Last updated on April 11th, 2019 at 06:41 am
Whether you have just moved to Seattle or have lived here your whole life, coming up with new date night ideas can be tough. That’s why I’ve put together this detailed list of the top 10 most romantic things to do in Seattle.May contain affiliate links.
10 Romantic Things to Do in Seattle
1. PIKE PLACE MARKET + COOKING AT HOME
When you think of Seattle, one of the most iconic places is Pike Place Market.
I mean, every time there’s a televised sporting event in Seattle, they always show B-roll of the fishmongers in their waders throwing fish at Pike Place Market.
But, us Seattle locals know Pike Place Market is so much more than just flying fish.
For a romantic Seattle date, get fully caffeinated at one of the many coffee shops near Pike Place Market. Yes, it’s home to the first Starbucks retail shop and yes, there will be a line out the door.
However, you can also support smaller coffee shops. We love Cherry Street Coffee House, which is close to the Market. And Fonte Coffee is great if you’d like to try some unique flavors!
Enjoy at the cafe or you can also take your coffee and treats to go, if you like to sip and shop.
Then, head into the market and shop for ingredients to make a romantic dinner at home. Pike Place Market has a huge array of fresh produce, high quality meats, and hard-to-find ingredients and spices.
What’s fun about this Seattle date is that you can hold hands with your partner and chat while you are in a fun, vibrant space!
And when you get back home, you can continue talking as you work together to create a mouth-watering meal.
2. WOODINVILLE WINE TASTING + TEATRO ZINZANNI
For those of use who are Seattle locals, going wine tasting in Woodinville is not a new idea. But, it’s a classic date for a reason.
Personally, I recommend doing a tour of the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery because I think it’s one of the most beautiful wineries we have!
It’s a gorgeous place to walk and take selfies before heading inside.
They have a lot of tasting and tour options, but my husband and I really like to start with the complimentary tour and tasting and then do the Feature Flight tour for $15.
But the fun doesn’t stop there!
Did you know Teatro ZinZanni is now headquartered in Woodinville?
I highly recommend their latest show Hollywood & Vine because the food is good and the show is fantastic!
It’s a great excuse to dress up a bit, too! And there’s really so many options!
Of course, you can wear something sparkly or add a feature boa or fancy mask to any outfit. And they have an incredible on-site boutique filled with amazing treasures.
I ended up wearing my Chinese cheongsam dress from my wedding simply because I knew I wouldn’t be out of place and it was a great opportunity to wear it again!
3. MOROCCAN ADVENTURE
I love date nights where I feel like I’m traveling the world without leaving home.
You can taste traditional Moroccan food at Marrakesh while watching belly dance performances.
What’s cool about Marrakesh is that you feel completely transported to Morocco as soon as you enter the restaurant.
The space is completely decorated for an immersive experience, including lavish Moroccan rugs, tapestries, and silver urns. You get to sit on colorful tuffets around a table.
And the food is really tasty! They encourage you to eat the traditional way (with your hands) so it makes it more of an intimate Seattle date night.
They offer a 5-course meal where you can taste traditional soups and salads in addition to meats, fish, and vegetarian dishes. Or you can get the 4-course meal.
However, you can also order from their ala carte menu if you want to try specific dishes.
A new thing they are offering is an after-hours Hookah lounge. You just need to fill out an application online to become a member.
4. AXE THROWING IN CAPITOL HILL
Yep, you read that correctly. There’s a new axe throwing bar in Capitol Hill!
Blade & Timber Axe Throwing started in Kansas City in 2017 and now has locations all over the U.S.
This unique Seattle date night spot is fun for couples or group dates because you can rent out an entire axe throwing lane.
They have axe throwing experts on hand to demonstrate proper safety techniques and give you tips for hitting that bullseye.
While you can’t bring your own alcohol (which I actually appreciate for safety reasons!), you can totally bring in your own food and snacks.
So, I’d suggest picking up takeout from Bok a Bok Fried Chicken. Not only is it delicious food, but you can eat it with your hands.
Their soy sesame garlic chicken sandwich is incredible!
Then, after your bellies are full and your arms are sore from all that axe throwing, head to a local Capitol Hill bar to end your night.
