Pioneer Square: Seattle’s Creative Neighborhood

Established in 1852, Pioneer Square is the center of what’s called Seattle’s “original neighborhood.”

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Established in 1852, Pioneer Square is the center of what’s called Seattle’s “original neighborhood.” Hundreds of tourists travel here for a glimpse of the Romanesque Revival architecture and popular underground tours. Plus, its art walk, taking place the first Thursday of each month, was the first in the nation. There’s so much going on in this creative neighborhood, from artist collectives to trendy restaurants and bars. Day or night, this spot is worth a stop.

The stunning Romanesque Revival architecture is one of many attractions in Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington; pictured at night, lit up by street lights

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Get the Dirt on SOIL

This artist collective and nonprofit gallery hosts some of the most experimental exhibits by local artists in the Seattle area. SOIL, located at 112 3rd Ave. South, features everything from painting, drawing, and sculpture to more non-traditional works like chocolate art, gerbil art, interactive art, and sound installations. Check out wax art, poetry readings, musical events, and more to challenge your concept of what “art” means and break ground on new horizons.

Not as Expected at Nordo’s

Combining local organic cuisine with interactive, immersive theatre, Nordo’s Culinarium, at the corner of Main and Nord Alley, is a nonprofit performing arts organization that also happens to serve delicious meals. Each course — and wine flight, if you choose — is prepared to correspond with the fanciful performances by the dedicated theater troupe, a punk-circus mash-up with a cult following.

Brown Bag It

Buildings surround a tall waterfall in Waterfall Garden, located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square

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Ready for a breather? Waterfall Garden Park is a little 22-foot “pocket park” that’s a perfect escape from the rest of Seattle. Situated behind Occidental Square at 219 2nd Ave. South, this pint-sized oasis was preserved to honor the first headquarters of UPS and its big brown trucks, making it the perfect place to enjoy a quiet “brown-bag” lunch.

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Find Something Unique

One of the many boutique shops in Pioneer Square is Fairlook Antiques, where you can find the perfect postcard to send home or a piece of charming ephemera to add to your collection. Located at 81.5 S. Washington, this nook shop offers an interesting selection of postcards, photos, and other nostalgic paper goods to remind you of the unique and creative spots you’ve found in Seattle.

A young couple stands in front of a body of water with the Seattle skyline in the background

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