Seattle’s eclectic neighbourhoods
Posted October 22nd 2018 in Latest News, News and Updates,
Seattle has a wonderful, diverse set of neighbourhoods to explore, so why not get off the beaten track and check them out?
Ballard is the place for foodies and craft beer lovers. It’s also a superb retail destination with plenty of vintage shops and outlets. While you’re in the neighbourhood, check out the Nordic Heritage Museum (nordicmuseum.org) at 2655 NW Market St, which tells the history of the origins of the Nordic community coming to Ballard. Visit Fisherman’s Terminal – home to hundreds of fishing boats that spend months at sea off the coast of Alaska. Then swing by the Tractor Tavern. Bands play every night and entry is between £7.14 and £14.28 ($10 and $20). It’s open until 2am so you can party the night away. If you’re in town on a Sunday, check out the Ballard Farmers’ Market. A must for all visiting foodies!!
Towards the east of the city you’ll find Capitol Hill. It’s the city’s LGBTQ quarter and offers a warm and friendly welcome to all its visitors. Soak up the cosmopolitan vibe in the bars, restaurants or shops or enjoy a quiet walk in Volunteer Park. But save some energy for the evening as this is when the district really comes to life! We recommend a visit to Neumos where artists including Muse, Bloc Party, Fleet Foxes, Super Furry Animals, The Kills and Adele have played.
Fremont calls itself the “Center of the Universe”. It is home to a wonderful mixture of 60’s bohemian culture and modern IT companies. Its waterside location makes for a beautiful afternoon walk. Check out the Fremont Sunday Market and discover everything from flowers to vintage clothes. Head to the Fremont Brewing company and sample some of this family owned artisan brewery’s great beers. Best of all – Theo’s Chocolates is a very popular stop and offers a tour of their factory with samples for just $10 for an hour https://www.theochocolate.com/factory-tours/
Whatever you do, make sure you leave time to grab a selfie with Fremont’s giant troll and larger-than-life bronze Lenin statue!
Pioneer Square was the original heart of Seattle. Now more than a century later, the historic neighbourhood is bustling once again with on trend restaurants and boutique retailers. Take Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour and uncover the remnants of pre-1889 Seattle. This visitor highlight winds through the underground nooks and crannies of old Seattle and provides a wonderful insight into early city life. You’ll also learn about the origins of the term ‘Skid Row’ – which was an actual road in Seattle during the late 1800s.
West Seattle has the relaxed charm of a small beach town and visitors flock here to check out Alki Beach Park. Its long beach is great for walks and offers incredible views of Seattle. If you fancy getting your feet wet, West Seattle is a goodplace to hire a kayak or join a stand-up paddle-boarding excursion. Alternatively check out one of the beachside watering holes or head to West Seattle Junction shopping district for some retail therapy.
Getting around Seattle is easy on light rail, buses, trams and monorail! Check out https://orcacard.com/ERG-Seattle/p1_001.do