5. HAWAIIAN VACATION (without leaving Seattle!)
One of my favorite spots in Seattle is the Hawaii General Store & Gallery in Wallingford.
It’s been around for years and years and I started going when I was in high school. As soon as you walk in, it smells like you are in a shop in Hawaii!
They have artwork, Aloha shirts, Hawaiian dresses, books, snacks, party items, and just about everything you’d find in a boutique on any of the Hawaiian islands.
If you are looking for a fresh flower lei for a graduation, luau, or wedding, Hawaii General Store is THE place to get it here in Seattle.
But, they sell leis all year long. So, I recommend stopping here first to shop a bit and pick up some gorgeous leis so you will smell like Hawaii for the rest of your date night.
Then, head out to a Tiki Bar!
Navy Strength is Seattle’s newest Tiki Bar (although they like to think of themselves as the non-tiki tiki bar) and it’s located in Belltown.
Here’s where you can find a solid mai tai (my favorite drink in Hawaii) or you can get one of those shareable drinks that comes in a kitchy bowl container.
But, what I love about Navy Strength is that they also have low alcohol cocktails (for us lightweights) as well as fun, booze-free drinks perfect for pregnant moms who don’t want to miss out on the fun.
But, wait, there’s MORE!
Seattle has a HUGE number of people from Hawaii. That’s awesome because that means there are a ton of Hawaiian restaurants!
Some of my personal favorites include Kauai Family Restaurant in Georgetown (I love their beef stew!), Super Six in Columbia City (try their amazing pork belly musubi), Ma`ono in West Seattle (known for their fried chicken), Marination Ma Kai also in West Seattle (get an array of small plates!), and Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max in Columbia City or Tacoma (get their poke tacos!)
I suggest finding a Hawaiian restaurant that is close to home because you’ll probably be so full you just want to go home, pull on your sweats, and relax.
6. CAFFEINE CRAWL
For all the parents of little ones, why do a pub crawl when you really need a caffeine boost?
Seattle is known as a coffee hot spot, so why not take advantage of all the incredible local coffee shops here?
While everyone seems to have their favorite coffee shop, I’d suggest branching out and try a few new spots so you can discover these places together. What a fun way to have a special coffee spot that you can use for future dates!
And I encourage you to find coffee shops that aren’t right next to each other. Add in some drive time so you can chat and let the caffeine wear off a bit.
Of course, I already mentioned that my personal favorite is Storyville Coffee. Here are some other popular Seattle coffee shops:
Elm Coffee Roasters
My sister in law lives in SoCal and she always knows the trendiest places all over the world. She’s actually the one who told me about Elm Coffee Roasters.
It’s located in historic Pioneer Square and they often host fun pop-up events in addition to their cupping and brewing classes.
Located in Georgetown, Brother Joe offers a wide assortment of traditional (and non-traditional) espresso drinks and breakfast items.
Spice it up a bit by adding honey-miso caramel, Mexican chocolate, cardomom, or an array of interesting coffee drinks you’ll be itching to try!
Columbia City is just a cool place to walk around and Empire Espresso is definitely a good fit for this neighborhood.
Their baristas love doing seasonal latte art and they have a lot of allergy-friendly menu items.
Mr. West Cafe Bar
If you are looking for an ultra trendy coffee shop (that also has a killer menu) head to Mr. West Cafe Bar on Olive Way.
I’m dying to try their coffee egg cream!
The Lounge by AT&T
I added this to the list purely for the “wow” factor of seeing coffee-brewing robots.
It’s located inside an AT&T store, but it’s run by the owners of Ada’s Technical Books in Capitol Hill. Definitely worth a stop!
It doesn’t get much better than real Italian cappuccino, which is what you will want to try at Espresso Vivace.
They have locations in South Lake Union and Capitol Hill.
And if you don’t want to have to drive around, Seattle by Foot has a whole Seattle coffee tour you can sign up for.
7. BUENOS AIRES TANGO GRILL
I’m all about the immersive experiences and Buenos Aires Tango Grill will transport you on an Argentina adventure.
If you’ve ever been to a Brazilian steakhouse, you know to bring your appetite. Buenos Aires Grill is very similar in regards to large portions of meat entrees.
That means you will most likely have lots of leftovers, so you can re-create this date night at home the following night!
On Fridays and Saturdays, they offer their famous Prime Rib dinners.
