Pioneer Square: Seattle’s Historic Spot for Good Eats and Drinks

The Emerald City’s oldest neighborhood is also one heck of a tasty place.

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The Emerald City’s oldest neighborhood is also one heck of a tasty place. You can find great bites all day long, whether you crave famous sandwiches, oysters on the half shell, a perfect latte, or happy hour treats. Your biggest challenge? Narrowing down the choices! Hit the cobblestoned streets of historic Pioneer Square to check out beloved landmarks in between chowing down.

Good Morning, Seattle!

The coffee houses in Pioneer Square are funky, friendly, and anything but corporate. Wake up and smell the beans a’roastin’ at Elm Coffee Roaster. Then order a frothy latte served with style in an airy historic building.

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Have an artistic soul? Check out the local artwork on the walls at Zeitgeist Coffee, and then sip the equally fancy drinks made from Italian beans. Fill your growling tummy with a breakfast sandwich or a piece of homemade pie.

Need a little morning kick of kombucha? Go to the super-stylish London Plane, where they make their own version of the bubbly tea and bake pastries to boot. If the tea doesn’t do the job, grab a deluxe drip coffee while you’re at it.

Legendary Sandwiches and More

Open wide and take a big bite! You get more than a mouthful of yum at many spots in Pioneer Square. The long lines at Salumi are almost as famous as the house-cured charcuterie — note that it’s a weekday, lunch-only landmark. The mole salami and mozzarella sandwich, the hot soppressata with fontina and pepperoncini — the delicious possibilities are endless and well worth the wait. Show your smarts by phoning in your order to skip the line, and then take your sandwich down the block to Waterfall Garden Park.

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Nearby, succulent beef and chicken are tucked into soft pitas to form the satisfying gyros that made The Halal Guys such a smash hit in New York City. Their outpost in Seattle spreads ‘da flava to the West Coast.

In the mood for an ultra-juicy, seared steak sandwich? Rain Shadow Meats does double-duty as a high-end butcher shop. Now, that’s some flavor you can trust!

Where’s that music coming from? Probably the always-happening Occidental Square outdoor park, where the hopping Grand Central Bakery serves up tasty salads, sandwiches, and pastries.

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Drink Up, Taste History

You never have to walk far to stumble across a historic watering hole that’s perfect for just hanging out or gearing up for a Seattle Seahawks game at nearby CenturyLink Field. Among the best is Merchants Cafe and Saloon, Seattle’s oldest and supposedly haunted restaurant! It only takes one of the famously stiff drinks to get the good times rollin’.

Prefer a fancy craft cocktail? The perfectly named Good Bar takes the pioneer spirit to a new level by combining outstanding drinks with modern updates on nostalgic dishes like the Sloppy Joe.

Hop on a stool at Damn the Weather — named for the frequent Seattle rain, perhaps? Let the mixologists cheer you up with their fancy shaking and stirring. The skies are certain to clear, thanks to the ever-changing beverage lineup, often featuring locally made spirits.

The cozy Back Bar at E. Smith Merchantile has classic cocktails with a modern twist. Be sure to order the amazing French onion dip to go along with it.

Craving a taste of the ocean? Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar is home to bivalves from the cold waters around Puget Sound. Slurp ’em off the half shell, or warm up with a bowl of Xinh’s oyster stew and a Mezcal Margarita.

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