Homemade poptarts from Shikorina Pastries. Courtesy Shikorina Pastries
courtesy Northwest African American Museum

Central District

One of the main hubs of Seattle’s Black community, this diverse district thrives with engaging art galleries, restaurants, and shops.

By Jas Keimig
A photo of two people dressed in all black standing in front of a dark wood bar with tufted leather booths. Communion Amber Fouts


Kick things off at Wa Na Wari (911 24th Ave), a thoughtfully curated fifth-generation home converted into a Black arts and community gathering space. Then, mosey on down to Pratt Park (201 20th Ave S), a family-friendly destination named for civil rights activist Edwin T. Pratt that’s perfect for picnics or just relaxing on a blanket—it has a spray park too. You can catch outstanding performances at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (104 17th Ave S), a former synagogue turned historical landmark dedicated to uplifting Black artists in the Seattle area. The Northwest African American Museum (2300 S Massachusetts St) has superb exhibits and is adjacent to Jimi Hendrix Park (2400 S Massachusetts St), an appealing spot for a stroll.

Eat and Drink

Start your morning off at Temple Pastries (2524 S Jackson St) with a cup of locally roasted Broadcast coffee and their famous, perfectly sweet cruffin. For a more substantial meal, head to Communion Restaurant & Bar (2350 E Union St) for jambalaya done the “Seattle soul” way, sup on injera while enjoying the breeze on Cafe Selam’s (2715 E Cherry St) patio, or have a seat at Jackson’s Catfish Corner (2218 S Jackson St) and chow on their scrumptious fried catfish and hushpuppies. If you fancy a nightcap, the city’s first Black-owned brewery, Métier Brewing (2616 E Cherry St), has several hoppy beers on tap.


Swing by Arte Noir (2301 E Union St) in Midtown Square, a fine art gallery selling products from Black creatives. Down the street, letterpress Grapheme Seattle (2421 E Union St) has all the fountain pens your heart desires. And several blocks away, crack open a book at the social justice-centered bookstore Estelita’s Library (241 Martin Luther King Jr Way S). The aromatherapy skin and body products at QueenCare (2315 S Jackson St) come in mango, sandalwood, lavender, and similarly soothing scents.

Partners in the Central District

The Cura Co. Central District

The Cura Co.

  • Address 2407 E. Union St., Ste. D, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone (360) 851-4110
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Jackson’s Catfish Corner Central District

Jackson’s Catfish Corner

  • Address 2218 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98144
  • Phone (206) 420-3911
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Carmelo’s Tacos Central District

Carmelo’s Tacos

  • Address 1223 E Cherry St., Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone (206) 659-0159
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Jerk Shack Kitchen Central District

Jerk Shack Kitchen

  • Address 2510 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
  • Phone (206) 441-7817
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