Seattle’s downtown lakefront community
Close to downtown—it’s easily accessible by foot, bus, and streetcar—the recently revitalized South Lake Union neighborhood offers peekaboo glimpses of the Space Needle and floatplane sightings on Lake Union. Pack a day here admiring the wealth of shiny new skyscrapers, the new Amazon campus, and the glorious lakefront park.
For breakfast, visit Top Pot Doughnuts, with its more than 40 varieties of doughnuts. Go for Homer Simpson-esque sprinkles or a coconut-coated option. If you’re looking for something a little more hearty and hoppy, pop in to Victory Lounge, a sports tavern with a devoted following for its Taco Tuesdays. And let’s not forget two other neighborhood highlights: Cactus, a bright and homey Tex-Mex hot spot, and Portage Bay Cafe, for an organically sourced brunch feast.
Feathered Friends is a great place to stock up on some down home goods and outdoor clothing, while REI fills its flagship store with hiking, climbing, and other outdoor gear. Peruse the fine Asian art and antiques at Honeychurch Antiques, and dive into charming tabletop wares, throw pillows, and furnishings at West Elm. If there’s a photog in your midst, make a beeline for Glazer’s Camera, stocked with DSLRs and other photo-taking necessities.
Take a stroll through Lake Union Park and head to the Center for Wooden Boats, where you can rent anything from a rowboat to a kayak to a sailboat. On Sunday, the museum also offers free sails on the lake. Close by is the Museum of History & Industry, a stunning collection of the city’s maritime heritage and history, plus a chance to see 360-degree views of the city through a working periscope. Wrap up your day with a glass of wine on the lakefront at Stomani Cellars, a family-owned boutique winery.