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Lake Union Area

Lake Union
Kevin Galens
Nestled on the south shore of Lake Union and extending south to Denny Way, South Lake Union is one of the fastest growing and most vibrant neighborhoods in Seattle. As the city's downtown lakefront neighborhood, it's a place where cutting-edge companies co-exist with urban lofts, one-of-kind retail experiences mix with world-class parks and open spaces, seaplane tours depart to circle scenic Seattle from above and a streetcar line quickly moves people around in style.
South Lake Union also has a little of the funkiness so distinctive to the Emerald City. A local condominium complex has a bocce ball court, the stunning lakefront park has a model boat pond and there's a local gourmet bakery — for dogs.
The neighborhood is already home to several globally-recognized companies including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Rosetta/Merck, ZymoGenetics, Tommy Bahama, NBBJ, University of Washington Medicine, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute and, soon, the new headquarters for
Lake Union also gets to brag about having REI’s towering flagship store on Yale Avenue North, complete with a bike test trail, a climbing wall and enough outdoor gear to outfit the entire city. 

New to the neighborhood is the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), taking up residence at the Naval Reserve Armory at Lake Union Park. The Armory, originally built in 1942, was given a makeover by MOHAI with a full restoration, preserving many of the building’s unique Art Deco-style features. The new location is home to the museum's nearly four million historic artifacts and photographs.
Public art is one of the great treasures of South Lake Union. Throughout the neighborhood, there’s inspiring, diverse and eye-catching artwork on display by several acclaimed local artists. At 2200 Westlake Plaza, in front of Whole Foods Market, are three seven-foot tall sculptures by acclaimed local ceramicist Akio Takamori,whose work can be found in public collections in the U.S. and around the world. At the Merck/Rosetta Building, visitors can check out (and play on) Buster Simpson’s “Ping Pong Plaza,” a bronze ping-pong table with a stainless steel net that is a working game table.

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Eat in Lake Union Area

Westward & Little Gull Grocery
2501 N Northlake Way Seattle WA 98103
Phone: 206 5528215

Westward is a water-inspired full service restaurant and bar on North Lake Union with unique lake and city views. The menu includes imaginative, Mediterranean-influenced fare and delightful bites.

Lunchbox Laboratory
1253 Thomas St Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 621-1090
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This funkadelic restaurant boasts it's home of "the BEST BURGER in America!" and features handcrafted shakes, crazy cocktails, private and outdoor dining.

Brave Horse Tavern
310 Terry Ave N Seattle WA 98106
Phone: 206 971-0717
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Tavern, $, This boisterous tavern is enlivened with 26 taps, shuffle boards, dart boards, weekly beer events and live music. HA

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
2200 Westlake, Ste 112 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 624-4422
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Serving wood fired pizzas, salads, gelato and award-winning cocktails. Join us weekdays for our Aperitivo Italiano happy hour 3-6pm. HA

Duke's Chowder House
901 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 382-9963
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Seafood $$-$$$. Sustainable and Wild Seafood. Salmon, halibut, Dungeness crab, weathervane scallops, rockfish, award winning clam chowder, lobster chowder, crab bisque. Uniquely Seattle. Waterfront and outside deck. Great Happy Hour. HA

Stay in Lake Union Area

Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown Seattle Lake Union
925 Westlake Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 213-0100
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250 rooms, $$-$$$. Three meeting rooms, free HSIA. Near Seattle Center/Space Needle, KeyArena, Pike Place Market, Seattle Streetcar, restaurants. HA TDD

Silver Cloud Inn - Seattle Lake Union
1150 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 447-9500
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184 rooms, $$-$$$. Complimentary breakfast, weekly guest reception and shuttle to downtown. Exercise facilities, indoor swimming pool and spa. In-room coffee, iron, microwave, refrigerator. HA TDD

Residence Inn by Marriott - Seattle Downtown Lake Union
800 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 624-6000
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234 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Complimentary continental breakfast, exercise facilities, indoor pool and Jacuzzi, fully equipped kitchens, in-room movies, complimentary HSIA, laundry/valet service. Pets ok. HA

Play in Lake Union Area

Waterways Cruises & Events
2441 N Northlake Way Seattle WA 98103
Phone: 206 223-2060
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Come aboard our luxurious fleet of dining yachts and discover Seattle's unique waterways. Join a scheduled theme cruise or custom charter your event.

South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce
305 Ninth Ave N, Ste C Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 547-2577
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An exciting, rapidly changing neighborhood in the heart of Seattle. Take the streetcar to Lake Union Park, restaurants and shopping.

The Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley St Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 382-2628
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Hands-on classic wooden boat museum with exhibits to ride, rent and explore. Closed Mon. See website for hours. Free admission. HA

Seattle Chamber Music Society
10 Harrison St, Ste 306 Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 283-8710
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Chamber music festivals in summer and winter with internationally acclaimed musicians performing in small ensembles. HA

Kenmore Air
950 Westlake Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 425 486-1257
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Spectacular views! Daily seaplane flightseeing excursions from downtown Lake Union. Plus daily flights to Olympic Peninsula, San Juans and Victoria.

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Quick Info

The Seattle Streetcar runs daily at 15-minute intervals offering a fast link between South Lake Union, Denny Triangle and the vibrant downtown core, with connections to regional transit hubs that take riders to and from the airport via the Link Light Rail.
Buses 3, 4, 5, and 40 run between downtown and Lake Union.