Pioneer Square

Seattle’s first neighborhood is not only the judicial center of the city but also the place to head for fine dining, drinking and sightseeing on foot.

Dive into the heart of Seattle in Pioneer Square, a neighborhood of leafy streets, historic buildings and restaurants popular with locals and visitors. The historic district is an ideal destination for shopping and sightseeing while soaking up the atmosphere.

A devastating fire in 1889 destroyed much of Seattle’s original city center, but Pioneer Square was rebuilt. Today the gorgeous architecture and in-demand restaurants make it one of the most desirable neighborhoods among tourists and residents.

Discover the history of Seattle by going underground; tour operators take visitors beneath Pioneer Square to learn about its past. Visit the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, the Last Resort Fire Department Museum and the Metropolitan Police Museum for different perspectives on Seattle’s past.

Milepost 31 is an award-winning museum that examines the technical achievements that have shaped Pioneer Square. Get hands-on with interactive exhibits that trace the development of the neighborhood.

Relax in Occidental Square, a shaded park encircled by historic buildings. Photograph the ivy-covered façade of Grand Central Bakery and the public artwork in the plaza. Nearby Waterfall Garden Park contains a pretty rocky cascade.

Explore the governmental heart of Seattle. Smith Tower, an office block built in 1914, and the glass-fronted Municipal Court are counted among Pioneer Square’s other intriguing architectural sights.

Spend an evening dining in some of the city’s best restaurants and drinking in its finest bars. The food scene here draws on eclectic, worldwide influences to create a global culinary experience.

Traveling by car isn’t necessary in compact Pioneer Square. The central neighborhood is right outside King Street Amtrak station, while streetcars and buses run throughout the area. Walking is one of the easiest ways to get between its attractions.

Come here on the first Thursday of each month and join locals in Pioneer Square’s cool, cutting-edge galleries during the neighborhood’s art walk.

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