8 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Seattle

With access to everything, everywhere mere steps from our doors at The Emerald – in true Seattle fashion, we never let a few raindrops get in our way of a good time. Grab your rain jacket and boots and embrace Seattle’s rainy days. Whether you want to get on the water, learn something new, or just want to snap a great selfie, there’s something on this list made for you. Our location at The Emerald opens up to a vibrant mix of local cafés, fresh markets, exceptional shopping, A-list restaurants, and world-class museums and galleries. And Elliott Bay just outside our front door – highlighted by the new waterfront redevelopment and its reimagined plazas, parks and paths connecting the city and the Sound like never before. Rain or shine, Seattle is yours for the taking!



Make your way to the MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture). MoPOP is home to the world’s most immersive pop culture experiences, showcasing iconic moments in TV, rock n roll music, science fiction, and much more. There’s enough at MoPOP to keep you busy all day long, so allocate at least a few hours. Visit here for current exhibitions and events.


Be blown away by Glass Art at Seattle Glassblowing. Bring a hot shop experience into your own home and watch live while a professional glassblower creates a piece of art just for you. The piece will be shipped direct to you and is yours to keep. Want to get out and spy some amazing art in person? Chihuly Garden and Glass always stuns. Whether it’s your first or tenth time seeing it, it’s particularly mesmerizing being inside the glass structure when it’s raining outside. Tip: Watch for the opening of The Bar at Chihuly Garden and Glass which will offer craft cocktails and delicious bites in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.


Explore Seattle Central Library, a favorite thing to do on any rainy day in Seattle. This unique building is a great place to get lost in a good story or find a new book to read at home. Thanks to the glass and steel structure, this is also one of the most Instagrammable spots in Seattle. With huge glass walls, bright yellow escalators, vivid red hallways, and art all over the place, the Central Library is large enough to hang out at for a while. If you go to the top floor, you can also admire a really nice view of the water.


Go ahead. Strike a pose and snap a Selfie at the Original Selfie Museum. This photography studio art space allows you to take pictures and videos with your phone or camera using professional settings, props and light. Charge your phone and enjoy your selfie in the most Instagram-able place in the nation.


Catch a show at the Paramount Theatre. Opened in 1928 as the Seattle Theatre, the opulent Paramount Theatre is widely known as the premier performing arts venue in town. With lavish decoration reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles, and a lively roster of vaudeville shows and silent movies, the theatre was the place to be in the Roaring Twenties, and nowadays it’s just as popular.


Take a walk along the waterfront and Ferry to Bainbridge Island. Venturing out along the water is easy from our iconic downtown address. The Pacific Northwest beauty of a Bainbridge Island ferry ride from the middle of downtown Seattle is stunning, but the destination this ferry ride grants you is even better. This easy escape from the city offers up opportunity to unplug with scenic vistas, beautiful trails, ultra-local wine tasting, and outdoor adventures. From fine food to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to bring your bike onboard, it’s a great spot for some scenic cycling.


Pop open the umbrella and enjoy some puddles. Savor your favorite cup of coffee and people watch at our neighboring Pike Place. Did you know? The story of Starbucks begins in 1971 along the cobblestone streets of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. Grab a cup of coffee at the original Starbucks (or for the full roasting and tasting experience visit the original’s big brother in Capitol Hill), stroll to the top floor of the Corner Market Building for a Storyville sunrise paired with a frosted cinnamon roll, or grab an espresso from a intimate and definitely haunted nook at Ghost Alley.


Dive into an undersea experience without ever getting wet at the Seattle Aquarium. A short walk from our doors at The Emerald, the aquarium invites you to wander through the enchanting moon jellyfish ring, toward the giant Pacific octopus. Next, enter the dreamlike underwater dome for a 360-degree view of the Puget Sound aquatic ecosystem. Finish your playful trip with a visit to the ever-adorable otter and seal exhibits.


We’ve only listed a few of the many things to do on a rainy Seattle day, get creative and don’t let the rain hold you back from enjoying all our amazing city offers. Discover our defining address. The Emerald is 70% sold and 1-bedroom prices start from $499,000 with move-in ready residences now available. From impressive places to entertain, to calm escapes for wellness and solitude – endless memories and moments await at The Emerald.

