Seattle’s walkable waterfront will be bustling once again with shops, restaurants, and attractions starting July 2015, after a phase of improvement. Join the summer and fall crowds that pack the piers to drink in the seemingly endless sunshine, just steps from the downtown core.
It’s impossible to explore the waterfront without cracking into some freshly steamed crab legs or downing some just-shucked oysters. The Crab Pot equips diners with bibs and wooden mallets before pouring bowls of seafood out onto the table. The next pier over, local favorite Elliott’s Oyster House and its casual sibling Cafe 56 dish up seasonal catches and fresh oysters in a prime waterfront locale.
Ye Olde Curiosity Shop is definitely a curious affair. Part museum, part novelty gift store, it displays oddities like a two-headed calf and a mummy alongside quirky souvenirs. Meanwhile, Pirates Plunder is the ideal stop for swashbuckling visitors with plenty of cheeky pirate gear and, oddly, zombie wares, too.
While simply strolling the piers is one of the best ways to enjoy the waterfront—a leisurely pace from Pier 50 to Pier 70 takes about 30 minutes—plan for extra time to enjoy the must-see stops along the way. Take a whirl on the Seattle Great Wheel, a prime way to drink in the cityscape, or board a Washington State Ferries vessel on foot for a scenic cruise out onto Elliott Bay. Ferries travel to nearby Bainbridge Island, which is ideal for a day trip, as well as naval town Bremerton, located on the Kitsap Peninsula.