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Top Choice Museum in Belltown & Seattle Center

Museum of Pop Culture

The Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP, the 'Experience Music Project') is an inspired marriage between super-modern architecture and legendary rock-and-roll history that sprang from the imagination (and pocket) of…
Top Choice Museum in Belltown & Seattle Center

Chihuly Garden & Glass

Opened in 2012 and reinforcing Seattle’s position as the Venice of North America, this exquisite exposition of the life and work of dynamic local sculptor Dale Chihuly is possibly the finest collection of curated gl…
Top Choice Landmark in Belltown & Seattle Center

Space Needle

This streamlined, modern-before-its-time tower built for the 1962 World’s Fair has been the city’s defining symbol for over 50 years. The needle anchors the complex now called the Seattle Center and draws over one m…
Top Choice Park in Belltown & Seattle Center

Olympic Sculpture Park

This smart urban-renewal project and outpost of the Seattle Art Museum was inaugurated in 2007 to widespread local approval. The terraced park is landscaped over railway tracks and overlooks Puget Sound with the dis…
Top Choice Live Music in Belltown & Seattle Center


Nearly old enough to be called a Seattle institution, the Crocodile is a clamorous 560-capacity music venue that first opened in 1991, just in time to grab the coattails of the grunge explosion. Everyone who’s anyon…
Top Choice Italian in Belltown & Seattle Center


Owned by top Seattle chef Ethan Stowell, Tavolàta is a dinner-only, Italian-inspired eatery emphasizing homemade pasta dishes. Keeping things simple with venison-stuffed ravioli and linguine nero (clams with black p…
Top Choice Bar in Belltown & Seattle Center


Like the last tree standing after a hurricane, the Rendezvous is one of Belltown's oldest heirlooms that started life in 1927 as a speakeasy and a screening room for early Hollywood talkies.
Top Choice Cafe in Belltown & Seattle Center

Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts

Sitting pretty in a glass-fronted former car showroom with art-deco signage and immense bookshelves, Top Pot's flagship cafe produces the Ferraris of the doughnut world. It might have morphed into a 20-outlet chain …
Top Choice Opera in Belltown & Seattle Center

McCaw Hall

Home of the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet, this magnificent structure in the Seattle Center was given a massive overhaul in 2003.
Italian in Belltown & Seattle Center

Barolo Ristorante

An upscale Italian place named after one of Italy’s finest vinos, Barolo provides a good excuse to taste the deep, powerful ‘king of wines’ or – if your budget won’t stretch that far – a supporting cast of half a do…