Or split the the Parillada for two, which includes beef, chicken, and sausage on a grill.
But, the reason I included Buenos Aires Grill as a romantic date night spot is because of the tango dancing that starts around 7:30 p.m. every Saturday night!
I mean, it’s quite possibly the romantic and passionate type of dancing.
And if you’re really up for it, head to Century Ballroom after dinner where they offer drop in Tango lessons. Instructors will teach you Tango basics before opening the ballroom up to anyone who wants to dance.
It’s a great way to work off all the food!
8. INTIMATE SPA DAY
I’ve been hearing good things about Little Red Day Spa for years. Although we haven’t tried it yet, I felt compelled to include it as a romantic Seattle date night spot.
There are few things more relaxing than a good massage, but Little Red Day Spa has taken it a step further.
After your couples massage in one of their 4 private suites, you are invited to stay and take advantage of the amenities.
This has a jetted bath tub, body mud, salt scrub, salt sauna, and a kitchenette so you can enjoy food/drink while you relax.
This Marrakesh-themed suite includes a copper tub for two, shower, and bathroom.
Enjoy a master bathroom with a large soaking tub, body paint, and salt scrub.
This recently renovated suite has a private bathroom, a 2 person shower, 2 person bath tub, a canopy bed, small sitting area, and a fridge.
What’s really great about Little Red Day Spa is that you can bring in your own alcohol and food, so you can have a really tailored spa day experience!
And if you are looking to take the experience a bit further, sign up for one of their classes.
On Monday nights, they offer couple massage classes where people can learn basic massage techniques, get hands on guidance from instructors, and then time to practice alone in their suites.
9. BREAKFAST + A MOVIE
Instead of doing the traditional dinner and a movie date, change it up by going to a cafe for breakfast before catching a matinee.
Not only is it cheaper, but it’s a better use of a babysitter! Especially if you have kids who nap.
Since we live on the Eastside, we usually end up at a movie theater in Issaquah or Bellevue.
But, if you are looking for somewhere special, try SIFF Cinema Uptown (it’s one of the top Instagrammable spots in Seattle). I definitely recommend going during the Seattle International Film Festival, but they also play cool arthouse films throughout the year.
We also like going to the IMAX theater at the Pacific Science Center. They have a good mix of cool documentaries as well as Hollywood blockbusters.
We like to set it up so that we’re coming home right after the babysitter puts our toddler down for his afternoon nap. Then, we get to enjoy a few more hours of toddler-free time.
Another option is to do lunch and a movie. The trick is to do a late lunch and late afternoon movie so you can come home after the babysitter has put your kids down for bed.
That way, you can come home to a quiet house!
We also like to bring take-out home so we can eat on the couch and binge-watch a favorite TV show.
10. Mini Road Trip to Suncadia
There’s something so freeing about getting in the car and just driving. Especially if you don’t have to listen to kids asking “Are we there, yet?”
For my final date night idea, I’m encouraging you to do a mini-getaway just for the day.
Get in your car first thing in the morning and drive over the mountains to beautiful Suncadia in Cle Elum.
Bonus points if you stop at Snoqualmie Falls on the way for a cute photo op!
Plan to get to Swiftwater Cellars when they open at 11:30 a.m. While they have a location in Bellevue, this one actually has an on-site vineyard!
Do the wine tasting and once you’re tipsy enough, order food to eat there or walk over to Hoist House Restaurant for lunch.
Their food is incredible and you will get a romantic lunch made from fresh, local ingredients.
After lunch, head over to Glade Spring Spa. It’s one of the most relaxing spas I’ve experienced!
They have four outdoor mineral pools, saunas, walking paths, and fire pits in a fantastic pocket of nature.
Inside, they have steam rooms, saunas, and salt soaks.
You can access all these when you purchase a Spa Day Pass.
But, you can get a free Spa Day Pass if you book a couples massage or any individual treatment like facials, mud wraps, body scrubs, etc.
Some of these treatments include wine or champagne, but you can also bring your own in. And you can order food from the Resort to be delivered to the Spa.
After an afternoon of complete relaxation, head to Portals Restaurant for a savory dinner before hitting the road to come home.
You’ll feel like you’ve had a romantic weekend getaway in just one day!