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The CD, Madrona & Madison Park

The Central District (CD) has long been the center of Seattle's African American community, an oasis of incredible Ethopian food, birthplace of the city's rap/hip-hop movement and, more recently, a gentrification battleground. Madison Park and Madrona are lakeside communities with popular beaches and attractive parks, while Madison Valley ('Little France') features a cluster of eclectic restaurants.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout The CD, Madrona & Madison Park.