Best of the City

Hole Foods

Behold, the Best Doughnuts in Seattle

Sprinkled, glazed, and occasionally topped with bacon: These are the city’s most impressive practitioners of fried dough.

01/16/2024 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Get Out

Washington’s 25 Best Beaches

Sunbathing, swimming, hiking, kite-flying...we found the state's best stretches of sand for all of it.

08/11/2023 By Allison Williams

Vanilla? Not so much.

Seattle’s Best Ice Cream

A complete list, from chocolate to chocolate fudge…to Mexican chocolate, to dairy-free chocolate date.

08/10/2023 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Time Tested

Seattle’s 100 Best Restaurants

From tasting menus to taco counters, and all points in between.

05/16/2023 By Seattle Met Staff

Buy the Book

A Guide to Seattle’s Independent Bookstores

Where to buy literature in a City of Literature.

10/19/2022 By Stefan Milne With Sophie Grossman


25 Essential Seattle Shops

From midcentury furniture to made-in-the-rain coats, these are the local shops everyone should know about.

09/22/2022 By Seattle Met Staff and Zoe Sayler


Seattle’s Best Vintage Clothing Shops

Boutiques from West Seattle to the University District prove fashion gets better with age.

08/12/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Seattle Dining Guide

The Best Burgers in Seattle

Hold the gimmicks.

06/28/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Getting Warmer

A Guide to Seattle-Area Record Stores

A rundown of where to go crate digging in and around our very musical city.

04/01/2022 By Stefan Milne and Sophie Grossman


Seattle Plant Shops We Love

Decor that grows with you.

02/01/2022 By Seattle Met Staff

Seattle Dining Guide

Seattle’s Best New Restaurants (and Bars)

This year’s been full of adjustments. But also beautiful bars, grilled meats, and the occasional aloo slider.

09/24/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts


16 of Our Favorite Capitol Hill Shops

From housewares to high-tops, find it all in Seattle's retail paradise.

08/26/2021 By Chelsea Lin, Rosin Saez, and Zoe Sayler

Swirl Crush

The Best Soft Serve in Seattle

A childhood classic, all grown-up and sprinkled around the city.

07/30/2021 By Allecia Vermillion


Best of the City 2021

From our editors' picks to the results of our reader survey to the best in the biz.

06/04/2021 By Seattle Met Staff

Seattle Standouts

Our Favorite Everything in Seattle

From an unbeatable bar bathroom to the best setting for a tantrum, our editors dove deep into what they love about our city.

06/04/2021 Edited by Allison Williams By Nate Bullis, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Sarah Nipper, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Erin Wong Illustrations by Stevie Shao Photography by Kyle Johnson

Best in the biz

Tracy Record's West Seattle Blog Has the Neighborhood Covered

On an accidental island, her reporting stands as the official account.

06/04/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy Photography by Kyle Johnson

Best in the biz

Mud Bay Founder Lars Wulff Has a Pet Theory

His pet supply empire taught Seattle how to treat our four-legged friends right. 

06/04/2021 By Allison Williams Photography by Kyle Johnson

Best in the biz

King of the Hill Grocery Owner Abraham Aklilu Rules with Benevolence

He's seen it all on Capitol Hill.

06/04/2021 By Allison Williams Photography by Kyle Johnson

Best in the biz

Tiffany Gwin Lights Up Wallingford at Harold's Lighting

She has bright new ideas for the business her family's been in since the Great Depression.

06/04/2021 By Zoe Sayler Photography by Kyle Johnson

Best in the biz

Jean Nakayama Rolls with the Punches at Maneki

She and Fusae “Mom” Yokoyama—Maneki’s power duo—survived a pandemic with a dose of historical perspective.

06/04/2021 By Stefan Milne Photography by Kyle Johnson