December 30

Looking Back: 2022 in South Lake Union

A year in review.

As the year comes to a close, it’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed as we reflect on everything that has happened. But let’s take a moment to focus on all the positive things that South Lake Union brought us in the past year. From delicious new restaurants and trendy shops to stunning art installations and the invaluable work of nonprofits like FareStart, Immanual Community Services, Youthcare, and others, this neighborhood has truly been a source of good news and inspiration.

So let’s take a moment to celebrate all the amazing things that South Lake Union has to offer this year.

By the numbers

We shared a total of 49 stories with you here at

We covered seven new restaurant openings (plus one café). Welcome to the neighborhood manna, Kathmandu MoMoCha, Sushi by Scratch Restaurants, Maiz Molino, Lakeside, King Leroy, The Lodge Sports Grille, and 203° degrees Fahrenheit Coffee.

Table spread of Mexican dishes and foods.

Nine of our stories were about art in South Lake Union, including the stunning Ansel Adams exhibition at MOHAI, the summertime CREOS installations near The Spheres, and the return of the SLU Block Party for its 16th year.

Proving there is no shortage of entertainment in South Lake Union, 14 of our posts were about activities in the neighborhood. With lakeside fun, fitness classes, activities for the kiddos, and so much more all within a quick walk or streetcar ride, you’ll never be bored in SLU.

Underside view of people toasting cups of beer together.

The favorites

Out of the 49 articles we shared with you in 2022, I had a few favorites. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing about new restaurants and researching all of the great happy hours the neighborhood has to offer, but I think these stories helped show that SLU has plenty for folks looking for culture, history, and activities.

Gear Check — A new source for quality, used gear is open in SLU.

Dignity for Divas — A South Lake Union non-profit makes a difference for women experiencing homelessness.

Volunteer team passing out hygiene kits to homeless women.

Street Food in SLU — Take a culinary tour of the neighborhood.

Sustainable Senior Living in South Lake Union — A new facility open on Eastlake sets the standard for green building.

Landmarks Abound in SLU — Floating buildings, curious clocks, and timeless boats mark the neighborhoods deep history.

So that’s it for 2022. We’ll be back in 2023 with more on what makes South Lake Union best neighborhood to live, eat, play, and visit in Seattle. Be sure to follow us on Instagram. Thanks for reading.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs by Noah Lubin, courtesy of Aegis Living, Dignity for Divas, & Maiz Molino.

At The Center

SLU is the geographical center of Seattle