Things to do in Seattle

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts

Best of the best

318 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Green Lake Park is a Olmsted Brother's park now in a dense urban neighborhood. Given to the City of Seattle in 1905, It's walking/running/bikers/skaters trail is nearly 3 miles long. It is a preser... read more

It's a park that surrounds a lake. The inner trail is ~3 miles of flat walking, riding or blading. Expect to see a lot of dogs, kids, Frisbees, grandparents, + people from all over the world. There... read more

On sunny days, it feels like most of Seattle is here walking their dog around the 2.7 mile loop, It is a preserve for hundreds of species and plants as well as birds and waterfowl. Surrounding the ... read more

293 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing views of space needle and this gem of a city. Save your money-don't go up the space needle instead go here and then go to the opposite side over here in West Seattle on Alki beach to see th... read more

Iconic viewpoint and park. You can drive here in about 5 minutes, but a very nice walk (first part is very uphill) from the apt. If you walk you'll pass a nice westerly viewpoint along the way as... read more

Best iconic view of Seattle - Space needle, the city, and water. I still get breathless everytime I run by. On clear days you can see Mt. Rainier in the distance too. If you are here during Seafa... read more

278 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Alki Beach has beach access without the need to cross a railroad track or be blocked from direct water access. Iconic views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Baker and the Seattle sky line, as you w... read more

Go there - its got a Statue of Liberty, a pebbly beach combined with a seawall, broad sidewalks, picnic places, inexpensive and varied food (actually also a few higher end spots which are quick goo... read more

Well worth the drive or Uber across the West Seattle bridge. Alki is where the first white folks landed here in Seattle way back in the day. Now it is host to restaurants, bars and coffee shops of ... read more

172 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Go out to a Sounders game! The biggest stadium in American soccer and a die-hard fan base make for an exciting sporting experience! Last-minute tickets are usually attainable if you browse around. ... read more

Seahawks, Sounders, or any other event that could be taking place at CenturyLink field. Always use Airport way south if you have a car, or take bus #106 straight to the Stadium district.

Where you catch Seahawks and Sounders games...we recommend catching the light rail at the Capitol Hill station, just a block from the property. It will take you straight to the stadium in about 12 ... read more

270 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Seattle Art Museum (commonly known as "SAM") is an art museum located in Seattle, Washington, USA. It maintains three major facilities: its main museum in downtown Seattle; the Seattle Asian Ar... read more

SAM has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city, as much a part of Seattle's landscape and personality as the... read more

SAM's permanent collection surveys American, Asian, Native American, African, Oceanic, and pre-Columbian art. Collections of African dance masks and Native American carvings are particularly strong... read more

271 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful place, people come here just to watch the sunset over the Olympic Mountains. I proposed to my husband there spontaneously- that is how romantic the place can be! Full Sound and Olympic M... read more

On sunny weekends and holidays, this little beach will be packed out with folks from babies to old people and all ages in between. Popular spot for beach volleyball. Or you can swim in the Puget So... read more

Beautiful place, people come here just to watch the sunset over the Olympic Mountains. Or grab some firewood and snag a fire pit on the sand. First come first serve so get there way before dark... read more

141 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful campus for strolling around on a nice day. If you've never been, it's worth a wander. The library is a must see, go to the "Harry Potter reading room", absolutely beautiful! They also ... read more

The UW campus is beautiful anytime of the year but especially in the spring when the cherry tree blossoms appear. Worth a visit on campus is the Burke Museum. It is the oldest natural history mus... read more

Although it's not officially a park, it was designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, the designer of Central Park in NYC. It is a campus with museums, a music hall, a theater and beautiful views. You can... read more

125 local Airbnb hosts recommend

******Personal Recommendation flavor*********: Salted Caramel/ Earl Grey/ Scout Mint/ Honey Lavender etc. Try out their seasonal flavors!!! They're usually really tasty and time-limited!!! * Ever... read more

Best ice cream in the city, if not world! Be sure to sample the flavors, including their most popular ones like Scount Mint. My personal favorite is the coffee ice cream. By far the best I've ever ... read more

