Big cities mean tons of options, which unfortunately can be overwhelming when you’re hard pressed to find the best. To share what gives Seattle its distinct flavor, we’ve assembled an A-team of insiders: some of our favorite Krrb members and resident influencers with knowledge on where to go and what to pick up. Get ready to meet the team!
Kate Retherford is the author of All Things Kate, a lifestyle blog focused on style, health, fitness, travel and empowering women. Keep up with Kate’s health journey by following her on Facebook and Instagram! (KR)
Lisa Dawn Drogin loves to imagine the stories of her dresses which inspired her to create the fashion blog, The Story Of My Dress. To see where Lisa’s dresses take her next, check out Lisa’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (LDD)
Camille Turner is the Seattle fashion blogger behind the popular site, LoveLifePost. When Camille is not revealing her latest fashion discoveries on her Instagram, she’s designing delicate and layered jewelry for women. (CT)
In one sentence, explain the vibe of Seattle to an outsider.
KR: While we may be known for the “Seattle Freeze“, we’re really laid-back and welcoming!
CT: Relaxed. We have our fun but we’re pretty chill. Very live and let live.
LDD: Seattle is growing at a rapid rate right now and quickly becoming a world class city; one that is on the cutting edge of technology, fashion and design.
We know certain foods are synonymous with different cities. What foods or recipes would you say best represent Seattle?
KR: Green smoothies and fresh pressed juices! That and pretty much anything healthy.
CT: I don’t know if we have that. We are pretty health conscious here, but love our food. I can always find an amazing burger or a unique and tasty salad. I normally put salmon on my salads and here in Seattle, the salmon is always good.
LDD: Seattle is definitely a foodie city and you will find a lot of different cultural influences, particularly Asian. You’ll find tons of fabulous pho, ramen, sushi and dumplings. But you’ll also find the unexpected; fried chicken is really hot in Seattle right now. And of course coffee, lots and lots of coffee but I don’t think that really counts as a food.
And what about local restaurants?
KR: There are so many great restaurants! It’s hard to name just one. Evolution Fresh for green smoothies and juices, Serious Pie for lunch, Purple Cafe and its sister restaurant Lot No. 3 for dinner, and Molly Moon for dessert, to name a few.
CT: Wasabi for sushi, Lot No. 3 in Bellevue, Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge in Queen Anne and pretty much any restaurants on 1st Ave in Belltown. We have great food here!
LDD: Yes! I would recommend starting your morning with coffee on Capitol Hill and taking your pick from Analog, Stumptown or Victrola. Then meandering over to Alki Beach in West Seattle by late morning for donuts at Top Pot and perhaps walking along the beach. Or head up to Easy Street Records at the Junction which is also West Seattle for breakfast. For lunch I’d head back to Capitol Hill and grab sandwiches at the Homegrown Sandwich shop in Melrose Market or travel down into Georgetown for Hitchcock Deli. If you end up on the Hill, be sure to stop by Bluebird Ice Cream after lunch! For happy hour check out Aqua Verde for mango quesadillas and spirits on the cut near the University of Washington. You can even rent a kayak before or after for a quick paddle. If you still have an appetite for dinner, I’m a huge fan of Villa Escondida in Belltown and Mashiko Sushi in West Seattle. And a stop by Hot Cakes on Capitol Hill for desert is well worth it, hello chocolate decadence.
Just like how jazz is such a central part of life in New Orleans, which music style would you say best represents your city?
KR: I think we’re best known and will forever be remembered for our grunge rock moment. Thanks, Kurt! Right now there really seems to be a lot of great alternative rock bands.
CT: No, we are pretty eclectic here. I would say Sia, One Republic, mixed with Monsters and Men and light rap by Macklemore.
LDD: While the grunge roots of Seattle still holds strong and Pearl Jam and Nirvana reign as the Seattle greats, you will still find a vibrant music scene in the Emerald City today.
Are you fans of any local bands or musicians?
KR: We’ve had some great bands over the years! I will definitely crank up the radio when I hear hits come on from some of the most well-known Seattle bands and musicians.
CT: I don’t know the local musicians right now, but I would be willing to go out and hear some!
LDD: Lots of great indie bands have Seattle roots, think Fleet Foxes, Death Cab for Cutie, Band of Horses, and Modest Mouse. KEXP is the radio station to listen to in Seattle and plays the best in local and indie music. And of course there’s Macklemore.
If you had to describe one design style or local designer as best representing Seattle, what or who would it be?
KR: Seattleites are known for being laid-back and casual, and that definitely translates to what we wear. Elements of comfort and cool can be found in the many design styles that we gravitate towards.
CT: I think our uniform is still skinny jeans, booties, a great shirt (ripped, unique, or trendy) and possibly a brimmed hat if we’re are feeling it that day or a top knot. You know the look…I guess a better styled hipster or dressy hipster although I feel like the word “hipster” is old.
LDD: Seattle is going through a bit of a modern style influence right now, which you can see reflected in the new architecture and the every changing skyline of the city. Technology is having a huge influence on the city right now and bringing with it rapid growth and increased population and density.
Which stores or shopping destinations would you say summarize the fashion/style of Seattle locals?
KR: Shopping at University Village and in the heart of downtown Seattle are two of the best places to get a taste of the local crowd and feature a mix of stores, both local and national!
CT: I’m pretty much a Nordstrom girl for convenience. I really like to shop online and doing so helps my readers. We are the Nordstrom flagship city so it is for sure a staple. I think a lot of us shop major online stores and add boutiques pieces for something extra.
LDD: On a local scale, boutiques like Moorea Seal in Belltown; Totokaelo and Glasswing Shop in Capitol Hill; Velouria in Pioneer Square and Pipe and Row in Fremont all represent the absolute best of what’s happening in the Seattle fashion scene right now.
And lastly, where do locals gather to hangout and enjoy the best of Seattle?
KR: In the summer we’re all about getting outdoors. There are many wonderful parks with views of the water, hiking and biking trails, and even a few outdoor shopping malls if that’s more your style.
CT: We do the tourist stuff, but it’s a part of everyday life. Like a Pike Place Market run could be on the way to the mall or out to lunch. I think we just get better at knowing what times to be in major areas. I recently found “my” parking lot; it’s close enough to walk, but far enough away that it’s cheap parking. Haha! We are pretty cultured here so Seattle Art Museum and Experience Music Project Museum seem to be something people enjoy. People also do Alki beach regularly when the sun is out. I live in Kirkland so the waterfront is always walked, no matter the month. It’s funny that our best spots really are “our” spots.
LDD: Each Seattle neighborhood tends to have its own spot where locals gather. Some of my favorite hangouts right now include: Golden Gardens Park in Ballard for sunset bonfires and cookouts, Alki Beach in West Seattle for beach volleyball and all things summer, Bok Bok Chicken in White Center for Korean fried chicken, the Montana Bar on Capitol Hill for Montana Mules and Moscow Mules, and Mr. West in South Lake Union for happy hour. Of course, when the sun appears, most locals head outdoors and gather in the mountains for some hiking or out on the water in boats, and take in all that the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer!
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