Where Seattle used Lyft and Uber most in 2018 (and other insights)

Dec 28, 2018, 11:05 AM

lyft, uber, seattle, Uber tax...

Uber and Lyft drivers push for better pay. (AP)


Seattle didn’t make the list of most frequented Uber destinations across the globe — places like the Empire State Building or The Vatican claimed such notoriety. But the Emerald City was notable in one aspect: Coffee.

According to Uber, Seattle was the most caffeinated city in the world in 2018. That’s because the company’s Uber Eats service delivered more coffee in Seattle than anywhere else. That’s right — people in Seattle like coffee so much, they will pay to have someone pick up a cup and drive it across town to them.

RELATED: Seattle logs more than 2 million bikeshare rides
RELATED: Test driving a LimePod carshare

That wasn’t the only observation from Seattle’s rideshare companies in 2018. Washington showed its love for CenturyLink Field over the year. Uber notes that the popular destination in the entire state was CenturyLink Field. Lyft also points out that CenturyLink was the most frequented concert venue in 2018.

Uber’s food delivery service, UberEats, also reports Seattle’s favorite foods. These were the most popular delivered dishes in Seattle in 2018.

  1. Burgers
  2. Poke bowls
  3. Fries
  4. Pizza
  5. Wings
  6. Tacos
  7. Pho

The 2018 Lyfties

Seattle’s other rideshare company, Lyft, recently announced its annual Lyfties — awards given to the most frequented local spots over the past year.

The 2018 Lyfties also reinforce another Seattle stereotype — for craft beer. Last year, Lyft’s most popular bar destination was Fremont Brewing. The most popular bar in 2018 was another brewery — Optimism Brewing Company on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill is responsible for a great deal of Lyft’s 2018 business. Other neighborhoods and locations also featured in the 2018 Lyfties:

  • Most frequented concert venue: CenturyLink Field (Safeco Field was the most frequented event space in 2017 and 2016)
  • Most frequented fitness studio: Washington Athletic Club
  • Most frequented brunch spot: Portage Bay Cafe
  • Most frequented late-night restaurant: Big Mario’s Pizza on Capitol Hill
  • Most frequented late-night neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Attraction most visited only in Seattle: Seattle Center (Pike Place Market in 2017, and the Space Needle in 2016)

Lyft didn’t rank most popular brunch or late-night restaurants in 2017 (it changes things up a bit each year), but Art Marble won “most visited restaurant” last year; Dick’s Drive-In won in 2016.

Side note: Uber also looked into the most delivered food items across the world via Uber Eats. Topping the list in the number one and number two spots is toast and avocado. So go ahead and start the millennial shaming.

MyNorthwest Blog

satellites, night sky...

Bill Kaczaraba

Opinion: With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world

American author Max Ehrmann wrote a poem in 1921. It was distributed in a Christmas card in 1933,

4 months ago

Gingerbread House...

MyNorthwest Staff

KIRO Newsradio wins Bonneville Gingerbread House competition

In a tradition unlike any other, the second annual Bonneville Seattle Gingerbread House competition was fierce between multiple departments.

4 months ago

recount election king...

Bill Kaczaraba

Kaczaraba: It took an election for me to figure out I don’t live in Edmonds

I was excited to get to vote on Edmonds mayor because I had been seeing signs all over the neighborhood. But it was not to be.

6 months ago

All-Star Game T-Mobile Park...

Bill Kaczaraba

Kaczaraba: MLB All-Star Game a picture perfect day for Seattle

What we witnessed this week was a spectacular Seattle. Homeless encampments were gone. Sidewalks were power-washed. There were even baskets with flowers hanging.

9 months ago

summer solstice...

Bill Kaczaraba

Kaczaraba: Summer solstice brings season of concerts, hikes

The summer solstice has come and gone, ushering in everyone's favorite season across the Pacific Northwest.

10 months ago

Seattle Sonics...

Bill Kaczaraba

Could Seattle Sonics 2.0 be on the horizon?

With the NBA Finals in full swing, league Commissioner Adam Silver is talking about a possible revival of the Seattle Sonics.

11 months ago

Where Seattle used Lyft and Uber most in 2018 (and other insights)