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Healthy Living Guide: Seattle

January 19, 2012

The beautiful city of Seattle sits on the Puget Sound in Northern Washington. Best known for the iconic Space Needle and Pike Place Market as well as the breath-taking surrounding scenery of the Olympic Mountains, San Juan Islands and the Kitsap Peninsula, there is no doubt that Seattle is extremely picturesque. It also offers an endless amount of outdoor activities ranging from kayaking in the sound and skiing at Mt. Rainer to hiking the Sammamish River Trail and picnicking in St. Edward Park. 

If you’re planning a trip to Seattle (and you should!) check out a few of our favorite healthy restaurants and markets in the area. Not in the great Northwest? Check out our Healthy Living Guide Series for options in or near your city!



1026 NE 65th Street

Thrive is more than just a restaurant; it’s a community dedicated to providing healthy, organic food without sacrificing taste. The café serves fresh vegetarian dishes made with 95% organic ingredients. In addition to the café, Thrive also offers many programs and special classes such as Coconuts Demystified and a detoxing juice cleanse.


wheatless in seattleWheatless in Seattle
10003 Greenwood Avenue North

Based on the extensive menu, which includes everything from cake to bread to strudel, you would never guess that this charming bakery is Seattle’s favorite wheat-free, gluten-free, and rice-free bakery! Stop in for a yummy dairy-free, gluten-free strawberry pomegranate muffin for breakfast or a gluten-free baguette to-go with dinner!

graces 5Graces 5
8110 164th Avenue Northeast

This tranquil restaurant is a great place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a healthy meal. All dishes on the menu are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and made with little to no sugar. They leave you satisfied and feeling great! While everything is delicious, we especially love the raw zucchini pasta with tomatoes, olives, sunflower seeds, and truffle-infused olive oil!


chaco canyon cafeChaco Canyon Café
4757 12th Avenue Northeast

This certified organic and vegetarian restaurant is a favorite lunch spot in the University of Washington district of Seattle. And for good reason! The friendly laid-back atmosphere, good service, and delicious menu will have you coming back time and time again. If you’re not in the U district, check out their second location in West Seattle!


sunlight cafeSunlight Café
6403 Roosevelt Way Northeast

This vegetarian restaurant in Seattle’s Roosevelt district is a great place for a casual meal or take-out! Make sure to try their famed lemon tahini dressing while you’re there – we’ve heard it’s legendary.


cafe floraCafé Flora
2901 East Madison Street

Café Flora, a vegetarian restaurant, has been one of Seattle’s leaders in the sustainable eating movement. Since 1991, they have been cooking with local and organic produce to create beautiful and delicious dishes. We can’t get enough of their brunch, and especially love the chanterelle polenta and lemon raspberry French toast!


flying apron bakeryFlying Apron Bakery
3510 Fremont Avenue North
16541 Redmond Way, Ste E

This gluten-free, vegan bakery is as delicious as it is adorable. The rustic ambience  makes it a great place to relax and enjoy a slice of banana chocolate chip bread, a peanut butter cookie, or a hot bowl of morning oatmeal!


portage bay cafePortage Bay Café
Multiple Locations

Portage Bay is a restaurant focused on local, organic foods. They strive to deliver delicious dishes made of ingredients that are good for you and that were grown and farmed sustainably and humanely. They also have a thriving catering business, so consider giving them a call for your next big event!


remedy teasRemedy Teas
345 15th Avenue East

This calming teashop features a huge variety of organic teas from around the world. They have over 150 types to choose from including several seasonal specialties. They also offer free Wi-Fi so grab your laptop and head over to Remedy Tea for a warm drink and a delicious lunch from their assortment of sandwiches, salads and soups!


stumbling goatStumbling Goat
6722 Greenwood Avenue North

The Stumbling Goat is a wonderfully charming restaurant in North Seattle. They serve new American fare with a Northwest twist, sourcing all of their food from local farms and vendors.  In addition to serving food, they also support local artists by displaying their artwork in the restaurant!


local 360Local 360
2234 1st Avenue

Local 360 is a popular restaurant and bar in the heart of downtown Seattle that serves modern American comfort food made with only real, wholesome ingredients. They only serve produce and meat that has been grown or raised within a 360-mile radius of Seattle. This is a great place to hang out late with friends and enjoy a hearty free-range burger or something more whimsical like the PB&J bonbons!


taste restaurantTaste
1300 1st Avenue

This upscale restaurant serves local, sustainable dishes. The menu changes seasonally and is based on the availability of ingredients. We love the smoked scallop risotto and delicate squash on their winter menu!


Multiple Locations

This sustainable sandwich shop has several locations in the Seattle area and is the perfect place for a casual lunch or take-out during the workweek. All ingredients are local and organic, and all materials used in the restaurant are 100% compostable and recyclable!


zaw pizzaZaw Pizza
Multiple Locations

This pizza shop is a favorite among carnivores, herbivores, and especially locavores! Zaw uses all local ingredients in their handcrafted pizzas and salads and serves only Northwest wines and microbrews. Everything on the menu is delicious, but we can’t seem to stay away from their current seasonal special: The Great White Kale!


tilth restaurantTilth
1411 North 45h Street

This James Beard-winning restaurant for “Best Chef in the Northwest” serves new American cuisine prepared with certified-organic or wild ingredients sourced from local farmers. Tilth has a welcoming and comfortable feel, and the food is delicious!


1605 North 45th Street

This vegetarian restaurant serves delicious, sustainable, and organic dishes. To reduce their carbon footprint, they utilize only foods that are in season and offer a prix-fixe menu that respects food of the moment. If you’re looking for a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience, you will love Sutra!



pike place marketPike Place Market
1st and Pike

How could we visit Seattle without paying homage to Pike Place Market? In the sprawling passages of one of the largest and definitely the most iconic farmer’s market in America, you can find everything from fresh fish and organic produce to dried spices and handmade crafts. Make sure you check out the original Starbuck’s while you are there!


pcc natural marketsPCC Natural Markets
Several Locations

This local grocery store is a favorite among Seattle residents. With several locations in the area, PCC Natural Markets is a great place to find all of your favorite organic produce and health food brands! 


For more restaurant options around the country, have a look at all of Integrative Nutrition's Healthy Living Guides, or explore all our recommendations on the map below!

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