Visitors Home > Discover > Neighborhoods > Pioneer Square

Seattle Neighborhoods: Pioneer Square
Book Now

Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square, Seattle’s historic district, is at the southern end of downtown Seattle and is borderd on the south by Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, on the west by the waterfront and on the east by the International District.
Seattle was settled at Alki in 1851 by a party led by Arthur Denny, but by the following year, a commercial core began taking shape to the east, across Elliott Bay, in what is now Pioneer Square. A thriving young town grew with the help of a natural deep-water harbor, timber and the Klondike Goldrush.
Today, some 20 square blocks that make up Pioneer Square boast beautifully restored buildings designed in the Second Renaissance-Revival, Beaux-Arts Classical, and Richardsonian-Romanesque styles
Occidental Park
Ecric Sheckler
 A stroll around this highly walkable area is all it takes to familiarize visitors with the neighborhood. Public parks and art installations are scattered throughout, and the pedestrian-friendly environment means visitors can enjoy the sights on foot — and for free. Highlights include admiring the century-old pergola in Pioneer Square Park, catching views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains from the Washington Street Boat Landing, challenging a friend to a game of bocce-playing in Occidental Park or enjoying a peaceful lunch at Waterfall Garden Park.
Much of Pioneer Square's charm and energy are the result of its rich and varied history. The character many visitors enjoy today is largely the result of the Great Fire of 1889, after which most of downtown Seattle was rebuilt. But the Great Fire was just one of the many historic events that helped shape this community: this neighborhood's colorful past is also one of brothels and bureaucrats, corruption and community, artists and Arctic explorers, Skid Road and subterranean sidewalks.
Occidental Park
Eric Sheckler
Today that rich history has given way to a lively and diverse community that bustles nearly 24/7. Artists, who helped revitalize this neighborhood in the 1970s, remain an important part of the community, and during the First Thursday Art Walk visitors can enjoy the hundreds of galleries and studios that call Pioneer Square home. Small shops selling one-of-a-kind fashions and antique furnishings fill storefronts, and the holiday season is always a great time to enjoy Pioneer Square's destination shopping.

For an additional resource on Seattle's neighborhoods, click here or visit

Eat in Pioneer Square

88 Keys Dueling Piano and Sports Bar
315 Second Ave S Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 839-1300
   Show me on Map   

Live music seven nights! Dinner and Dueling Pianos kick off the weekend, followed by Reggae, Blues, Funk, Soul, Rock, Local Indie bands and Feature Concerts. The BEST sports bar in Pioneer Square.

Jimmy's On First
1046 First Ave S Seattle WA 98134
Phone: 206 204-9700
   Show me on Map   

American $$ Upscale casual bar and restaurant featuring American and Northwest flavors in a fun and lively atmosphere. HA

Quality Athletics
115 S King Street Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 877-2248

Quality Athletics will be a sports bar that is an anti-sports bar, featuring great food, excellent drinks and a large wood-fired grill and rotisserie. A classic sportsmanship vibe will be present.

Bar Sajor
323 Occidental Ave S Seattle WA 98104

  Show me on Map   

Bar Sajor serves a menu that focuses on our wood-fired kitchen and the unparalleled bounty of the Puget Sound region. Our menu changes daily and we do our best to showcase the beauty of our region's food ingredients. The bar features a curated beverage list featuring mostly small production wines, cocktails and sodas.

Stay in Pioneer Square

Courtyard Seattle Downtown Pioneer Square
612 Second Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 676-3711
  Show me on Map   

262 rooms, $$$. Refreshing adaptive reuse of the historic Alaska Building. 4,600 sq. ft. of meeting space. Walk to CenturyLink and Safeco Fields.

Best Western Plus Pioneer Square Hotel
77 Yesler Way Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 340-1234
   Show me on Map   

75 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Elegantly restored turn-of-the-century boutique hotel in the heart of historic downtown Seattle. Close to Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field & Event Center. HA

Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Stadium
1046 First Ave S Seattle WA 98134
Phone: 206 204-2072
   Show me on Map   

211 rooms, $$-$$$$. Located across from Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field and walking distance to Pioneer Square, featuring fine restaurants, shopping and galleries. HA

Play in Pioneer Square

Underground Tour, Bill Speidel's
608 First Ave Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 682-4646
    Show me on Map   

Seattle's most unusual attraction, a humorous stroll through subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire. Get a time-capsule view!

Taste Seattle Food Tours
Phone: 253 777-0159

You will be guided on a relaxed walking tour with some of the best food and drink Seattle’s oldest neighborhood has to offer while getting to know Pioneer Square and Seattle’s earliest beginnings.

Klondike Gold Rush NHP-Seattle
319 Second Ave S Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 220-4231
  Show me on Map   

National park that commemorates Seattle's role in the 1897-1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Open daily 9am-5pm. Public welcome. HA

Seattle Seahawks
800 Occidental Ave S Seattle WA 98134
Phone: 425 203-8000
   Show me on Map   

The Seahawks play at CenturyLink Field August-January. For Seahawks tickets, call 888-NFL-HAWK. For tours, call (206) 381-7582. HA TDD

King Street Station Seattle WA 98104
Phone: 206 784-0241
   Show me on Map   

Enjoy traveling to Seattle by the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles, Empire Builder from Chicago or Amtrak Cascades with routes from Eugene, OR and Vancouver, BC.. HA

Partner Advertisement