UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

If the "U-District" were in high school, it would be that eccentric guy who doesn't care what anyone thinks but still manages to be cool. One of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods, the U-District is a colorful contradiction. Its history is undeniable – tree-lined streets of classic, two-story Craftsmans and Seattle's first and largest farmers market – but the neighborhood is alive with the kind of round-the-clock energy that only 40,000 college students and a lot of Thai food can supply. As such, this quirky district is overflowing with small-but-surprising shops, Wi-Fi hot spots, and restaurants from every continent. Oh – and Urban Outfitters – contradictions complete.

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