1. Pioneer Square is the “hip” neighborhood.
Don’t go there. It’s full of overpriced restaurants like McCoy’s and parking is impossible. Head to the outskirts of the city to Fremont instead to get the true, laid-back vibe at local bars like Outlander.
2. Bring your umbrella, rain jacket, and rain boots since it always rains.
Hearing this is one of the biggest pet peeves Washingtonians have. Most days a light rain jacket will get you from South Lake Union to Belltown just fine.