Making Milestones Along Seattle’s New Waterfront

Construction of Seattle’s new waterfront continues just beyond our doorstep at The Emerald. We’re excited to celebrate major milestones and look forward to continued future progress. The completion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct program will create nine acres of revitalized open public space adjacent to the downtown Seattle waterfront. With the Alaskan Way Viaduct removal complete, the city of Seattle will continue to construct a park promenade along the water, build a new surface street along Alaskan Way, rebuild Piers, build an elevated connection from Pike Place Market to the waterfront, and improve east-west connections between downtown and Elliott Bay. The first piece of the park — Pier 62 — is now open while the rest of the park is being built. Waterfront Park completion is set for 2025. Pier 62 is the first piece of the future Waterfront Park to open. Just north of the Seattle Aquarium, Pier 62 is a flexible, open space that will adapt to accommodate a wide range of cultural, recreational, and educational activities and events.



Berni Bo, a retired musician who lived in Seattle years ago and now resides near Sequim, was visiting the waterfront on a Saturday in September. She came to ride the Great Wheel and attend a show after dinner at Ivar’s. “The viaduct being gone was like holy wow,” Bo said. “It’s absolutely amazing. Now the viaduct’s gone and (the waterfront) is just an extension of Seattle.”


Waterfront Park is a 20-acre linear public park along Seattle’s downtown central shoreline designed to create places for people to come together and enjoy the natural beauty of the Puget Sound region and the company of one another. Waterfront Park consists of a garden-filled pedestrian promenade, boardwalk, and bike path that tie together open public spaces such as action-packed piers, viewpoints, a habitat beach, and stunning elevated pedestrian connection into downtown.


“If we do it right — and we’re on the path to do it right — I’m not convinced it won’t be the icon of the city of Seattle,” former Gov. Chris Gregoire, the head of Challenge Seattle, said at a recent Business Journal event.


Downtown’s waterfront transformation entered a new chapter recently with this massive upgrade to our state’s busiest ferry terminal. The new Washington State Ferries flagship ferry terminal recently opened on the Seattle waterfront. Passengers on the two busiest routes to Bremerton and Bainbridge Island will now have 20,000 square feet of space to spread out as they await the ferry to at the Seattle Multimodal Terminal at Colman Dock. Washington State Ferries is replacing the aging Colman Dock in Seattle to maintain its critical role as a regional multimodal transportation hub. The renovation of Colman Dock rebuilds a key piece of transportation infrastructure connecting downtown to communities around the Puget Sound. The new passenger building is a vast improvement over the old one. It fully faces the water, with 4,230 square feet of windows looking onto Elliott Bay and the city. Clerestory windows above bathe the space in natural light. This is a key construction milestone on the way to completing the full Colman Dock Project in Spring 2023. Stay updated with rider alerts for information on additional exit closures. More information can be found on the Washington State Department of Transportation’s website.


The Union Street Pedestrian Bridge has opened, improving access between the Waterfront and downtown Seattle. The project features a 95-foot-long walkway, a stairway, and an elevator with panels that provide visibility and light. Take a peek at what the Union Street Pedestrian Bridge looks like at night. The bridge features two permanent public artworks by Seattle artist Norie Sato, connecting Western Ave to Alaskan Way. Plus, it’ll improve accessibility between downtown and the waterfront with the new public elevator. The Seattle Times covers the opening of the bridge in Seattle’s downtown waterfront that guides pedestrians under a steel archway sculpture resembling a fern.


Overlook Walk is at the center of improvements from Pier 62 up to Pike Place Market and east along to Seattle’s urban core, including Pike and Pine streets. When complete, Overlook Walk will have a sloping pedestrian path leading from Pike Place Market to Seattle’s waterfront, mere minutes from The Emerald’s front door in the center of downtown Seattle. It fulfills the desire for an easily accessible way to the waterfront.  Overlook Walk is going up next to other key projects: the Seattle Aquarium’s long-planned, Ocean Pavilion, and the relocation of Alaskan Way plus the new two-way street, Elliott Way.


