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Things to do in Downtown Seattle, Seattle

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Market
“You can't come to Seattle and not visit Pike Place! They have beautiful flowers year round, fresh fish, live music, and lots of vendors. If you want to have a fish thrown over your head, just purchase any fish from the Pike Place Fish Market. ”
  • 895 locals recommend
Art Museum
“World-Class Modern, Contemporary, Native American, Asian & African Art In Seattle. ”
  • 337 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“I always take my guests here for the great outdoor sculptures, water front location & on nice days, endless Mountain View’s.”
  • 255 locals recommend
Stadium
“Visit the CenturyLink Field to watch the Seahawks or Sounders play. Pro Tip: Take the light rail to the stadium to avoid hefty parking fees.”
  • 170 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“If you’re a Starbucks lover, the roastery is a sweet treat! Sample some drinks off their special menu. ”
  • 195 locals recommend
Aquarium
“This is a great spot for families. It is on the waterfront and conveniently located near Pike Place. ”
  • 108 locals recommend
Tour Provider
“This is a must-do on your trip! A bit of humor and a cool tour of the underground city of Seattle.”
  • 174 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Once you’re back from your ferry ride, you can make your way to Pioneer Square. This is the most historic area of Seattle, and many of the attractions here revolve around the city’s strange history. There are tons of cool things to see and explore in Pioneer Square, but since you’re short on time, we’ll just hit the highlights for now. • Take the Underground Tour: The Great Seattle Fire happened in 1889 and destroyed half the city. When the city was reconstructed, they built it two stories above the original foundation. The old structures of abandoned shops and buildings remain under the city, and you can explore them on a guided Underground Tour. • Visit an Art Gallery: Pioneer Square is home to 50 art galleries, which represent a variety of eras, art forms, and artists from Seattle and all over the world. Every first Thursday of the month, there’s an Art Walk that includes free parking and admission into the local Pioneer Square galleries. Many cities do some form of an art walk, but Seattle’s was the original and it continues to be a local favorite activity. • Grab a Drink at Seattle’s Oldest Pub: The Central Saloon is Seattle’s oldest pub, built in 1892, and is a historic institution in Pioneer Square and Seattle at large. During the Gold Rush, miners used to kick back here and drink after a long day of work. Today, the pub hosts tons of local live bands and musical artists, and is an important hub for the city’s music scene. ”
  • 107 locals recommend
Bookshop
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“Seattle's largest and best bookstore. They have book readings almost every day, great recommendations and a cafe. It's right next to a lot of other great Capitol Hill shops and restaurants too. ”
  • 143 locals recommend
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“The Seattle waterfront is nearby the famous Pike's Market and there are many great places to relax, eat, and take family photos.”
  • 113 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Local favorite, has several vegan and gluten free options. Unique yet delicious ice cream flavors! Almost always a line out the door, but doesn’t disappoint!”
  • 140 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Yummy Vietnamese food with authentic flavor. If you are feeling a boozy brunch, they make a nice Moscow Mule. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Local gallery with great rotating exhibits. Free entry. Nice permanent salon style hall. Instagram chick ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Library
“An amazing architectural gem, so modern and unique...it is hard to describe. Each floor is different, yet it all works. Given world recognition when built in 2004. Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaus built a very cool house.”
  • 108 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“My "go to" place for simple, affordable French food in a lively, casual setting. Glasses of wine for as low as $4.00 and they are open until 1am. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Sweet patio overlooking Pike Place Market and water. Entrance is on Post Alley with only it's signature door giving a clue what is inside. Entertainment comes with the Italian fare many nights. A bit of dinner and cabaret! Seattle classic, since I have been in town for 35 years.”
  • 102 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Vietnamese Restaurant
“Yummy Vietnamese food with authentic flavor. If you are feeling a boozy brunch, they make a nice Moscow Mule. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“My "go to" place for simple, affordable French food in a lively, casual setting. Glasses of wine for as low as $4.00 and they are open until 1am. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Sweet patio overlooking Pike Place Market and water. Entrance is on Post Alley with only it's signature door giving a clue what is inside. Entertainment comes with the Italian fare many nights. A bit of dinner and cabaret! Seattle classic, since I have been in town for 35 years.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Diner
“Breakfast all day, dinner options available later in the day, and surprisingly great cocktails.”
  • 110 locals recommend
Bar
“The most magical place to grab a drink, play some games. You feel like you're in a circus! Classic diner style.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Super cool and kinda fancy Whiskey bar. Great lighting and ambiance. Has been ranked in the Top 10 nationally multiple times.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Momiji is expensive, but it is the most popular sushi on Capitol hill in a beautiful setting. But if you just want some decent, cheap sushi and tempura, I go to HaNa on Broadway all the time. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Tom Douglas is one of Seattle’s most famous chefs, and his Greek-influenced restaurant just blocks from Pike Place Market doesn’t disappoint. Be sure to save room for the donuts for dessert!”
  • 44 locals recommend

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