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Gems of the Emerald City

Things to Do in Seattle

Find fun things to do in Seattle

Want to immerse yourself in the authentic character of the city? Once you’ve browsed the racks at the flagship Nordstrom or ordered a mocha at the original Starbucks, what’s next? That’s when the fun begins. Try walking to Pioneer Square, the city’s original downtown and namesake of the term “skid row.” Here, you’ll find gorgeous neoclassical buildings, some of the hottest up-and-coming restaurants in town, and artisan goods you won’t see anywhere else. There are plenty of surprises, like at E. Smith Mercantile, which on its face is a store of frontier-inspired wares — and in the back, bartenders serve up amazing craft cocktails.

If you’ve got room on your bookshelf, it’s worth a visit to the Capitol Hill neighborhood, where Elliott Bay Book Company stocks more than 150,000 titles on cedar shelves. For art galleries, Pioneer Square delivers the largest concentration, and the ’hood happens to be the location of the first art walk in the U.S. (if you’re here on a First Thursday, it’s a must-attend).

Wondering where else to go? Just ask — we’d love to offer recommendations! For those with a spontaneous spirit, the beauty of our location is that you can head out in any direction and are bound to stumble upon something noteworthy.