So you’re in Seattle – maybe you live here, maybe you’re visiting. Whatever the occasion is, you want an adventure. Now, you do have your popular Seattle headliners: The Space Needle, Pike Place Market, the Gum Wall, and that mysterious troll that sits under 99. But Seattle has even more to offer. We’ll call these the underground artists. It’s so easy to stumble across your new favorite antique store or viewpoint just by going off the beaten path. Let’s get down to it. Here are a few underground goodies:
The Great Wheel – The Seattle waterfront is one of the first places you should go when starting your city adventure. If you cruise past “Seattle’s Eye,” be sure to make your way to Pier 62. You may just come across several lone ping-pong tables awaiting your arrival. Bring along some paddles and ping-pong balls for endless free fun with an amazing view.
Key Arena – After a concert at the Key Arena, walk up the street to Queen Anne and Roy. There you’ll find Keys on Main – Seattle’s own dueling piano bar.
On stage you’ll see two sleek baby grand pianos ready for battle. Request your favorite songs and prepare for an entire night of entertainment. Check out the list of artists you’ll see taking the stage.
Lake Union / Portage Bay – A hidden treasure sits a little southwest of the University of Washington campus – Agua Verde. Enjoy some amazing tacos before hitting the lake. This funky cantina has a paddle club where you can kayak or paddle board. Paddle out to the middle of the lake and see the gorgeous Seattle skyline.
Pike Place Alcove – After you’ve grabbed a sample of cheese (or several) at Beecher’s and you’ve snapped some shots of the Original Starbucks, it’s time to step away from the crowds. Pike Place Alcove is the oasis you’ve been looking for with views of the Olympics, bustling ferries, and the beautiful boardwalk. Locate the Main Arcade around First and Pike. Keep walking until you reach a bank of window, sit, and enjoy that view!
The Space Needle – The Vera Project embodies the essence of Seattle – music, collaboration, and art. Tucked back in the west side of the Seattle Center, VERA invites people to perform, volunteer, and enjoy. VERA is a venue for classes, art exhibits, audio trainings, and internships. Check out their calendar of events. Pick a show or a training and try it out!
Woodland Park Zoo – Ed’s Kort Haus. Calling all foodies! Up for a challenge? Have you ever tried camel? Ostrich? Perhaps alligator? Ed’s menu is full of crazy foods you won’t find anywhere else in Seattle. Grab a group of friends and see what menu item catches your eye. Maybe you can hit up Ed’s right after visiting the Woodland Zoo? Then again, maybe not.
Salumi in Pioneer Square – Appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations (one of the best sandwiches you will ever experience).
Waterfall Garden Park in Pioneer Square
Bathtub Gin & Co. in Belltown
Beth’s Cafe by Green Lake – Breakfast lovers unite!
Bruce Lee’s Grave by Volunteer Park – Lakeview Cemetery, 1554 15th Ave. East
Lockspot Cafe by the Ballard Locks – Great happy hour from 3pm - 7pm
Go for it! Be a tourist in your own city and add these spots to your summer bucket list.
-Tori Johnson is a Blogger for The World Is Fun