Seattle Journals

Summer in Seattle

A travel journal to Seattle by MadMax

Quote: Seattle is an atypical American city, so different to so much of the urban sprawl, it is a city with a heart, and a great place to get a coffee.

Summer in Seattle

Overview

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Go up the Space Needle, watch the Mariners at Safeco, ride the monorail, skip the EMP! Seattle is also a great town to go shopping in, boasting a Levi store, a Nordstrom, a huge Bon Marche, Banana Republic as well as some independant shops in the Pike Place Market.Quick Tips: Coffee is a serious thing in Seattle. In the downtown area Starbucks operate on a line of site policy - if you can't see at least two stores at any time then something's wrong. If you don't like coffee then either find an alternate Starbucks beverage or stay away. Seattle is best experienced while totally wired on caffeine.Best Way To Get Around: All buses in a small downtown area are free: just hop on and h...Read More

Starbucks

Restaurant | "The Original Starbucks"

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They are turning the world green one street corner at a time, viewed by some as a benevolent force for good, doing away with bad coffee and offering a smoother caffeine high for addicts, viewed by others as a Machiavellian organization behind American corporate imperialism, Starbucks is a force to be reckoned with. You'll probably walk straight past the original Starbucks, since it's colours are predominantly brown rather than green. The fact is that this Starbucks is unlike any other in the world. The staff are, arguably the best in the world (as a Barista I can confirm that the Pike Place Market store is seen as Starbucks Mecca), not just at making coffee, but at speaking different languages...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Starbucks
Pike Place Market
Seattle, Washington

Sky City

Restaurant | "Space Needle Restaurant"

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This is by far the best way to see the view of Seattle offered by the Space Needle. The food is excellent, especially the desert provisions for kids which involve plenty of ice-cream, chocolate sauce, dry ice and smiling faces. As the restaurant rotates you are afforded perfect views of downtown, Lake Union, Lake Washington and Mount Rainier, as well as a variety of chain letters left on the windowsill by other tables. The food is good here, but the point ain't the food, it's the view, so it's essential to book and demand a window table. After your meal, you can wander upstairs to the viewing gallery, have an after-dinner coffee and watch the best view of the city. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Sky City
Space Needle
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 905-2100

Harbor Steps Tully's Coffee

Restaurant | "Harbour Steps Cafe"

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A coffee shop with a concept. Perfectly located on Harbour Steps, this coffee shop mixes a European sensibility (the art on the walls, the selection of foods) with high-tech methods (you can jump the queue by ordering on one of the touch screens on the wall). Perhaps coffee shop, perhaps internet cafe, perhaps art gallery, this is definitely one of the best places to enjoy a coffee in Seattle.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Harbor Steps Tully's Coffee
1222 Post Aly
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 624-6397

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The person who said you can't buy cool has clearly never been to Zeitgist: you can buy cool, and it costs less than a latte at Starbucks. Zeitgeist is the kind of coffee shop that makes you want to sell all your possessions and write serious poetry that will only ever be appreciated after your death. It's location (in the International district, opposite the undeniably cool, and now sadly earthquake damaged, Phoenix Underground), it's decor (industrial chic that really does look industrial), it's attitude (we're not concerned about cool, but we know just how cool we are), it's coffee (seriously good), the paintings on the wall (minimalist, expensive looking) - everything about Zeitgeist oozes a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Zeitgeist Coffee House
International District
Seattle, Washington

13 Coins

Restaurant | "Thirteen Coins"

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The big thing about Thirteen Coins is that it's open all the time, like 24-hours. Perhaps that's why I love it, because a country that eats at five-thirty and a Brit that doesn't start thinking about food until eight-thirty are often incompatible. I like the idea that I could go in and order oysters at two-thirty in the morning. I like the idea that I could tuck into a t-bone steak, served by a waiter in a bow tie, as the sun comes up. Of course it never happens, and I usually end up going to the Coins at reasonable times, but at least I don't have to worry that they're going to start hoovering up around me. Going to the Coins should be done as a couple. Groups of three or larger ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

13 Coins
125 Boren Ave North
Seattle, Washington 98109
+1 206 682 2513

Space Needle

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Attraction | "The Space Needle"

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The instantly recognisable Space Needle is what defines Seattle, even if it is dwarfed by the high-rise buildings downtown. You buy your ticket (for about $10) from outside the Needle while cheesy songs (all in some way related to space travel) play. Once inside, however, things get much more tasteful. The gift shop on the ground floor has some suprisingly good quality gifts, and this is probably the best place in the city to pick up presents for the guys back home. The ride to the top of the Needle takes less than a minute, but despite this there is still a running commentary from the elevator operator. Once at the top there is a fantastic view of the city from all angles, along wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Space Needle
400 Broad Street (seattle Center)
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 905-2111