Seattle Aquarium envisions that Seattle will be reconnected to the ecosystem of the Pacific Ocean through its new Ocean Pavilion – an investment that will help connect downtown, Pike Place Market and the waterfront as a gathering place for all. This major new exhibit will be an extension of the existing Seattle Aquarium on Piers 59 and 60. It will provide several critical public features such as a new public elevator and a publicly-accessible rooftop park that will connect to the Overlook Walk.


Ocean Pavilion is a small but complex building — just 48,000 square feet but with 4 million pounds of rebar, or more than what goes into a typical downtown high-rise, according to Stuart Kibbee of Turner Construction Co., the project general contractor. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2024, Ocean Pavilion is the biggest thing to happen at the aquarium since its founding 45 years ago. The conservation and education facility will anchor what the society says will be the “world’s first climate-positive aquarium campus” with fossil-fuel-free operations.


The 20-acre linear Waterfront Park will run from Pioneer Square to Belltown. Waterfront Park will feature diverse species of trees, shrubs, and grasses from five upland habitat plant communities, and increase the waterfront tree canopy sixfold, from 183 trees to 844 trees. It will also feature a two-mile bike path, a boardwalk, a promenade, playgrounds, artwork, and many improved east-west connections.


“It will be our new front porch,” said Joy Shigaki, a fourth-generation Seattleite and the new president and CEO of Friends of Waterfront Seattle, the city’s nonprofit philanthropic partner on the waterfront redevelopment.


Welcome to Waterfront Seattle. Want more details about Seattle’s new waterfront destination at The Emerald’s doorstep? Check out Puget Sound Business Journal’s deep dive into the exciting revitalization efforts along the waterfront and why the final transformation could be iconic for the city. For details on Waterfront Park’s project delivery and construction information, visit waterfrontseattle.org.


Claim your very own Seattle waterfront views. Explore The Emerald’s Panoramic Collection. Move-in ready, luxury condominiums with rare views of Mount Rainier, Pike Place, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic Mountains are now selling! Contact the sales team to schedule your personal tour and secure one of these homes while the opportunity remains.

Festive Cocktails Above All with Brooke and Kyle at Smith Tower

Smith Tower is a true icon on the Seattle skyline, and in 1914 it became the first skyscraper in the city, and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. For more than one hundred years, it has remained a cultural icon of the city, offering breathtaking, panoramic views and spectacular architectural beauty. Beautiful from the outside, things get even more impressive if you head up to the top of the building. Travel the original Otis elevator to the 35th floor, and arrive at the Observatory and Bar, where you are surrounded with stunning 360-degree views of Seattle and Puget Sound.


Brooke and Kyle, of The Emerald sales team, recently shared a trip to nearby Smith Tower to share some festive cocktails and show us around as part of our DITL series.



“The cocktails offered at Smith tower include the classic favorites, but the bartenders are craft mixologists. I got to try one of Adam’s (the bartender seen in the video) creations; “Elise’s Old Fashioned.” This is a refreshing take on the original, made with new oak cask finished gin rather than bourbon, and some lime bitters. Delicious, dangerously-easy to drink”, said Kyle.


Brooke also decided to lean towards something refreshing with her choice of a “Martina-Rita” featuring Milagro Silver and lime with a hint of Siete Doba-Yej mezcal to give it that holiday-smokey finish. If you’re really yearning to taste some coal, Smith Tower offers an impressive collection of limited offerings aged in a charred oak barrel.


“The architecture is unique, as are the interior designs bringing in a wave of memories from another century. Gold-barred original Otis elevators are the only way up to the 35th floor 360-degree observation bar. Dubbed “The Chinese Room” as the bar was rumored to be furnished by the last Empress of China as a gift to the owner L.C. Smith, Brooke and I couldn’t stop gazing at the carved teak ceiling.”



Try buzzworthy cocktails like the aptly named Catch the Buzz (Michter’s Small Batch Bourbon, Montenegro, Amaretto, and honey syrup), or the Oaxacan Old-Fashioned (Xicaru Mezcal, Resposado Tequila, and local honey, finished off with chocolate and grapefruit bitters).


