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Lake Union
Kevin Galens
Nestled on the south shore of Lake Union and extending south to Denny Way, South Lake Union is one of the fastest growing and most vibrant neighborhoods in Seattle. As the city's downtown lakefront neighborhood, it's a place where cutting-edge companies co-exist with urban lofts, one-of-kind retail experiences mix with world-class parks and open spaces, seaplane tours depart to circle scenic Seattle from above and a streetcar line quickly moves people around in style.
 
South Lake Union also has a little of the funkiness so distinctive to the Emerald City. A local condominium complex has a bocce ball court, the stunning lakefront park has a model boat pond and there's a local gourmet bakery — for dogs.
 
The neighborhood is already home to several globally-recognized companies including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Rosetta/Merck, ZymoGenetics, Tommy Bahama, NBBJ, University of Washington Medicine, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute and, soon, the new headquarters for Amazon.com.
 
Lake Union also gets to brag about having REI’s towering flagship store on Yale Avenue North, complete with a bike test trail, a climbing wall and enough outdoor gear to outfit the entire city. 

New to the neighborhood is the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), taking up residence at the Naval Reserve Armory at Lake Union Park. The Armory, originally built in 1942, was given a makeover by MOHAI with a full restoration, preserving many of the building’s unique Art Deco-style features. The new location is home to the museum's nearly four million historic artifacts and photographs.
 
Public art is one of the great treasures of South Lake Union. Throughout the neighborhood, there’s inspiring, diverse and eye-catching artwork on display by several acclaimed local artists. At 2200 Westlake Plaza, in front of Whole Foods Market, are three seven-foot tall sculptures by acclaimed local ceramicist Akio Takamori,whose work can be found in public collections in the U.S. and around the world. At the Merck/Rosetta Building, visitors can check out (and play on) Buster Simpson’s “Ping Pong Plaza,” a bronze ping-pong table with a stainless steel net that is a working game table.

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Eat in Lake Union Area

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
2200 Westlake, Ste 112 Seattle WA 98121
Phone: 206 624-4422
Website: http://tuttabella.com
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Serving wood fired pizzas, salads, gelato and award-winning cocktails. Join us weekdays for our Aperitivo Italiano happy hour 3-6pm. HA

Serafina Osteria and Enoteca
2043 Eastlake Ave E Seattle WA 98102
Phone: 206 323-0807
Website: http://serafinaseattle.com
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Italian cuisine with a Northwest twist in a neighborhood setting. A romantic favorite of locals for 22 years. Outdoor courtyard, live jazz Fri-Sun. HA

Daniel's Broiler
809 Fairview Pl N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 621-8262
Website: http://schwartzbros.com/daniels-broiler
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A great steakhouse with spectacular views of South Lake Union. Private dining room seating for up to 80 guests. Reservations recommended. HA

Lunchbox Laboratory
1253 Thomas St Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 621-1090
Website: http://lunchboxlaboratory.com
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This funkadelic restaurant boasts it's home of "the BEST BURGER in America!" and features handcrafted shakes, crazy cocktails, private and outdoor dining.

Buca di Beppo
701 Ninth Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 244-2288
Website: http://bucadibeppo.com
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Italian $$-$$$. Italian fare served in a charming and infectious atmosphere. Giant platters meant for sharing. Dinner Mon-Fri at 4pm; Sat-Sun open at 11am. Reservations accepted. HA

Stay in Lake Union Area

Residence Inn by Marriott - Seattle Downtown Lake Union
800 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 624-6000
Website: http://marriott.com/sealu
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234 rooms, $$$-$$$$. Complimentary continental breakfast, exercise facilities, indoor pool and Jacuzzi, fully equipped kitchens, in-room movies, complimentary HSIA, laundry/valet service. Pets ok. HA

Silver Cloud Inn - Seattle Lake Union
1150 Fairview Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 447-9500
Website: http://silvercloud.com
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184 rooms, $$-$$$. Complimentary breakfast, weekly guest reception and shuttle to downtown. Exercise facilities, indoor swimming pool and spa. In-room coffee, iron, microwave, refrigerator. HA TDD

Courtyard by Marriott - Downtown Seattle Lake Union
925 Westlake Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 213-0100
Website: http://marriott.com/hotels/travel/seacd-courtyard-seattle-downtown-lake-union
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250 rooms, $$-$$$. Three meeting rooms, free HSIA. Near Seattle Center/Space Needle, KeyArena, Pike Place Market, Seattle Streetcar, restaurants. HA TDD

Play in Lake Union Area

Seattle Chamber Music Society
10 Harrison St, Ste 306 Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 283-8710
Website: http://seattlechambermusic.org
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Chamber music festivals in summer and winter with internationally acclaimed musicians performing in small ensembles. HA

World Sports Grille
731 Westlake Ave N Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 223-1691
Website: http://worldsportsgrille.com
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World Sports Grille is your destination to catch the big game, play billiards and vintage arcade games, and enjoy fresh food, craft beer, and fine spirits.

British Motor Coach, Inc.
420 S Hinds St Seattle WA 98134
Phone: 206 283-6600
Website: http://bmclimo.com
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The classiest of tours, shopping excursions, and Woodinville wine tours in chauffeured vintage Rolls-Royces and Bentleys. Modern vehicles also available. Major credit cards.

The Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley St Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 382-2628
Website: http://cwb.org
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Hands-on classic wooden boat museum with exhibits to ride, rent and explore. Closed Mon. See website for hours. Free admission. HA

Electric Boat Company
2046 Westlake Ave N, Ste 102 Seattle WA 98109
Phone: 206 223-7476
Website: http://theelectricboatco.com
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Open year round. Boats heated and enclosed. No experience necessary. You're the captain. Children welcome. Bring a picnic.

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Quick Info


The Seattle Streetcar runs daily at 15-minute intervals offering a fast link between South Lake Union, Denny Triangle and the vibrant downtown core, with connections to regional transit hubs that take riders to and from the airport via the Link Light Rail.
 
Buses 3, 4, 5, and 40 run between downtown and Lake Union.