While The Stranger's Visitors Guide to Seattle (aka the Know-It-All Guide to Seattle) may be primarily directed at vacationers and people new to our city, it could very well turn all you longtimers or folks native to the region onto something new, too. The 2018 guide is our most ambitious yet while remaining a hip, glossy, many-paged reminder about the stuff you maybe haven't crossed off your bucket list yet, or haven't tried in your time kicking it around here, or maybe didn't even know existed.
To the newbs, we suggest getting familiar with the area before embarking on your adventure via our overview of all of Seattle's most noteworthy neighborhoods, from more northern locales like Green Lake and Fremont, to southside favorites like Columbia City and Georgetown, to West Seattle and even further west (Bainbridge Island!), to all the places in between: Seattle Center, the waterfront, and Capitol Hill included.
Of course, there are picks for Seattle's Best Tourist Attractions (the Space Needle, obviously, but also MoPOP and the Seattle Spheres). We've also got a breakdown of the Best and Most Unique Tours in Seattle. (Go underground! Go to Chinatown!)
The city has been in the midst of a restaurant renaissance for the past few years, and our guide to the 10 Best Restaurants in Seattle touches on mainstays as well as new places (including a newly crowned James Beard Award winner), plus there's also a survey of the 10 Most Iconic Seattle Specialties (from Dick's to Ellenos to Hot Cakes). And because Seattle has so much to offer when it comes to both coffee and dessert, we have recs on where to get caffeinated (the Best Coffee Shops in Seattle) and where to feed your sweet tooth (The Best Places to Eat Sugary Treats).
If you're the outdoorsy sort, we've got you covered with the Best Parks and Beaches in Seattle. Culture seeker? We have suggestions on the Best Places to See Art in Seattle (Frye Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum included), and a survey of our lively literary scene in the Best Bookstores, Literary Events, and Libraries in Seattle (Elliot Bay Book Company!).
Want to get your drink or dance on, but not sure where to go that'll be best suited to your mood? There's a guide to the Best Places for Live Music and Dancing in Seattle, a guide to watering holes (Best Places to Get a Drink in Seattle), and a survey of our lively LGBTQ scene (Best Gay Clubs, Shops, and Bars in Seattle).
Are you an unabashed stoner interested in partaking in our fabulous (we were the first to do it) recreational weed scene? Check out our Guide for First Time Pot Buyers (you might know where to find it, but are you hip to the area's laws about where you can smoke it?); it also includes a list of stores located within the greater Seattle area.
If that's not enough for you to do, here's a guide to the Best Spring and Summer Festivals happening all over the region.
We also have suggestions from notable locals—local celebrities, if you will, who know this city well and are ready to turn you on to their favorite parts of it. Among them are Washington State attorney general Bob Ferguson, drag artist Cucci Binaca, Governor Jay Inslee, MC Gifted Gab, filmmakers Jennifer Roth and Megan Griffiths, visual artist Klara Glosova, chef Rachel Yang, Seattle City Council member Lisa Herbold, and comedian Emmett Montgomery.
Look out for a copy of the guide while you're hoofing it around town—we guarantee there's nothing quite like it out there right now. If you're impatient and prefer to read it now, here's the Digital Edition, and here's all the stories collected together in one place online. Enjoy!