Home to the city’s raucous sports stadiums, this formerly industrial neighborhood also offers quintessential Seattle shopping, dining, and nightlife experiences.
Jack’s BBQ serves up classic Texas-style meat. Brisket is king at Jack’s, but sides like chili and coleslaw shine just as bright. In the summer of 2016, local favorite Paseo opened a new location in SoDo, where it sells its beloved Caribbean pork sandwiches as well as additional offerings like buckets of corn on the cob and fruity sangria. On a chilly day, nothing beats a steaming bowl of pho tai nam from Pho Cyclo.
Stock up on Gore-Tex gear at Outdoor Research’s flagship store, located underneath its offices where the waterproofing magic happens. OR also stocks adventuring essentials like sleeping bags and trekking poles for those headed out on a mountainous expedition. For a decidedly more old-school look, visit Filson’s impressive new shop, where carefully crafted leather luggage, outerwear, and checked flannel shirts are the stars of the burly, woodsy space.
Catch a game (or a concert) at Safeco Field or CenturyLink Field. Whether it’s cheering for the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC, Seattle Mariners, or—you know—Beyoncé, the bustling stadiums have it all. For less sporty endeavors, take a peek at the music schedule for the Monkey Loft, where most weekends bring dance-driven DJs, or head to Showbox SoDo for an alt-indie headliner.
Once home to big industry, this funky ’hood has put its wealth of old brick buildings to good use, with atmospheric bars and restaurants galore.
Next door to the longtime favorite Mexican restaurant Fonda la Catrina, little El Sirenito slings Georgetown’s finest margaritas and fish tacos—not to mention its fire pit, which makes the patio cozy even in the cooler months. A few blocks away, Ciudad offers grilled meats and flatbreads in a pretty cement space decked out with colorful murals. Down south, newcomer Sisters and Brothers sells crazy-spicy Nashville hot chicken, fried in lard and coveted by all. The cocktails are mighty fine, too, with gorgeous views of Mount Rainier across Boeing Field to boot.
Georgetown Records and Fantagraphics share a front door and an affinity for nerdiness. On the record shop side, search for that perfect album from the ’70s; over in the realm of comic books, pick up a copy of a locally written graphic novel. For larger souvenirs, try District, a 3,500-square-foot shop full of Western collectibles.
If Willy Wonka was into modern architecture, he would’ve had a factory like the new Fran’s Chocolates space. The giant, gorgeous spot is open to the public for taking a peek at the production line and for indulging in chocolate treats galore. Work off those choco-calories by walking down to the giant Hat ’n’ Boots sculpture at Oxbow Park. The second Saturday of each month also brings Art Attack to the streets of Georgetown, an extra-lively celebration of art, music, and community.
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