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Top Choice Outdoor Equipment in Queen Anne & Lake Union

REI

As much an adventure as a shopping experience, the state-of-the-art megastore of America's largest consumer co-op has its own climbing wall – a 65ft rock pinnacle to the side of the store’s entryway. The wall offers…
Top Choice Lake in Queen Anne & Lake Union

Lake Union

Unifying Seattle’s various bodies of water, freshwater Lake Union was carved by glacial erosion 12,000 years ago. Native American Duwamish tribes once subsisted on its then-isolated shores, but 21st-century Lake Uni…
Top Choice Museum in Queen Anne & Lake Union

Museum of History & Industry

Almost everything you need to know about erstwhile Seattle is crammed into the refurbished Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), the centerpiece of Lake Union Park in the emerging South Lake Union neighborhood. …
Top Choice Cafe in Queen Anne & Lake Union

El Diablo Coffee Co

Anyone for a café cubano? While the US trade embargo against Cuba prevents the sale of Cuban coffee beans, you can at least enjoy your coffee Cuban-style – ie strong, short, black and loaded with sugar – in this col…
Top Choice Cajun in Queen Anne & Lake Union

Toulouse Petit

Hailed for its generous happy hours, cheap brunches and rollicking atmosphere, this perennially busy Queen Anne eatery has the common touch. The menu is large and varied, offering choices such as blackened rib-eye s…
Italian in Queen Anne & Lake Union

How to Cook a Wolf

Despite its scary name, the Ethan Stowell–run HTCAW has nothing to do with roasting wild fauna over your campfire. Rather the name is poached from a book written by MFK Fisher during wartime rationing about how to m…
American in Queen Anne & Lake Union

Canlis

One of Seattle's most celebrated restaurants, Canlis is old-school posh and one of the few places in the city where people regularly get dressed up for dinner. The menu is Pacific Northwest traditional (halibut, por…
Italian in Queen Anne & Lake Union

Serafina

This lovely neighborhood Italian restaurant in Eastlake specializes in regional Tuscan-style cooking, with simply prepared meat and fish, as well as pastas that can be ordered as a first or main course. A gorgeous l…
American in Queen Anne & Lake Union

Vestal

Among all of the eateries within chef Josh Henderson's restaurant collective, Vestal is one of the few in which he actively cooks. Named after Vesta, the goddess of home and family, the interior features a large woo…
Museum in Queen Anne & Lake Union

Center for Wooden Boats

Honoring Seattle's historical, aquatic and Native American antecedents, this one-of-a-kind museum and enthusiasts' center features vintage and replica boats and offers sailing lessons, including an excellent beginne…