Best things to do in Seattle
Essential city info, articles & travel tips from our local hosts
Seattle, a city with innovation at its core, has birthed legends (Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft) and lore (the iconic “meet the producer” mandate of century-old Pike Place Market, a uniquely Seattle mantra to this day). Bordered by freshwater on the east and saltwater on the west, with snow-covered peaks and year-round greenery, the Emerald City’s natural surroundings are as attractive as the city itself. Seattle is as much a treat for the palate as for the eyes: the coffee culture here verges on fanatic – just dip into one of the quaint coffee shops, cool cafés or streetside pour-over stands to taste how seriously Seattle takes its craft – and the best restaurants, ranging from mom-and-pop diners to upscale eateries, share a love of fresh, local produce lovingly prepared. But that’s where the similarities end, because each neighborhood has its own eccentric quirks and qualities, from funky, bohemian Fremont to the vintage boutiques and speakeasy-style basement bars of trendy Capitol Hill.