What $500 Buys in Seattle

Steven Noble

Seattle has become a cultural hub of the Pacific Northwest, no longer known only for Starbucks and grunge. Summer months are the best time to visit, when the notorious rain disappears, the outdoor cafés are bustling and picturesque Lake Union is dotted with boats.

Compiled by Candice Chan and John Wogan

A four-course dinner for five at Book Bindery, a modern American restaurant located by the Ship Canal in a former bookbinding factory. Standouts include Oregon rack of lamb with ricotta gnocchi and clams with white beans and chorizo. bookbinderyrestaurant.com.

Three Himalaya Magnolia body scrubs, one Jasmine gift set and seven cult-favorite black rice soaps (for which there’s often a waiting list) from Harnn. This is the first U.S. store for the popular Thai bath and beauty line. harnnusa.com.

A wine-tasting class and brunch for five at Urban Enoteca, a 20,000-square-foot warehouse dedicated to boutique Washington wines. Kiona Vineyard’s Chenin Blanc and McCrea Cellar’s Syrah perfectly complement citrus-cured salmon and wild mushroom ragout. urbanenoteca.com.

A Joie silk blouse and a safari jacket by T Los Angeles from Ketch, an impeccably curated boutique for women in Ballard. Seattle native Stephanie Kaldestad studied at Parsons and worked for Gucci and Michael Kors, and it shows in her thoughtful contemporary selection. ketchshop.com.