Top 6 Places in Seattle All Locals Should Know
New to Seattle? Ready to fit in with the locals? If so, there are a few things you need to know. For one, we don’t carry umbrellas (ever). Two, The Stranger is the only alt-mag you should be picking up (not Seattle Weekly). And, finally, there are some “secret” places you really ought to check out.
See, when we tell people we’re from Seattle, their first reaction tends to be peppered with emotion: awe over the perceived number of Starbucks littering this Pacific Northwest playground, sympathy over the puddles they assume we wade through daily, or bewilderment over “that huge pointy building” (otherwise known as the Space Needle).
And they’re right – at least kind of. But, really, we nod in agreement while deep down we desperately want to tell them that there’s more to Seattle than Microsoft and rain –like burlesque dancers, trolls, and a Unicorn Bar.
These are our top things to do in SeaTown, none of which you’re apt to see on a tourist map but that all locals should know. And if you’d like company discovering any of them - or want some local suggestions about how to enjoy them even more - you can always find a friendly partner in crime or a helping hand on the Chummy app.
Burlesque has been thriving in Seattle for years; trendy Seattle venues dish up neo-Burlesque and cabaret with dinner like McDonald’s serves fries. To be sure, The Triple Door got its start in vaudeville entertainment before turning into a movie house way back in the 1930s.
Nowadays, hotspots like The Pink Door and Can Can tease and delight audiences nearly every day of the week with variations of burlesque entertainment. And if tassel twirling brings you joy, consider learning the art yourself at Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque.
If whimsical décor, magical cocktails, and carnival food is right up your alley, check out Seattle’s Unicorn and Narwhal bars, each situated on the quirky Capitol Hill. There, you can get your game on with a claw machine, arcade, and photo booth as well. We assure you that it’s just as weird as you might expect from the name.
And Trolls, Oh My!
Unofficially named “De Libertas Quirkas,” or “The Freedom to be Peculiar,” Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood is a celebrated treasure trove of oddities. Perhaps the most quirky sightseeing spot in the area is the infamous Fremont Troll – a huge, Cyclops-like creature that grips onto a real Volkswagen Beetle – and is perched under the Aurora Bridge at 36th St and Troll Avenue North. Originally crafted as a means to discourage drug deals and other shady behaviors in 1990, it has now become a picture perfect climbing gym.
A Sound Garden
Perched on a hill overlooking Lake Washington in Seattle, “A Sound Garden” is a large musical instrument and art installation in which local band Soundgarden famously named themselves after. Oversized pipe-like structures whisper, whistle, and whirl when the wind blows through. Security is tight, so bring your picture identification and plan to walk about a ½ mile after parking.
So we admit that there isn’t a whole lot to do at the aforementioned gum wall. Nevertheless, it is a staple of Seattle sightseeing that you have to see in order to appreciate. Since the early 1990s, people have been plastering their chewed gum on the wall while patrons wait for an improv show. The ensuing art is a fascinating (albeit disgusting) menagerie of color. It’s available for your viewing pleasure down an unassuming alleyway in Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market.
Hungry for More?
Don’t let this list be all-encompassing of the places you venture near and far along the I-5 corridor! Even if you’re new in town and unsure of where to go, there are plenty of locals happy to show you the way. Simply download the Chummy app to connect with a whole city full of friendly folks who can offer suggestions of fun places to go. And if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can use the app to meet others who are happy to join.
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