Seattle Neighborhood Profile: Downtown Seattle
In previous blogs we’ve profiled many of Seattle’s great outlying areas, but for this week’s entry we want to go to the epicenter of the action: downtown. We’ll also lump the Belltown area in with downtown, since they’re so close.
Located just below Lower Queen Anne and Capitol Hill, and just above Beacon Hill, downtown is instantly distinguishable by the majestic skyscrapers that make up our skyline, dominated by the Columbia Center tower. To the west is scenic Waterfront Park, and beyond that, Puget Sound.
Downtown Seattle is packed with cultural and entertainment opportunities. The Seattle Art Museum, or SAM for short, has its main branch downtown, and their sculpture garden is in Waterfront Park. The admission fee to the museum is suggested, so if you’re short on funds, don’t let that stop you from checking out the art.
Pike’s Place Market can be an unbearable tourist trap during the high season, but there’s a reason so many people (10 million!) flock to it every year: great food and interesting vendors. If you’ve seen an ad with the iconic image of people throwing fish in Seattle, chances are it was filmed in this market. One of the very first Starbucks coffee shops has been in continuous operation inside the market, if you want to experience some coffee shop history.
Downtown is also the central hub of Seattle’s awesome public transit system, with the downtown Transit Tunnel linking you to many bus routes and the light rail. You can also walk over and catch an easy ferry to Bremerton or Bainbridge Island.
Belltown is one of Seattle’s trendiest spots, with great restaurants, art galleries, and iconic music venues like The Crocodile (formerly the Crocodile Cafe). CNNMoney said Belltown is “a walkable neighborhood with everything you need.”
Seattle is unfairly rich in great neighborhoods, and downtown is just one of many. If you’re interested in a move to anywhere in the greater Seattle area, give us a call or email and we’d love to chat about options.