Downtown Seattle is a must-see for any first-time visitor. It’s home to landmark attractions like Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum and Pioneer Square. But locals know that the neighborhood offers so much more than those iconic spots. Here’s our local’s guide to Downtown Seattle, with a few of our favorite, under-the-radar places to explore.
Lion Heart Book Store
Tucked in the lower level of Pike Place Market lies Lion Heart, a cramped but tidy little book store famed for its cheerful, knowledgeable proprietor, David. Often perched behind his small checkout counter, David is known for singing, telling jokes, and thoughtfully engaging his customers to help them find their next favorite read. Lion Heart Book Store: 1501 Pike Pl. #432; 206-903-6511
Seattle Pinball Museum
The Seattle Pinball Museum opened its doors in 2010, creating a community for collectors, and a home for over 50 vintage and new games. The $15 dollar entry fee gets you unlimited access to old school favorites like Ms. Pac-Man, Ghostbusters and Terminator 2. This is the perfect place to lose track of time on a rainy, Seattle afternoon. Seattle Pinball Museum: 508 Maynard Ave. S.; 206-623-0759
Known for its roast chicken, expertly curated charcuterie plates, and house made caramels, Le Pichet is a prim little Parisian bistro in the heart of the Emerald City. Swing by for a laid back lunch after a morning of browsing the halls of the nearby Seattle Art Museum. Le Pichet: 1933 1st Ave.; 206-256-1499
Sky View Observatory
Located on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center, towering over 1,000 feet over the city, the Sky View Observatory represents the tallest public viewing area in the Pacific Northwest. Key landmarks captured from its 360 degree panoramic view are Mt. Rainier, Bellevue, The Cascade Mountains, Elliott Bay, and the Space Needle. Sky View Observatory: 701 5th Ave.; 206-386-5564
Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room
You don’t have to love Starbucks, or even have a great fondness for coffee, in order to appreciate this stunning, state of the art roastery. Meet some of the company’s master roasters, learn how coffee moves from tree to cup, and taste the differences between a variety of exclusive, small batch roasted blends. Starbucks Reserve Roastery: 1124 Pike St.; 206-624-0173
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