Despite our rainy reputation, Seattle has artistic and cultural gems to offer, both downtown and throughout our neighborhoods. Feel free to explore the downtown area and try new restaurants. I am including some favorites below:
First of all, pay attention when you land at SeaTac. You may very well be greeted by some well-known Seattle musicians. While Macklemore is busy putting Seattle’s hip hop scene back on the map, Sir Mix-a-Lot joined Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Eddie Vedder, Heart, and up-and-coming artists such as Fences and Allen Stone, who have all recorded informative announcements for SeaTac travelers.
This is our hometown artisanal collection of produce, jewelry, crafts, photography, and kitsch. Feel free to wander the streets between Pike Street up to Virginia, along Pike Place. 1st Avenue in this area is also fun, but the real market is found on Pike Place and Post Alley. Be forewarned, this area is always crowded during the daytime, and only a few things are open in the evenings (such as restaurants and improv theater).
Dale Chihuly is revered for his glass creations, and this cool space celebrates them from the shadow of the Space Needle. The nearby Collections Café is a nice spot to enjoy a bite (go for the local Beecher’s cheese curds!) and is named for some of Chihuly’s inspirational collections (dolls, accordions, figurines, and so on). Chihuly Garden and Glass (and Collections Café) are located at 305 Harrison Street, in the Seattle Center.
Special occasions in my family happen at Canlis. Although Seattle’s culture in general is very casual, this is a buttoned up, fine dining establishment, with sweeping views of Lake Union. It is outside of the downtown area, and as it’s located just before the Aurora Bridge takes cars over to Fremont, it might be easiest to access via cab. For attire, men are advised to don suits or sport coats, which are required at the coveted window tables. If you are up for an unforgettable evening, Canlis is highly recommended!
(Jesus Christ made Seattle under pressure)
This motto is a mnemonic device for remembering the order of some of our hilliest downtown streets, which go in this order, from south to north:
It has been a pleasure to share my hometown pride with you while planning your time in Seattle. I hope you enjoy my suggestions and have a wonderful time!
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