If you are in Seattle, then you must visit Molly Moon Ice Cream! There are 6 locations, and it the best ice cream I've ever had (worldwide). Salted caramel is my favorite, but everything is amazi... read more

212 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Dale Chihuly is a famous-in-Seattle glass artist. I haven't been to the museum but it's on my list. I have been to the Collections Cafe several times and it's pretty great. You can take light ra... read more

"Chihuly Garden and Glass features of Dale Chihuly's most popular works and architectural installations, highlighting the wide-ranging breadth and scope of his career." Highly recommend you visit ... read more

Chihuly Garden and Glass traces the art and career of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The centerpiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass is certainly the Glasshouse. A 40-foot tall, glass and st... read more

129 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Glimpse future major league baseball hall-of-famer Ichiro Suzuki taking a flying leap to rob the visiting team of a homerun at Safeco Field.

Safeco Field is where the Mariners Baseball team plays and is just 2 light rail stops away. Every seat is a good one, they have surprisingly good (though pricy) food, and amazing views of the city... read more

Try to catch a Mariners game at Safeco if you are here during baseball season, or try the 1-hr Stadium tour to get into press box and the dugout.

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great for breakfast and coffee, sitting outside in the sun! Try the oeuf platz or croque madame, sit at the bar or get ignored by the waitress just like a real french place!

Everything? It's open super early and super late, in the morning you can get hardboiled eggs with cornichon and mayo for like 5 bucks, and at night you can get super cheap pichets of decent wine, a... read more

I lived in France for almost a year, and this place is about as close to a local, chill French restaurant as you can get. The owner lived over there for a bit and they serve an absolutely amazing s... read more


Bakery Nouveau

Food SceneBakeries
$$· 4737 California Ave SW·Map·Hours·Website·

111 local Airbnb hosts recommend

"A little bit of Paris" awaits at these "true French" bakeries featuring "divine" breads, croissants, sandwiches and other "heavenly" treats that "taste just as good as they look"; the "quaint" cou... read more

World renowned bakery - the french weren't happy when our little West Seattle bakery one top honors. You can't go wrong, but you must try the twice-baked almond croissant. It's a tiny spot and al... read more

Bakery Nouveau is a feast for the senses. Blocks away, the aroma of fresh baked goods tantalize the nose. Take a bite of anything, and you'll see why people make special trips to West Seattle to ex... read more

108 local Airbnb hosts recommend

50 Beers on Tap! Half craft beer store, half craft beer bar. Seating both indoors and out, and it's dog- and kid-friendly. Rotating Food truck schedule check online:

Over 50 rotating taps and a different food truck every night. Chuck's has seriously everything you need... even Stumptown Coffee, Full Tilt Ice Cream and Theo Chocolate!

Not really a brewery but has over 1,000 beers. Fun neighborhood atmosphere. People bring their kids and dogs. Rotating food trucks in the parking lot provide a great place for quick food that goes ... read more

194 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Head to the space needle, spend too much money to ride and elevator, see amazing 360 degree views and then head down and actually spend some time at the EMP. The EMP is a fun interactive museum fu... read more

Recently redubbed MoPop, this Frank Gehry building houses exhibits about music in Seattle and Sci-Fi, along with traveling shows. Some of the music exhibit is interactive. Most of the collection is... read more

Located near the famous Seattle Space Needle, this nonprofit museum provides a full day experience for the entire family. From the museum website: "The Museum of Pop Culture is a leading-edge nonp... read more

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This award-winning chocolate factory sources and buys beans from Africa and South America, and makes organic, absolutely delicious chocolates. Ginger, curry, coconut, cherry and orange are just a f... read more

I love Theo Chocolate Factory. Tours are $10 and must be booked in advance. No children under 7 are allowed on tours. It is in Fremont, which is an adorable neighborhood on the ship canal. The ... read more

Fun local spot with plenty of samples. Tours are popular and must be booked in advance. I believe they now offer a tour for children on weekends. It is in Fremont, which is fun, artsy neighborhoo... read more


