This town is very in your face right now—from our housing market to our politicians to our endless parade of poke joints. But beneath the ever-glossier veneer dwell alluring out-of-the-way haunts and a most unconventional history.

In This Feature:

These Shops and Restaurants Are Out of Sight—Literally

Look up. Or beneath your feet—maybe down that alley? These bars, boutiques, and arts spaces aren’t immediately visible from the street.

02/27/2018 By Seattle Met Staff

The Case of Capitol Hill's Mystery Soda Machine

And more tales of things hiding in plain sight.

02/27/2018 By Allison Williams and Hayat Norimine

Are We Done With Speakeasy-Style Bars Yet? (Never.)

But things have certainly changed since Seattle's speakeasy heyday.

02/27/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Does the Seattle Underground Tour Bury the Real Story?

Pioneer Square's most famous tour tells saucy tales of our early days—but some worry its history is a little one-dimensional.

02/27/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Little-Known Facts About Seattle Landmarks

You know the lore. Here are some more obscure tidbits about our best-known icons.

02/27/2018 By Seattle Met Staff

Seattle's Unknown Private Spaces...That Are Actually Public Spaces

These more than 40 plazas, atriums, mini parks, and lunchtime hangouts are open to the public—and were never supposed to be hidden.

11/14/2016 By Josh Feit

You Can Practice Piano Inside the Seattle Public Library

And these private rooms are uniquely Seattle.

11/16/2016 By Josh Feit