves.
Awesome sandwich place with several locations. But this is one I went to last.
Shop: There are a ton of cute boutiques in Fremont, but I haven't spent a ton of time shopping there.
Messy Caribbean sandwiches. Long line, but worth it. Grab your food and take it to Gasworks Park.
More beer on tap than anyone could ever try. But also a lot of unique cider choices!
There is some argument about burgers in our family (Brad's favorite is Red Mill), but this is my favorite burger in the city. Must have the over easy fried egg on top. Perfection.
Elliott Bay Book Co.
The first time I visited Seattle, Elliott Bay Books was in Pioneer Square. While i'm sad not to be able to browse their crazy selection in our own neighborhood, i'm happy that they carry our cards! They have an amazing kids section as well.
Marigold & Mint
Super cute boutique in Melrose Market (close to a Homegrown location as well!) with a unique selection of plants, gifts, and books. I like it lots. They have a selection of our Constellation Sketchbooks right now.
Very hip gift store, featuring U.S. made and sustainably sourced items. They have a broad selection of our cards, and several of our limited edition prints.
Eat/Drink: We lived on Capitol Hill for 6 months, but we were super broke at the time. We kind of only ate burgers and black beans and rice.
Yummy burger joint. Plus, you can order french fries with a side of milk shake to dip them in.
We spend a lot of time here.
Nerdy to the core, with designer board games that would take you a month of Sundays to figure out how to play. (Just how we like 'em.)
Three words: fried brussels sprouts.
My favorite barbecue in the city. They also have an amazing happy hour.
Moshi Moshi Sushi
Fun place to go and sit at the sushi bar. Everything is delicious. Love the giant sparkly cherry tree inside.
Dessert at its finest. Molten chocolate cakes in mason jars. My favorite? The sundae: homemade nutella, brown butter caramel, candied hazelnuts and vanilla caramel. (You can also add bacon.)
Highly underrated by our fellow Seattleites. Small town feel in a "big" city.
I really like this place. Great selection of cookbooks and magazines. The perfect small town bookstore experience.
Magnolia Ace Hardware
The only hardware store in the world that doesn't stress me out. Plus, they have a ton of random non-hardware items that are fun to browse. And free popcorn!
Cute little bar with a great atmosphere. I had 2 consecutive birthday gatherings here.
Great spot for a pastry and an Americano.