Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square
3.5
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Pioneer Square Park, topped by an ornate pergola, is the site of the city's oldest settlement.
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Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
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  • Pioneer Square • 2 min walk
  • King Street Station • 6 min walk
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  • Jeremy C
    Atlanta, Georgia880 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Area, but...
    This is an interesting area to explore, with several art galleries and some historic buildings. The toy store (Magic Mouse Toys) on the corner is absolutely worth a visit, with an eclectic selection of interesting toys. However, the area is fairly rundown and there are a lot of homeless camping out.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice
    I had read some negative reviews of Pioneer Square prior to our recent visit so we were a little hesitant to take a tour of the area. The day we visited, it was very nice and we enjoyed the visit. There are a number of shady areas with seating to relax and a variety of shops and restaurants in the area.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Linda H
    Yeovil, United Kingdom2,373 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too many down and outs on the streets
    Felt uncomfortable walking around here with so many down and outs on the streets. We enjoyed Smiths Tower very much but Occidental Square put as I’ll at ease. We walked through quickly but didn’t feel safe to stop and enjoy the sculptures and fountains and this was mid morning
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia49,466 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic area
    Pioneer Square is not just a "Square" in the usual sense. It's a neighbourhood! We walked around and quite enjoyed the whole area. Historic buildings, nice little park with an ornate iron pergola and a host of other things. It's definitely worth visiting.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rebuilt historic area
    Over the decades, or even a century, Seattle became a modern metropolis and its center and main attractions moved little bit northwest among the modern high rises. However, this area around Pioneer square is the actual early days downtown area. In those times from mid 19c all houses were made of wood and were destroyed in the great fire of 1889. Rebuilding started immediately after, building brick houses we see today and shortly after Seattle's first skyscraper - Smith tower. The area is also full of authentic bars where some big names of Grunge made their first steps and live shows. Several art galleries and many coffee shops. From historic and tourist point of view here's the Klondike museum, excellent one and free, explaining the city boom during late 19c gold rush. So, this area deserves some of your time as Seattle isn't only Space needle, Pike place and Starbucks. Downside of this area I deduct one star for, are the homeless, junkies and other weird zombie like creatures. There're many of them - alone and in groups in street camps, on benches.... They wont bother you, but still it is not a pleasant site and I doubt I'd walk there at night. During our 10 days Pacific northwest tour we got used to them in both WA state and Oregon, however I don't approve that policy and I think many people's businesses in such areas suffer because of that.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 28, 2024
  • TennisStar602
    New Jersey704 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pioneer Square was Seattle’s original neighborhood.
    Pioneer Square was very historical as Seattle’s origin. Many of the buildings had older architecture. I took a tour of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. I did see a lot of homeless people within this area.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written June 30, 2024
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Chucketta
Central States USA126 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Although touted as a trendy area, feel free to skip this especially after dark. If you really want to go because of the interesting history and amazing architecture, make sure to go early in the day while the homeless are still sleeping. The restaurants and bars are a bit pricey due to the area's proximity to the Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders.
Written July 28, 2021
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Heather_CD8
London, UK137 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
The square if you could call it that, is run down and full of homeless people just as other reviewers have said.
This should not be a place that tourists are encouraged to go.
We visited it on a Thursday morning and hardly any of the businesses there were open.
It really is not a nice place.
Written September 22, 2022
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Curly
Brooklyn Park, MN494 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
What a disappointment. Nothing to see and very unsafe. A few nicer art galleries but I don’t understand why decent businesses stay unless it’s free rent! Security guards were surrounding a screaming man trying to calm him down, many homeless people, lots of garbage and bad smells, people with obvious mental health issues, etc.

Just say NO!
Written September 12, 2022
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AB_US
Dallas, TX423 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This was one of the scariest and most disappointing places in Downtown Seattle. All the historic places and attractions I wanted to visit was filled with tents and some of the homeless people were very aggressive. I booked my hotel in that area so I can be in walking distance from all the squares, buildings, and the attractions there and I ended up avoiding them. I even ended up walking to take the busses a few blocks north (from next stops) to avoid the area.
Written August 31, 2022
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Alvin C
Canada1,326 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
If this is your first time, here are some advice for you:

Pioneer has history, but currently the location is VERY run down with MANY homeless people hanging around. Almost at every corner you can smell urine from the sidewalk...totally expected. There are only two attractions worth seeing at the present time:

1 - Smith Tower: built in 1914, it was the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi. Admission is $18 and this is worth your money and prepare to spend a good hour to hour and a half there. Lots of interesting readings and the elevator is amazing.

2 - Underground Tour: this tour is about hour and a half. Lots of walking. If your knees are not up to it, then think twice.

Other than that, you'll find many businesses are gone, or windows all boarded up due to vandalism...very sad sight.

Final verdict: is it worth visiting??? Allocate half a day and see for yourself. If you want a good lunch, Chinatown is only 0.5 mile walk from Pioneer. Then you can hit both locations in one day.

Happy travels.
Written October 30, 2022
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Jeremy C
Atlanta, GA880 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This is an interesting area to explore, with several art galleries and some historic buildings. The toy store (Magic Mouse Toys) on the corner is absolutely worth a visit, with an eclectic selection of interesting toys. However, the area is fairly rundown and there are a lot of homeless camping out.
Written August 21, 2023
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Sandi S
15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Do not go!! Majority of businesses empty. There are several coffee shops open. Homeless people sleeping everywhere. We took the lite rail to University RD, urine everywhere. The pioneer square lite rail location is not as dirty. If going to T-Mobile or Lumen Field, suggest just staying at Pubs near the parks and not wandering into Pioneer Square.
Written December 18, 2022
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harrisbabe
Bishops Stortford, UK50 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Unsafe area, we couldn’t explore any of it which is a real shame. We got out a cab and within minutes headed to the train as didn’t feel safe at all. This was during the day but too many homeless people shouting and clearly in a terrible state needing support.
Written March 25, 2022
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chyechka
Toronto, Canada119 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
So, it took us a while to find the actual “square”, in the meantime, we had a fantastic coffee at Zeitgeist. The area is kinda cool, some of the buildings have maintained their original feel. Feels different than other parts of Seattle in that there remains a lot of original charm, but same as rest of Seattle in that it is overrun by homeless people, garbage, smells of urine, and tents. Quite sad.
Written May 3, 2023
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BigFatFoodie//Traveler
Florida566 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
This is a very sketchy area to get to unless you’re driving by car and can get exactly on the street that you want. Otherwise, I suggest forgo this place. Cute little square with restaurants and some shops. However the streets prior and outlining this area are filled with the homeless-vagabonds, people that will come up to you and ask for money, food, clothing your purse. Not safe.
Written July 14, 2022
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