Sitting atop a 456-foot hill, Queen Anne offers some of the best views of the Space Needle, Mount Rainier, and Elliott Bay. It’s known as one of the city’s main hubs for the arts—as it’s home to the Seattle Opera, Children’s Theater, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Spend an afternoon strolling its residential neighborhoods, and consider stopping in some of these main attractions.
Queen Anne Cafe
Featuring perfectly cooked vegetable omelets, fluffy pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, and expertly crafted espresso drinks, this is the perfect little neighborhood eatery to grab a quick brunch before a day full of walking and sightseeing. Queen Anne Cafe: 2121 Queen Anne Ave N.; 206-285-2060
Queen Anne Dispatch
We love this little shop for its great jewelry selection, Hobo purses, sweet-scented candles and more. It’s a great place to stop if you’re looking to buy a small gift for a friend. Queen Anne Dispatch: 2212 Queen Anne Ave N. 206-286-1024
El Diablo Coffee Co.
Offering Cuban-themed coffee, espresso drinks and pastries, El Diablo is a colorful, lively little shop in the heart of Queen Anne. Try the silky sweet “con leche,” and you’ll be hard pressed to go back to your tall pumpkin spice frappuccino with whip. El Diablo Coffee Co.: 1811 Queen Anne Ave N.; 206-285-0693
How to Cook a Wolf
This warm, wood-paneled eatery helmed by chef Ethan Stowell pays homage to MFK Fisher, and his passion for transforming simple ingredients into absolute masterpieces. The menu is centered around small plates, and changes frequently, but you can expect rustic, Italian flavors fused with local and seasonal ingredients like tomatoes, little neck clams and soft shell crab. How to Cook a Wolf: 2208 Queen Anne Ave N; 206-838-8090
For some of the best skyline views in the city, head to this parcel of grass overlooking the entire downtown and waterfront. Kerry Park: 211 W Highland Dr
Meredith Grey’s House
We know, the vast majority of the eternally popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is filmed in Los Angeles. But the dozens of fans who pose for photos each day at the corner of Comstock and 3rd streets don’t care. Built in 1905, the historic home had a cameo role as Meredith Grey’s home during her intern days. Meredith Grey’s House: 303 W. Comstock St.