Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Coffee Works, Maximillian

I think this might be a real nice day plan for Seattle. It worked real well for me because we liked Seattle Art Museum (SAM), could leave our bags in their coat check, and could walk to local places and then return to SAM.

I really enjoyed my day at Seattle art museum. It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday in July but the museum wasn’t too crowded and it was quite interesting. Sections were fairly small and there was some diverse stuff. Some modern art that I liked (Susan Point, Leo Kenney, and Richard Pettibone). I might have to look around and hopefully find something I can afford to my art collection…

Anyway, you could leave the museum and come back later so checked our bags (we didn’t have any huge bags but we had some stuff since we’d just gotten off the cruise), spent a couple of hours on the first floor, went to a coffee shop, Seattle Coffee Works on 111 Pike, where the chai was good and the cappuccino was the best my wife can remember having (I wonder if she remembers the 9 weeks in Italy back in 2001). Then we walked back to the museum and spent a couple of hours on the 2nd floor (they call it the 3rd and 4th floor but whatever).

Then we went to Maximillian for lunch. This is a French restaurant in the Pike Place market with table outside overlooking Seattle’s harbor, including pier 66 where NCL ships dock. It was great eating outside with the nice view and somehow funny that we were looking at the ship we’d just spent 7 days on. The food was good and reasonable. My wife got the mussels in wine sauce for $15 and I can’t remember the name of my thing but it was kind of like a thin crust with goat cheese, ham, and potato on there. That was $15 too – reasonable for a French restaurant with great views.

I couldn’t help noticing that $15 each is the same cover charge you would pay on the Norwegian Pearl for most of the specialty restaurants. Now those would be 3 courses. I would say the French restaurant, Le Bistro, on the NCL Pearl serves food as good as Maximillian’s (do keep in mind that these two places are the only French restaurants I’ve ever eaten in and that I only tried one dish from each so the comparison is probably not worth all that much) and while Le Bistro doesn’t have views of Seattle harbor it does have what I’m told is a $15 Renoir. Plus you get the appetizer, main course, and desert for $15. I’m pretty sure if you were still hungry there would be no charge for more food on the ship.

Then we went back to SAM and spent about an hour looking at the exhibits we had liked most. Then we got our bags from coat check and headed to the airport. However at 5:00 in Seattle you could spend some time shopping (either Pike Street market or up on 5th avenues and around there or in between I guess) and then get an excellent dinner. I’ve had a couple of very good dinners at Wild Ginger and a good brunch at Etta’s so those are possibilities for dinner. Union is another restaurant that was recommended – I never got around to trying it.

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  1. Alyson Moore says:

    I love Max in the Market! They do have wonderful views and the food is wonderful. It’s kind of fun to look at the ship as an outsider and realize how much of a floating city it really is!

    Hope you had a great trip!

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