The Emerald City’s oldest neighborhood is also one of its tastiest places to go exploring. Whether you’re craving famous sandwiches, oysters on the half shell, a stunning latte, or Instagram-worthy food, Pioneer Square is stuffed full of incredible options. Hit those cobblestoned streets, and check out some beloved landmarks mixed with new venues making a big impression on both locals and visitors.
Start with a Coffee and Pastry Fix
Not too distant from Starbucks headquarters, coffeehouses in Pioneer Square are far from cookie-cutter replicas. Geek out on Elm Coffee Roasters’ perfect latte while watching the careful roasting of beans onsite in this handsome brick space.
At the crazy popular Zeitgeist Art Coffee, local artists’ creations are featured alongside drinks made with Illy beans from Italy. Grab a toasty breakfast sandwich, or start the day with a piece of homemade pie. The London Plane, a super stylish joint, offers deluxe drip from a nearby microroaster and house-fermented kombucha to complement its extensive lineup of freshly baked pastries.
Legendary Sandwiches for Lunch
Foodies make regular pilgrimages to beloved spots in Pioneer Square. The long lines at Salumi are almost as famous as the house-cured charcuterie at this weekday, lunch-only landmark. The first bite of the mole salami and mozzarella sandwich as well as the hot sopressata with fontina and pepperoncini is enough to convince you it’s well worth the wait. Seasoned regulars know to skip the queue and phone in to-go orders. Take your sandwiches down the block to the lovely Waterfall Garden Park.
Nearby, succulent beef and chicken tucked into soft pitas form the satisfying gyros that made The Halal Guys such a hit in New York City. The company has now opened outposts across the country, and this one is the first in Seattle. Rain Shadow Meats does double-duty as a high-end butcher shop, and the ultra-juicy seared steak sandwich is a favorite.
End with Seafood and Shopping
Just steps away from Rain Shadow, seafood fans will swoon over the super-fresh oysters from local waters at Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar. On Seahawks game days, it’s packed, but the food is worth the wait. Don’t miss the fried oyster po’ boys, a hot mess in the best possible way.
Across the cobblestone street, James Beard award-winning chef Matt Dillon has collaborated with Marigold and Mint’s shopkeeper Katherine Anderson to open an airy mercantile, florist shop and bakery. E. Smith Mercantile, with its vintage look and handmade general store vibe, feels like a trendy shop in Brooklyn or Portland, Oregon. Find artisan clothes and home goods you won’t find elsewhere in the city. In the back, there’s a small seating area where craft coffee and creative small plates are served. Owner Jessie Poole, a former designer for Eddie Bauer, named the shop after her great-grandparents, who lived and thrived in an old mining town in the Sawtooth Mountains in the 1930’s.
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