Smith Tower says, “You can’t rush art, as they say. That’s why we barrel-age liquors in house to add new layers of flavor and depth to our cocktails. Because if there’s anyone who knows about getting better with age, it’s us.”



Have you heard the latest buzz? The historic Smith Tower is home to a thriving colony of bees, known as an apiary, on its rooftop. Honey harvested from the 22nd floor beehives goes straight into the cocktails served in the Observatory Bar. The Observatory Bar (with some of Seattle’s best panoramic views) has an enticing fall menu that showcases the sweet liquid gold honey in its dishes and cocktails.


Shane James, Director of Food & Beverage for Columbia Hospitality, explains that the Smith Tower apiary began as a collaboration between the building’s property management company and the Observatory & Bar team. The project is a delicious teaching tool for guests. James said, “Honey-inspired additions to the fall menu will help bring awareness to the essential role bees play in our ecosystem.” There’s a viewing area in the lookout lounge so building tenants and special event guests can get up-close peeks of these essential pollinators as they come and go.


The Smith Tower is a must visit. The history and the architecture are absolutely incredible. The bar upstairs gives you an amazing 360 view of Seattle and a wonderful view of Mr. Rainier. Service is excellent.” – Sandy A., Yelp


The views are best enjoyed at the outside and breezy Observatory deck, while drinks and bites are served at the speakeasy-style and prohibition-inspired interior bar. The rooftop menu includes in-house barrel-aged liquors for added smoothness and character (try the Old Fashioned Flight that includes a 1 oz pour of each of the old fashioneds), classics and Smith Tower signature cocktails like the Dullahan (Jameson Black Barrel Irish whiskey, Borghetti coffee liqueur, chocolate bitters) and Seattle Freeze (Rainier Gin, blueberry liqueur, cranberry simple and lemon), craft brews and a locally inspired selection of shareable plates.


“Amazing cocktails, beautiful view, and fantastic staff. Highly recommend the Rum Combra and Last Word cocktails if you fancy rum and gin-based cocktails!” – Erin H., Yelp


“Smith Tower isn’t just a bar, it’s a whole experience. From the moment you arrive you’re taken back several decades. As far as the ambiance, it feels like a rooftop speakeasy from the Gatsby era. I got an espresso martini but next time I’m definitely going to try their Old Fashioned sampler. Cheers!” – Emily H., Yelp


Keep it classy all year long with a Rum Runner Membership Card and enjoy swanky perks all year long. Purchasing this membership includes unlimited access to the Observatory, Legends of Smith Tower Exhibits, and Bar year-round (plus one complimentary guest per visit, per card), 20% off all gifts, souvenirs, food and beverages, and a celebratory cocktail of your choice during your birthday month.


The Emerald enjoys a location in downtown Seattle, steps from iconic Pike Place Market and reimagined waterfront. Visit Brooke and Kyle this season to learn more about Seattle’s defining address at Second and Stewart and to tour the model residences. Now 70% sold with studio prices starting from $399,000 plus year-end specials, don’t miss this opportunity to call The Emerald home.

Fill Your Autumn Agenda with Seattle Events Close to Home

We’re falling in love with the new season in Seattle where experiences start mere steps from home. The Emerald’s premiere location at Second and Stewart places you in the center of downtown Seattle – just one block from the iconic Pike Place Market, Seattle’s new waterfront, and close to all the action. Start exploring the best of the season with these local to-do’s on the autumn agenda.


Seattle Waterfront Fall Events


Seattle’s architecture and art scene is second to none. Join Under the Space Needle: Seattle Art Walk tour, where you’ll get to see incredible works and get to know Seattle a bit better. Discover Seattle’s amazing art and architecture hidden in plain sight with a local, knowledgeable guide. Your tour starts in downtown Seattle, known for its creative architectural feats and styles, from historic to modern.


Pier 62 awaits with a full range of fitness, wellness, public art and performance programming, check the schedule to see what’s next.  Take in a sunset on Seattle’s Schooner, enjoy some oysters at Pier 54, hone your Instagram skills and strike a pose at the Seattle Selfie Museum or tour the Waterfront Whiskey Distillery – it’s all happening on the Seattle waterfront.


