Local’s Guide to Seattle for AACAP 2018

October 22, 2018

A list of restaurants, bars, and activities compiled by Seattle natives

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s 65th Annual Meeting is this week, and out-of-town vendors and AACAP attendees alike might be wondering what there is to do in Seattle. There are of course the most typical destinations for sight-seeing, such as the Space Needle, the Seattle Great Wheel, and the amphibious Ride the Ducks of Seattle tour, but as this is a special occasion, we thought we would offer an insider’s perspective on how your time might best be spent when conference responsibilities don’t take precedent.

The following is a list of great restaurants, bars, and places to visit in Seattle.

Food and drink

Loulay Kitchen and Bar
A creative spin on classic French cuisine. Located right next to the convention center in the Sheraton Grand Seattle!
http://www.thechefinthehat.com/loulay-kitchen-seattle
0.1 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Frolik Kitchen+Cocktails
This rooftop bar is known for its food, games, and tasty cocktails!
http://frolik.motifseattle.com/
0.2 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Din Tai Fung
The highly anticipated Seattle opening of this world-renowned soup dumpling restaurant has lived up to every bit of the hype. Locations in University Village and Downtown.
http://dintaifungusa.com/locations_us/#seattle
0.2 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

FareStart Restaurant
Gourmet American kitchen. Restaurant proceeds go toward job training and placement programs to help fight homelessness.
https://www.farestart.org/
0.3 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Matt's in the Market

Matt’s in the Market
A quaint and inviting atmosphere, Matt’s in the Market features exquisite seafood dishes sourced directly from Pike Place Market across the street.
https://www.mattsinthemarket.com/
0.4 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Chan Seattle
Traditional Korean dishes with a western twist. Located near Pike Place Market.
http://www.chanseattle.com/
0.5 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Serious Pie
Seattle executive chef and restauranteur Tom Douglas’s interpretation of gourmet wood-fired pizza. Open late!
https://www.seriouspieseattle.com/virginia
0.5 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Top Pot Donuts
Artisan donuts and in-house roasted coffee. What’s not to like?
http://toppotdoughnuts.com/
0.6 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Salumi
The Batali family’s cozy storefront serves some of the best sandwiches in the city. Just be sure you’re ready for the huge crowds that are typical during the lunch hour.
https://salumicuredmeats.com/
1.2 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Cafe Flora
Featuring a modern and sophisticated vegan and vegetarian menu, Cafe Flora is sure to delight – even if you happen to be a carnivore.
http://cafeflora.com/
2.0 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

JuneBaby
Relative newcomer JuneBaby wasted no time in making big waves in the Seattle restaurant scene. Classic southern recipes and amazing cocktails to boot!
https://www.junebabyseattle.com/
5.4 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Bitterroot BBQ

Bitterroot BBQ
Seattle may only be an up-and-comer in the world of American barbecue, but one would never guess by the plates at Bitterroot. Take the time to enjoy historic Ballard while you’re there!
https://www.bitterrootbbq.com/
5.6 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Un Bien
Founded and managed by the Lorenzo brothers, sons of the original owner of the legendary Paseo, Un Bien is unsurprisingly making its own strides. Their wonderful Caribbean sandwiches make it a premier lunch destination well worth the trip (and the lines). Locations in Ballard and Shilshole.
http://unbienseattle.com/
6.8 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Shopping and entertainment

Rock Box
Japanese style karaoke featuring private rooms and happy hour.
https://rockboxseattle.com/
0.7 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Needle and Thread
A speakeasy-style intimate lounge with custom crafted cocktails. Reservations required.
https://tavernlaw.com/needle-thread/
0.8 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Spooked in Seattle Tours and Museum
Museum and ghost tour led by real paranormal experts.
http://spookedinseattle.squarespace.com/
0.9 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour
Educational and fun, the Seattle underground tour is a mixture of intrigue, audience participation, and corny puns.
http://www.undergroundtour.com/
0.9 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Seattle Glassblowing Studio
Why buy a souvenir when you can make your own? Mini-sessions available in 15, 30, and 45 minute increments.
http://seattleglassblowing.com/
1.0 mile from The Washington State Convention Center

Uwajimaya
Seattle’s premier Asian grocery mart. A great place to buy small gifts or load up on snacks for a long plane ride. Be sure to explore Kinokuniya, the bookstore located inside. Located in the International District.
http://www.uwajimaya.com/
1.2 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo
Outdoor pathways, mature plantings, gift shops, eateries, and animals.
https://www.zoo.org/
4.5 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Discovery Park
Need to unplug? Discovery park offers over 500 acres of natural area and panoramic views of Puget Sound.
http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/discovery-park
6.3 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

A Sound Garden
Ever wonder how the famous Seattle rock band got its name? Douglas R. Holis’s art piece hums, whistles, and howls as the wind passes through it. Located within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) campus, with sweeping views of Lake Washington.
http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/magnuson-park/park-features#noaa
7.8 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

Bitterroot BBQ

Kubota Gardens
East meets West in this 20-acre Japanese garden featuring both traditional and native flora.
http://www.kubotagarden.org/
8.4 miles from The Washington State Convention Center

We hope you have found this impromptu guide useful and that you get some time to enjoy what our city has to offer. Be sure and stop by the Valant booth and tell us about your Seattle experience. We look forward to meeting you!

Last Updated: October 19, 2018