Known as the birthplace of Starbucks Coffee and the hometown of Boeing airplanes, the Emerald City has it all: big-name tourist attractions and charming Seattle neighborhoods. Some decisions about your trip to Seattle can be tricky (do you actually touch the Gum Wall or not?), but we’re here to help you decide which of the various Seattle districts should be your home base during your stay.
Searching for a Seattle neighborhood map? There’s no need for cartography when you can read up on the highlights of our 6 favorite Seattle, Washington neighborhoods right here. And thanks to Seattle’s public transit and walkability, it’s always easy to access the top things to do.
Do you like to be smack-dab in the middle of the action? The Downtown Seattle might be your cup of tea - or coffee. Downtown is where you’ll find the famous Pike Place Market, where the original Starbucks coffee shop stands today, and a slew of high-end shops, delicious seafood restaurants, and family-friendly attractions. For city views from above, head up to the 73rd-floor lookout at Sky View Observatory at the Columbia Center. Or to learn about Downtown Seattle’s subterranean legends and lore, book a ticket for Bill Speidel's Underground Tour.
If you’re traveling to Seattle with kids, you won’t want to miss the Seattle Aquarium and the scenic Seattle Great Wheel, both on the Downtown waterfront. If it’s business that brings you to Jet City, you may find yourself at Washington State Convention Center, also Downtown. And Seattle’s city center also has several essentials for a romantic Pacific Northwest getaway, like the Paramount Theatre, Benaroya Hall, and the Seattle Art Museum.
Lower Queen Anne
Home to Seattle landmarks like the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, Lower Queen Anne is definitely one of the best neighborhoods in Seattle for families. It’s situated far enough from Downtown that the atmosphere is quieter and more residential, but thanks to the handy Seattle Monorail, you can access the Downtown highlights in minutes.
In addition to attractions like the Museum of Pop Culture, the Seattle Children's Museum, and the Pacific Science Center, Lower Queen Anne is one of the Emerald City’s best neighborhoods for food. Favorites include the retro Dick's Drive-In, the Cajun- and Creole-inspired Toulouse Petit, and the Queen Anne Beerhall.
Looking for cool neighborhoods in Seattle? Belltown is one of the coolest. This trendy district sits between Downtown and Lower Queen Anne, and it has a nice stretch of waterfront that includes the picturesque Olympic Sculpture Park. Take in the beautiful Elliott Bay views from tasty Belltown restaurants like AQUA by El Gaucho, Six Seven, or The Grill From Ipanema, or forgo the water views for cozy ambiance at The Rendezvous, El Gaucho, or Bathtub Gin & Co.
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How about a taste of true Seattle flavor? The culture-packed Capitol Hill is one of the top Seattle neighborhoods for food, shopping, and the outdoors. Don’t miss the Sunday-only Capitol Hill Farmers Market, the iconic Jimi Hendrix Statue, and sprawling Volunteer Park.
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Cozy coffeehouses, creative restaurants, and indie boutiques line Broadway, such as buzzy Espresso Vivace, tasting menu-focused Altura, and Spanish-inspired Herb & Bitter Public House. Capitol Hill is the ideal neighborhood for couples or friends who want the authentic Seattle experience without being too far from the most popular attractions.
In the Judkins Park neighborhood, Seattle is at your fingertips. This residential neighborhood lies southeast of Downtown, with easy freeway access and a quiet ambiance. Attractions include the Northwest African American Museum and 15-acre Sam Smith Park, and sports venues like T-Mobile Park (home of the Marlins) and CenturyLink Field (home of the Sounder and the Seahawks) are just 5 minutes away by car. Visiting Seattle for an extended period or with young kids? Judkins Park is a fantastic option for a laid-back, residential Seattle neighborhood.
A few miles northwest of Downtown, Magnolia is known for a relaxed atmosphere and spectacular water views. From the Magnolia neighborhood, Seattle skyline views and access to the Puget Sound are two of the top highlights. Enjoy the outdoors at Magnolia Park, which features walking trails, picnic areas, and, of course, views of Puget Sound and Elliott Bay. Waterfront eateries like Palisade Restaurant and Maggie Bluffs also offer bay views that belong on a postcard.
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Magnolia’s quaint neighborhood center features delicious bakeries and cafes, casual bars, and stores where you can grab all the necessities. Whether you’re visiting Seattle with family or friends, Magnolia is a wonderful neighborhood option when you want an authentic Emerald City vibe.
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