8 Quiet Spots To Read In Seattle

Emma Colosia Emma Colosia

8 Quiet Spots To Read In Seattle

Seattle is full of hidden corners and shade trees where you can sit down and read a book cover to cover. 

Rain or shine, Emerald city is full of spots where book lovers can devour pages drinking some coffee, resting on the soft grass, and absorbing the beautiful views. 

These are nine quiet spots for you to read in Seattle: 

1. Seattle Public Library – Central Library

Where: 1000 Fourth Ave 

Hours: Mon – Closed Tue-Sat 12:00 pm – 6:00pm Sun – Closed 

No better place to read than the Central Public Library. Right? The 11-floor building has several open spaces for you to finish that book, study or even search the web.


2. Streissguth Gardens

Where: 1640 Broadway E

Hours: Mon-Sun 5:00 am -10:00 pm 

The green grass and benches of the Streissguth Gardens will be the perfect scenario for you to bury yourself in that book. Located on the northwest of Capitol Hill, you’ll be able to enjoy different flowers every day of the year. 


3.Waterfall Garden Park

Where: 219 2nd Ave S

Hours: Mon-Sun 6:30 am – 7:00 pm

Get a café table in front of the waterfall and enjoy a cup of coffee while you immerse yourself in your favorite fiction novel. This spot is a hidden gem that only locals know about! 


4.Fremont Canal Park

Where: 199 N Canal St


Hours: Mon-Sun 4:00 am -11:30 pm 

A quiet linear park along the north side of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. It has a pedestrian trail and benches to sit on, read, and gaze at the water. Blissful! 


5.Calvary Cemetery

Where: 5041 35th Ave  

Hours: Mon-Sun 6:30 am- 8:00 pm 

This is a well-kept and peaceful cemetery.  It rests on a hillside overlooking University Village and Husky Stadium. If you prefer to read completely alone and in silence, this is your go-to place.  In the spring, the cherry blossoms are fantastic. 


7.Fresh Flours Bakery 

Where: 9410 Delridge Way SW

Hours: Mon-Fri 6:00am-5:00pm  Sat-Sun 7:00am-5:00pm

Devour delicious pastries and your book at Fresh Flowers Bakery.  Their comfy outside seating area will be the perfect place for you to spend a quiet morning or afternoon.


8. Madison Park Beach

Where: 1900 43rd Ave E

Hours: Mon-Sun 4:00 am -11:30pm

Now that Seattle is getting a fair amount of warm weather, you’ll want to visit Madison Beach. Great views, snacks, drinks, and a lot of sand and grass to sit down and enjoy your novel.


Featured image by Etienne Girardet from Unsplash. 

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