Seattle steps into the spotlight

Seattle steps into the spotlight

Why Seattle is going back to the future

Words by Ute Junker

Photos via Pixabay

The hometown of cutting-edge companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, Seattle literally shapes our tomorrows. Don’t expect to find big-town bustle here, though; despite its powerhouse status, Seattle remains a laidback place where the welcome is warm and the dress code is always casual.

Seattle is also notoriously bad at singing its own praises, so we’ll help them out. Here are five reasons why Seattle should be on your to-visit list.


  1. The gorgeous glass

The colourful works of Dale Chihuly, the Washington native who is the world’s foremost glass sculptor, are found right around the world. The best collection of his work, however, is right here at Chihuly Garden and Glass, an exhibition centre where you can be dazzled by his intricate pieces.

  1. The seafood

Scallops, salmon, oysters and crab – the extensive waterways around Seattle are home to an amazing array of seafood. Among the best places to tuck in: Westward, The Walrus & The Carpenter, and the bustling Pike Place Market.

  1. The icon

Seattle may not have the architectural riches of New York or Chicago, but it is home to one of the world’s most recognisable buildings. Erected in 1962, the 180-metre high Space Needle remains a symbol of the future. Head all the way to the top to experience the rotating glass floor and the best views in town.

  1. The neighbourhood vibe

They love keeping it local in Seattle; stroll through neighbourhoods such as Queen Anne, Ballard or Capitol Hill and you will find plenty of small boutiques, cafes, roasteries and retailers doing it their way. Heads up for booklovers: you will love getting lost amid the shelves at the Elliott Bay Book Company.

  1. The wine

Neighbouring Oregon may get all the press, but Washington’s wineries are increasingly making a name for themselves. Some are even located within the city limits. Try the hand-crafted malbecs at Elsom Cellars; at Charles Smith Wines, opt for a crisp Riesling or one of their bold syrahs.

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