Julia Manchik’s Local Guide to Seattle
We asked Seattle local and photographer extraordinaire, Julia Manchik, to shoot some photos, share some insight and create a Visit Seattle Local Guide full of tips and local secrets just for you.
Name: Julia Manchik
Occupation: I take photographs with my husband and recently joined a local Seattle startup as a graphic designer.
Can you sum up Seattle? Seattle is the place to be if you can’t choose between city life and quiet life. You can enjoy the perks of being in an interesting, creative and innovative city and easily access water, mountains, and wilderness. We really have the best of both worlds.
Can you sum up the people of Seattle? The people in Seattle are smart and forward-thinking. They appreciate quality food and good friends. They are not afraid to be themselves. They’re relaxed and easy going. They love the outdoors and embrace puffies and hiking shoes on or off the mountain.
Tell us about the photos you shot for this Visit Seattle Local Guide: I loved the challenge to photograph my city. I enjoyed spending a morning at Pike Place Market and blending in with the tourists. I wanted to include photos from a couple personal spots that others might not recognize—like the skyline from my apartment rooftop and a meal at my favorite neighborhood café, Ada’s, just a couple blocks from where I live.
What makes Seattle a great city to eat and drink in? The restaurants in Seattle hit all the requirements. If you’re looking for great food AND good vibes, you’ll have no problem finding it in Seattle. Seattle restaurants are creative in the menus, the ingredients, and the interiors.
What type of cuisine do you associate with Seattle? The food in Seattle is really diverse. A few cuisines I think we’re known for: seafood, farm-to-table and tons of good Asian food. And I’ve heard it’s a lot better than most cities if you have food allergies or sensitivities.
What’s your favorite dish/cocktail in Seattle that everyone must try? You have to try a legendary Caribbean-inspired sandwich from Paseo. Best slow roasted meat on a baguette you’ll ever eat. Don’t be surprised if there’s a line and don’t be surprised if they sell out.
What is a perfect day in Seattle? My perfect day in Seattle would start with brunch and good coffee. Then I’d ride my bike through the city, stopping at a farmers market and popping into some shops. I’d end the day on the water, either on a kayak or on a sailboat, and enjoy sunset and a boat picnic with friends.
What do you love about Seattle? We don’t let the weather ruin our day.
What would be surprising about Seattle to an outsider? After a fire burned downtown Seattle a little over a hundred years ago, the city regraded the streets one or two stories higher when rebuilding. You can take a tour that will take you underground to see what used to be street level.
If Seattle was a person or character who would it be? The BFG. He was feared and misunderstood because of his size. Seattle is feared and misunderstood because of our rain.
Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? Practice shooting really strong compositions that look good even when they’re tiny on your profile page, not full screen. Follow photographers whose work you admire. Seeing good work often will make you better.