Favorites For Swanky Dining

Treat yourself to a classy downtown staycation with panoramic views, boutique shopping, and elegant eats that will add a dash of whimsy to any excursion. 

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Class abounds at the Thompson Seattle—it’s the perfect hub for Seattle adventure. Wake up a block from Pike Place Market, surrounded by picturesque waterfront views and the sweet salty air.

For more hotels like the Thompson, Loews Hotel 1000, Lotte Hotel Seattle, and the W Seattle are also fantastic downtown choices.

On weekends, start your morning at Ben Paris, a short walk from the Thompson with bountiful Benedicts and the Locals Only, a delicious strawberry-infused rum Negroni. Get your brunch to go and enjoy them outdoors at Pier 62.

Head a few streets over for the best boutique shopping around. Check out Marios for specialty tailoring of men’s and women’s clothing with a European flair, Jackstraw for personalized designer selections, or the Finerie for distinct takes on classic staples.

If you find yourself in town on a weekend, head to Gelatiamo, an upscale Italian gelato and pastry shop. Pro-tip: Get their individual-sized Tiramisu gelato cake. Thank us later.

Walk your treats down to Waterfront Park for incredible people watching and views of Puget Sound.

Stay in view of the water with Aerlume. Open from Tuesday-Saturday for indoor and outdoor dining, This upscale restaurant boasts delicious fare with a fine dining atmosphere. Enjoy their seared jumbo sea scallops with crispy Brussel sprouts against a backdrop of the best waterfront views in the city.

Or, for a spectacular experience for four, enjoy a delicious dinner from The Fisherman’s Restaurant atop the Seattle Great Wheel. Feast on a full, four course meal in a private car on the world-famous Ferris wheel while it moves. With gourmet eats and panoramic views, this is an experience you truly can’t get anywhere else.

Cap off your night at The Nest, a gorgeous bar serving homemade craft cocktails located on the roof of the Thompson Hotel. Make a reservation—space fills up quick. It’s also home to the Nest Supper Club, a new pop-up curated by Thompson Seattle Executive Chef Kaleena Bliss.



Start your morning off right with Anchorhead Coffee. That magical smell that greets you at the door is the “Quaffle,” which is part-cinnamon roll, part-croissant, and part-waffle. Pair with their pistachio milk Matcha latte for a breakfast you’ll think about all day.

Looking for something romantic before the trip home? Lunch in Le Igloos, personal geometric bubbles, at Maximillien for decadent French fare with a rotating menu. Make a reservation—they fill up quick. Enjoy your lunch and plan your next romantic Seattle getaway against the backdrop of world-famous Pike Place Market.

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