The Travelling Foodie
This post was originally posted on my old blog on May the 8th, 2018. 
This is an updated version. 

“Seattle is such a cool city”,that’s what I kept telling myself as I was wondering the streets and neighbourhoods of this beautiful city for the second time.

The first time I visited Seattle was back in March 2016 for the Women Who Code Connect conference. At the time of the writing of the original version of this post, I was also there for a conference, Microsoft Build ,with a few extra days to explore the city.

I knew that many of the 6000 Build attendees were either first time visitors and/or only there for a short time. So I thought I’d write down few suggestions on what people might want to do and see in Seattle.

It is been few years since I visited Seattle. I’m sure a lot of things have changed but I hope these suggestions would be helpful.

THE TOURIST PATH

I like to think of myself as a traveller not a tourist but as a first time visitor, we all tend to follow the tourist path. That’s what I exactly did during my first visit to Seattle.

In no particular order, if you are visiting Seattle for the first time you may want to check:

PIKE PLACE MARKET

I don’t know about you but I love a good old farmers market especially one with plenty of food options to choose from. My favourite restaurant in the Pike Place Market is the Athenian because seafood.

Pike place market
Pike Place market

SPACE NEEDLE

Am I right in saying this is THE icon of Seattle? There are really some cool facts about the Space Needle and you get to have an amazing view of Seattle and Mount Rainier.

Space needle - Seattle
Space Needle
Seattle's view from the top of the Space Needle
Seattle’s view from the top of the Space Needle

CHIHULY GARDEN & GLASS

I didn’t really know what to expect when I visited Chihuly Garden but I loved it. I highly recommend that you visit this exhibition.

MUSEUM OF POP CULTURE

Back in 2016 when I visited, this was called EMP museum-music+ sci-fi + pop culture. Needless to say anymore.

Guitars installation in the museum of pop culture
I couldn’t even get the entire Guitars installation on the frame

STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTERY AND TASTING ROOM/STARBUCKS PIKE PLACE

Alright, I’d usually highly advise against drinking Starbucks coffee especially that there are too many great coffee shops in Seattle but I’m going to make this one little exception. I did not go to the Reserve Roastry myself but I went to the Starbucks store located outside Pike Place Market also known as Original Starbucks because it’s the first Starbucks store established in 1971.

the first Starbucks store
The original Starbucks store
A barista at the original Starbucks store
Micka, the friendly barista

OFF BEATEN PATH

There are so many beautiful neighbourhoods in Seattle to explore like a local, away from the hassle of downtown.

Before leaving Pike Place Market, you may want to check :

THE GUM WALL

People do miss this brick wall because it’s in an alley under Pike Place Market and it’s actually as the name suggests : a wall of gum! Cool? Grim? that’s up to you.

The gum wall in Seattle
All the gum lol

FREMONT

Thank God for the local friends who suggest cool things to do and thank you Glenn for suggesting I visit Fremont.

Fremont is funky. The first thing you see when arriving there is a sign saying “Welcome to Fremont, center of the universe”. How cool is that! It’s a laid-back neighbourhood with a funky vibe along Lake Union, you get to walk along the lake, visit all the vintage and records shops and see some cool art.

Fremont
The lovely views of Fremont

CAPITOL HILL

Gay clubs, hip bars, indie stores and awesome coffee shops, that’s some of the things to expect in Capitol Hill. It’s a wonderful place for a brunch and a wonder, which what I exactly did there. I can highly recomment the Oddfellows cafe .

Oh if you happen to be in the area, make sure to check out Elliott Bay bookstore.

I love the vibe of Capitol Hill

Hopefully this would give you some ideas on what to do in Seattle. Make sure you enjoy the good coffee while in town and have fun!

Founded by the Arabs around 670, Kairouan became a dominant trading hub and centre of Islamic scholarship in the 9th century, when Aghlabid emirs ruled Kairouan and built many of its monuments. 

The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is regarded by many Muslims as the fourth holiest site in Islam.

The Great Mosque of Kairouan

We walked within the walls of the Medina (old town)  exploring its beautiful small allies and many mosques.

