Revitalized by the sports stadiums and brewery stalwart Pyramid Alehouse, SoDo—or “South of Downtown”—still has warehouses and light industrial outfits among its up-and-coming galleries, eateries, and start-ups, like video-game developer 17-Bit.
Start by digging into deep-fried French toast at Hudson. Later, savor black-eyed-pea salad and slow-smoked meat at the new Jack’s BBQ. Then check out the area’s booming brew scene at the offbeat Gastropod and Schooner Exact Brewing—or get spirited with a tour and tasting at Westland Distillery.
Suit up with sports gear at the Mariners Team Store and the Seahawks’ Pro Shop. Nearby the Filson flagship store attracts outdoorsmen and hipsters with its rugged Gold Rush–inspired gear.
While SoDo is renowned for its Showbox concert venue, visitors can unleash their own creativity with glass-blowing workshops at Rainier Glass Studio . And, of course, root for the home teams at baseball’s Safeco Field and soccer and football’s CenturyLink Field.
Bounded to the south by Boeing Field, this former warehouse district has mastered bohemian blue-collar chic.
The artsy vibe attracts opposites like the punky Georgetown Liquor Company with its vegan comfort food and The Corson Building, a boutique showcase for chef James Beard Award–winning chef Matt Dillon. Locals also love Fonda La Catrina for its upscale Mexican and the Star Brass Works Lounge, with its foosball, salvaged décor, and house-infused Turkish-fig whiskey.
Vintage kitsch abounds at Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, where unique artisans sell their goods inside an Airstream trailer. District also traffics in art, irony, and found objects, while Carleton Avenue Grocery, the state’s oldest continuously operating grocery store, sells locally sourced provisions among the antiques.
If you see one thing here, have it be the iconic Museum of Flight, where everything from an Air Force One to a space shuttle trainer reside. Get flexible—and have fun—at the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts, or hit the streets for the neighborhood-wide arts-and-crafts celebration Georgetown Art Attack, every second Saturday.