A Guide to a Seattleite’s Favorite Downtown Spots

Presented by The Evergrey, a 2017 Conference media partner

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Businesses with a Cause

Recovery Cafe

2022 Boren Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

This community hub for homeless and struggling locals is built around one core belief: Everyone matters.


700 Virginia Street, Seattle, WA 98101

A winner of a prestigious James Beard Award for its humanitarian work, FareStart is famous not just for its food, but for its work helping struggling Seattleites build their careers.

Street Bean Coffee

2711 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

It’s a Seattle coffee shop with a heart. Every time you buy a bag of coffee from Street Bean, you support one hour of job training for young locals looking to get off the streets.

Mary's Place

1830 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

It runs shelters for homeless women and families, and was just the recipient of Amazon’s biggest gift to date: The tech giant just gave half of one of its new buildings to Mary’s Place so it can house more than 200homeless Seattleites there a night.

Lambert House

1818 15th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

To young members of Seattle’s LGBTQ communities, this is one of the city’s most fun, safe, and supportive places to hang out.

Made in Seattle eats/drinks

Starbucks Roastery

1124 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

You’ve had Starbucks, but not like this. With its roastery, the world’s most famous coffee company is upping the ante in a city already obsessed with the bean.

Beecher’s Cheese at Pike Place

1600 Pike Place, Seattle, WA 98101

Craving mac and cheese? Beecher’s made a name for itself with that signature comfort food staple. Visit the store to actually watch them make the goods.

Rachel's Ginger Beer

1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA

One of the newer favorites at Pike Place Market, this delectable drink company got its start at Seattle’s farmers markets and grew from there.

Molly Moon's Ice Cream

917 E Pine St, Seattle WA 98122

Don’t be surprised if there’s a line out the door at this Seattle icon. With “always” flavors like salted caramel and honey lavender, plus a rotation of seasonal deliciousness, something’s bound to make your mouth water.

Made in Seattle businesses

The Handmade Showroom at Pacific Place

600 Pine Street, 3rd Floor, Seattle, WA 98101

Step inside and see beautiful things crafted by Northwest artists who love what they do and know how to show it.

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104

In the mood for something strange? Here’s where you’ll find it. Shrunken heads, mummies, strange exhibits...this old store’s still getting double-takes.

Metsker Maps

1511 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

The Metsker family opened its first store in 1950 to sell maps of the Northwest. Now the store is a big hobby shop for anyone who wants to know their way around.

Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Seattle has plenty of great local bookstores, but this one’s the go-to. A beautiful space, a friendly staff, loads of author events, and beckoning shelves await.

Melrose Market

1531 Melrose Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Called a newer, fresher version of Pike Place Market, this collection of modern shops and eateries has built quite a following since it opened in 2010.

Rooftop bars to enjoy a nice summer drink

Frolik at Motif Seattle

1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Ping-pong and shuffleboard add a bit of fun to this elevated restaurant and cocktail bar.

The Nest

110 Stewart Street, Seattle, Washington 98101

This downtown hangout is less than a year old but already a high-rise favorite. Want to splurge? Order the Flamingo.


400 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Chef Jason Stratton makes sure this view from the sky tastes as good as it looks.

For a gorgeous view of the city

Columbia Tower Sky View Observatory

701 5th Ave Floor 73, Seattle WA 98104

What better place than Seattle’s tallest building to see the city’s booming downtown core in all its glory?

The Great Wheel

Pier 57 - Miners Landing 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle , WA 98101

Rise and fall over Elliott Bay as you gaze at the mountains, waters, and cityscapes that make Seattle amazing.

Olympic Sculpture Park

2901 Western Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Water Taxi to West Seattle

801 Alaskan Way (at the foot of Yesler Street) Seattle, WA 98104

Seattle’s skyline shines from many angles. Hop on this water taxi from downtown to see it sparkle on the water.

Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126

Add good food to a good view at this Korean fusion icon.


1936 Harbor Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126

This beach-bound seafood restaurant’s almost as iconic as that legendary waterfront view.

Jack Block Park

2130 Harbor Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126

Up for a walk? Take in the city as you weave through the paths at this neighborhood favorite.

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