On top of its monuments, Kairouan is also known for its fantastic food. If you’re ever visiting, make sure to taste the following:

Kafteji

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Kafteji is something of a Tunisian poor man’s food: various vegetables are fried separately and then with an oozy fried egg, chopped up together with a large knife. It’s made with potatoes, pepper and tomatoes. One eats it with bread or as a sandwich.

It’s now one of the country’s most popular and delicious street foods. It originated in Kairouan.

All food stalls on the side of the roads offer kafteji sandwiches. We tried one shop that was highly praised.

 

 


كفتاجي خيري -Kafteji Khayri is a must-visit in Kairouan. It offers the best kaftejis cooked in a traditional oven. Price wise, a plate of Kafteji costs less than one pound Sterling!

They are very generous with quantities. The price includes a side of fries and traditional bread.

Kafteji Khayri is not touristy in any way, and it’s where the locals eat. We highly recommend it if you’re looking for a cheap, delicious plate of food surrounded by the locals.

Makroudh

Makroudh is a North-African sweet pastry filled with dates and nuts or almond paste, that has a diamond shape – the name derives from this characteristic shape. The dough is made with a combination of semolina and flour, which gives the pastry a very specific texture and flavour. It is said that it originates from Kairouan, thus, in every corner of the Madina, you’ll see a Makroudh shop. Every seller will brag how their Makroudh is the best Makroudh in Kairouan. But We think they are all equally good.


The people of Kairouan are proud of their Makroudh. They will make sure that you buy enough of it to take home to taste with family and friends. It’s true, Makroudh is yummy with a cuppa.

Kairouan is one of Tunisia’s best-kept secrets. It kept its authenticity and style. It’s bursting with history, culture and delicious food.

You should definitely consider visiting Kairouan next time you are in Tunisia.

There are countless reasons to visit Ubud. It’s Bali’s cultural heart and is home to amazing art studios, antique, crafts, jewellery and paintings.

Ubud has been attracting more and more visitors. it has build up a reputation for itself not only with its beautiful unique shops but also with its impressive and healthy selection of cafes.

Here’s our guide to awesome cafes in Ubud.

Casa Luna

Situated the opposite side of the road from Ubud Palace and Saraswati temple, Casa Luna is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a bite after exploring the temples.

Casa Luna has been serving Balinese and modern cuisines for more than 25 years now. It’s a must-visit for food lovers.

It takes real skill to put so much flavour in a simple sandwich. We had a sandwich packed of flavour at Casa Luna and that’s why it has made it to our ultimate food guide.

Caramel Patisserie & Cafe

Caramel cafe satisfied our desserts and cakes cravings. They have a selection of mouthwatering cakes and macaroons.

Tucked on the corner of the main street, Caramel is the perfect spot to chill. They have a lovely terrace overlooking Ubud.

Tukies Cafe

Tukies cafe also known as the coconut shop is all about coconut, in case that’s not obvious. This small cafe offers so many treats.
You can grab a whole fresh coconut or one of their juices.

Our recommendation? The coconut ice-cream. Yum!

Atman Nourish Kafe

Atman Kafe is overlooking a rice paddy. If you are looking for a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere, that’s the place to be.

They offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Clear Cafe

Clear cafe specialised in clear healthy food, thus the name.They offer a range of organic, raw and/or vegan dishes. They combine healthy with delicious.

We highly recommend any of their salad bowls.

Anomali cafe

Anomali Coffee is the place to be if you are looking for a good cuppa. They also offer Barista classes and manual brewing workshops.

Seniman Coffee Studio

Seniman coffee is our favourite coffee in Ubud. They use the best coffee beans in Indonesia and they roast them in-house.

Seniman has expanded lately due to their popularity and good quality. They now offer a variety of workshops on how to learn to master a brew from home brewing to Latte art.

There’s also the Seniman shop where you can buy coffee, soap made out of the coffee wastes and other items.

We highly recommend a visit to Seniman Studio whenever you are in Ubud.

Refresh Cafe

 Refresh cafe is localted near Blanco museum, they have a lovely garden and an amazing selection of food.

Worth a mention

Alchemy, Bali Buda and Earth Cafe, we’ve heard good things about these cafes but we didn’t get to visit them.

Hopefully, we visit them next time we are in Ubud.