Morning: Wake up and smell the coffee. No, really: Seattle is every bit as obsessed with crafting the perfect cup of joe as you think it is, and the city has legions of top-notch coffee shops to choose from. With six different locations around town, you’re never far from a stellar Caffe Vita outpost, which is meticulous when it comes to sourcing top-quality beans.
Afternoon: Far and away Seattle’s best-known foodie landmark is the colossal Pike Place Market: open since 1907, it’s one of the country’s oldest continually operating farmers markets, and attracts roughly 10 million hungry visitors each year. Though parts of the market are perpetually packed — fun as they are, you don’t really need to see the famous fishmongers who lob their catches from person to person — there are still some local-approved treasures to seek out. Like Beecher’s, an artisan cheesemaker whose Flagship cheese (a fantastically complex, aged cheddar-like affair) also finds its way into superlative grilled cheese toasties and mac and cheese. After something a bit more formal? Matt’s in the Market serves up farm-to-table fare with tables set well apart from the commotion below.