Discover Seattle

Often referred to as The People's Republic of Fremont, Fremont is Seattle’s counterculture centre and is home to controversial statutes of Lenin and an 18-foot-tall troll.

Home to a myriad of vibrant neighbourhoods, Seattle is alive with charming character and offers a unique selection of things to see and do.

Downtown buzzes with Seattle's most exciting quarters.  The Pike Pine Triangle is home to urban wineries, design-savvy living spaces, arts facilities and a collection of boutique shops and restaurants. Pike-Market boasts famous landmarks like Pike Place Market (home of the ‘flying fish’ fishmongers) and the original Starbucks. While the historic district of Pioneer Square features Victorian Romanesque architecture, museums, art galleries, antique dealers and a vibrant nightlife.

Just north of downtown district the Seattle Center and Queen Anne offer insight into Seattle’s exciting cultural heritage. Built for the 1962 World's Fair the Seattle Center hosts attractions like the Space Needle (of Frazier fame), the EMP Museum (pop culture institution) and the Pacific Science Center. Queen Anne has enjoyed a long reputation as a hub for the city's cultural elite  a character reflected by the neighbourhood’s historical mansions and retaining walls.


Across the Lake Washington Ship Canal, thriving waterfront precincts Ballard and Fremont operate as hip and quirky hotspots. Ballard is home to a rich Nordic heritage, and streets lined with boutiques, galleries, spas, restaurants and live music clubs. Often referred to as The People's Republic of Fremont, Fremont is Seattle’s counterculture centre and is home to controversial statutes of Lenin and an 18-foot-tall troll. Also located on the northern side of the canal, Gas Works Park is the city’s premier location from which to view downtown's glittering skyline.

To the south of the city centre, Capitol Hill is also a hub for Seattle’s counterculture communities. The neighbourhood holds a reputation as a bastion for musical culture (closely associated with the grunge scene in the 1990s), gay rights (home to a large number of gay and lesbian residents), and nightlife (boasting a plethora of coffeehouses, taverns and bars).

Plan Your Seattle Holiday

  • Flights to Seattle: Together with partner airline Virgin America, Virgin Australia operates flights to Seattle, via LA, from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. 
Words by Alice Nash - Published 24 June 2013
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