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Seattle Specialty Treats to Enjoy

A few of our favorite Seattle specialty food and drink spots to enjoy.

Certain foods can make home feel like home, and Seattle is no different, as a few select places that provide local treats and drinks are missed by Seattleites when they are away from the Emerald City.

Beecher’s Cheese

Beecher's “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese topped with their award-winning cheese sauce is a must-try to pair with their soups and paninis. Visitors to their Pike Place Market location can view the cheese making process of their signature Flagship cheese through glass windows upon entry. 

Red Velvet Cupcake. (Courtesy Cupcake Royale)

Cupcake Royale

Cupcake Royale is another Seattle favorite, as the variety of flavors and ingredients put into every cupcake is the stuff of legends. Their ice cream is also not to be neglected, as flavors such as Stumptown Coffee with Dark Chocolate Ribbon and Red Velvet Cupcake will leave you wanting more. 

Fran's Peanut Butter Cups. (Courtesy Fran's Chocolates)

Fran’s Chocolates

Fran’s Chocolates are a Seattle staple with four locations in the area providing truffles, caramels, bars, hot chocolate and more. Their packaged boxes and ribbons make for an ideal present for any occasion. Try their Peanut Butter Cups with caramelized peanuts, white chocolate peanut butter ganache and dark chocolate shell. 

A variety of flavors at Rachel's Ginger Beer. (©Brooke Fitts)

Rachel’s Ginger Beer

Their hand-crafted ginger beers come in flavors such as blood orange, pink guava and white peach. With a fresh taste that includes ingredients such as fresh lemons, strong roots, organic cane sugar and water, Rachel's shows that tasty drinks can also be healthy too. 

Doughnut options at Top Pot Doughnuts. (©Mark Klebeck Photography)

Top Pot Doughnuts

These hand-forged doughnuts have developed quite a fan base with more than 40 different types of doughnuts. Some favorites include Specialty Cake, Chocolate Old Fashioned and Apple Fritter. 

Bottega Italiana

This gelato spot puts time and effort into every scoop, with pistachios and hazelnuts that come straight from Italy. They also serve fresh coffee; pour it over your gelato for a delicious affogato. 

Ice cream scoop. (Courtesy Salt & Straw)

Salt & Straw

With two locations in Capitol Hill and Ballard, Salt & Straw is one of Seattle’s go-to spots for ice cream. With a multitude of flavors to choose from—such as Beecher’s Cheese with Peppercorn Toffee and Rachel’s Raspberry Ginger Beer—your sweet tooth will surely be satisfied and starting in 2019, 20 percent of Salt & Straw's menus will be vegan. 

Bubble tea at Young Tea. (Courtesy Young Tea)

Young Tea

Young Tea provides all natural milk tea hot or iced, with a variety of flavors that can be paired with a number of snacks, including pineapple cake and their macarons.