As you admire this historic neighborhood’s Romanesque Revival-style buildings, pop into General Porpoise (401 First Ave S), where soaring ceilings and windows set the scene for fancy coffee and doughnuts filled with custards and jams. Grab Dominican delicacies for lunch at Manu’s Bodega (100 Prefontaine Pl S) or delightful butternut squash tamales and French dip sandwiches at D&E (314 Second Ave S). Game-day diners enjoy the creative tacos and margaritas at Casco Antiguo (115 Occidental Ave S) and comfort fare (think honey-dipped fried chicken sandwiches) at modern sports bar Quality Athletics*(121 S King St). With its recent expansion, famed Salumi (404 Occidental Ave S) is better poised to serve house-made cured meats and deli sandwiches to adoring fans at lunchtime.
Load up on creative treats at Intrigue Chocolate Co. (157 S Jackson St), a small chocolatier that makes its fresh truffles with unorthodox flavors like juniper berry and black lime. Callus (323 First Ave S) has created a unique shopping experience in which customers can engage with artists and their craft, whether they’re seeking coffee, vintage furnishings, or art. The meticulously curated shop flora and henri (401 First Ave S) stocks goods for women, children, and the home; the company uses high-quality materials, but promises its clothing isn’t too precious for climbing, digging,
swimming, and running.
Explore the city’s subterranean past on the quirky Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour (614 First Ave), and dive into its present-day creativity on First Thursday art walks that take over neighborhood galleries each month. When the weather suits it, grab a chair in Occidental Square (117 S Washington St), a neat pedestrian zone that functions as a hub for public art and summertime concerts. For cocktails with a view, ride the historic Otis elevators up 35 floors to the speakeasy-style bar at Smith Tower (506 Second Ave). Oenophiles can now sip regional varietals at many urban tasting rooms, including Browne Family Vineyards (413 First Ave S) and The Estates Wine Room* (307 Occidental Ave S), where bottles representing the Northwest’s diverse terroir are paired with local cheeses. Café Nordo (109 S Main St) offers a new experience that combines live theater and original music with inventive cuisine.
*Visit Seattle Partner
Pioneer Square Partners
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