Welcome to Seattle — the vibrant heart of the Pacific Northwest! As your local experts, Totally Seattle Tours is here to guide you through the most exciting places in Seattle’s Central District. And if you need help getting around the city, you might like to read our guide to getting around Seattle as a tourist.
With today’s guide, we’re diving into Seattle’s Central District, a culturally rich, dynamic hub that is bursting with experiences. From delicious food to colorful murals and everything in between, we’d like to share a few fantastic ways to soak up the lively spirit in central Seattle.
If anything we say here inspires you to explore the Emerald City with Totally Seattle Tours, you might like to consider our range of Private Tours in Seattle. And if you need help getting around the city, check out our guide to getting around Seattle as a tourist.
Savor Seattle’s Culinary Delights
When you’re in Seattle’s Central District, your taste buds are in for a treat. Start your journey by visiting one of the area’s many fantastic eateries; from sushi and soul food to Caribbean cuisine and the ubiquitous Seattle Dog, the options are endless. If you’d like to build up an appetite for Seattle’s culinary delights, read our guide on food to try in Seattle.
We recommend stopping by the beloved Communion Restaurant & Bar, run by Chef Kristi Brown. The food is a delightful mixture of east and west, asian fusion and traditional southern dishes, such as BBQ shrimp & grits and grilled okra.
There are so many other great eateries to visit in Seattle’s Central District, which makes it a little unfair to name just a couple. However, given that it’s Totally Seattle’s CEO’s favorite restaurent, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also recommend Sushi Kashiba — a contender for the best sushi on the west coast.
Explore the Jackson Street Workers Mural
The Central District is also home to some of the most striking street art in Seattle. Take a stroll along Jackson Street, where you’ll discover a multi-colored smorgasbord of vivid murals that celebrate the neighborhood’s history and culture, celebrating the workers in the cumminity.
Great street art is becoming a marker of the most interesting cities around the world. These captivating artworks on Jackson Street are a testament to the spirit and creativity of the people of Seattle and they are not to be missed.
See Seattle’s Space Needle
Some people love visiting the biggest, most iconic sights in a city. If this is you, then you’ll probably want to check out the Space Needle. There’s something great about either visiting the Space Needle at the very start of your Seattle trip, or at the very end.
We prefer visiting at the very end. After all, you will be looking at the Space Needle constantly throughout your visit, the anticipation growing. Then, once you’re there, it’s truly something else to look out over the city you’ve been exploring from the 360-degree observation deck. With the only revolving glass floor in the world, the Space Needle is even more exciting when viewed inside.
Visit the Northwest African American Museum
For a deeper understanding of the neighborhood’s history, make your way to the Northwest African American Museum. This gem offers an array of exhibits showcasing the African American experience in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a place of education, inspiration, and reflection.
This is truly an excellent museum both for adults on their own and for families. At the time of writing, it is $10 for adults, $5 for under 18s, and free for children three and under.
Check out Seattle’s Incredible Parks and Green Spaces
Escape the urban bustle and relax in one of the Central District’s charming parks. Pratt Park and Judkins Park are both fantastic spots to unwind, enjoy a picnic, or simply soak up some Seattle sunshine. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll or having a family day out, these green oases are perfect for a breather.
Visit Pike Place Market
This iconic market is often famous enough that visitors have heard of it before their visit. However, this is a great example of a place that completely deserves its reputation. Known by the locals as ‘The Market’, you’ll find even more locals than visitors here, enjoying the great food and shopping it provides.
This is a Seattle institution, which is why we created our epic Pike Place Market & Seattle Center Tour. This tour allows you to follow a passionate local guide as you check out all of the best local spots in Pike Place Market and Seattle’s Central District!
Seattle’s Central District is an enchanting neighborhood filled with culture, history, and lots of great places to visit and explore. Whether you’re admiring street art or immersing yourself in music and history, there’s a little something for everyone.
So, grab your walking shoes, your sense of adventure, and let Totally Seattle Tours be your guide. Please also feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. Join us for an unforgettable journey of this iconic Seattle neighborhood?