The first city up in my vegan travel guide series has to be my home city, Seattle! With ever growing vegan options, Seattle often makes it into the top 5 for vegan destinations in the United States. I couldn't agree more! This is not a comprehensive list of all the vegan places, but rather a selection of my favorites. If you only have a day or two in Seattle, here's what I recommend.
A super cool shop on Capitol Hill, Drizzle and Shine sells clothing, shoes, and accessories that are all 100% vegan and sustainable. Go for the fashion, stay for the inspiring chats with the owner Jean and all the amazing workers who are all dedicated to the mission.
The Nordstrom flagship store is a definite must for any fashion lover traveling to Seattle. Although they do sell quite a bit of leather and other non-vegan products, you can definitely find some vegan gems here from Stella McCartney purses and shoes to Amour Vert striped tops.
If you have a bit more time available, why not head up to Queen Anne and check out Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa? With their commitment to green beauty, you're bound to discover some amazing products like those from local skincare rockstar Kari Gran. And if you have a bit more time, treat yourself to their signature facial or another skin-saving treatment. I recently got dermaplaning here and my skin has never looked smoother!
This is an unexpected gem hiding up on Capitol Hill. It's a skin care studio with a huge selection of vegan and green beauty products from Axiology, Gressa, Jane Iredale, Kjaer Weis, among others. I love going visiting here to chat vegan beauty and swatch all the products that you can usually only find online.
This is seriously the most beautiful shop I've ever seen! The displays are gorgeous and contain the most stylish curated and bespoke products. Coffee table books, sustainable canvas bags, and Kusmi tea straight from Paris would all make excellent gifts that you could pick up at Flora and Henri. Photo by Jenna Lynn Photography.
Not far away from Flora and Henri is the iconic Moorea Seal store. Can you believe that she started as a blogger on Pinterest and has grown to this?! Her new shop is every cool girl's dream. You'll want to hang out, try on shoes (some are vegan), smell the candles, and definitely peruse Moorea's signature jewelry line.
If you only have time to go to one place in Seattle, go here. You won't regret it. Since making its debut, the lines have been out the door and down the block for this 100% plant-based ice cream shop. If you've missed having a waffle cone since going vegan, no worries, theirs is vegan! Photo by Belathée Photography.
A Seattle institution, Mighty-O sells 100% vegan donuts so you can pick any kind that you want. They are fluffy and delicious and their coffee is really good too. Oh yeah, their donuts are certified organic so no guilt here! If you can't make it to one of their shops, you can also pick one up at a local Whole Foods or PCC Market shop.
What's better than a 100% vegan thai restaurant? One that also has a lunch buffet, of course! Every vegan I know in Seattle is obsessed with Araya's and gets delivery at least once a week. Definitely check out their pumpkin curry with brown rice. It's delicious!
Another vegan takeout favorite, MOD Pizza is not a vegan restaurant but their vegan pizza is one of the best out there. Pizzas are personal size so it makes it easy if you're dining with non-vegan friends. With fresh toppings, quick service, and a social mission to give people a second chance, you should definitely check out MOD if you're looking for a quick bite. Photo by Big Tent Vegan.
A vegan roundup of Seattle would not be complete without Vegan Haven. It's Seattle's only 100% vegan grocery store located in the University District. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to shop in a grocery store without reading labels, this is it. I mostly go here for seasonal treats (hello pumpkin-flavored Dandies!), my favorite eye makeup remover, and to pick up a bag full of vegan treats and snacks. Photo by Vegetarian Times.
Last but not least, coffee. What would a travel guide of Seattle be without coffee? Mr. West is a blogger favorite in Seattle due to its trendy decor and central location. They make beautiful matcha lattes with a variety of milk alternatives, including hemp milk. A good location for people watching, but not so much for working since it can get loud.
Go here if you want cute animal latte art. It's so adorable! It can get quite crowded in here as everyone tries to take the perfect Instagram shot of their latte, but people are understanding. TIP: If you want good latte art, you'll probably want to order soy instead of almond milk because there is more foam. Photo from Yelp.
I saved the best for last. Little Oddfellows is a super cute coffee shop located inside Elliot Bay Book Company on Capitol Hill. There is also a larger Oddfellows restaurant next door but I like the Little one because you can go for just an almond milk latte (best in the city!). Also the vibe is really laid back so it's a great place to have a casual meeting or spend an hour on your laptop or curled up with a good book. Photo from Pinterest.
So tell me, have you ever been to Seattle? What places would you recommend?