Explore a gallery space featuring all local BIPOC artists and creators during Belltown Art Walk, held every second Friday of each month. Multiple locations throughout the downtown and Belltown area open up their spaces to showcase artists and their works. Upcoming dates include September 9th, October 14th and November 11th.


Dine in a gondola 200 feet above the Salish Sea. Assemble 4 people, friends or family and make reservations for the dinner experience of a lifetime at Seattle’s Great Wheel along the Seattle waterfront.


Toast to autumn atop it all at Smith Tower Observatory. Less than a mile from The Emerald, you can experience the iconic, world-famous observatory with its historic exhibits, Otis elevators, stunning 360-degree views of Seattle, and open-air viewing deck. Watch for their fall special drinks at the thirty-fifth-floor bar as you explore the intriguing menu and amazing views.


Join Seattle Aquarium for fun activities open to all ages. The focus of each event varies from learning to storytelling and art, see event details by date for more. Events on September 23rd + 30th will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather.


Catch 8 local food trucks, 20 craft breweries and live entertainment all day long during Trucktoberfest Beer Festival on October 1st at the SLU Discovery Center in South Lake Union.


Plan to catch a Kraken game this season and cheer on our local hockey team. Just over a mile from The Emerald, getting to the Climate Pledge Arena is easy! For most major events they’ll have a bike valet for convenient and safe bike storage, 3 parking garages located on Seattle Center Campus, and you can also hop on the Metro and be there in ~20 minutes.


Enjoy a fall bike ride from The Emerald. Layer up and pop over to Olympic Sculpture Park. Start your journey by spying the Seattle fall foliage unfolding, then follow the Elliott Bay Trail through Myrtle Edwards Park as you try to spot eagles, gulls, and crows. Continue through Centennial Park as you take in views of Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier, and Olympic Mountains. Pedal all the way to Elliott Bay Marina at Smith Cove Park, which is a great spot to take in fall colors where crimson trees are brilliant against the turquoise waters and Seattle’s skyline shines.


Get into the spirit. Learn some local haunted history and book a tour with Seattle Terrors at Pike Place Market. “Fat Lady Barber” is a well-known, darker tale from Pike Place Market. Fat Lady Barber is known for walking around at night and singing customers to sleep in order to steal money and valuables out of their pockets. Today cleaners at the market say they have heard someone singing lullabies to them when they are alone at the market. Arthur Goodwin was a nephew of the developer of Pike Place Market who later ran the market as its director. Some say you can still see Goodwin upstairs in the library, looking down on the market or swinging a golf club where his office used to be.


Be blown away at the Glass Artist Showcase on October 16th, showcasing Pike Place Market’s glass artists featuring an array of work by skilled glassblowers, flame workers, fused glass artists and more.


Taste the best of Seattle during Seattle Restaurant Week. SRA runs from October 23rd – November 5th and gives diners a unique chance to celebrate our culinary community, highlighting its craft, diversity, resilience, and great food. Enjoy curated menus at restaurants, food trucks, pop-ups, and more across greater Seattle.


Celebrate the changing of the seasons with the whole family at Pike Place Market’s Harvest Festival on October 29th. Bring the kids and even your furry friends for a day of fall fun across all 9-acres. Meet the producers, enjoy live music, kids’ activities, pop-up murals, pumpkin decorating and a costume parade for kids and pets!


Celebrate the spooky season on The Strangest Seattle Tour, a one of kind journey through time. The tour begins at Pike Place Market, continues through Belltown and ends on Pier 66. Explore the Emerald City through the art of storytelling and a real time adventure walking one mile through the streets, stairwells, and storefronts that reflect the mystery and spirit of a Seattle that is still a great work in progress.


Join an opening night event to get a first look at the pieces and meet the artists and collectors included in the fifth exhibition for the Seattle NFT Museum on November 4th. The Seattle NFT Museum’s purpose is to serve, educate, and connect the thriving NFT community in the Pacific Northwest.


The Annual Magic in the Market kicks off the holiday season at Pike Place Market to celebrate the 27th annual Magic in the Market. You will find holiday spirit across all 9-acres on this unforgettable day on November 26th.


