Market Magic Photo: Suzi Pratt

Mystical Seattle

Seattle offers plenty of quirky spots and spooky tours to keep you captivated.

Start with Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour (*614 First Ave; in Pioneer Square, a history-filled stroll through the city’s original buildings, which were entombed after the Great Fire of 1889. For a supernatural slant, try its Underground Paranormal Experience tour.

Spooked in Seattle (102 Cherry St; also offers a variety of tours led by the experts of AGHOST (Advanced Ghost Hunters of Seattle Tacoma), from learning the basics of ghost hunting to scoping out Seattle’s haunted pubs. If murder-mystery is more your speed, spend an evening with The Murder Mystery Company (, an interactive dinner show that blends a Clue-style caper and a three-course meal.

In the lower levels of Pike Place Market, look for the vintage fortune-telling machine to find Market Magic (1501 Pike Pl, Ste 427;, a store that overflows with juggling pins and trick card decks for aspiring illusionists, not to mention staff magicians that perform sleight of hand.

Seattle Mystery Bookshop (117 Cherry St; is a treasure that has served lit lovers for more than 25 years, while Seattle Metaphysical Library (2220 NW Market St; offers more obscure reading material on all things alternative, spanning subjects from UFOs to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Ballard’s Dandelion Botanical Company (5424 Ballard Ave NW; is an apothecary brimming with tinctures straight out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. And in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the Mystery Coke Machine (918 E John St) spits out random sodas for the retro price of 75 cents

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