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Good place to visit in Seattle

University District has some ruff edges (Seattle is a major city with everything that that means... read more

Reviewed June 23, 2018
Alec D
Seattle, Washington
College culture

Although the scenes in this area have changed over the past 15-20 years, there is still an... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2018
Andrew B
Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

University District has some ruff edges (Seattle is a major city with everything that that means) But don't let that stop you from visiting. There are some great places to eat, some interesting shopping and one of the best farmers markets in the city (year...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

Although the scenes in this area have changed over the past 15-20 years, there is still an enjoyable dingy quality to this area. Gentified store fronts mix with trashy run down stores barely hanging on. UDub is magnicifient though.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed January 11, 2018 via mobile

The UW is a gorgeous campus and not to be missed. Visit the Fry and Henry museums. The year round farmer’s market on Saturday is excellent. Lots of great ethnic food to be found. Be careful on the Ave.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

The U district caters mainly to the UW students as the campus is next to it. There are lots of food outlets and the prices are rather reasonable. There are some interesting shops here too.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

Yes it's nice to walk around Yes lots of restaurants to chose from Yes the university is near so must go and be careful not to get lost. *Do not I repeat do not hang around on your own after dark. Yes their is a...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

If you want to see the different neighborhoods, this is one to check out. I’d advise you take an Uber from your motel because parking is expensive and you might not want to even entertain the thought of leaving your car here. Like others have...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Daniel A
Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile

Cool shops, great food options. Check out Morsel's biscuit shop (name explains it all) and Sureshot coffee if you like rock, pinball, and good coffee.

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed June 28, 2017

I stayed with some friends at an AIRBND in this neighborhood last week. The streets are dirty and homeless are everywhere begging for money. However, we did find some good inexpensive eats and the public transit accessibility is superb in this area, it was easy...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Diane S
Reviewed April 13, 2017

Dirty and graffiti everywhere. I guess it'd be cool if I was a younger college student, but as an adult who lives in a beautiful larger city, I was dismayed at how dirty this area was.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank chichi168
Reviewed January 13, 2017 via mobile

U D offers some smart shops as well as some fancy eateries worth the trip here Top of our list is Din Tai Fung restaurant re the taiwanese dumplings place where your wait for a simple seat could take more than an hour. Best get...More

Date of experience: January 2017
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Marina, California
A Morning and Early Afternoon in Seattle (8 Replies)
Hi all, and thanks for reading, I'm coming to Seattle next weekend for the Capitol Hill Block Party. I'll be arriving late Thursday night, and leaving early Monday morning. My friend with the expense account flaked on me, so I had to pick a cheap hotel in Tukwila. Luckily though (for at least the first day), it's almost next door to the train station, so I'm going to try to catch the last inbound train in the morning on Friday. That will put my arrival Downtown at about 8:30am. My question...More
July 17, 2008|
Response fromsuze2you|
Hi Colin, I think the ferry to Bainbridge Island would be perfect. It's only $6.95 round trip. On the other side you can walk up onto the main street in about 10 mins. and poke around. There's some free Shakespeare and other plays in the parks going on on the weekends. Check out Theater Schmeater & GreenStage websites for performance locations. I like Fremont and Ballard both. But I like Capitol Hill best of all! U-District I really don't care for at all, it's rundown and somewhat...More
bakeries (3 Replies)
We'll be in Seattle for four days, staying in the University district and going to the usual touristy places -- any outstanding bakeries I should look for? Thanks!
July 06, 2007|
Response fromnorthwestwanderer|
Macrina and Le Panier downtown. My current favorite however is over in my neighborhood, West Seattle, and it's called Bakery Nouveau. Twice baked almond croissants to die for, yum ;-).
Sophie B
Chicago, Illinois
University District Info Needed (20 Replies)
My husband, 2 teenage children and I are visiting Seattle for a few days and a friend suggested we look for hotels in the University District. We will have a car that needs to be parked and it seems many/all of the hotels in the Pike Place area charge big bucks to park a car and have rooms that can only accommodate 2 adults. Also, since we do have a car, we don't mind staying further away from the hight rent district. I just hate to pay more to park a car than to rent one for the day. Can...More
June 07, 2010|
Response fromsuze2you|
Well personally, no, I would not recommend the University District for a family visiting Seattle as tourists. First off there's only a couple hotels even in that area to choose from. It's a student district, and to my point of view, not really all that appealing. Let's just say... I live here and I never go there. If you don't want to stay downtown I'd look at the South Lake Union or lower Queen Anne and around the Seattle Center areas as alternatives. Another option where you could have...More