Seattle for Friends: Exploring the City with Your Besties

Photo suggests some places to go during your next trip to the Seattle with your favorite friends.

Your best friends are the only ones who can deal with your snoring, make you laugh until soda comes out of your nose, and order for you at a restaurant before you’ve even had a chance to look at the menu. Not to mention, they’re the ideal travel buddies, because you want to see and skip all the same attractions.

Come to think of it, when was the last time you and your mates spent all day venturing around a city and staying up late reminiscing about the good ol’ days? Let’s face it, you’re long overdue for a friends’ retreat, so get the gang together and play in amiable Seattle. Here at, we’ve made it easy for you, as we’ve chosen some great places to stay, explore, and nosh with your amigos in the Emerald City.

Photo 2Kick Back and Rest up
Round up your friends and stay at the only hotel in Pike Place Market. The Inn at the Market is within walking distance of all the eclectic and colorful excitement, from the fishmongers to antique treasures, providing plenty of entertainment for your crew. You’ll also find three convenient dining options on site at the hotel: Café Campagne, Bacco, and Chan, which are perfect for when you don’t want to venture far for food. During your stay, gather your group on the hotel’s rooftop deck and relish the views of Puget Sound, downtown, and Elliott Bay, and then browse through the lodging’s selection of shops.

Hotel Max is another ideal spot for traveling with friends. Kick off the day with some free coffee from Caffe Vita Roasting Company in the lobby, and then gear up for a night on the town at the hotel’s complimentary craft beer happy hour. For an even trendier vibe, book rooms on the fifth floor, which is a tribute to Sub Pop Records, Seattle’s famous record label. Vintage photos of musicians cover the walls and every room features a record player with a collection of Sub Pop vinyl.

Photo 3Party and Play
If you and your friends can’t go to the movies together because you blurt out commentary, then the Jet City Improv is your kind of show. This theater company actually encourages you to comment and scream suggestions to drive the comedy show. No skit is the same, as the cast performs songs and games inspired by audience interaction. The theater also has a bar to help fuel your creative recommendations.

After watching the pros rock the improv stage, it’s your turn to take over the mic. It’s all eyes and ears on you as you belt out your favorite tunes in the Japanese-style karaoke room at Rock Box in Capitol Hill. Rent out a private karaoke box with your buds and browse through the English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese song bases to choose the perfect solo for your debut. Share some laughs over sake and snacks; the bar also serves beer, cider, cocktails, and wine, while the restaurant next door caters charcuterie and cheese.

Rather get a sense of the city’s culture? Roam around the art galleries and parks at Pioneer Square. Your group can even split up, with some of you checking out Waterfall Garden Park and the rest eying the architecture at King Street Station. Between the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum and the Trail to Treasure, your squad could spend the entire day exploring the park.

Photo 4Dig in and Dine
Having trouble agreeing on a place to chow down? Reserve a table at Salare in North Seattle, where the menu includes cuisine with European, African, Caribbean, and southern flavors, so your whole party is sure to find something they’re craving. The menu features garden, sea, and land and air categories, with fusion dishes, such as sturgeon, duck, and burrata. Try the trompetti with Gulf shrimp and sausage or slurp up some celeriac soup with vanilla bean, hen egg, and black trumpet mushrooms. For dessert, share the red velvet beet cake, fried apple pie, and maybe even the coffee crème brulee, just for good measure.

It’s not an official get together until the mimosas and Bloody Marys make an appearance at a boozy brunch. Camp out late morning at Portage Bay Café, a Seattle staple with the motto, “eat like you give a damn,” where the ingredients are local, sustainable, and organic. The sweet stuff runs the gamut, from bananas foster French toast to Swedish pancakes with lingonberry compote, but there are plenty of egg dishes, including chile verde pork omelets and vegetable frittatas.

You’re never too old for slumber parties and adventures with your besties. Join your comrades in Seattle and start creating memories you’ll talk about at all your future reunions.

About the Author

Chloe Mulliner

As a staff writer for Expedia, Chloe Mulliner is dedicated to providing top travel tips for your jaunts around the world. She believes there are adventures to be had on every inch of the globe from surf spots on the Peruvian coast to the charming villages of the English countryside. Chloe specializes in showcasing all the must-see attractions on your travel wish list. She lives by the belief that every adventure is a story worth sharing.

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