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South Lake Union

In the heart of Seattle’s tech scene, change is the only constant, with exciting sights, eats, and activities at every turn.

EAT

Portage Bay Cafe Photo: Nelle Clark

Stop at always-festive taqueria El Grito (234 Fairview Ave N) for tacos and mezcal cocktails or try German specialist Feierabend (422 Yale Ave N) for crisp schnitzel and schwarzbier. Everything is made with care at Teinei (1256 Republican St), from handmade ramen noodles to fresh maki rolls. Saigon street food has been refined at Ba Bar (500 Terry Ave N), with unbeatable pho, vermicelli noodle bowls, and rotisserie meats. And Caffè Torino (422 Yale Ave N, Ste B) covers all of your caffeine needs, including Italian specialties like Bicerin, a mix of coffee, cream, and hot chocolate.

 

SHOP

Amazon Go Courtesy Amazon

Stroll through the South Lake Union Saturday Market (139 Ninth Ave N), where local food vendors and craftspeople occupy more than 100 booths. To experience one possible future of convenient commerce, download and activate Amazon Go’s (300 Boren Ave N) app, grab your supplies or takeout lunch, and walk out the door—the digital transaction is lightning-quick, no cashiers necessary. Feast your eyes on Verde & Co. (400 Fairview Avenue N, Ste 103), a flower and plant boutique, and browse the Asian snacks, staples, seafood, and grab-and-go meals at Kai Market (400 Fairview Ave N), a sleek offshoot of the city’s famed Uwajimaya grocer.

PLAY

Center for Wooden Boats Courtesy Rudy Willingham

Tee up at Flatstick Pub (609 Westlake Ave N), where Washington beer, mini golf, zany local art, and pizza come together in harmony. South Lake Union Park is home to an entire day’s worth of fun. The Museum of History & Industry* (MOHAI; 860 Terry Ave N) hosts exhibits on innovative technology, local history, and fashion. Plan a weekend around the 43rd Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival (September 28–29) at the Center for Wooden Boats (1010 Valley St) or visit any weekend and rent a 39-inch-tall toy boat to pilot around one of the country’s only ponds for model ships. Get fancy on the Mansions and Mimosas tour with Soundview Cruises (860 Terry Ave N), or rent a kayak or paddleboard at Moss Bay Kayak (1001 Fairview Ave N) and take the tour into your own hands, floating through Lake Union. Contemporary art organization MadArt Studio (325 Westlake Ave N, Ste 101), now in its 10th year, invites guests to walk in even during artwork construction to watch the process. For late-night dancing and live music, check out performance venue Lo-Fi (429 Eastlake Ave E).

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Duke’s Seafood – Lake Union South Lake Union

Duke’s Seafood – Lake Union

  • Address 901 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98102
  • Phone (206) 283-8422
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Brave Horse Tavern South Lake Union

Brave Horse Tavern

  • Address 310 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98106
  • Phone (206) 971-0717
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Silver Cloud Inn Seattle – Lake Union South Lake Union

Silver Cloud Inn Seattle – Lake Union

  • Address 1150 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
  • Phone (206) 812-4894
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415 Westlake South Lake Union

415 Westlake

  • Address 415 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
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