Start with Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour (*614 First Ave; undergroundtour.com) in Pioneer Square, a history-filled stroll through the city’s original buildings, which were entombed after the Great Fire of 1889. For a supernatural slant, try its Underground Paranormal Experience tour.
Spooked in Seattle (102 Cherry St; spookedinseattle.com) also offers a variety of tours led by the experts of AGHOST (Advanced Ghost Hunters of Seattle Tacoma), from learning the basics of ghost hunting to scoping out Seattle’s haunted pubs. If murder-mystery is more your speed, spend an evening with The Murder Mystery Company (grimprov.com), an interactive dinner show that blends a Clue-style caper and a three-course meal.
In the lower levels of Pike Place Market, look for the vintage fortune-telling machine to find Market Magic (1501 Pike Pl, Ste 427; marketmagicshop.com), a store that overflows with juggling pins and trick card decks for aspiring illusionists, not to mention staff magicians that perform sleight of hand.
Seattle Mystery Bookshop (117 Cherry St; seattlemystery.com) is a treasure that has served lit lovers for more than 25 years, while Seattle Metaphysical Library (2220 NW Market St; seattlemetaphysicallibrary.org) offers more obscure reading material on all things alternative, spanning subjects from UFOs to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Ballard’s Dandelion Botanical Company (5424 Ballard Ave NW; dandelionbotanical.com) is an apothecary brimming with tinctures straight out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the Mystery Coke Machine (918 E John St) spits out random sodas for the retro price of 75 cents
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