What do we mean when we say the “best”? We mean the things that make Seattle thrilling and clever and endlessly fascinating—a world-famous city and a quirky little outpost all at the same time. Good food. Great ideas. A lot of beloved coffee and even one big-box store. As the city emerges from a historic stretch of isolation, we rush to embrace the facets and faces we missed most. Turns out it’s easy to list lovable, incomparable people and places from all over Seattle. The best part of the city is that there is no shortage of bests.

In This Feature:

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

Here Are Your Picks for Best of the City 2021

We asked you to vote on the best restaurants, services, and destinations in and around Seattle. Turns out you have good taste.

06/04/2021 By Seattle Met Staff

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

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

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

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

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