Gas Works Park

Parks & NatureParks
2101 N Northlake Way·Map·Hours·Website·

289 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Think steampunked wonderland, Gas Works Park is a 19.1-acre public park on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant. Best views of Lake Union and great for picnic/frisbee... read more

This small park used to be a gas plant, and you can see the artfully rusted guts of the former gas works. But it's also on the north end of Lake Union, meaning it's a great place to park to go on a... read more

Located at the bottom of Wallingford (and fairly short walk straight south of here) and northern tip of South Lake Union, you have this very grassy area built on the site of the former Seattle Gas ... read more

104 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This tiny, no frills Caribbean joint serves the best sandwiches EVER! Try the Caribbean Roast -marinated pork with caramelized onions, mayo, and jalapeños on a crunchy roll! CASH only! Open Tue - SAT.

This is the famous Caribbean style sandwich place that's been featured on the Travel Channel. Supposedly the best sandwich in the city. I personally think Geo's is better, but you can walk to Paseo.

Legendary. Rarely a day without lines down the block. Has been on most every travel food show you can imagine. Rich, Cuban sandwiches. Most people go for the Cuban Roast, but lots of us locals swea... read more

97 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Stylish American eatery offers a variety of seasonal fare & craft drinks to a bustling crowd--neat building and ambiance open from 8 - midnight.

Lively Seattle vibe with a well curated airy interior. Great to sit outside for brunch, lunch or cocktails and people watch. Medium priced and pretty good food. A scene for sure.

Our all-time favorite spot in Capitol Hill. We came here for brunch our first weekend in Seattle and have been back most weekends since for two years! The menu is stable and everything is good, but... read more

93 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I always get excited when I’m driving down by the water on the idiosyncratic peninsula of West Seattle, found south and west of downtown. Ma Kai’s boisterous nouveau Hawaiian food is both unpreten... read more

A "mouthwatering" mix of Hawaiian and Korean fare (think kalbi beef tacos and kimchi rice bowls) elicits "OMG"s at these "inexpensive" food-truck-turned-cafes where the "food comes fast" and is "se... read more

So many things to love... Best fish n' chips in Seattle, amazing Hawaiian / Korean fusion cuisine, incredible views of downtown Seattle, and a great outdoor patio. Loved by locals and tourists alik... read more

126 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Iconic Seattle independent bookstore with high ceilings, wooden bookshelves and handwritten book reviews! Spacious and airy, plenty of seating with tables to work. There's a cafe tucked away in the... read more

Classic, independent, family-owned bookstore, originally established in Pioneer Square in the early 1970's. Now on Capitol Hill on 10th Ave. Small cafe in store, or great Oddfellows Bar and Cafe ... read more

Seattle's Classic hometown bookstore just a few blocks away in the happening Pike/Pine corridor off Broadway. When you go here ask for Kathleen Flinn's food driven memoirs. Not just a green-eye, au... read more

100 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Try more local beer in the close Fremont location. Right off the Burk Gilman trail. A good little pedal to one of Fremont's most popular areas! Also close to the Fremont Troll!

This kid- & dog-friendly beer hall with bench tables serves up seasonal ales & free pretzels.

Seattle has a burgeoning beer nano-brewing industry, and this place can help you find the dozen or more little breweries with tasting rooms right around Ballard and Fremont. It's a walkable tour an... read more

97 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place was made for brunch. Get here early and skip the long lines. On Saturdays and Sundays they make GIANT homemade cinnamon rolls. Lunch favorite is the Kale Caesar salad with friend chicken

Skillet has some of the best breakfast Seattle has to offer. Has a few veggie options, but their main shtick is some amazing and creative breakfast dishes like Serious Toast, which is a thick slab ... read more

Rich, tasty, creative Southern-inspired menu with drinks that keep up. Although a bit overpriced and usually packed to the brim with customers and a wait list--if you have the time and are craving ... read more

96 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Picked one of the top 10 best restaurants in the US. Hard to get a table any night but get there at 4 or 5 in the afternoon and you will get a seat pretty quick. Really worth the wait. The seafood... read more

This is Renee Erickson's most well known spot in Seattle. Walrus is famous for its oysters (both fresh and fried), but everything here is exceptional. Also be sure to try the sardines and cocktails... read more

For the oyster lovers out there: this is the only place you need to go. Ever. The decor and service are classy yet unpretentious. If you prompt the servers, you will learn more than you ever imagin... read more

96 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is our Fav spot for coffee! Coffee is Roasted and served fresh daily. When you buy a bag of grounds it's usually been roasted that day! Cafe is little out of the way of downtown but worth it.

