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Kenneth from Portland asked

How can I see Seattle like a local?

What are local known hangout spots and restaurants in Seattle? I'll be visiting for a week and want to see the city like a local. I've been before and want to hit below the tourist spots this time around. 

Seattle (Washington)

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Valerie from Seattle

Kenneth, you're in luck! The local spots are mixed right in with the tourist ones, so it's not hard to shift from one to the other.

Personally, I love Belltown, the neighborhood just north of Downtown. There are tons of great, funky places like The Whisky Bar, Bathtub Gin & Co., and Drip City that give the city character.

If it's good weather, all the locals will be flocking to Gas Works Park. It's far enough out of normal tourist reach that you can enjoy it without worrying about fanny packs and white sneakers.

Spencer gave tons of great answers about West Seattle, Ballard Neighborhood, and Fremont Neighborhood, so here are some from Capitol Hill Neighborhood. Grab lunch at The Lookout to see the city. Wander through Volunteer Park -- depending on the time of year, there may be a food truck festival or something equally fun. I love the Happy Hour at The Bottleneck Lounge, though that's technically in Madrona.

Or, be really ambitious: head out to Bainbridge Island via the Seattle Ferry Terminal and spend the day wandering around. Try Harbour Public House for food and grab a local beer at the Alehouse On Winslow before heading back to the mainland.

Have enough ideas yet? :) Have a great trip!

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Belltown (attraction)
  2. The Whisky Bar (restaurant)
  3. Bathtub Gin & Co. (attraction)
  4. Drip City (restaurant)
  5. Gas Works Park (attraction)
  6. West Seattle (attraction)
  7. Ballard Neighborhood (neighborhood)
  8. Fremont Neighborhood (neighborhood)
  9. Capitol Hill Neighborhood (neighborhood)
  10. The Lookout (attraction)
  11. Volunteer Park (attraction)
  12. The Bottleneck Lounge (attraction)
  13. Madrona (attraction)
  14. Bainbridge Island (city)
  15. Seattle Ferry Terminal (attraction)
  16. Harbour Public House (restaurant)
  17. Alehouse On Winslow (restaurant)
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Spencer from Los Angeles

I'd spend some time in Ballard Neighborhood and Fremont Neighborhood, as well as West Seattle. These hoods are a little bit tougher to get to, so they're really more locals' hoods. If you're into breweries, there are a ton of great ones in Ballard and Fremont, such as my favorite Seattle brewery, Hilliard's Beer, as well as Reuben's BrewsHale's Ales Brewery & Pub, and Fremont Brewing Company

For food, I really like Ethan Stowell's restaurants, a couple of which are in Ballard, including Chippy's Fish & Drink and Staple and Fancy Mercantile. In West Seattle/Alki, hit up Bakery Nouveau and Marination Ma Kai (my fave street food style place in Seattle).

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Ballard Neighborhood (neighborhood)
  2. Fremont Neighborhood (neighborhood)
  3. West Seattle (attraction)
  4. Hilliard's Beer (attraction)
  5. Reuben's Brews (attraction)
  6. Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub (restaurant)
  7. Fremont Brewing Company (restaurant)
  8. Chippy's Fish & Drink (restaurant)
  9. Staple and Fancy Mercantile (restaurant)
  10. Bakery Nouveau (restaurant)
  11. Marination Ma Kai (restaurant)
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