Confession: We love new Seattleites.
Oh, we get it. Seattle is on steroids, morphing into something unrecognizable to longtimers. This is, after all, among the three fastest-growing large cities in the U.S., with the population increasing at a clip of 2.2 percent a year. It’s an expansion observed via the cranes that dot the skyline—11 at last count—and the disappearance of beloved icons (RIP Harvard Exit theater), but also in the shifting socioeconomic landscape: Affordable housing has never been harder to obtain, and that needs to change. But just as there’s a right way for a city to grow, there’s also a right way to embrace that city. We like newbies—most of us on staff, in fact, moved here within the last decade, and all of us still look at this place with a newcomer’s sense of wonder. The following pages represent that curiosity. Because whether you moved here last week or you’ve been here for ages, with a city changing as rapidly as Seattle, we could all use a primer on the basics. 

In This Feature:

A Miller, a Madame, and the Birth of Seattle

It’s kind of a cute story.

08/20/2015 By Matthew Halverson Illustrations by Joseph Laney

Every Single Starbucks in Seattle, Ranked

To live in this town is to have strong opinions about Seattle’s homegrown world-dominating coffee empire. So we ranked all 104 stores.

08/17/2015 By Allecia Vermillion With Christina Tiberio

Washington Oysters, Declassified

These delicate bivalves are the ultimate way to taste the essence of this region.

08/20/2015 By Allecia Vermillion

The 30-Second Intro to Legal Marijuana

You know it's legal. Now what?

08/20/2015 By Seattle Met Staff

4 Archetypal Seattle Coffee Experiences

A user's guide.

08/20/2015 By Darren Davis Illustrations by Mike Holm

How to Pronounce Puyallup

How to really say local place names, including one that rhymes with “cocaine.”

08/20/2015 By Allison Williams

Blue Friday, Explained

Or: why Seattleites wear jerseys on Fridays.

08/20/2015 By Seattle Met Staff

The 7 Inevitable Seattle Restaurant Recommendations

These are Seattle’s standards, from greasy midnight burgers to the city’s lone restaurant with a dress code. You’ll hear these restaurant names a lot. But should you actually dine there?

08/20/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

Brian Schlenker Is a Tech Transplant

Meet one member of Amazon’s rapidly expanding horde.

08/20/2015 By Matthew Halverson

She's *Really* New Here

Meet Sasha Medhi, face of Seattle’s future.

08/19/2015 By Kathryn Robinson

A Pike Place Market Shopping Crawl

Yes, locals do buy stuff here.

08/20/2015 By Allecia Vermillion

How to Be Carless in Seattle

Car and bike shares, public transit, and—gasp—jaywalking around town.

08/20/2015 By Allison Williams

Seattle Weather 101

Guess what? We don't actually get that much rain.

08/20/2015 By David Laskin

Guyo Dreams of Driving

For African refugee Fatumo Guyo, Seattle is a blur of graveyard shifts and a better life.

08/20/2015 By Allison Williams

Where to Live Now in Seattle

A look at seven of the city's most distinct neighborhoods.

08/24/2015 By Darren Davis

A Crib Sheet for Seattle Politics

Some cocktail party conversation starters, if you will.

08/21/2015 By Seattle Met Staff

A Seattle Arts Primer

A cultural cheat sheet of the best art walks, Broadway-bound plays and musicals, required reading from local authors, and trends in music including a mixtape of Seattle sounds.

08/21/2015 By Seth Sommerfeld

Debunking a Few Seattle Myths

Is everyone a die-hard liberal? And what about that "Seattle Freeze" thing?

08/21/2015 By Allison Williams

The Seattle Process

We do things slow here.

08/20/2015 By Hanna Brooks Olsen