West Edge Neighborhood is the Heart of Downtown Seattle

West Edge

West Edge Neighborhood is the Heart of Downtown Seattle

The West Edge neighborhood is tucked into the heart of downtown Seattle. A four-block radius from Columbia Street to Union Street and Second Avenue to Alaskan Way makes up the West Edge neighborhood. Not just eclectic shops and restaurants, West Edge houses some of Seattle’s most famous icons. It’s home to Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum and Benaroya Hall. This small gem of a neighborhood makes it easy to catch a glimpse into Seattle’s culture all within a few minutes of your vacation villa.

Shopping the Market
PASTRYTake in the heart of the West Edge, the market. Overlooking Elliott Bay on the pristine waterfront of downtown Seattle, the marketplace has something for everyone to enjoy. From farmers to craftsmen to specialty foods, it offers sights and smells from all over the world. Ornaments, apparel, collectibles, and comic books can be found among the Pike Place Market’s many shops. Each store contributes incredibly unique, hand-crafted items to create a once-in-a-lifetime shopping experience. Discover your next favorite conversation piece just minutes away from your vacation villa.

Food in Seattle’s West Edge
After a long day of shopping the many stores, explore the area’s eateries, such as the Alibi Room, the refreshing Bacco Cafe, or the Athenian Inn which has been satisfying diners since 1909.

The West Edge has a vast selection of sandwiches to please any member of the family. It also houses one of Seattle’s best rated eateries, the West Edge Market. This delicatessen offers a perfect midday meal with vast amounts of veggies, cheeses, and savory meats to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Seattle’s Flying Fish
FISHPerhaps the most infamous activity of the West Edge, the Fish Market allows you to see authentic fish mongers in action, flinging their fair through the air. The world-famous Fish Market was opened in 1965 and is known as much for their way of interacting with customers as their flying fish.

In addition to the Fish Market, there are several other craft and farmer’s markets to explore. Peruse the Pike Place Market Event Calendar to plan a great day or evening full of fanfare, food, and fun.

Visit SAM
No visit to West End would be complete without a tour through the Seattle Art Museum. The SAM showcases collections and installations of a wide variety of art types and there are often special exhibitions. Tours of the museum are available throughout the year and are free with museum admission. Visit their calendar for more information.

Navigating Seattle’s West End
SAMWhether you’re a biking enthusiast or a die-hard driver, the West End is easily navigable. Its broad streets are ideal for utilizing public transportation and parking. On-street parking is complimentary after 8pm in most areas, and some as early as 6pm.

For those looking for a full day of shopping and sightseeing, large parking garages are available at reasonable rates, as low as $3 per hour. These garages feature e-Park technology, which indicates how many spaces are available so you won’t have to drive around searching for a spot. Easily pay with your smartphone to start your adventure without delay, or park for free all day Sundays and holidays.

For any of your other transportation needs, there are buses, a light rail, and even car sharing services to get from point A to point B with plenty of time to spare.


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