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“Lots of interesting shops and attractions”
Review of Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square
Ranked #118 of 474 things to do in Seattle
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Owner description: Pioneer Square Park, topped by an ornate pergola, is the site of the city's oldest settlement.
Reviewed 20 February 2017

I like to walk around here. It is not as busy as downtown and there are a great number of shops worth visiting, art galleries and a choice of restaurants.

Thank syncomm1
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Much like Occidental Park, I wouldn't consider Pioneer Square to be a destination. Rather, it is an area you may consider walking through if you are interested in visiting one of the local Art Galleries and Studios, attending the Art Walk (the first Thursday of every month), checking out the historic architecture (mostly Richardsonian-Romanesque with some Gothic Revival, Italianate and Renaissance Revival), doing some local shopping and/or visiting one of the many cafes and coffeeshops in the area.

The Pioneer Square area are within walking distance of Pike Place Market, Sky View Observatory at the Columbia Center (there is some uphill involved in that walk), Saf Co Field and the Chinatown International District.

***Be aware that there a large homeless population throughout the area. If you are uncomfortable around the mentally ill and/or beggars, downtown Seattle is not a good place for you, especially at night. Because it is a business/cultural district, during regular business hours there are a lot more people in the area in general so it isn't quite as noticeable; after dinner the uninitiated may begin to feel like they are surrounded by the homeless and therefore unsafe.

Stay aware of your surroundings, keep your head high and keep anything valuable out of plain view. As a middle-aged, single female I didn't encounter anything other than panhandlers, but I also dressed down (jeans and hoodies) and typically crossed the street at whichever crosswalk had the walk sign (to reduce the amount of time I spent standing idle and therefore reducing panhandlers opportunity to approach me).

6  Thank Crissy B
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

This is a very historic part of Seattle, and it's very cool to visit. But be very sure to go during the day, especially if you are a tourist. This is just not a very safe area to be in at night, and not the type of place you want to get lost wandering around in. Cool to visit and see though!

4  Thank dansonman22
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

Not much to see here, just a part of town that's got some older architecture. Don't go out of your way.

2  Thank CaribbeanFan79
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Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We walked Pioneer Square in the evening. There are a few neat stores, but the big draw seemed to be the many choices of eclectic bars. Not maybe the best outing for families with young children, but good for adults looking for an interesting place to grab a drink. As mentioned before there are a few homeless people in the area, but there were also police patrolling on foot, so at no time did we feel unsafe. Also some great architecture in the area.

Thank cjlandry
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