Stave off a winter chill with these cozy ideas from around the city. From where to find cuddly clothing to a few fireplaces great for cocktails and dinner, it’ll be easy to stay warm while exploring Seattle.
Wrap yourself in something warm while exploring the city. Find everything from soft sweaters to the essential Pacific Northwest flannel in stores around town. Three good places to start are Northwest Pendleton, Horseshoe and Hammer + Awl. The Seattle location of Pendleton recently received a facelift—inside, find the company’s signature blankets plus apparel for men and women, including options in wool woven in the Northwest. Find women’s clothing and accessories at Horseshoe in Ballard. The store stocks fashions that feel good—sweaters, shirts, dresses and jeans that are comfortable and cute. Horseshoe carries brands like Prairie Underground, Mother and Kensie, plus flannels from Dylan and Rails. For men, Hammer + Awl carries a carefully curated selection of men’s clothing and accessories made in the United States. Sweaters, shirts, jackets and more fill the stylish store.
Downtown Seattle’s Miller’s Guild is a fun place for dinner and cocktails—grab a seat near the restaurant’s nine-foot, custom wood-fired Inferno grill. James Beard Award-winning chef Jason Wilson’s menu features things like housemade charcuterie, dry-aged steaks and local wild salmon. For an even more special experience, reserve a seat at the Chef’s Counter Thursday-Saturday evenings. Available to only 10 guests per evening, the tasting menu includes six courses featuring local, seasonal ingredients. A recent menu included cucumber gazpacho with a Shigoku oyster, grilled apricots with sheep yogurt and lamp and a soft duck egg with potatoes, Ikura and bacon. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is also a happy hour that runs from 2-5 pm and again from 9-11 pm.
Another option to stay warm from in front of a blazing fire, while enjoying an incredible view of Lake Union and downtown Seattle, is at Ivar’s Salmon House. The restaurant is a replica of a Northwest Native American longhouse, including an open-pit barbecue used for delicious alder-smoked dishes. Find plenty of fresh seafood on the menu, including alder-wood grilled halibut, alder-wood grilled salmon (check out the salmon sampler to try a few salmon varieties), surf ’n’ turf, crab legs and Ivar’s famous chowders, including white clam or smoked-salmon varieties. The brunch is also worth considering. Happening Sundays from 9:30-2:30 pm, it features made-to-order omelets, scrambles and crepes, a chocolate fountain, French toast, honey-glazed ham, corned beef hash and tons more. There’s also a build-your-own bloody Mary bar.
Warm Up With Wine and Cocktails
If a little vino is in order, Seattle’s a great spot to have a glass. Washington makes fantastic wines, from white to red to bubbly—and folks here also know good wine from outside the region, so most wine lists have plenty of delicious offerings. A couple of wine bars to check out include Le Caviste or the Estates Wine Room if you’re looking for a glass or two and small plates. Le Caviste is a comfortable spot downtown that offers French wines and wine-based aperitifs—this spot tries to source as many wines made with organic and sustainable farming techniques as possible. Small plates include cheese and charcuterie. Estates Wine Room in Pioneer Square includes large picture windows from which to watch the neighborhood goings-on while sampling wines from Double Canyon, Seven Hills Winery and Archery Summit—all Pacific Northwest winemakers with whites and reds worth a sip. Try a tasting flight before lingering over a favorite bottle and small plates.
The historic Sorrento Hotel’s Fireside Room is a favorite spot for visitors and locals alike. A gathering spot with first-come, first-served seating, the room is elegant yet comfortable, with both lounging areas and a bar. In addition to the roaring fire, there is a piano with occasional performances. Daily happy hour runs from 4-6 pm with small-plate specials that include things like salmon sliders, bruschetta, cheese plates and charcuterie. The spot is popular for events, and there is often a lecture, reading or musical performance to attend. There is also a monthly reading party—the first Wednesday of the month, gather with others to quietly read a book, poetry, newspaper or magazine. Get there early, as seats are often filled by 7 pm.
There's a reason Seattle is known as a coffee city—not much beats a steaming cup of coffee to warm up or the boost of energy from caffeine on a gray day. There are always new coffee places to check out. Here are a few favorites.
Located in Melrose Market on Capitol Hill, Honor Society Coffee has coffee and small plates for breakfast and lunch. The shining star is the housemade cashew milk—try it in a latte for a fabulous warm up. Or, if you'd like to savor coffee from a far-flung region of the world, check out Fonté Café & Wine Bar. It's located across from the Seattle Art Museum and has coffee options from across the globe. Try a favorite drink with one of the hand-roasted varieties or opt for a coffee flight, which comes with three different types of beans. Another new spot is La Marzocco. The famed espresso machine company recently opened a café and showroom at nonprofit radio station KEXP’s new home in Seattle Center. Open daily, the café serves coffee from a rotating list of roasters. While there, see the on-air DJ, catch a live performance or just relax. Finally, opt for a purring space heater to go with your coffee at Seattle Meowtropolitan, the city’s first cat café, located in Wallingford. While coffee and views into the cat room are always available, playing with the cats requires an appointment. For $10, get 50 minutes of cuddle time with the cats as well as one drink. For those eight and older only.