90 MIN­UTES AT: Pi­o­neer Square

Where Seattle - - Editor's Itenirary -

Visit one of Seat­tle’s old­est neigh­bor­hoods, Pi­o­neer Square. There is plenty of shop­ping and din­ing, as well as a few at­trac­tions. Start your 90 min­utes at the Smith Tower (www.smith­tower.com. 506 Sec­ond Ave., 206.624.0414), once the tallest build­ing west of the Mis­sis­sippi River. The re­cently ren­o­vated ob­ser­va­tion deck boasts views of the sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hood as well as food and drinks at the new Tem­per­ance speakeasy-in­spired café and bar. The bot­tom floor now has Pro­vi­sions, a gen­eral store with a deli counter, soda foun­tain and gift items. From there, stroll down First Ave., where you’ll find shop­ping and din­ing. Stop at E. Smith Mer­can­tile for a va­ri­ety of Amer­i­can-made goods that make great gifts or, in the back, a bar with good cock­tails and small plates. When you cross S. King St., head east—there’s a great sports bar on this street (Qual­ity Ath­let­ics) plus next-door Velouria (www. shop­be­louria.com. 145 S. King

St., 206.788.0330), a women’s cloth­ing bou­tique that also stocks hand­made gift items. A fi­nal fun street to wan­der is Oc­ci­den­tal Ave. S, which runs par­al­lel to First Ave. With restau­rants, shop­ping, art gal­leries and a wine bar, it’s a beau­ti­ful, tree-lined street with cob­ble­stone walk­ways.

Gems in­clude Tay­lor Oys­ter Bar (www.tay­loroys­ter­bars.com. 410 Oc­ci­den­tal Ave. S, 206.501.4060) for fresh oys­ters, Ston­ing­ton Gallery (www. ston­ing­ton­gallery.com. 125 S. Jack­son St., 866.405.4485) for art from Pa­cific North­west Coast masters and the Es­tates Wine Room (www.es­tateswine­room.com. 307 Oc­ci­den­tal Ave. S, 206.623.5835) for small plates and flights of vino.

Get to Pi­o­neer Square via Link Light Rail (head south from down­town) or the Seat­tle Street­car from Capi­tol Hill.

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