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More than 30 accordions hang from the rafters, from which spruce walls crawl the long distance to the floor. Bright green chairs and classic marmoleum floors complement this oasis of varying colors and materials, highlighted by a backlit drawing wall—which showcases 36 of artist Dale Chihuly's drawings in oversize, vividly colorful splendor. Amid all of this, chef Ivan Szilak presents a northwest menu influenced by the flavors and twists of the Mediterranean. As a boy, Chihuly would scour the shores of Puget Sound for beach glass. Today, his extensive collection includes vintage objects such as toy soldiers, 1950's cameras and transistor radios.

Today, some of those rescued treasures live on at the aptly named Collections Café, an upscale food stop nestled inside The Exhibition Hall at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Szilak puts a northwest twist on ingredients. Chihuly's youthful collecting habits parallel the restaurant's practice of culling ingredients from local ranchers, foragers, and farmers. With these fresh foundations, the culinary team cooks up dishes such as roasted mushroom flatbread and grilled wild salmon. Diners can finish their dining experience with desserts like warm chocolate chunk cookies, Kentucky bourbon ice cream, and salted caramel.

305 Harrison St
Seattle,
WA
US

Big cities have a wealth of entertainment, but the options can be overwhelming if you don?t know where to start. Luckily, the founders of Festivals Inc. have established several events that gather the Seattle region?s diverse food, drink, and music all in one place. Their flagship shindig, Groupon Bite of Seattle, attracts over 400,000 people with healthy appetites to try cuisine from more than 60 eateries alongside craft beers and live bands. During the fall, Oktoberfest Northwest and Oktoberfest Monroe celebrate the German beer festival, while the Taste of Tacoma rings in the last weekend of June with culinary offerings from its titular city.

305 Harrison St
Seattle,
WA
US

The craft masters at Seattle Glassblowing Studio & Gallery guide pupils to artistic bliss by expounding on a spectrum of steps needed to create intricate pieces. Whether joining 10?25 fellow artisans in a group workshop or forming a clique in a one- to three-person private class, students turn provided materials into bowls, cups, and decorative piles of glass shards. Professional glass wielders safely impart etiquette and basic techniques such as gathering glass on a rod and shaping it into colorful geometric forms.

The shop's instructors also offer their own artistic services, including custom commissions such as functional lighting and installation pieces. Damaged glass heirlooms undergo repairs in the cold-working shop, where artisans restore shattered pieces and polish away dullness left behind by covetous pawing.

2227 5th Ave
Seattle,
WA
US

A nationwide department store with a prominent outpost in Downtown Seattle, Macy’s is the place for one-stop shopping for the family and the home. The longtime retailer carries brand name and private label clothing and shoes, and have extensive furniture and housewares departments for any upscale homeowner looking to bring their look up a few notches. Even better, they are known for their frequently-occurring sales, which means even mid-level folks can splurge on great pieces for their home or their closet. The stately 1929 building takes up a city block and spans six floors, plus a basement, and holds an annual holiday parade with inflatable floats, marching bands and costumed characters, which ends in the lighting of the huge Macy’s star on the corner of the building.

1601 3rd Ave
Seattle,
WA
US

We have a regularly changing variety of original fine art and prints. Our art ranges from abstract to figurative, and from affordable to pretty pricey! All our art is available as high quality giclee prints as well in a variety of sizes on paper or canvas.

410 Dexter Ave N
Seattle,
WA
US

Established: Before 1950

Reservations/Appointments: Not offered

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Pro Tip: You may wait a bit for your pancakes, but the wait is worth it.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Delicious, authentic Swedish pancakes.

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Kristine Leander, Executive Director

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?

Live music for dancing while eating pancakes. Immediately after pancakes, adjourn upstairs to try your hand at weaving (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or visit with our genealogists (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.).

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?

Swedish pancakes, like meatballs, are iconic to the Swedes. We serve our pancakes Swedish style with real whipped cream and lingonberries.

What special training do you or your staff have?

The Swedish Pancake Breakfast is put on totally by volunteers, some of whom have been helping with the pancake breakfast for 10 years or longer.

1920 Dexter Ave N
Seattle,
WA
US