The Portland-based roaster’s hyper-organized bar is simple and elegant, with bespeckled baristas steaming and pulling endless shots on always-packed weekend mornings.

Some calls this the best coffee roaster in Seattle, I've even found Stumptown Coffee in Taipei cafes. Try their classic cold brew or espresso. Small cafe with 8-10 seatings and not many outlets...

237 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Woodland Park Zoo is not too far of a walk, and is home to hundreds of animals. Tickets are $20 for adults and $13 for kids, and the zoo is open from April 1st till September 30th. During the w... read more

Believe it or not, we are only two miles away from lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my!) However, you'll be able to safely view these creatures and even more exotic beasts from the lovely environs ... read more

We totally get that some people are zoo people and some people aren't. We're Seattleites after all. When it comes to zoos, we really enjoy Woodland Park. It's huge, lots of space for kids to run, a... read more


Toulouse Petit

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 601 Queen Anne Ave N·Map·Hours·Website·

90 local Airbnb hosts recommend

French Creole restaurant. Must visit for breakfast between Mon-Fri (special breakfast happy hour). Everything on the menu is $10. We love the Dungeness Crabs Eggs Benedict.

French and Creole goodness in this award winning restaurant. Amazing for Brunch, Lunch, Happy Hour and Dinner. The ambiance is wonderful. They bring the Big Easy to Seattle in this New Orleans Insp... read more

New Orleans inspired menu is absolutely delicious. They have a happy hour breakfast. I like the steak and eggs, and save room for the beignets. They have a huge menu so stick to something you lo... read more

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

They have the most amazing twice baked almond croissants and other tasty treats! The pastry chef won best in the world a few years ago and was the first non-french person to win! It's a quick blo... read more

Bakery Nouveau is a feast for the senses. Blocks away, the aroma of fresh baked goods tantalize the nose. Take a bite of anything, and you'll see why people make special trips to West Seattle to ex... read more

This is my FAVORITE bakery in Seattle. Order the twice baked chocolate / almond croissant (everything else is good, too). Expect a line during peak weekend hours.

90 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I don't know of another place that is open from 9am to 2am, and that serves good food all day. Breakfast pho? Sure! Dinner pho? Sure! Late night pho? Of course! The scene is cool, the music fun, an... read more

High end, locally sourced, Vietnamese food. Best pho in the city. The cocktails are pretty good too. Look past the initial hipster impression this place gives off. Yes, it is cool too. Open at... read more

This place is the best. A quick Uber ride from our house, Ba Bar is delicious and affordable Vietnamese food. They serve until 1 or 2am! The food is delicious and healthy and they play Kung Fu mov... read more



Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 332 15th Ave E·Map·Hours·Website·

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

15th Avenue is a great place to bar hop, and hitting up Smith is a must. Try to poutine with brisket (of course). (Take a car)

Smith is a great place to grab a late night bite and craft cocktail, interesting decor that feels like a Hipster style Hunting lodge. Try the Gin& Smith Housemade Tonic.

Smith has great food and wonderful drinks. It's a bit noisy for a sit down meal, but the drinks and apps are worth it. I enjoy popping-in for a drink, at least (especially during happy hour!).

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This bakery is awesome! A pretty big selection of pastries and breakfast items Ridiculously good. All the pastries and baked items seemed reasonably priced in the $2.5-$4 range.

French-style baked goods and breads. From croissants to baguettes to big rustic loaves to made-to-order cakes, they've got it going on. It's one of the best bakeries in all of Seattle. Don't miss it.

It's the best bakery in the city. Any time I go, I want to try everything because I know it'll be fantastic. The owner is even up for a James Beard award, which is like an Oscar nomination in the f... read more