GET TO KNOW Pioneer Square
With a checkered history and a large concentration of art galleries, studios and shops that hide in plain sight, Pioneer Square is one of Seattle's most culturally significant neighborhoods. Its proximity to the stadiums, the waterfront and the viaduct (and the tunneling beneath it) have given an additional sense of uncertainty to what the neighborhood could become next, but many are hoping it remains an arts and culture center, as there is nothing quite like it in the city. First Thursday Art Walk draws huge crowds to see new gallery shows, and the Square is a destination for many a romantic date every night, with chic bars and bistros surrounding the Occidental Park area. Despite this allure, many older home-buyers avoid the Square because it is also home to many missions and halfway homes. Younger and more adventurous renters, however, find unique lofts and studios that allow for a vibrant, truly urban experience of Seattle.
WHERE TO SHOP
E. Smith Mercantile: A sweet shop full of artisanal and local goods with a craft cocktail bar at the back.
WHERE TO CHILL
Caffè Umbria: Leave your laptop at home. Come for a perfect espresso and scoop of gelato and just chill.
WHERE TO BE OUTSIDE
Waterfall Garden Park: A soothing oasis open weekday mornings and afternoons. Perfect for a take-out lunch.
WHERE TO EAT
Bar Sajor: Trendy, seasonal northwest cuisine and cocktails served in a chic, low-key ambiance.
WHERE TO DRINK
Intermezzo Carmine: One of the most beautiful, old-world bars around...top-notch service and excellent food.
LIVE IN Pioneer Square
$384 kCondo Avg.
$0 kSingle Family Avg.
$02 Bedroom Rent