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Old 05-28-2008, 06:54 PM
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Hey People.

I'm visiting from L.A. for one day and I hate driving. As an Angeleno, I practically live in my vehicle. Is there a neighborhood I could park in and spend the better part of a day checking out some cool galleries (art/photography), indie bookstores, record stores, good international resaturants etc.? I hate tourist areas and want to see what makes Seattle unique, not Jamba Juice and Baja Fresh with a Northwestern twist. I also hate hipsters but I guess there's not much chance of being around art and dodging them. I live in the Silverlake/Los Feliz area and though absolutely packed to capacity with the aformentioned lame hipsters I love the vibe in this part of town. Any advice (other than anger management or therapy)? I heard a little about Fremont and am considering checking it out, but would love some feedback. Thanks!
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:25 PM
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Fremont's a good one, and for galleries so is Pioneer Square.
But you won't be able to avoid the hipsters. This city is teeming with them.
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:53 AM
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Pioneer Square is a good option for galleries and restaurants. I. You could easily hop on any of the buses in the bus tunnel and head to other parts of downtown as well for free. There are plenty of good, little restaurants downtown. Pioneer Square also has a great independent bookstore in Elliott Bay Books. You'll also be a short walk from the International District, where you will find a ton of great, inexpensive Asian restaurants and interesting stores.

Don't bother with Fremont - it is a pale shadow of what it once was as far as interesting stores and a funky vibe.

If you skip the fish tossers and head to the lower levels and other buildings of Pike Place Market, you'll find some great little shops and bookstores.
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