South Lake Union has both the energy of an urban environment and the beauty of a lakefront setting. Conveniently located near downtown, it is an inviting mix of modern panache and historic sensibility.
Settled on the south shore of Lake Union and extending south to Denny Way, South Lake Union is one of the fastest-growing and most vibrant neighborhoods in Seattle. As the city’s downtown lakefront neighborhood, it is a place where cutting-edge companies coexist with urban lofts, and unique shops mix with world-class parks and open spaces. From waterfront restaurants to cozy cafes, the area’s dining scene is a highlight. Nearby, the neighborhood’s charming streetcar makes it easy to get around.
In true Emerald City style, South Lake Union has an offbeat side too. It’s a place where a local condominium has a bocce ball court, the stunning new lakefront park has a model boat pond, and there’s a local gourmet bakery…for dogs. Learn more about what you can expect on your next visit to SLU.
Entertainment and Art
There are exciting events happening year-round in South Lake Unions. In the summer, expect to see dancing in the streets and in public plazas as part of the Seattle International Dance Festival and Art on the Fly. The Wooden Boat Festival celebrates the neighborhood’s maritime history each year over Fourth of July weekend. In August, sample some of the area's best eats at the SLU Block Party, then burn off those extra calories at the Lake Union 10K. Over the holidays, enjoy Christmas-themed cruises aboard the Virginia V and Argosy Cruises. Every third Thursday evening, experience an artwalk that is not your average artwalk with ARTcade, our neighborhood's unique, rotating monthly arts event.
Public art is one of the highlights of South Lake Union. As you walk around the neighborhood, you’ll find eye-catching artwork by acclaimed local artists. In the plaza at the 2200 block, there are three tall sculptures by acclaimed local ceramicist Akio Takamori. Over at the Institute for Systems Biology is the “Ping Pong Plaza” by Buster Simpson. Community members can play ping pong on Simpson’s piece, a bronze ping pong table with a stainless steel net.
This area offers some of the region’s finest dining experiences, and some come complete with stunning waterfront views. Our neighborhood offers a mix of favorite classic Northwest establishments, authentic pizzerias, cozy pubs, and world class, award winning cuisine. The list of options for your palette keeps growing!
It’s easy to get in and around South Lake Union – the entire neighborhood enjoys easy access to public transportation and major routes. The new Seattle Streetcar runs daily every 15 minutes and is a fast link between South Lake Union, Denny Triangle and the vibrant downtown core. It also connects directly to regional transit hubs that take riders to and from the airport via Light Rail.
The South Lake Union neighborhood is served by about 20 Metro King County bus routes. Bike routes along 9th Ave N and Dexter connect to downtown and the Chesiaahud Loop.
We are home to the world’s largest seaplane airlines. Kenmore Air operates regular service to Vancouver and Victoria B.C. and the magnificent San Juan Islands. Just take the streetcar north to Lake Union Park and you are on your way.