Pike Place Market
(photo: Fiona Scott)
The Symposium will be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, which is centrally located in downtown Seattle. Many of the city's unique attractions are within easy walking distance or a short cab ride. A must see in Seattle is the famed Pike Place Market, featuring a tremendous variety of fresh local produce and seafood, as well as an eclectic assortment of shops and restaurants. Tucked away just across the street from the market is Post Alley, home to several small restaurants and shops. Also along the Elliott Bay Waterfront is the Seattle Aquarium. Downtown is home to the Benaroya Concert Hall, worth a short walk to take in the magnificent glass sculptures by the renowned artist Dale Chihuly.
Benaroya Concert Hall
(photo: Nate McCrady)
The recently opened Seattle Public Library is an innovative design by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Seattle's icon from the 1962 World's Fair, the Space Needle offers 360 degree views of the city and Puget Sound from Seattle Center. Here you will also find the Experience Music Project, a museum dedicated to the exploration of music, housed in a notorious building designed by Frank Gehry. The Monorail, another relic of the Fair, links downtown to Seattle Center, with departures every 10 minutes from the Westlake Center Mall in downtown. For further retail therapy, try Pacific Place, just two blocks from the convention center, or the smaller City Centre Mall, notable for its collection of artworks. Downtown Seattle is also home to the flagship stores of Nordstrom and outdoor outfitters REI. The original Starbucks coffee shop, complete with original signage, is located across the street from the Pike Place Market. Further afield are the walking neighborhood of Capitol Hill, adjacent to downtown with glittering Broadway as its heart, and the campus of the University of Washington, just across the Ship Canal Bridge north of downtown.
Seattle Public Library (photo: Lara Swimmer)

Bars & Restaurants
For a quick lunch during the AAPF and AAS meetings, be sure to make the six-block walk down Pike Street to the Pike Place Market. The Market offers an assortment of diners, food stands and fresh produce. The Sound View Cafe in the Market offers spectacular views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains. Several excellent dinner choices are near the market as well, including Etta's Seafood, Campagne, and Cutters Bayhouse. The Pacific Place mall has a serviceable food court for lunch near the meetings, as well as a Gordon-Biersch Brewery. Other dinner options in downtown include the excellent pan-Pacific cuisine of Wild Ginger, great sushi at Wasabi Bistro, and terrific Northwest seafood at McCormick & Schmick's and Brooklyn Cafe.
Experience Music Project (photo: John A. Vink)
After dinner, there is plenty of nightlife near downtown. The Pike Place Brewery in the Market brews their own, and the snug Alibi Room, tucked in an alley under the Market, is worth a visit for the name alone. Other good nearby options include the Irish-style pubs Fado on First Avenue and Kell's in Post Alley, and the stylish Palace Kitchen under the Monorail tracks. Just up the hill along Pike and Pine Streets are several bars, including the Elysian Brewing Company and the Baltic Room.
Cafes in Post Alley