There aren’t many other cities in America with spotless views of mountains and waterways from the heart of downtown, but Seattle delivers on both natural wonders and world-class attractions all in one spot. In this walkable cityscape, stroll among skyscrapers to mega shopping centers, historic theaters, iconic Pike Place Market, and more.
Pike Place Market, the mother of all farmers markets, is one of the best places to snack your way through a visit. Save room for the delectable French pastries at Le Panier, a bowl of award-winning clam chowder from Pike Place Chowder, or a savory beef-and-cheese bun from Piroshky Piroshky. Don’t forget a graze through the myriad samples from vendors as you wander through the stalls. For a late-night affair, The Pink Door does romantic Italian with a side of live entertainment—think burlesque and trapeze—and Elliott Bay views. Outside of the market, there’s steak-house stalwart Metropolitan Grill, wine-inspired French establishment RN74, and the seafood-focused Blueacre with a stellar happy hour starring freshly shucked oysters for a mere $1.50 each and $5 cocktails.
Along with food from every corner of the world, Pike Place Market is also filled with a plethora of independent and specialty shops, where you can find locally made goods. Stop by the artisan tables on the north end to see a rotation of sellers offering handcrafted ceramic mugs, unique art, and even cat toys. Get inspired at charming home store Watson Kennedy—which has a larger sister location in downtown on First Avenue and Spring Street—and travel the world among the treasures in Metsker Maps. Further east is the hub of retail for every budget, from stylish-but-affordable H&M and American classic J.Crew to outdoor outfitter Columbia Sportswear or designer-chic AllSaints. And don’t skip fashion powerhouse Butch Blum, stocked with all the European designers of your dreams.
Discover the riches of the region and beyond at Seattle Art Museum, home to a unique blend of mediums and genres, as well as Jonathan Borofsky’s 48-foot-tall Hammering Man. Take a free tour of The Paramount Theatre the first Saturday of every month, or snap up tickets for one of the dazzling musicals or concerts scheduled in the grand venue.
The historic theater’s lineup includes Broadway hits such as Wicked (July 8–Aug 2), as well as indie music acts like Sufjan Stevens (June 10–11). Want a whirlwind tour of the city? Hop aboard a Ride the Ducks bus-boat to take an informational, quack-filled, trivia-laden drive through downtown, culminating with a splashdown in Lake Union.
Downtown Seattle Partners