Best Friend-Date Locations In Seattle

May 19, 2016 5:00 AM

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Best friends are special, and Seattle offers many for friends to meet. National Best Friend day is coming up soon, and these are some ideas how to celebrate friendship. These are great venues for meeting old or new friends, and take time out to cherish the relationship. Best friends celebrate the differences and uniqueness in each other, and withstand the test of time.
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Chocolati Cafe is known for their hand-made chocolates and delicious coffee. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

7810 E. Greenlake Dr. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 527-5467

Located next to Greenlake Park, Chocolati is a great place to meet for a coffee with friends. Their hand-made chocolates are some of the best in Seattle, and the espresso drinks are worth the stop. Whether sitting in the cafe drinking coffee or grabbing one to go, the location of Chocolati is fantastic for hanging out with friends. On the other side of the street, there is plenty of places to sit, drink coffee, and talk. For active individuals, Green Lake is surrounded by a walking/jogging/biking trail. The lawns are well maintained with trees and gardens scattered through-out. The lake is open for swimming or non-motorized boating in the summer.

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The Seattle Center is the site of the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, and Key Arena. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200

On the north end of downtown Seattle, the Seattle Center is a fantastic place to meet with friends. There are scheduled activities through-out the year including the Seattle opera, Bumbershoot Festival, and the Chihuly garden and glass exhibit. The International Fountain is a great place to meet, or take the elevator to the observation deck of the Space Needle. The Center House is a great place to get a bite to eat or an espresso. The historic mono-rail station is near the Center House, and goes downtown towards the Westlake Center. It’s fun to travel above the crowded Seattle city streets on the mono-rail.

North Lake Tavern
660 N.E. Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 633-5317

The North Lake Tavern is in the University district, and makes some of the best pizza in town. It maintains its friendly atmosphere, and is frequented by the University of Washington students. It’s a great place to meet friends for pizza, beer, and great conversation. After a good meal, Gasworks Park is a few blocks away, and offers amazing views of the Seattle skyline across Lake Union. Going north into the University District, the area offers a couple movie theaters to catch a movie, or the University of Washington campus for a walk. This is a 21 year and older establishment.

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The Seattle Asian Museum is located at Volunteer Park, and is the original site of the Seattle Art Museum. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 E. Prospect St.
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 654-3100

For those who love art, the Seattle Asian Art Museum is a great place to explore. Parking is easier at this branch of the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), than the main branch in downtown Seattle. The museum is home to the Asian art collection of SAM. High ceilings give the museum a spacious and airy feeling, which compliments the displayed art. Across the parking lot from the museum is the reservoir and main part of Volunteer Park. A short walk offers fantastic views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic Mountains. On the north end of the parking area is the conservatory, and it is worth a tour.

Seattle Aquarium
1485 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 386-4300

The Seattle Aquarium sits on the Seattle waterfront, and is a great place to meet friends. It is an all-ages venue for the environmentally minded individuals. The aquarium is home to several marine mammals, river otters, sea otters, sharks, and fish. The best part of the aquarium is the underwater room where visitors are below the water surface, and get to see the fish in their natural environment. The Aquarium Cafe is a great place to get a bit to eat. Other activities in the area include walking along the waterfront, shopping, and visiting the original Ivar’s restaurant.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at

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