Joshua’s guidebook

Joshua
Joshua’s guidebook

Neighborhoods

Once home to Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones, the Central District (or “CD”) is one of Seattle’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods, serving as the historic center of Seattle’s Japanese American and Black communities. Now the CD is undergoing a beautiful renaissance of art, community, and food so don't leave without taking experiencing the magic!
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Central District
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Once home to Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones, the Central District (or “CD”) is one of Seattle’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods, serving as the historic center of Seattle’s Japanese American and Black communities. Now the CD is undergoing a beautiful renaissance of art, community, and food so don't leave without taking experiencing the magic!

Food scene

Some of the best food in the city is just down the street! Why blow your budget on an expensive Uber or circle the block a 100 times to find parking when you can eat well within an easy 5-15 minute walk? If you want to go further a field, the Seattle Eater 38 is my go-to list for essential restaurants.
Great coffee and neighborhood gathering spot. Connect with locals and enjoy the awesome park across the street.
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Broadcast Coffee Roasters
1918 E Yesler Way
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Great coffee and neighborhood gathering spot. Connect with locals and enjoy the awesome park across the street.
Amazing treats and the coffee is terrific, especially the cardamom bun.
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Temple Pastries
2524 S Jackson St
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Amazing treats and the coffee is terrific, especially the cardamom bun.
Adventurous cocktails and an amazing five-spice duck confit over wheat noodles for dinner. Can't miss!
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Reckless Noodle House and Cocktails
2519 S Jackson St
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Adventurous cocktails and an amazing five-spice duck confit over wheat noodles for dinner. Can't miss!
Their legendary fried chicken is Oprah Winfrey's favorite.
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Ezell's Famous Chicken
501 23rd Avenue
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Their legendary fried chicken is Oprah Winfrey's favorite.
Best restaurant of the year and James Beard award winner! Sit down for some serious soul fusion amazingness.
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COMMUNION Restaurant & Bar
2350 East Union Street
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Best restaurant of the year and James Beard award winner! Sit down for some serious soul fusion amazingness.
They say its the best BBQ in town... if Kansas City is your style. What do you think?
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WOOD SHOP BBQ
2513 S Jackson St
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They say its the best BBQ in town... if Kansas City is your style. What do you think?
Both market and café, these guys may not throw fish but they serve it super fresh. Try the poke!
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Seattle Fish Guys
411 23rd Ave S
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Both market and café, these guys may not throw fish but they serve it super fresh. Try the poke!

Sightseeing

You can see many well-known tourist attractions - from the Space Needle and the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit to the Olympic Sculpture Park and The Gum Wall - but Seattle also has a surprising variety of hidden gems. I’m an arts guy so I'm going to recommend places where you can get unique perspectives of the city.
Connect with Seattle's Black community past and present at the Museum and take a stroll in the surrounding Jimi Hendrix Park.
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Northwest African American Museum
2300 S Massachusetts St
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Connect with Seattle's Black community past and present at the Museum and take a stroll in the surrounding Jimi Hendrix Park.
Explore the only pan-Asian American museum in the country by taking immersive tours of the historic building and International District neighborhood. The food tours are totally worth it.
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Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S King St
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Explore the only pan-Asian American museum in the country by taking immersive tours of the historic building and International District neighborhood. The food tours are totally worth it.
My go-to art museum to see the most avant-garde work from Seattle's most exciting artists. Don't forget the café and gift shop which are awesome.
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Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave
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My go-to art museum to see the most avant-garde work from Seattle's most exciting artists. Don't forget the café and gift shop which are awesome.
You can't leave without a selfie in front of this iconic piece of public art! Then spend a day in the Freemont neighborhood with great food, boutique shopping, and vintage finds at the Sunday Freemont Fair.
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Fremont Troll
North 36th Street
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You can't leave without a selfie in front of this iconic piece of public art! Then spend a day in the Freemont neighborhood with great food, boutique shopping, and vintage finds at the Sunday Freemont Fair.
You'll get amazing views, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and a conservatory at this quintessential Seattle Park. Stroll through historic mansions in the adjacent neighborhood and grab a drink at a bar along nearby 15th Ave.
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Volunteer Park
1247 15th Ave E
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You'll get amazing views, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and a conservatory at this quintessential Seattle Park. Stroll through historic mansions in the adjacent neighborhood and grab a drink at a bar along nearby 15th Ave.
This is Seattle at its best: fish, flowers, and farmers market up top, craft and curious everywhere else. Search out the pop-up murals throughout for a few memorable selfies!
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Pike Place Market
1531 Western Ave
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This is Seattle at its best: fish, flowers, and farmers market up top, craft and curious everywhere else. Search out the pop-up murals throughout for a few memorable selfies!

