This page is for people visiting Seattle for the first time, especially vegans!

Traveling to Seattle

Seattle usually has good weather (barring forest fires) in July-September. This is also the most expensive time of year to visit. Conversely, Seattle is grey and dreary most Novembers through April, so flights are cheaper then.

Alaska Airlines is based out of SeaTac and is your best bet for getting a direct flight to Seattle. They also have a "flexible dates" search on their web site that will show you the cheapest times of year.

Things to do

Calendar-specific events

See also Seattle events sites:

March

  • Vegfest: vegetarian and vegan festival with over 100 vendors

May

  • Syttende Mai: big Norwegian independence day parade in Ballard

July

  • Fourth of July fireworks at Gasworks Park
  • Seafair begins

August

  • Seafair ends with Seafair Weekend (incl. the Blue Angels)

October

  • Northwest tea festival
  • BrickCon

Museums and animals

  • Aquarium
  • Museum of Flight
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Woodland Park Zoo

Near Seattle

  • Ferry to Bainbridge Island

Other activities

  • Argosy cruises, especially the locks tour

Other neat places

  • KEXP gathering space

Parks

Seattle has 100s of parks. Here are a few I enjoy:

  • Arboretum: the Japanese garden is also in the arboretum.
  • Discovery Park: extremely large park that's a bit hard to get to unless you have a car. There are trails going down to Elliot Bay and a lighthouse.
  • Gasworks Park: a superfund site converted into a small park on the north side of Lake Union. There's a playground.
  • Seward Park: a large park in South Seattle that's a peninsula into Lake Washington
  • Volunteer Park: small; one of the oldest parks in Seattle.

Playgrounds

  • Seattle Center playground

Tourist spots

  • Olympic Sculpture Park
  • Pike Place Market
  • Space Needle

Vegan places to eat

This is a very small sampling. Please see also more thorough resources, such as seattlevegan.com.

Breakfast/brunch

  • Blazing Bagels: includes vegan hot dog wraps and vegan patties for bagels. Many types of vegan bagels. Note: they can run out of bagels early.
  • Cafe Flora: a vegetarian restaurant that has been a staple of Seattle for many years.
  • Plum Bistro (vegan only): an award-winning vegan restaurant in Capitol Hill.
  • Wayward Vegan (vegan only): an excellent vegan greasy spoon.

Dessert

  • Cinnaholic (vegan only): warning, these cinnamon rolls are extremely sweet!
  • Flying Apron (vegan only): an all vegan and all gluten free bakery chain!
  • Frankie and Jo's (vegan only): fancy vegan ice cream in normal-ish flavors (e.g. "chocolate brownie") and strange flavors (e.g. "ash").
  • Full Tilt Ice Cream: an ice cream chain that has several vegan flavors and often has arcade games too!
  • Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery: they have a vegan molten lava cake!
  • Mighty-O Donuts (vegan only): a chain of vegan doughnut stores!
  • Molly Moon: a very popular ice cream spot with at least one vegan flavor.

Dinner

  • Life on Mars (vegan only): an all-vegan bar and record shop.
  • Oak: a bar with several vegan options.

Fancy dinner

  • Harvest Beat (vegan only): make reservations! They serve a five-course vegan meal once a day, at 7 PM.
  • Homer: a fancy small restaurant that can accommodate vegan options with tapas and sometimes entrees.
  • Plum Bistro (vegan only): an award-winning vegan restaurant. Also serves a good brunch!

Faster food

  • Cycle dogs (vegan only): vegan hot dogs.
  • Evergreens: salad chain.
  • Next Level Burger (vegan only): all vegan burgers and shakes.
  • Plum Pantry (vegan only): fast if you're already in Seattle Center; it's in the armory.
  • Veggie Grill (vegan only): a chain of all-vegan fast food restaurants

Groceries

  • Central Co-Op
  • PCC Community Markets

Lunch/Dinner

  • Araya's Place (vegan only)
  • Loving Hut (vegan only)

Pizza

  • Breezy Town Pizza (vegan deep dish pizza)
  • Mod Pizza
  • Pagliacci Pizza
  • Paxti's pizza: they have vegan deep dish pizza!
  • Pizza Pi (vegan only)