There’s no better spot to enjoy the best of Seattle. Take advantage of The Emerald’s incredible location by finding your home today and start exploring what each season offers, just steps from your front door.



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Tour the Evolving Seattle Waterfront from Above

Join Brooke, Sales Manager at The Emerald, as she explains the latest amenity milestones and what’s to come along the ever-evolving Seattle waterfront. A natural in front of the camera, Brooke begins this video tour high above it all filming from one of our beautiful one-bedroom condominiums on the 33rd floor. This “05” stack home offers an amazing vantage point to watch the progress along the waterfront unfold.


If you haven’t had a chance to watch Brooke’s entire video, enjoy the tour. We’ve summarized some key points below for your convenience!


The Waterfront Project is creating a more accessible and livable waterfront in an effort to offer more pedestrian spaces connecting the city core down to the water. Once at the waterfront, the emphasis is to create a more livable and enjoyable space for all.


The first portion, the new seawall, was completed in 2017.  This new seawall serves as the foundation for the new waterfront, and it has some really nice features for the ecosystem. Salmon migrate through that area, so they have used materials and have designed it in a way that creates a healthier habitat for the sea. A sidewalk has also been incorporated to facilitate and encourage waterfront pedestrian activity.


In 2018 we saw the addition of the Washington Street Habitat Beach, a beach that anyone can enjoy for fun, great for picnics or to get your feet wet. If you are familiar with the waterfront, you know that before this beach was added, there really wasn’t anything on the water until you get to the Olympic Sculpture Park, which is on the north side of the city. This addition is almost complete and many are excited about this new venue.


In 2019, an above ground two-story highway was rerouted underground into a tunnel that now runs underneath the waterfront – hugely beautifying the waterfront and definitely making it much, much more enjoyable and accessible.


The next portion of the project that was completed was Pier 62.  You can tell which one it is because it has a soccer field on top. This pier was designed to be a flexible park space, with numerous events daily. The Waterfront Park website highlight activities offered such as free yoga, free dance classes, food truck round-ups, live music and even the regional Salish Tribe sharing traditional songs and stories with visitors.


Future plans call for a sidewalk that runs along the waterfront, expanding it and making it more like a promenade. They’re also adding a bike lane, more greenery and park spaces for kids to play, in an effort to create a pedestrian-friendly setting for all. These present and future improvements will make connecting by foot to your favorite sporting events extremely convenient. It’s very Seattle.


The Overlook Walk portion of the waterfront is another project that is currently under construction which will connect Pike Place Market to the Seattle Aquarium. There’s going to be some fun spaces for kids, various slides that can take them from the top of the walk, down to the bottom where the aquarium is located. Food and beverage vendors will also be incorporated. Overlook Walk boasts a modern design and will have some great views.


Other additions will include a new pedestrian bridge from the common ferry terminal that will take people over to Western Avenue. There will also be one more new pier, Pier 58 – located between the aquarium and The Great Wheel. This new pier will be in the shape of a triangle and will have a grove of trees, nice seating, and kids play area.


All this is just about a block and a half from The Emerald making all that’s in the works an exciting new amenity of our community.  Contact Brooke at Sales@TheEmeraldSeattle.com for an in-person or virtual tour soon to explore the new collection of modern high-rise condominiums rising above an iconic downtown address at Second and Stewart.

It’s a Delicious Time to be in Downtown Seattle

The Emerald opens up to a vibrant mix of downtown cafés, fresh markets, exceptional shopping, A-list restaurants, and world-class museums and galleries. Our neighboring Pike Place Market invites you to explore all 9-acres featuring 70+ farmers, 150+ crafters plus over 220 independently owned shops and restaurants. And Elliott Bay is just steps away from your front door – highlighted by the new waterfront redevelopment and its reimagined plazas, parks and paths that will connect the city and the Sound like never before. Our Seattle location has also been stacked with new restaurant openings, making it a delicious time to be in downtown.



