Located on the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by rivers, lakes and forests, Seattle is a cosmopolitan city with an extremely diverse and rich past. Whatever your interests, the city is bound to have caught your eye. Emerald City is home to big names such as Boeing, Starbucks and Microsoft, while grunge rockers know the city from bands such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana. The city is the setting for films and series such as Grey’s Anatomy, Frasier and Sleepless in Seattle, so you will probably recognize places during a tour through the city. Seattle is a vibrant city with unique features, but which neighborhoods are the most fun to visit? Let’s list four of them:
Express your individuality in Capitol Hill
According to Beautyphoon, Capitol Hill is the neighborhood where all kinds of residents and tourists come. It is therefore a wonderful place to people watch. The street scene here is colorful, not least because this is the city’s LGBTQ hub. So you really see all the colors of the rainbow on the street, such as at the Rainbow Crosswalk, but also at the beautiful murals in Haitian and Mexican style. One of the nicest parks here is the Volunteer Park where the Seattle Asian Art Museum is located: a small museum with a fantastic collection. This is also where you will find the Volunteer Park Conservatory and the burial site of Bruce Lee and his son. In addition to art, jewelry and antique furniture, you can also enjoy deliciously colorful dishes in this district at the Vietnamese-French Stateside,
Pay a stately visit to Queen Anne
Queen Anne is a neighborhood named after the style of most of the homes on the hill. It is a large neighborhood that is home to many of Seattle’s landmarks. Here you will visit the Seattle Center which includes the Pacific Science Center, Museum of Pop Culture, Space Needle, and Chihuly Garden & Glass. Sports enthusiasts can head to The Key Arena, home to Seattle’s basketball team, and Memorial Stadium, home to the women’s soccer team. If you’re in need of a good cup of coffee after exploring, stop by El Diablo for a Mexican Chocolate Mocha and a traditional Cuban sandwich. Peso is great for a night out with friends for a nice steak, while How to Cook a Wolf is a very atmospheric and rustic Italian restaurant.
Stroll through Downtown Seattle
Downtown Seattle is where you’ll find the glass skyscrapers, historic stone buildings, and modern boutique shops. Here you can shop at old hat shops, as well as designer cocktail dresses and handbags. Stop here at the Westgate Center for a coffee, catch a show at the Avenue Theater or drive to Pike Place Market where the Gum Wall is located, a wall where you can leave your gum. Don’t worry, the food just gets fresher from here. Here you will find fresh and local products that are wonderfully varied. There is a farmer’s market in the spring and summer. In addition to food, there is also a nice market with toys, musical instruments and handmade products. You can have a meal here in the restaurant and events are regularly held here.
These are by no means all the nice neighborhoods that can be found in the city. It is therefore wise to rent a car in Seattle so that you can easily and quickly move from neighborhood to neighborhood to make the most of your visit to this colorful and vibrant metropolis.