University District, Seattle Places

Part of our Seattle travel guide; our list of the best things to see in University District, including Magus Books, University Village and Blue Moon Tavern.
  • The best place in University District Seattle: Magus Books

    Magus Books

    1408 NE 42nd St
    Used book store with large selection. They rarely buy books for cash even though they claim to, but sometimes accept used books in trade.
    University District
  • University Village

    University Village

    A slightly more upscale shopping atmosphere than the Ave. You can find branches of many well-known chains, like the Apple Store and the QFC supermarket.
  • Blue Moon Tavern

    Blue Moon Tavern

    712 NE 45th St
    "Sorry we're open" says the sign at this Seattle institution founded in 1934. It's been a favorite of beatniks, radicals, and poets; erstwhile visitors have included Dylan Thomas and Allen Ginsburg.
    University District
  • Scarecrow Video

    Scarecrow Video

    5030 Roosevelt Way NE
    Su-Th 11AM-midnight, M-W 11AM-11PM. Has a large selection of world films, independent films, and anime. Print out one of these coupons before you visit. Large selection of hard to find box sets and collectors edition videos for sale. Parking is limited, but there's usually always someone pulling out of a parking spot.
    University District
  • Washington Huskies

    Washington Huskies

    Virtually all venues are on campus, with the best-known being Husky Stadium (football) and Hec Edmundson Pavilion (many indoor sports, most notably basketball). Husky Stadium in particular is notable as the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest and for its scenic setting next to Lake Washington; a significant number of fans arrive at the stadium by boat. Note, however, that Husky Stadium has now closed for major renovations, with reopening set for 2013. Huskies football will play at CenturyLink Field in 2012. Tickets can be difficult to come by for football and men's basketball games.
    University District eat nearby
  • University of Washington Arboretum

    University of Washington Arboretum

    Often filled with people going for walks on sunny summer days, especially weekends. The Japanese gardens are a special spot.
    Laurelhurst restaurants nearby
  • Henry Art Gallery

    Henry Art Gallery

    University of Washington, 15th Ave NE & NE 41st St
    Th-F 11AM-9PM, Sa-Su 11AM-4PM. $10 general, $6 seniors, free for UW students and staff, free for everyone on first Thursdays. One of the biggest contemporary art galleries in Washington, The Henry shows well-known contemporary and modern artists of all visual media, as well as an annual exhibition of the UW's Master of Fine Arts students.
    University District food nearby
  • Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe

    Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe

    4757 12th Ave NE
    M-F 7AM-9PM, Sa-Su 9AM-9PM. Breakfast/brunch $5-$11, lunch/dinner $6-$13. Vegan bakery and cafe that also features a raw foods menu. Coffee and tea available.
    University District
  • Pizza Pi Vegan Pizzeria

    Pizza Pi Vegan Pizzeria

    5500 University Way NE
    Tu-F 4PM-10PM, Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-9PM. This is Seattle's only all-vegan pizza joint.
    University District
  • Araya's Place

    Araya's Place

    1121 NE 45th St
    M-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM. This decent vegan Thai food restaurant features a reasonably priced buffet from 11AM to 3:30PM. Tip: on a nice day, you can order the buffet to-go and have a picnic Gasworks Park, although it is a long walk.
    University District
  • Garam Masala Indian Cuisine

    Garam Masala Indian Cuisine

    4537 University Way NE
    Indian and Pakistani restaurant with the usual dishes.
    University District
  • UW Waterfront Activities Center

    UW Waterfront Activities Center

    Montlake Blvd E and NE Pacific Pl
    Open to the public ($7.50/hr) and students ($4/hr). Canoe rentals. Parking sucks except after noon on Saturdays. Paddle across the Lake Washington Ship Canal into the Arboretum and watch ducks, geese, swans, random migratory birds, and lots of other boats. If you're an experienced sailor, you can also rent a sailboat after a checkout with their staff.
    University District restaurants nearby
  • Suzzallo Library

    at Red Square
    The Suzzallo is a grand Gothic-style structure. The high-ceiling Graduate Reading room is especially impressive.
    University District food nearby
  • University Heights Center for the Community

    5031 University Way NE
    M-F 8AM-10PM, Sa 9AM-3PM, Su 9AM-1PM. A not-for-profit community-based organization in the University District which offers an array of classes, host activities and events for the University District & Greater Seattle Area. Accepts visitors everyday. Once a Seattle School, now a designated landmark. Stop in the center or just cruise by and visit the Farmer's Market every Saturday year round.
    University District eat nearby
  • Agua Verde Cafe

    1303 NE Boat Street
    Rents 1- and 2-person kayaks. $15/hour single and $18/hour double, with discounts for longer times.
    Portage Bay restaurants nearby
  • University Book Store

    4326 University Way NE
    One of the largest and best bookstores in the country, with frequent authors' readings. Also the place to get UW Husky goods.
    University District
  • Gargoyles Statuary

    4550 University Way N
    A unique shopping experience for gothic or history buffs. This store is replete with atmosphere. Authentic replicas of medeival, romanesque and gothic statuary peak out at you from all corners of this shop while ambient strains of Gregorian chant or 'Dead Can Dance' play over the store's sound system. It has one of the most creative product displays in the area. You'll find a unique gift to suit almost any budget.
    University District
  • University of Washington - Waterfront Activities Center

    behind Husky Stadium at Montlake Blvd
    and NE Pacific St., 206-543-9433, [4]. Hours vary, call for details. Rents canoes and rowboats, with all the necessary accessories. The ramp is also a good location to launch canoes and kayaks of your own. $7.50/hour, with substantial discounts for UW students, staff, and alumni.
    University District restaurants nearby
  • Recycled Cycles

    Recycled Cycles

    1007 NE Boat St
    Sells, rents, and repairs bicycles. This place is always building new bikes. Prices can be reasonable if a buyer is willing to sacrifice high end components.
    University District food nearby
  • Shalimar


    4214 University Way NE
    This Pakistani-North Indian restaurant serves what might be the best South Asian food in the city. Pakistani food is subtly different than Indian. Creamier and richer and not averse to the use of beef. Definitely not a place for calorie-counters but everything is good to the last dish. Try the blackberry lassis, chicken korma, and channa bhatura.
    University District
  • Blue C Sushi - University Village

    Blue C Sushi - University Village

    4601 26th Ave NE
    Blue C Sushi is the premier Kaiten Sushi restaurant in Seattle. We focus on the quality of our food and service while keeping prices low enough to enjoy regularly.
  • Pagliacci Pizza Restaurant & Delivery

    Pagliacci Pizza Restaurant & Delivery

    4529 University Way NE
  • Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe

    Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe

    4757 12th Ave NE
    Thank you for choosing to support a small business that has chosen to support our world!
    University District
  • Araya's Vegetarian Place

    Araya's Vegetarian Place

    1121 NE 45th St
    The 1st Thai Vegan in the Northwest. The only truly Thai Vegan.
    University District
  • Piatti Seattle

    Piatti Seattle

    2695 NE Village Lane
    With our open kitchens and stone pizza hearths, Piatti restaurants reflect the warm charm and welcoming atmosphere of a traditional Italian trattoria.
  • Mamma Melina Ristorante

    Mamma Melina Ristorante

    5101 25th Ave NE
    The destination for traditional Italian and pizza Napoletana
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