Exploring Pike/Pine, Seattle’s Downtown Hub
Seattle is a city of neighborhoods, from leafy residential streets to high-octane urban corners. Pike/Pine, named for the two major thoroughfares that mark its borders, is one of our favorite districts. Walking through the corridor, you’ll find an array of hip breweries, high quality coffee shops, and cute boutiques. It’s also a nationally recognized hub of arts nonprofits, independent businesses and pleasant walkability. Here’s where we love to explore in Pike/Pine!
Salt & Straw Ice Cream
This Portland-based company has won us over with its handmade ice cream that comes in unexpected, but always delicious flavors. New favorites like chocolate zucchini bread or strawberry honey with balsamic and black pepper appear next to staples like sea salt and caramel and decadent, gooey brownie. (We love them so much that we’ve partnered with them, learn all about it here). Salt & Straw Capitol Hill: 714 E Pike Street Suite A; 206-258-4574
Photo courtesy of @andrew_alexanders on Instagram
Vermillion Art Gallery
This combination bar and art gallery features approachable exhibitions, poetry readings and live music performances. Long-time residents appreciate it as a low-key addition to a neighborhood that’s started to feel a touch too hip. Vermillion: 1508 11th Ave; 206-709-9797
This indoor food and retail mecca opened in 2010 inside a set of historic automotive buildings. It’s home to award-winning restaurants and small-businesses, like Sitka & Spruce, Rainshadow Meats, Still Liquor, Butter Home, and The Calf & Kid. Melrose Market: 1532 Minor Ave; 206-932-1059
Photo courtesy of @melrosemarketseattle on Instagram
Portland-based BurnCycle has become one of America’s most beloved fitness studios, offering a holistic approach to working out. At its Pike/Pine spin studio, drop by for high-energy cycling classes from expert trainers. BurnCycle Capitol Hill: 601 E Pine St; 206-420-1408
Built in 1928 as one of the West Coast’s largest—and grandest—movie cinemas, Paramount Theatre is a step back in time. Today, it’s the city’s premier venue for concerts and Broadway productions. Notable performances include Madonna—who launched her debut tour here over three sold-out shows in 1985—and Hamilton, when it came to Seattle. Paramount Theatre: 911 Pine St; 206-682-1414
Cal Anderson Park
Great for a stroll (to walk off that Molly Moon double scoop), or for a long game of oversized chess, Cal Anderson Park is a breath of fresh air after the hustle of an afternoon in Pike/Pine. Cal Anderson Park: Corner of Pike St. and 11th Ave
Want to stay in the heart of Pike/Pine? Hotel Theodore is a luxury hotel that’s perfectly situated at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Pine Street. Within easy reach of Seattle’s top attractions, all of Pike/Pine will be at your doorstep.