Summer Fun

From July 4 to Labor Day, you will be in the most beautiful place on earth and you need a plan to enjoy every minute of it. And there's a lot of minutes: the sun rises early and sets at 10pm! If you're not in the water, on a roof, or near naked people, you're not doing it right ;-)
Bring your roller skates because you're a half mile from the mecca of skate culture in Seattle. Follow Roll Around Seatown for information about DJ Skate Dance Parties. https://www.rollaroundseatown.com/
Judkins Skatepark
2161 S Judkins St
Bring your roller skates because you're a half mile from the mecca of skate culture in Seattle. Follow Roll Around Seatown for information about DJ Skate Dance Parties. https://www.rollaroundseatown.com/
Beaches, biking, and beautiful homes for miles along Lake Washington. You can choose countless spots to picnic and put your toe in the water. The City closes this waterside boulevard to traffic on weekends in the summer so you can bike or walk in peace.
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Lake Washington Boulevard
Lake Washington Boulevard
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Beaches, biking, and beautiful homes for miles along Lake Washington. You can choose countless spots to picnic and put your toe in the water. The City closes this waterside boulevard to traffic on weekends in the summer so you can bike or walk in peace.
Who doesn't love a party on a roof in summer? That's the vibe at this hip downtown watering hole at the Motif Hotel.
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Frolik Kitchen+Cocktails
1415 5th Ave
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Who doesn't love a party on a roof in summer? That's the vibe at this hip downtown watering hole at the Motif Hotel.
Your gateway to Lake Washington just below the University of Washington/University District. Rent kayaks and paddle boards and get some seriously great tacos after your paddle!
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Agua Verde Paddle Club
1307 NE Boat St
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Your gateway to Lake Washington just below the University of Washington/University District. Rent kayaks and paddle boards and get some seriously great tacos after your paddle!
Get naked at Seattle's premier nude beach along the shores of Lake Washington! Shhhh... don't tell anyone I told you ;-)
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Howell Park and Beach
1740 Howell Pl
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Get naked at Seattle's premier nude beach along the shores of Lake Washington! Shhhh... don't tell anyone I told you ;-)
You have to explore Lake Union and why not do it from a hot tub with crazy water and city views? DO NOT leave without stopping for brunch or drinks at Westward just down the street.
Lake Union Hot Tub Boats
2401 N Northlake Way
You have to explore Lake Union and why not do it from a hot tub with crazy water and city views? DO NOT leave without stopping for brunch or drinks at Westward just down the street.
Kick off summer with naked bicyclists at the venerable Fremont Solstice Parade in Fremont! If you're not here on the Solstice then hang out in Fremont for boutique shopping, spectacular views at Gasworks Park, and the Fremont Sunday Fair.
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Power House
3940 Fremont Ave N
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Kick off summer with naked bicyclists at the venerable Fremont Solstice Parade in Fremont! If you're not here on the Solstice then hang out in Fremont for boutique shopping, spectacular views at Gasworks Park, and the Fremont Sunday Fair.

Shopping

Ditch national brands and find the perfect souvenir at these uniquely Seattle shops. Each of these stores is locally owned and located in places with other great shopping and sights to see nearby.
This is more than a gift shop at the Pikes Place Public Market, it's a movement of local Native American artists. The art and lifestyle brand was started by local artist and activist Louie Gong and is now owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe.
Eighth Generation
93 Pike Street
This is more than a gift shop at the Pikes Place Public Market, it's a movement of local Native American artists. The art and lifestyle brand was started by local artist and activist Louie Gong and is now owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe.
Anything but trailer trash, this place has all the things: sustainable, locally sourced, up-cycled, reused and handmade products in the center of Seattle's arts neighborhood.
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Georgetown Trailer Park Mall
5805 Airport Way S
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Anything but trailer trash, this place has all the things: sustainable, locally sourced, up-cycled, reused and handmade products in the center of Seattle's arts neighborhood.
Part garage sale, part street fair, you can delight in all things vintage and handmade every Sunday in trendy Fremont. Just a few blocks away is the Vintage Mall which shouldn't be missed.
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Fremont Sunday Street Market
3401 Evanston Ave N
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Part garage sale, part street fair, you can delight in all things vintage and handmade every Sunday in trendy Fremont. Just a few blocks away is the Vintage Mall which shouldn't be missed.
Connoisseurs unite at this 100 year old automotive repair building turned trendy retail and foodie experience on Capitol Hill. If the MoMA Design Store is your jam, then you'll be in heaven. Check out the Starbucks Roastery across the street and the many adjacent retail shops along Pike Street.
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Melrose Market
1527 Melrose Ave
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Connoisseurs unite at this 100 year old automotive repair building turned trendy retail and foodie experience on Capitol Hill. If the MoMA Design Store is your jam, then you'll be in heaven. Check out the Starbucks Roastery across the street and the many adjacent retail shops along Pike Street.
This gallery and living museum in the Chinatown/International District features handmade art, design, and fine crafts from Japan and the Northwest. Step back in time in this preserved variety store and see what Jackson Street was like when it was the center of Seattle's Japanese American community.
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Kobo Shop & Gallery
604 S Jackson St
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This gallery and living museum in the Chinatown/International District features handmade art, design, and fine crafts from Japan and the Northwest. Step back in time in this preserved variety store and see what Jackson Street was like when it was the center of Seattle's Japanese American community.
Find plenty of local authors and books about Seattle at Seattle's bookstore located right in the heart of Capitol Hill.
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The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave
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Find plenty of local authors and books about Seattle at Seattle's bookstore located right in the heart of Capitol Hill.

Borgartillaga

Samgöngur

Buses

Within a block you can catch Bus 27 (21st and Yesler) or Bus 4 (23rd and E Yesler) to get to the stadiums or Downtown. If you want to go to the Space Needle and the many other attractions at the Seattle Center, then Bus 4 will take you directly. You can pay your fare in cash to the driver or download the Transit GO Ticket app on your smartphone and pay with your credit or debit card. If you’re headed to the University of Washington or the University District, catch Bus 48 at 23rd and E Yesler.
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Streetcar and Light-rail

If you don’t mind walking 10 blocks, you can walk to the Seattle Streetcar stop at 12th and E Yesler. It will take you the International District and Pioneer Square or to Capitol Hill. All these neighborhoods have light-rail stops that will take you to the airport and University of Washington.
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King County Trip Planner

You can explore all transit options at the King County Metro Trip Planner. Just enter the address and your destination and you’ll get all the available bus options, light rail, and streetcar options. www.tripplanner.kingcounty.gov