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Top Choice Market in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Pike Place Market

A cavalcade of noise, smells, personalities, banter and urban theater sprinkled liberally around a spatially challenged waterside strip, Pike Place Market is Seattle in a bottle. In operation since 1907 and still as…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Seattle Art Museum

While not comparable with the big guns in New York and Chicago, Seattle Art Museum is no slouch. Always re-curating its art collection with new acquisitions and imported temporary exhibitions, it's known for its ext…
Top Choice French in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Café Campagne

Short of teleporting over to Paris, this is about as Gallic as a Seattleite can get. Inside Café Campagne's effortlessly elegant interior you can live vicariously as a French poseur over steamed mussels, hanger stea…
Top Choice Deli in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Beecher's Handmade Cheese

Artisan beer, artisan coffee…next up, Seattle brings you artisan cheese and it's made as you watch in this always-crowded Pike Place nook, where you can buy all kinds of cheese-related paraphernalia. As for that lon…
Top Choice Asian in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Wild Ginger

All around the Pacific Rim – via China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Seattle, of course – is the wide-ranging theme at this highly popular downtown fusion restaurant. The signature fragrant duck goes down nicely…
Top Choice Posters in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Old Seattle Paperworks

If you like decorating your home with old magazine covers from Life, Time and Rolling Stone, or have a penchant for art-deco tourist posters from the 1930s, or are looking for that rare Hendrix concert flyer from 19…
Top Choice Theater in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

A Contemporary Theatre

One of the three big theater companies in the city, the ACT fills its $30-million home at Kreielsheimer Pl with performances by Seattle's best thespians and occasional big-name actors. Terraced seating surrounds a c…
Top Choice Bakery in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Piroshky Piroshky

Piroshky knocks out its delectable sweet and savory Russian pies and pastries in a space about the size of a walk-in closet. Get the savory smoked-salmon pâté or the sauerkraut with cabbage and onion, and follow it …
Public Art in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Gum Wall

Seattle’s oddest and most unhygienic sight is the bizarre gum wall situated at the southern end of Post Alley. The once venerable redbrick facade is now covered in used pieces of chewing gum originally stuck there b…
Cocktail Bar in Downtown, Pike Place & Waterfront

Zig Zag Café

If you're writing a research project on Seattle's culinary history, you'll need to reserve a chapter for the Zig Zag Café. For serious cocktails, this place is legendary – this is the bar that repopularized gin-base…