About Downtown Seattle
If you’re looking for your own slice of New York City on the West Coast, downtown Seattle is a great place to start. Everything you could ever want from a big city is packed into Seattle’s very geographically manageable downtown. Catch a concert at Benaroya Hall, enjoy a book in the Louvre Pyramid-esque reading room of the Central Library, take in plays and musicals at a number of theaters, shop everything from upscale designer stores such as Luly Yang to quirky Seattle staples like Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, buy fresh ingredients for dinner at Pike Place Market, and eat out at great restaurants like Miller’s Guild and the Steelhead Diner.
All this, and there are still spaces perfect for appreciating the impressive natural setting of Seattle. On downtown’s western edge, right on Elliott Bay, is the Waterfront — urban, meet nature. Head here for an excellent view of the bay and islands, or listen to local buskers in the green oasis of Victor Steinbrueck Park. Regardless of whether you’re looking for the club life or the quiet life, this is one space filled with things to keep you busy.
Living in Downtown Seattle
To say that the vibe here is “lively” seems like an understatement. Dynamic? That’s closer. Exuberant? Better still. Whatever word you choose to describe it, Downtown is the place to be if you want nonstop activity, love being surrounded by interesting people, and want to see something new every day. Obviously, there are major events going on here regularly, but it’s just as easy to find your own little hideaway that only a resident would know about.
Things to do in Downtown Seattle
This part shouldn’t be hard, but it is. How can we boil down the busiest neighborhood in the city to just a few recommended activities? Especially when they’re always changing, after all, and there are as many things to choose from as there are different tastes in hobbies?
We could state the cultural stuff, like the Seattle Art Museum or the Symphony at Benaroya Hall. There are theaters and performance halls for every type of entertainment—the Paramount, 5th Avenue Theater, and the Showbox, just to name a few.
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Or we could mention the retail scene. If shopping is your thing, Westlake Center and Pacific Place have a mix of high-end and regular retailers, not to mention all of the one-of-a-kind boutiques and home furnishing stores that line any given street in the area.
Then there’s the touristy stuff. If you’re into sightseeing, spend an afternoon on the piers on the waterfront, or maybe take a tour on an Argosy cruise boat or at Let’s Go Sailing. The Smith Tower offers rides up to the observation deck so you can see the view of the whole city.
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