Seattle skyline, waterfront and Great Wheel across Bell Harbor Marina
Photo: David Newman
Seattle Great Wheel Photo: David Newman
Photo: John Lutz
Photo: David Newman
Photo: David Newman

Waterfront

The go-to spot for seafood, souvenirs, and spectacular views.

EAT

AQUA by El Guacho Courtesy Suzi Pratt Photography

Seafood is the star of the waterfront’s dining scene. In a stunning space jutting over the water, AQUA by El Gaucho* (2801 Alaskan Way) showcases seared scallops and grilled tuna alongside an enviable wine list and dry-aged steaks. Try Ivar’s Acres of Clams* (1001 Alaskan Way) for killer clam chowder on a waterfront patio. Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bars* (1301 Alaskan Way) four-course feasts offer a sampling of the region’s finest fish and shellfish, from crabs to mussels. Stroll to Seattle Bay Creamery (2 University St) nearby for some fresh huckleberry ice cream after, and pop into Alaskan Sourdough Bakery (1301 Alaskan Way) to grab a crusty loaf or crisp cookies for later.

SHOP

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You’ll find everything from Bigfoot action figures to taxidermied two-headed birds at Ye Olde Curiosity Shop (1001 Alaskan Way), a staple of waterfront shopping since 1899. Pirates Plunder (1301 Alaskan Way) also affords quirky treasures featuring skulls, mermaids, and buccaneers. Simply Seattle* (1001 Alaskan Way, Ste 103) and Seattle Shirt Company (1101 Alaskan Way) both carry high-quality Pacific Northwest apparel and unique Seattle home goods, like a Grey’s Anatomy coffee mug.

PLAY

Seattle Great Wheel Photo: Stuart Mullenberg

It’s as if you’re flying high above the state’s staggering beauty when you sink into the moving seats at Wings Over Washington* (1301 Alaskan Way), a thrilling theater experience. Dive deep into the wonders of Puget Sound at the Seattle Aquarium* (1483 Alaskan Way). Hop on The Seattle Great Wheel* (1301 Alaskan Way) at sunset for some stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and the city skyline.

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