A culturally rich and peaceful community.
Member to the Atlantic neighborhood, Central Area neighborhood lies in the northern sector of Rainier Valley between Mount Baker Ridge and Beacon Hill. Enjoy streets filled with homes unique in character, surrounded by a community bursting with charm and deeply rooted in history. As one of the fastest growing areas in the city, the Central Area sports a bounty of brand new amenities and 21st-century infrastructure in preparation for future needs. This has attracted all walks of life simply because now it has everything to offer; from parks and recreation, to coffee and drinks – even top schools – this is a neighborhood anyone would be proud to call home!
- Ba Bar: This vibrant restaurant is a great spot for some tasty Vietnamese street style classics served side by side with free flowing cocktails, beer, and coffee.
- Central Pizza: The go to pizza parlor for the neighborhood. Enjoy thin-crust pizza topped with pretty much anything you could imagine, including an entire menu of vegetarian combos. Grab an a whole pie or just snag one of their enormous slices, you won’t be disappointed.
- Chucks Hop Shop: An instant classic, this watering hole has become a local favorite and gathering place for all walks of life. Enjoy food and drink that transcends barriers. Doesn’t matter where you come from or where you’re going, you’ll want to make a stop here along the way.
- Ezell’s Famous Chicken: You’ve probably heard of it before and for good reason. The most notorious fried chicken shop in town, boasting over 30 years of success along with Oprah Winfrey’s personal stamp of approval. Get all your classic fixings (spicy fried chicken, Cole slaw, sweet potato pie, homemade buns, you name it) for one of the best meals you’ll ever eat!
- L’Oursin: When you want to visit Paris but don’t have the time or money, just stop by L’Oursin. Cheffed and co-owned by Paris Native J. J. Proville, enjoy all the subtleties of French cuisine, as he bottles their best kept secrets and transfers them behind the front doors of his new hit restuarunt. Check out the natural wines or cocktail list for the real reason his garnered just a loyal following.
- Detour Espresso: Small drive through coffee/tea stand that customer’s claim has the best coffee in all of Seattle. You’ll be making a detour from your daily commute if you ever taste a cup.
- Union Coffee: Develop your palate and explore the newest techniques and territories in the world of coffee. These coffee enthusiasts are constantly tweaking their process in order to produce the most interesting and exciting brew for you.
- Squirrel Chops: Coffee is great but the treats are the main attraction. All your breakfast and brunch needs are met here in full.
- Cortona Cafe: Community oriented cafe serving waffles, Herkimer Coffee, freshly baked pastries and more! Check out the second story for your next book club meeting, game night, or any other social event you might have!
- Good Neighbor Cafe: Serving assorted coffee drinks and specialty lattes, baked goods, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, crepes, quesadillas and even a daily soup selection – a well rounded spot for food and drink!
- The Twilight Exit: A classic with quality drinks, tasty food, and that brooding/grungy ambiance found in every great PNW dive bar.
- The Capercaillie: Upscale neighborhood pub focused on serving high quality ales accompanied by a supporting cast of wine and cider. Truly a welcoming environment – even the best drinks can’t be enjoyed in bad company, you’ll always find an open door here.
- Canon: Ranked #6 out of the the “world’s best bars”, this legendary spot has America’s large spirit collection (over 4,000 labels and counting) served in what has the be the most eclectic/artistic glassware ever made. An unforgettable experience.
- Bar Sue: Here friendly staff serves upscale bar food, but at an affordable price. Don’t break your purse and eat some surprisingly tasty food along with a great selection of drinks. Dependable, affordable, perfectly Seattle.
- The Neighbor Lady: A little hangout tucked away from the crowds serving all the bar classics as well as some lovely vegetarian options!
- Wonder Coffee & Sports Bar: Sports bar with an Ethiopian twist! Have fun watching a game will also going to town on some Beyainatu and injera! It’s almost weird how well everything blends together!
- The Royal Room: The central districts premier live music venue since 2009. Enjoy food, drinks, and an artistically oriented environment as people share their talents in this all-ages friendly music hall (adults only after 10pm)
- Powell Barnett Park: Compact urban green space and community hub. This park is hosts a large play area with a wading pool and tricycle maze for the little ones.
- Pratt Park: Mountain views, kids play area, basketball courts, and picnic tables, what else do you need?
- Judkins Park: 6 Blocks of shimmering green space with multi-use sport courts, baseball and soccer fields, playgrounds, and additional open lawn space.
- Jimi Hendrix Park: The historical and cultural value here is unrivaled, as this park resides next to the Northwest African American Museum in order of the Seattle-Native rock legend.
- Firehouse Mini Park: Fun and unique take on a playground with a re-envisioned firetruck serving as the centerpiece for playground goers and passerby’s alike.
- Spruce Street Mini Park: Fun and unique take on a playground with a re-envisioned firetruck serving as the centerpiece for playground goers and passerby’s alike.
90 – Walkers Paradise: Daily errands do not require a mode of transportation.
73 – Excellent Transit: Public transportation is convenient for most trips – you won’t have to travel too far to find your nearest transit station.
89 – Very Bikeable: Robust biking infrastructure with convenient commutes or fun trails in almost every direction.