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South Lake Union

Few Seattle neighborhoods are changing more rapidly than South Lake Union (dubbed SLU), a trendy epicenter of progress and development not far from downtown. By day, the streets bustle with Amazon worker bees; by night, Seattleites and visitors alike frequent the district’s many restaurants and bars.


Chandler's Crab House | AlexMulyarchuck

Chandler’s Crab House | AlexMulyarchuck

Boaters tie up for prime patio views at waterside spots like Daniel’s Broiler, Chandler’s Crabhouse, and Duke’s Chowder House, while others take over SLU’s concentrated business core, dining at Mexican-themed Cactus and outposts run by local chef Tom Douglas like Italian-themed Cuoco, Southern-inspired Serious Pie & Biscuit, and dynamic Brave Horse Tavern. Enjoy an organic, locally sourced weekend brunch at Portage Bay Cafe, or indulge in swanky small plates at nighttime hangout Re:public.


MOHAI | Spike Mafford

MOHAI | Spike Mafford

Design lovers can delight in a slew of nearby retail options. Find the perfect home accents at West Elm, or up your technology game with the sleek electronics—contemporary boom box, anyone?—at Bang & Olufsen. Also here is the feel-good store Shine, which offers specialty products for those affected by cancer as well as clothing, housewares, books, toys, and other gifts for anyone who walks in.


Courtesy of The Center for Wooden Boats

Courtesy of The Center for Wooden Boats

Grab a bench in Lake Union Park, which features coveted green space, a model boat pond, and spots to watch Kenmore Air’s seaplane “runway.” Get educated about the region’s maritime roots at The Center for Wooden Boats, which encourages visitors to “touch, build, sail, and learn,” and the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), which stocks nearly four million historic artifacts and photographs. On the west side of Lake Union, rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards from the Northwest Outdoor Center. Next door, The Electric Boat Company charters 10-person vessels, ideal for picnics out on the water no matter the weather.


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