Rejuvenated SoDo, or “South of Downtown,” has warehouses and light industrial outfits among its up-and-coming galleries, eateries, and start-ups. Board a bus or light-rail train to reach the neighborhood’s sleek sports stadiums and the many bars and breweries found here.
Start by digging into deep-fried French toast at Hudson. Later, savor black-eyed-pea salad and slow-smoked meat at Jack’s BBQ. Then check out the area’s booming brew scene at the offbeat Gastropod and Schooner Exact Brewing, as well as brewery stalwart Pyramid Alehouse. You can also get spirited with a tour and tasting at Westland Distillery.
Suit up with sports gear at the Mariners Team Store and the Seahawks and Sounders FC Pro Shop. Nearby the Filson flagship store attracts outdoorsmen and hipsters with its rugged Gold Rush–inspired gear. Tours of the manufacturing floor on the store’s lower level are offered twice weekly.
Renowned for its Showbox SoDo concert venue—which hosts a cool lineup of indie acts—SoDo also lets visitors 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 on the south by Boeing Field, this industrial warehouse district has mastered bohemian blue-collar chic. Rail yards, antique shops, and refurbished lofts dot the neighborhood, where everyone from artistic beatniks to hipster families has carved out a spot in this creative hub.
The artsy vibe attracts opposites like the punky Georgetown Liquor Company with its vegan comfort food and The Corson Building, a boutique showcase for 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 shuffleboard, salvaged décor, and house-infused Earl Grey gin.
Vintage kitsch abounds at Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, where artisans sell their goods inside Airstream trailers. District also traffics in art, irony, and found objects, while Carleton Avenue Grocery, the city’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 resides. Get flexible and have fun at the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts, or hit the streets for the neighborhood arts-and-crafts celebration Georgetown Art Attack, every second Saturday.