Welcome to Pioneer Square
Historic architecture, live music, and a thriving arts and culture scene.
Considered Seattle’s “first neighborhood,” Pioneer Square was destroyed by the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. The following year, over 150 buildings were rebuilt. Much of its Richardsonian Romanesque and Renaissance Revival architecture has survived from that time, saved by Seattle’s historic preservation movement. Among them is the 1892 Pioneer Building, which was hailed as the finest building west of Chicago. Today, it’s used as a co-working space for small businesses. More recent revitalization projects have turned Pioneer Square into a thriving commercial and cultural hub with redesigned penthouse lofts and brand new luxury condominiums.
Downtown Seattle is home to the iconic Pike Place Market
to the north. You’ll find historic converted lofts and newly-built high rises overlooking Elliott Bay. With Amazon and Starbucks headquartered here, it’s bustling during the day. There are bike lanes and plenty of options for public transit. Ongoing development projects are turning downtown into an exciting and ever-changing city. The new Pier 62
features a floating dock, public art installations, and programs for everyone. New luxury condominiums at The Emerald, The Modern, and Olympic Tower offer exclusive living spaces steps away from some of Seattle’s most popular attractions.
What to Love
- A mix of historical and modern architecture
- Thriving with arts and culture
- Countless dining options
Pioneer Square feels like a small town inside a big city. Century-old buildings and cobblestone steps give it a quiet, charming atmosphere. Longtime residents know each other and support all the independent businesses in the area. There’s a real sense of community. It’s also the main arts district with numerous cutting-edge art galleries. Downtown Seattle is more modern and fast-paced. There’s a big-city vibe with busy people working at the mega-corporations in town, but it’s also a haven for arts and culture.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
For shopping, Flora and Henri
have luxury clothing and home goods. For books, Arundel Books
has recently moved into a historic landmark building on First Avenue South.
Downtown Seattle has terrific restaurants, many specializing in seafood. Cutters Crabhouse
is a landmark, serving Northwest seafood dishes in a fine dining setting. Elliott’s Oyster House
is a waterfront restaurant serving sustainable seafood. The Pink Door
is an upscale Italian restaurant with trapeze and burlesque entertainment, while the Metropolitan Grill
is a steakhouse offering Wagyu beef and an award-winning wine list. Lola
serves modern Greek cuisine using local ingredients.
You’ll find fresh produce, a flower market, specialty products, crafts vendors, retail shops, and numerous eateries at the famous Pike Place Market. Café Campagne
is a classic French Bistro. Pike Place Chowder
is a local institution serving specialty chowders counter-style. Lowell’s
offers seafood dishes and three floors of amazing views. Sushi Kashiba
showcases omakase service. Matt’s in the Market
specializes in seasonal Northwest cuisine. The original Starbucks
is also located here.
Things to Do
During the day, you can check out the pedestrian-only block of galleries on Occidental Avenue in Pioneer Square. Davidson Galleries
hosts exhibitions and sells prints and art books. Every Friday and Saturday, Unexpected Productions
in Pike Place Market hosts happy hour and improv. There are numerous green spaces in Pioneer Square and Downtown Seattle. Occidental Square
hosts community events and live concerts in the summer. Workers and residents often visit Waterfall Garden Park during the day. Victor Steinbrueck Park
is a waterside park great for family fun. Centennial Park
has a rose garden, bike paths, and views of Mt. Rainer and Olympic Mountain.