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Monica Dimas is a chef, and Founder of Little Neon Taco and Westman’s Bagel & Coffee. Her guide takes you from historic Seattle hotels to time-tested city favorites and back again.
There are too many good things in this city to narrow down to a single list, so this is a “choose your own adventure” guide for Seattleites and visitors alike. The Fairmont Olympic Hotel and the Alexis Royal Sonesta Hotel are both centrally located, historic hotels that make for perfect starting points. In a city that has seen so much new development in recent years, it’s rare to stay at a luxury hotel built on the original site of the University of Washington (the Fairmont) or one that rose from the ashes of the Great Seattle Fire (the Alexis). Let’s begin!
I’d recommend an afternoon walk through Seattle University’s campus gardens, a visit to the Museum of Museums, and browsing the shelves at Elliott Bay Book Co., an independently owned bookstore that’s been in Seattle for almost 50 years. Grab a coffee and bagel from my place, Westman’s Bagels. My favorite is our B.E.C. (bacon egg and cheese) on a roll. Ask for Aardvark hot sauce to do it right. For the veggie lovers out there, we do a carrot lox (yes, you read that correctly) that will blow your mind.
FROM THE ALEXIS ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL