Urban Safari: SoDo's First Avenue South

A surprising swath of good eats and arts sits just south of Pioneer Square

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A surprising swath of good eats and arts sits just south of Pioneer Square
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Between the 99-North on-ramp and South Walker Street, First Avenue South may seem industrial, but this SoDo neighborhood—anchored most visibly by Safeco Field and Paper Zone—harbors shops, eateries and arts venues. It’s also the place Seattle magazine calls home.

With more space than its Pike Place Market location, warehouse-turned-music-venue Showbox SoDo (1700 First Ave. S; 206.652.0997) presents bands with huge followings, such as Roger Daltrey (10/12) and Moby (10/18).

Don’t miss this month’s open house at the artist-loft-laden 1020 Building (10/17, noon–6 p.m.; 1020 First Ave. S), when edgy and up-and-coming resident artists throw open their doors and show off their work.

Mariners fans can go behind-the-scenes at Safeco Field (1250 First Ave. S; 206.346.4287) via a one-hour tour ($7–$9; year-round; days/times vary) that includes usually off-limits spaces, such as the press box, luxury suites, field and dugout.

The Kasala Furniture Outlet (1946 Occidental Ave. S; 206.340.4112), one block east of First Avenue, is filled with awesome deals on modern home décor.

Seattle-based and world-renowned nature photographer Art Wolfe showcases his work at The Art Wolfe Gallery (1944 First Ave. S; 206.332.0993).

The sole retail outlet of adventure gear company Outdoor Research (2203 First Ave. S; 206.971.1496) offers its entire line of clothing and accessories.

Insider Tip: In this ‘hood, the roving-food-truck trend rules. Try Hawaiian-Korean fare at Marination Mobile, gourmet goodness at Skillet Street Food and authentic Mexican at El Camino