Nicknamed “Seattle’s Original Neighborhood,” Pioneer Square sits on the Southern outskirts of the city’s bustling downtown district. Settled in 1852, it’s rich with old world charm and Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. We love it for its history, but we’re also pretty impressed at how it’s grown and evolved to meet its current residents’ needs. Here are some of our favorite spots in Pioneer Square.
Tucked inside one of Seattle’s most beloved bookstores, Elliott Bay, Little Oddfellows is the perfect spot to lose a few hours on a rainy Seattle day. Grab a book, then plop down on one of the shop’s inviting pews. For just $3.25, you can get an “everlasting coffee”—free refills from now until you finish your new read. Little Oddfellows & Elliott Bay Books: 1525 10th Ave.; 206-323-1511
This historic station, built in 1904 to serve the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railway, boasts a gorgeous, ornate interior. Stepping into King Street Station, with its original terrazzo tile floors, and Beaux-Arts architecture feels like traveling back in time. It’s a “must-see” for history and train buffs alike. King Street Station: 303 S. Jackson St.
On the first Thursday of every month, from 5PM to 9PM, over 60 art galleries in Pioneer Square open their doors to the public, introducing up-and-coming artists and unveiling new exhibits. Enhancing this experience are dozens of public, outdoor art installations sprinkled between galleries, including the neighborhood’s historic Totem Pole and Iron Pergola. Pioneer Square: 206-667-0687
Lined with leafy London Plane trees, Occidental Square Park feels like a verdant escape from the brick and concrete of the city. Outdoor cafes, bookstores and art galleries encircle it, making it an ideal place in Pioneer Square to settle down with a coffee and a good book. Occidental Square Park: 117 S. Washington St.; 206-684-4075
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