Discover Seattle 

Nicknamed The Emerald City, Seattle is not only a matchless location for internships and service-learning opportunities, but it’s also a popular tourist destination, with great restaurants and places to see. Here are a few suggestions from the Admissions staff to get you started exploring SPU’s neighborhood highlights.

Local Neighborhoods

Seattle is one of those cities that lives like a town. It’s full of quirky neighborhoods, and it’s small enough that you’ll usually run into someone you know on a Saturday afternoon when you are out and about.

SPU students get to live and learn at the crux of three fantastic Seattle neighborhoods, and we think you’ll love living here as much as they do.

Queen Anne

Seattle Pacific is tucked on the north side of Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill ― it’s quiet, residential, and friendly. Just up the hill from campus is a villagelike avenue with more coffee-shop study haunts and eateries than you’ll ever know what to do with. Further down the hill bustles with a downtown vibe.

Our favorite Queen Anne destinations:

  • Seattle Center, for a Space Needle view and gobs of photo opps
  • Malena’s Taco Shop, for the real deal (and a steal)
  • Storyville Coffee Company, for mochas, pastries, and hipster points
Seattle Center Space Needle

SPU students snap a photo outside of the Experience Music Project at Seattle Center.


Once a Scandinavian fishing village, Ballard is home to longtime locals, young professionals, families, and plenty of SPU professors. It’s full of great food, coffee shops, and the places you’ll probably head to for groceries and light bulbs (Fred Meyer, we’re looking at you).

Ballard is famous for:

  • Larsen's Danish Bakery, where the kringle is crisp
  • Majestic Bay Theatres, where movie-watching feels old-school
  • Golden Gardens Park, where SPU beach bonfires are a weekend staple in the fall and spring

You won’t get through orientation at SPU without at least one invitation to walk to Fremont along the ship canal. It’s a gorgeous 10-minute stroll in every season, but especially in the fall. Once you arrive, it’s public art, local boutiques, and peaceful protesters with clipboards galore.

SPUers love a lot about Fremont:

Fremont Sunday Market

You can often find SPU students at the Fremont Sunday Street Market, open year-round.