If you are from Seattle or you are familiar with its many neighborhoods, you’ve probably heard people joke that “It’s all downhill from Queen Anne.” The Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle sits on a 456-foot hill, offering some of the most impressive views of the Space Needle, city skyline, Mount Rainier and Elliott Bay. Queen Anne is a beautiful and quiet residential neighborhood that is known today for its low crime rate, parks, cafes, shops, and central location.
Queen Anne, which was first known as Eden Hill, got its name in the late 1800s. It was named after the many mansions in the neighborhood that had been built in the English architectural style. Its steep hills meant it was one of the last neighborhoods to be fully developed, since transportation was problematic.
Whether it’s a warm summer evening or a cozy snow day at home, Queen Anne is a desirable place to be and live. Here are some of the things that make this one of the best Seattle neighborhoods.
Queen Anne is a premier place for viewpoints and parks. The famous vantage point of the downtown city skyline can be found on Queen Anne Hill just north of Belltown and Downtown Seattle at Kerry Park. The hill is dotted with many other parks as well, including Kinnear Park, Marshall Park, Trolley Hill Park, and more. For a full list, visit: https://seattlequeenanne.com/parks/
Take a stroll down Queen Anne Avenue North and find blocks lined with cafes, shops and restaurants. Find options from all over the map with ethnic hotspots in Mexican, Cajun, Thai, sushi, Italian, and other cuisines, as well as different genres and styles like tapas bars, diners, gastropubs, fresh air cafés, wine bars and more.
Queen Anne Farmers Market is Seattle’s only independent farmers market. It takes place every Thursday, May through October between West Crockett Street and Queen Anne Ave. North. One of the most popular markets in the city, the QAFM features an all-food roster of farmers, other local food producers, and local restaurants. You’ll also find live music concerts and children’s activities during market hours.