Get a taste of the neighborhood by adding a few of these spots to your dining card:


Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, a Maryland-based seafood chain, is bringing Maine lobster to Seattle.  The signature dish at this new spot is a fluffy roll loaded with Maine lobster meat, served hot with warm butter, chilled with lemon butter, or with bacon, lettuce, and tomato. They also serve up shrimp rolls and clam chowder along with some other lobster dishes like lobster mac and cheese, lobster grilled cheese, lobster bisque, and lobster salad. The first West Coast location, Mason’s is located at 1307 1st Avenue, a short walk from Pike Place Market, across from the Seattle Art Museum.


Shama is Pike Place Market’s new fine-dining Moroccan restaurant that serves dishes such as M’rouzia, a meltingly tender lamb shank with Moroccan saffron and a chicken dish cooked with bitingly sour preserved lemons and briny green olives, both served with fluffy couscous. The restaurant overlooks Western Avenue and is located at 1501 Pike Place #200.


Salt District is a new casual Italian restaurant on Pier 55 on the Seattle waterfront brought to us by the owners of Elliott’s Oyster House and Metropolitan Grill (E3 Restaurant Group). John Vega, who previously ran E3 Restaurant Group’s catering program, is the restaurant’s executive chef. His menu includes snacks like cheese and charcuterie boards, sandwiches for lunch, and pasta, steak, classic Italian entrees like branzino, and Lamb Osso Bucco for dinner. This spot also offers a large cocktail and wine list.


Tiger Sugar, Taiwan’s premier brown sugar milk tea chain, has arrived in Seattle near Pike Place Market. The Instagram boba sensation entered the U.S. market in 2019 with two wildly popular locations in New York City. This is the chain’s first location in Washington with future plans to expand in the state.


Make it a very happy hour! Seattle restauranteur Ethan Stowell opened a second location of The Victor Tavern at the base of the 2+U office tower near Pike Place Market on June 29th. A great spot to share some snacks and conversation with colleagues and neighbors, The Victor Tavern caters to downtown office workers with a happy hour menu offered between (4- 6pm) featuring bites like beef tartare, spicy calamari, grass-fed beef burgers, veggie burgers, and fish and chips, served with $10 cocktails, $6 draft beers, and $7 glasses of wine.


Just a few blocks or ~.5 mile from our door is The George, the newly opened full-service restaurant of Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel as part of an $25 million renovation of the hotel’s dining and lobby areas. Chef Thomas Cullen says he intends to make it the top restaurant in Seattle by achieving unparalleled breadth and quality in his menu with pasta dishes, sashimi, huge seafood boils and towers, dry-aged steaks, and more. The restaurant’s design, with vaulted ceilings and zigzagging green, black, pink, and white marble tile floors, is stunning. You can find The George at the back of the lobby area of the hotel, which is located at 411 University Street.


A few blocks in the other direction, also ~.5 miles from our door you’ll find Renee Erickson’s newest business, King Leroy. This casual Northwest-style bar invites you to order chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, and smoked oysters in the heart of the Denny Triangle. Delicious and dedicated to a case, dining out here means giving back. To honor the late Portland chef, Cameron Addy–a beloved friend of Sea Creatures’ chef-owner Renee Erickson, the restaurant uses proceeds from sales to fund the Cameron Addy Culinary Scholarship, offering financial support to culinary arts students at Seattle Community Colleges.


It’s hip to be square. If you are looking for a quick bite or some grab and go, Slices USA, a Dallas-based high-end pizza chain owned by Michael Franzese, a former capo of New York’s infamous Colombo mob, recently opened approximately ~.5 down Olive Way on the other side of Hyatt in Downtown Seattle. You can try the Sicilian-style pies in a casual setting at 809 Olive Way, Suite C. Don’t miss the House-made Sicilian Meatballs, made with pork, veal and beef, and ricotta and parmesan slowly simmered in tomato sauce.


photo credit: Matt McDonald, @equalmotion


Everything. Everywhere. Whether you are looking to purchase a primary residence in a prime Seattle location or a second home where every day feels like a Pacific Northwest vacation inside and out, our location offers it all. Map out your favorite spots all around The Emerald by visiting the interactive neighborhood page on our website. Homes are move-in ready! Now over 70% sold, please contact us to schedule a tour.