Neighborhoods of Central Seattle
Central Seattle can be broken apart into distinct neighborhoods.
This neighborhood features stylish boutiques, high-rise condos and a cool nightlife scene. Starting on 1st Ave, Belltown runs parallel to the Seattle waterfront and right into Downtown. Top places to visit include the Seattle Glass Gallery, and Olympic Sculpture Park. Belltown is home to the Cornish College of the Arts, Art Institute of Seattle, Antioch University, Argosy University and the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.
Capitol Hill is an expansive district with prominent nightlife and entertainment. Located just east of Downtown, the biggest draw in the area is Broadway. The Pike-Pine corridor has an abundance of coffee shops, bars and restaurants. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is located in Volunteer Park, which is in the heart of this Central Seattle neighborhood.
Central District, Denny-Blaine & Leschi
Situated to the east of Downtown, Central District features a very diverse community. Stop by the Central Cinema for a dine-in movie watching experience of classic films and cartoon happy hours. Enjoy a picnic lunch in Madrona Park, which overlooks Lake Washington.
Denny-Blaine is an east central neighborhood is located right above Central District. This portion of the city is strictly residential, so you won’t find any attractions here. What Denny-Blaine is really known for is its parks.
Leschi is another residential neighborhood borders Lake Washington, Interstate 90, and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Leschi was named in remembrance a chieftain of the Nisqually tribe of the same namesake.
Central Business District
Find a list of top attractions and fun things to do on our Entertainment page. Motif is situated in the heart of downtown Seattle and features such a rich, vibrant culture. Consider this area to be the best choice for a family vacation or romantic getaway.
Eastlake, Madison Park & Montlake
Eastlake is a mix of residential buildings and small parks including Fairview and Eastlake Bouledrome. The neighborhood is best known for being featured in Sleepless in Seattle.
Madison Park an upscale community that also boasts numerous restaurants. The main reasons to visit Madison Park are to go to the Washington Park Arboretum or Broadmoor Golf Club.
Montlake is an affluent, quiet neighborhood at the northern most part of Central Seattle. It is bound by the Portage Bay and the Montlake Cut.
Just south of Downtown, the International District is known as the cultural region of Central Seattle. It was formerly known as Chinatown and remains a hub for the Asian American community. Take a guide tour and learn about the areas rich history.
Pioneer Square is located right below the Central Business District and the southernmost part of Downtown. This neighborhood is a mix of cool architecture, bustling nightlife, and several government buildings (King County Superior Court, Seattle Municipal Court & Seattle City Hall). You can take a ride up to the observation deck of the Smith Tower and see spectacular views of the entire city.
South Lake Union
South Lake Union was originally a major industrial center of Seattle, but has transitioned into the city’s trendiest neighborhood. Westlake Avenue is considered to be one of the best places for dining, shopping and exploration. But what South Lake Union is most known for is being the headquarters of Amazon.com.