Seattle Art Museum

Attraction

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The Seattle Art Museum, with its huge hammering man sculpture outside, is one of the most famous Seattle landmarks. It's perfectly located between Harbour Steps and the Benaroya Hall, which makes it even more of a shame that its exhibits are so uninteresting. What should be the peak of Seattle's cultural landscape is largely filled with things that offer little interest. Perhaps that's not entirely fair. The SAM is the perfect place to go if you want to see a traditional exhibition, filled with paintings by a lesser master, it is the corporate headquarters of Seattle's art, it is the Microsoft of art, it takes no risks. Far more interesting are the Asian Art Museum or the Bellevue A...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Seattle Art Museum
100 University St
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 654-3255

Safeco Field

Attraction

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I never really understood baseball, but we got sent some corporate tickets to a Mariners game and went along. Well worth while. For anyone who hasn't been to baseball before, you should try it. Don't watch it on TV, don't try and understand the rules, just go along, find out which is the local team and shout for them. Simple guide: if the guys with the bats are doing lots of running then that colour is probably winning. Safeco field is the perfect place to go and see your first baseball match. The retractable roof means that you don't get wet if it rains, but you can see the sky if it doesn't. The seats are comfortable. The bathrooms are clean. There's enough food vendors, provi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Safeco Field
1200 First Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 346-4000

Elliott Bay Book Company

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Attraction

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One block down from Pioneer Square (two blocks from the Pionner Square Metro Tunnel station) and just a stroll from the International District Elliott Bay Books doesn't look much as you go in. Further investigation, however, reveals a rabbit warren of rooms, filled to the brim with books on everything you could possibly imagine. The real value of Elliott Bay isn't the selection of books though, it's the staff. These aren't kids working in Barnes and Noble for the summer, these are people who love books, the kind of people who have shelf-references memorized, who can identify long dead authors from the briefest and sketchiest of descriptions, who know the historical and literary context of near...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Elliott Bay Book Company
101 South Main St
Seattle, Washington 98104
+1 206 624 6600; +1

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour

Attraction | "Underground Tour"

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The Underground Tour is an essential for anybody visiting, or moving to, the city. Extremely knowledgeable guides will take you and your group of about 25 through the undergrounds of Pionner Square - the location of the first settlement - all the time explaining how the city was founded and how it developed through the influence of the lumber industry and the railroad.

The tour takes you through the basements of bars, speakeasies, brothels and Starbucks, a perfect cross section of how Seattle developed, accompanied at each stage by historical photographs showing the way the city looked a hundred years ago.

Walking around Pioneer Square will never feel the same again.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
608 First Ave.
Seattle, Washington 98104
206 682 4646

EMP Museum at Seattle Center

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Attraction | "Experience Music Project"

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Let me just come straight out and say it: I hate the EMP. The Experience Music Project is the pet project of one of the Microsoft billionaires, a florescent red and green monstrosity at the foot of the Space Needle, a shrine to Jimi Hendrix, the perfect example of the things that go wrong when people have too much money and not enough... not enough people around them to tell them when an idea is just plain dumb. The EMP can't decide whether it's a museum or a theme park, and nastily meshes elements of both. There are exhibits, and each exhibit can trigger a commentary or a piece of explanatory text on your MEG - a little palm-top computer that you're given on the way in - and I have t...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 19, 2002

EMP Museum at Seattle Center
325 Fifth Ave North
Seattle, Washington 98109
(206) 770-2700

Taproot Theatre

Attraction | "The Taproot Theatre"

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Going into the Taproot Theatre is like walking into someone's living room. It's a small theatre, with the seating arranged around the thrust stage, and this creates a great feeling of intimacy. Another advantage is that the view is perfect, no matter where you sit - it's usually open admission - and even in 'the Gods' you are only a few feet from the stage. The Taproot feels like a family show. Coffee and cookies are sold for a dollar at the interval. You will often see actors you recognize from previous performances manning the Box Office. On Wednesday nights the cast and Director hold a post-play discussion and, despite the inevitable lunatic who sits at the back and shouts random things ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Taproot Theatre
204 North 85th St
Seattle, Washington 98103
Box office: +1 206 7

Soap Box

Attraction | "The Soap Box"

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Soap? Why is this guy telling us about a shop that sells soap? I'll admit that the Soap Box doesn't sound the most fascinating of tourist venues. On the face of it this is a place where you go to buy products which make you clean, perhaps more of a human necessity than a fun place to go. The Soap Box does sell more different kinds of soap, shampoo, moisturiser, exfoliator and lip balm than you could ever possibly imagine, but the really great thing isn't it's stock of soap - the really great thing comes when you start to make your own. You can make vanilla flavoured shampoo, heather flavoured bubble bath, orange flavoured conditioner, and over a hundred other flavours that ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Soap Box
Pike Place Market / 1916 Pike pl
Seattle, Washington 98101
(206) 441-5680