Though it’s only been a little over a year since our last update to The Modern List, Seattle has been bubbling with new places to explore almost every day. This year’s short list aims to satisfy the palate of design-leaning residents and visitors alike.
In a town known for its high quality coffee found on every other city block, Seattle still has room for more. We’ve seen a particular uptick in cafes opening up shop in some up and coming neighborhoods as well as one business that’s trying to fill the gaps with mobility.
Convoy Coffee, Mobile Coffee Cart
[Image Credit: Convoy Coffee]
BRUNCH | LUNCH
The midday meal has, in recent years, been elevated to a dining experience on par with an evening out. As the city swells with new residents, a growing 9-5 working crowd, and an expanding flow of tourists, these spots offer a beautiful and delicious break from the day’s agenda.
It’s tough to keep up with the numerous new dining options that continue to pop up around Seattle. The pace is nowhere near slowing down, but for the moment, we have our favorites. (And we’re happy to see an addition to the BUILD neighborhood.)
Whether you’re looking for a pre-dinner drink or a night cap, these new bars have staying power fueled by drinks both creative and consistent.
While the trend towards a single type of dessert seems to have died down a bit, Seattle’s sweet tooth is still going strong. In true urbanist form, we’re recommending an alley-side ice cream shop and a brick-and-mortar bakery born out of a monthly pop-up.
MUSEUMS | GALLERIES
The past year has seen a big boost in art walks, aided by the multitude of neighborhood art walks and venues to support local artists showcasing their work. A high-profile museum expansion (technically a bit outside of Seattle) and a merger of a couple favorite local galleries in the past year are worth a visit.
There’s something about shopping for beautiful objects in beautiful spaces that starts to blur the lines between commerce and art. Seattle’s been upping their retail game, tapping into some underrepresented demographics for high style.
A couple adds to the local hotel scene introduce a new boutique spot, as well as a historic hotel injected with a new concept and new life as a cultural hub.
Whether you live in Seattle or are just considering your first visit, the development boom of the city is no secret. We’ve grabbed a few of our favorites examples of development done right, and look forward to more projects like these popping up around town.
Seattle’s been making small strides in big urbanism with the expanding network of bike-friendly, pedestrian-postured, and transit-minded moves in the past year. We’ve got bigger strides about to launch (see: light rail), but for now, we’re seeing the dots connecting our growing city.
For the running list of mainstays and new adds, hop over to The Modern List Seattle. And new to the arsenal: a TML Instagram account, chronicling our modern adventures near and far. Give us a follow at @The_Modern_List.
Cheers from Team BUILD