I headed to Seattle many years ago at the beginning of a bike trip that would take me 1,100 miles down the Pacific Coast. That one day I had didn’t even come close to doing justice to this city in the Pacific Northwest known for coffee, rain, and Microsoft.
When I return to Seattle again one day (hopefully in the very near future) I will use my time actively exploring and eating around the city. These four active food adventures include different ways to stay fit while indulging in the local cuisine of Seattle.
Walk Your Way to Lunch at Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market is the biggest tourist attraction in Seattle and is a maze of vendors, restaurants, and stores. Don’t miss the fish vendors at Pike Place Fish, the oldest Starbucks, wine tasting at The Tasting Room, and cheese making at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.
You can spend hours walking through the market, which is perfect because you want to build up an appetite! After exploring all morning, find a place to eat lunch. Perhaps Matt’s in the Market for a prawn sandwich or the Steelhead Diner for some crab cakes.
Kayak to Happy Hour at Agua Verde
Agua Verde is a small café serving fresh Mexican dishes made from scratch each day. The café sits on Lake Union and offers views of the Seattle skyline from the waterfront deck. The sauces at this Mexican café are innovative, and many reviews rave about them.
Before chowing down on salsa and chips and imbibing on margaritas, earn your happy hour with a kayaking tour of the lake. Rent single or double kayaks from the Paddle Club at Agua Verde, and embark on a self-guided tour of the lake. You can also join guided tours if you want a little more structure.
Bikes and Bites Food Tour
My absolute favorite way to see a city is by taking an active food tour. Taste Seattle offers walking food tours around the city, and have recently added a biking food tour! Being on a bike means you can cover more distance than walking, and explore a larger area.
The Bikes and Bites Food Tour has you pedaling along the Alki Beach Trail offering panoramic views of Seattle. The tour lasts three hours and covers six miles.
There are five stops for food on the bike ride including a tasting at one of the best food trucks in Seattle, fish and chips at an old restaurant, and craft beers at a microbrewery.
Walking for Wine on Bainbridge Island
Hop on a 30-minute ferry from Seattle headed to Bainbridge Island. From the ferry docks, there are two easy strolls to embark on; a 1.5 mile loop and a 2 mile loop. If you want a bit more of a fitness challenge, you can head on a hike, though the hiking is a bit farther away from the ferry docks.
Once you have explored and exercised enough, head to one of the seven wineries on the island for some wine tasting!
You will definitely want a comfortable place to lay your head after your full day of eating and exercising, and I highly recommend using Hipmunk to find a cheap Seattle hotel!