Photo: David Newman

Downtown Seattle

Seattle’s beating heart is flush with global bites, trendy cocktails, and cultural hubs.

EAT

Tankard & Tun Courtesy Tankard & Tun

Grab-and-go options abound downtown: Pop into The Crumpet Shop for British griddled breads with sweet or savory toppings, treat your taste buds to Szechuan flatbreads at tucked-away Country Dough, or head to the Westlake Park Food Truck Pod, where the rotating selection could include anything from Korean barbecue to falafel. Hit “Hoppy Hour” at Tankard & Tun for oysters on the half shell paired with beers from Pike Brewing Company. Afterward, dine on Pacific Northwest classics with contemporary twists while you enjoy views of Elliott Bay at Matt’s in the Market, or try traditional spaghetti carbonara, complete with pancetta and a saucy egg yolk, at Cortina, where pasta is made fresh daily.

Elsewhere, the options are just as abundant. New American Heartwood Provisions excels in food and drink pairings, while Tulio’s sweet potato gnocchi is not to be missed. End the day with a sweet treat at the adorable Shug’s Soda Fountain, a vintage-style ice cream parlor, or Bottega Italiana, serving up authentic gelato.

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SHOP

Marakesh Leather at Pike Place Market Photo: Suzi Pratt

Amid the spectacle of fish-tossing at iconic Pike Place Market, there’s also a nearly unlimited selection of fresh produce and handmade goods. Check out Westlake Center for handcrafted jewelry, glass art, and specialty foods from local artisans at Made in Washington. Stop into Pacific Place for high-end fashion at Barneys New York, JNBY, Michael Kors, and others. Outdoorsy types—and those who just like to dress the part—flock to Wayward for stylish fleece jackets, flannel shirts, and rugged travel gear.

 

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PLAY

SPiN Seattle Courtesy SPiN Seattle

Marvel at the diverse featured exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, which currently include everything from 17th-century Chinese porcelain and Native American carved wood artifacts to American Modernism and European avante-garde. For a night on the town, see what’s playing at the Paramount Theatre, which hosts national Broadway tours and big-time bands, or at 5th Avenue Theatre, which showcases full-scale musicals in a historic setting. Still got energy? Drop into SPiN Seattle, a hip underground Ping-Pong bar where novices and pros alike paddle the night away.

 

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FOOD ON THE RUN

Pike Place Market offers a smorgasbord of tastes to grab-and-go with, or you can track the whereabouts of the city’s varied food trucks at seattlefoodtruck.com/schedule.

WHERE TO GO & HOW TO GET THERE

Barneys New York 600 Pine St; barneys.com/store/seattle/R-store-151
*Cortina 621 Union St; ethanstowellrestaurants.com
Country Dough 1916 Pike Place #14; facebook.com/SuperSuperDough
The Crumpet Shop 1503 First Ave; thecrumpetshop.com
*The 5th Avenue Theatre 1308 Fifth Ave; 5thavenue.org
JNBY 600 Pine St; jnby.us
*Made in Washington 400 Pine St; madeinwashington.com
Matt’s in the Market 94 Pike St, Ste 32; mattsinthemarket.com
Michael Kors 600 Pine St; michaelkors.com

*Pacific Place 600 Pine St; pacificplaceseattle.com
*Paramount Theatre 911 Pine St; stgpresents.org
*Pike Place Market 85 Pike St; pikeplacemarket.org
*Seattle Art Museum 1300 First Ave; seattleartmuseum.org
*SPiN Seattle
1511 Sixth Ave; seattle.wearespin.com
*Tankard & Tun 1415 First Ave; pikebrewing.com/tankard-tun
Wayward 204 Pine St; waywardcollective.com
Westlake Center 400 Pine St; westlakecenter.com
Westlake Park Food Truck Pod 401 Pine St; seattlefoodtruck.com/schedule/westlake-park

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