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South Lake Union

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.

Eat

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.

Shop

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.

Play

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.

South Lake Union Restaurants

Duke’s Chowder House – Lake Union

  • Address Administrative Office, Seattle WA 98103
  • Neighborhood South Lake Union
  • Phone (206) 283-8422
  • Website dukeschowderhouse.com

Brave Horse Tavern

  • Address 310 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA 98106
  • Neighborhood South Lake Union
  • Phone (206) 971-0717
  • Website bravehorsetavern.com

Chandler’s Crabhouse

  • Address 901 Fairview Ave N, Seattle WA 98109
  • Neighborhood South Lake Union
  • Phone (206) 223-2722
  • Website schwartzbros.com

Mistral Kitchen

  • Address 2020 Westlake Ave, Seattle WA 98121
  • Neighborhood South Lake Union
  • Phone (206) 623-1922
  • Website mistral-kitchen.com

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