Things to do in Seattle
Searching for things to do in Seattle? Browse Travel + Leisure’s guide, which spotlights the scenic Washington city’s top attractions and activities, from Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market to Capitol Hill and Ballard Avenue. Whether you want to check out Seattle’s underground, stroll Olympic Sculpture Park, take a cruise on Puget Sound, ride the South Lake Union Trolley, or get far out of town and hike Mount Rainier, Travel + Leisure can lead the way.
With a reputation for being caffeinated and anti-establishment, Seattle’s less grungy side is also worth exploring. Some places like Discovery Park, the Seattle Art Museum, the REI flagship store, and the Space Needle need no introduction, but there are plenty of hidden hangouts, local institutions, and things to do in Seattle only insiders know about. Follow the vertical Tiger Mountain Trail for stunning views of Maple Valley and snowy peaks beyond; go for the best burgers and beer in town at King’s Hardware; shop for super-seasonal picnic fixings at University District Farmers Market; imbibe creative cocktails in a former opium den at Fu Kun Wu; or check out the latest in electronic art at McLeod Residence. Read on to find out more great ideas on what to do in Seattle.
This Salmon Bay boutique carries womenswear, jewelry, and accessories from independent designers (mostly local) and caters mostly to flirty, pixie-ish tastes. Owner Tes de Luna curates a seasonally rotating collection that exemplifies the hipster, vintage-meets-post-Millennial aesthetic.
Named after the 1920's phonograph, Victrola Coffee Roasters celebrates the exuberant zeitgeist of this bygone era at its three Seattle locations.
Barca is a Euro-cool Capital Hill nightspot known for having the largest selection of premium and specialty vodkas in the state of Washington.
Check out the gleaming shops, which include 7, For All Mankind and Michael Kors Lifestyle.
A cross between a gastropub and a chic art bar, Black Bottle has stayed hot for three years by keeping things simple. The narrow space doesn’t contain much apart from wooden tables and chairs, a bit of exposed brick, and a few exposed bulbs hanging from the ceiling.
Banya 5 is an urban spa and health facility offering a unique blend of old world wellness rituals in a friendly, contemporary environment.
While house-crafted mixers have become standard-issue at many trendy lounges, Sun Liquor raises the bar by having its own distillery (located on Pike Street).
Just east of Capitol Lake Park, this downtown coffee shop is home to what many consider the best brew in the city.
Five years ago, Anna Nasset-Glenn took over ownership of this artisan boutique and longtime Port Townsend institution, where she helps customers find the perfect sparkling bauble or piece of locally made art.
Most treatments at downtown’s Ummelina begin with a foot soak and tea ceremony. Seaweed pedicures are performed in private rooms, where customers are literally tucked into a plush, heated bed (dozing off is not uncommon) while toes are filed, buffed, and polished.
Although it doesn’t get the same hype as the Seattle Art Museum (especially given the SAM’s lavish reopening in early 2007), the Frye’s intimate, off-the-beaten-path cluster of galleries is quietly extraordinary.
This curiosity shop is the brainchild of artist Curtis Steiner, whose 1,000 Blocks project (a thousand painted wooden blocks that can be arranged to form different patterns) is in the Seattle Art Museum's permanent collection.
Espresso Vivace's gran bar on Broadway is a 2,000-square-foot facility dedicated to making una bella tazza di caffe (a beautiful cup of coffee). The curved, Italian-style, stand-up bar topped with brown marble pays homage to the old roasteria, which was lost in an emine
Mortuary-turned-minimalist cocktail lounge