Southeast Seattle


SE Seattle MapWelcome to Southeast Seattle (SE) and Welcome to the World!

We welcome visitors to an area so steeped in cultural diversity that according to national media sources, we are the most diverse neighborhood in the United States with over 60 languages spoken here. You can stay local and feel global in our neighborhoods!

Residents and visitors experience the rich cultural weaving of the neighborhood and encounter friendly people from almost every continent on the planet. Our authentic shopping, food, art, and even our gardens reflect the many cultures that live and work in the SE Seattle.

SE Seattle was the best kept secret of the city and that is beginning to change. In the summer of 2009, Central Link light rail service rolled out to a great start, and now brings thousands of people through Seattle’s Southeast neighborhoods with the opportunity to stop at the five stations in our district: Beacons Hill, Mt. Baker, Columbia City, Othello, and Rainier Beach.

Getting Here

  • Light Rail stations: Beacon Hill, Mt. Baker, Columbia City, Othello, Rainier Beach
  • Bus routes: 4, 7, 8, 9, 14, 27, 36, 48, 50, 60, 106, 107

Here’s a sampling of what you will find when you explore SE Seattle:

Food

  • Columbia City Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays from May-October.
  • Hallel restaurants & markets
  • Cuisines from Africa, Asia, The Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and North & South America
  • Bakeries & Cafes
  • Family friendly eateries
  • Upscale dining
  • Spirits, beer & wine bars

Shop

  • Mt. Baker, Lakewood/Seward Park, Genesee, N. Rainier: Smaller neighborhoods with specialty niches.
  • Columbia City: Mix of world styles, tastes and options of shops with many restaurants, theaters and festivals.
  • Othello/MLK corridor: Asian with an emphasis on Vietnamese, African and African-American.
  • Rainier Beach and Hillman City: African, African-American, Latin, European, Middle Eastern and American.

Stay

  • Casa de Esperanza, bed and breakfast with art gallery (Mt. Baker)
  • Shirley Marvin Hotel, extended stay micro-hotel (Columbia City)

Art, History and Culture

  • Columbia City Theater (Columbia City)
  • Columbia City Gallery (Columbia City)
  • Ark Lodge Cinema (Columbia City)
  • Historic Walking Tour of the Columbia City Landmark District (Columbia City)
  • NW African American Museum (N. Rainier)
  • Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center (Rainier Beach)
  • Public Art and Link Light Rail Art (throughout SE Seattle)
  • Rainier Arts Center (Columbia City)
  • Rainier Valley Historical Society Resource Room (Columbia City)
  • Kings Hall (Mt. Baker)
  • Mt. Baker Art Lofts (Mt. Baker)
  • The Collaboratory (Hillman City)
  • Coming Soon: Black and Tan (Hillman City)

Nature

  • Be’ersheva Park (Rainier Beach)
  • Hitt’s Hill, (Hillman City)
  • Kubota Gardens (Rainier Beach)
  • Lake Washington: beautiful views of the lake and Mt. Baker, with trails, beaches and parks and along the shore. (Lakewood/Seward Park, Genesee and Mt. Baker)
  • Dead Horse Canyon (Rainier Beach)
  • Mt. Baker Park and Beach (Mt. Baker)
  • Olmstead Brother’s Legacy Parks (Leschi, Mt. Baker, Genesee, Columbia City, Lakewood/Seward Park, and Pritchard Beach.)
  • Seward Park, Seattle Park and Recreation (Seward Park)
  • Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center (Seward Park)

Festivals and Performing Arts

  • Rainier Chamber Foundation Benefit Auction, Spring (varies)
  • Plate of Nations, March and April (MLK restaurants)
  • Bridge 2 Beach All Valley Earthday Clean up, April, (throughout SE Seattle)
  • Young Playwrights Festival, May, (Columbia City)
  • Beat Walk, May-October (Columbia City)
  • Rainier Chamber President’s Scholarship and Community Awards Lunch, June (NewHolly)
  • Art Walk, late Summer (Rainier Beach)
  • Pista sa Nayon, mid Summer (Seward Park)
  • Seafair Hydroplane Race, August (Genesee Park)
  • Back to School Special, August (Rainier Beach)
  • Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival, August
  • Art in the Alley, August, (Columbia City)
  • Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival, August (Columbia City and Hillman City)
  • Arts Gumbo Series, September-December (Columbia City)
  • Halloween Trick or Treat, October (Columbia City and Hillman City)
  • Mt. Baker Historic Home Tour, December, (Mt. Baker)
  • Holiday Light Festival, December (Columbia City)
  • Christmas Ship, December, (Pritchard Beach, Seward Park, Lakewood/Seward Park, and Mt. Baker)

Kids Events

  • Kids Bike Swap, May (Genesee)
  • Mt. Baker Day in the Park, September (Mt. Baker)
  • Pied Piper Series, October-April (Mt. Baker)

Play

  • Bicycle Sundays on Lake Washington Blvd., May-September (Lakewood/Seward Park, Genesee and Mt. Baker)
  • Boat Moorage (Leschi, Lakewood/Seward Park, Rainier Beach)
  • Genesee Off Leash Dog Park (Genesee)
  • Indoor and outdoor Basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball fields (throughout SE Seattle)
  • Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center (Mt. Baker/Genesee)
  • Running, walking, and triathlon Marathons throughout the year on Lake Washington Blvd. and Seward Park (Lakewood/Seward Park, Genesee, Mt. Baker and Leschi)
  • Swimming (Mt. Baker and Seward Park Beaches and Rainier Beach Pool)
  • Golf and Driving range (Beacon Hill)
  • Lawn Bowling (Beacon Hill)