Seattle: a neighbourhood guide


By Lucy Rock

Seattle-based writer

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Paź 2017

From café culture and high-energy nightlife to family friendly beaches and lakeside living, each Seattle neighbourhoods has its own distinct character. These are four of the city’s need-to-know areas.

Ballard

Arguably Seattle’s hippest district, Ballard boasts a rich Scandinavian and maritime heritage and a plethora of craft breweries, independent restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques.

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Hotels are concentrated in Downtown, so staying there and using it as your launchpad for exploring is the best option. Sheraton Seattle Hotel is ideal for city sightseeing being only steps away from the famous Pike Place Market. Head to the hotel’s 30s-inspired bar for a drink or taste French classics by chef Thierry Rautureau at Loulay Kitchen and Bar.

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Browse vintage vinyl at Bop Street Records, nose around the boutiques along Ballard Avenue or mingle with the crowds at the hard-to-beat Sunday farmers market.

Eat

There’s an abundance of oysters in Seattle so why not sample some of the best at The Walrus and the Carpenter? Waiting for a table is no hardship when you can sip chilled Muscadet at the marble-topped bar – perfect to whet the appetite for icy cold stacks of Pacific Northwest oysters. Top off the night at Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery for a gooey dollop of decadence.

Do

Browse vintage vinyl at Bop Street Records, nose around the boutiques along Ballard Avenue, and mingle with the crowds at the hard-to-beat Sunday farmers market. Escape the hustle and bustle at Ballard Locks to watch boats pass between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound, and then stroll around the adjacent botanical gardens.

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    Lake lounging

    Bordering the city of Seattle, Lake Washington is the largest lake in King County and the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington.

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Green Lake

This residential area is centred around a beautiful freshwater lake – formed by a glacier 50,000 years ago – and ideal for outdoor types.

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Dating from 1931, the distinguished art-deco Hotel Deca is a boutique hotel in the city’s vibrant university district. It offers stunning panoramas of the surrounding mountains from its rooms.

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Eat

Enjoy a taste bud explosion at the outstanding sushi restaurant Kisaku, with its no-fuss interior and sublime signature rolls – try the Green Lake variety with salmon, flying fish eggs, asparagus, avocado and marinated seaweed or go for the omakase, the chef’s special sashimi assortment. Stop at Duke’s Chowder House for cocktails and people watching on the patio and a wide menu featuring gourmet burgers and, of course, creamy chowders.

Do

Make like a local and walk, run, cycle – bikes can be rented at Ride Bicycles – or skate the 4.5km trail around the lake. Relax with a picnic on the grassy banks or muck about on the water – there are two beach areas for swimming, while boats, kayaks and paddleboards can be hired at Greenlake Boathouse. Get up close and personal with 300 species at nearby Woodland Park Zoo.

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    Pot luck

    Dive into Downtown culture at popular haunt Garage, but make sure you don’t miss Happy Hour’s reduced rates (every day, from 3pm-7pm).

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West Seattle

Surrounded by water on three sides, this is the place to find incredible sunset views of the Olympic Mountains and a cool laid-back ambience.

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W Seattle might be in the heart of Downtown but it enjoys scenic views of the city and Puget Sound to offer a comforting retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Eat

Drop into Bakery Nouveau, considered one of the best bakeries in the city, and lose yourself in a twice-baked chocolate almond croissant. Known for its weekend brunch buffets, and exhilarating vistas, call into Salty’s on Alki Beach. Marination Ma Kai offers a mouth-watering Hawaiian-Korean menu – don’t miss the miso sake-marinated fish tacos.

Do

Reconnect with nature at Lincoln Park. Walk the trails through its forests and meadows or take a dip in the outdoor saltwater swimming pool. Feel the wind in your hair at Alki Beach and hire a pedal-powered carriage from Wheel Fun Rentals to whizz along the boardwalk. Pop along to The Junction shopping area for a quirky history lesson – murals depicting scenes from the area’s past adorn the side of several buildings. While there, browse for new and used books at Pegasus Book Exchange and music at Easy Street Records.

Capitol Hill

The hub of Seattle’s LGBT scene, the area comes alive at night and is chock full of live music venues, clubs, restaurants and bars.

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The Edgewater offers picturesque sunsets and stunning views of Elliot Bay from its base on Pier 67. If you’re after the lively and vibrant on your doorstep, this is a good choice.

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Eat

Those in search of a culinary high reserve a table at Altura. The tasting menu, created daily from the freshest seasonal ingredients, is sublime. For classic burger, fries and a shake with a gourmet twist, head to 8oz. Burger Bar. Opt for the signature burger, with rocket, balsamic onions, Hills bacon, Beechers Flagship Cheddar, and truffle aioli.

Do

There’s no shortage of entertainment here with quirky shops and hip coffee bars by day and numerous clubs and music venues, such as Neumos, catering for all tastes by night. Get a modern spin on traditional American pastimes at Garage, a former car dealership turned ultra-cool vintage bowling alley and pool hall. Savour some peace and quiet with a walk around Volunteer Park where you can get a 360-degree view of the city from the top of the old water tower.

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