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10 Superb Seattle Spots to Sit and Read a Book for Hours

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See that book on your shelf that you meant to start reading this summer? Well, it's almost September and you haven't even peeped the prologue yet. With Autumn right around the corner, you're running out of time to sit outside, relax and read, whether it's Catcher in the Rye or Fifty Shades of Grey (those are your only two options, FYI). But if you're gonna do this, you need to know where to go. The last thing you want to do is sit down at a bench near Pike Place, open up to page one and immediately get deluged by tourists and noise. So Elizabeth Tudor has done you the favor of scoping out ten solid sitting spots around Seattle where you can kick rear back and start reading.

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1. Streissguth Gardens

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1640 Broadway E
Seattle, WA

On the northwest side of Capitol Hill, south of the East Blaine stairs, stretches a public garden established and maintained by two charming veteran gardeners. Enjoy views of Lake Union, downtown Seattle, and the Olympic Mountains as you cherish solitude with your favorite read. Image: Brewbooks

2. Waterfall Garden Park

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219 2nd Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98168
(206) 624-6096
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Claim a café table in front of the waterfall, sip from your coffee cup or flask, and relax with a slim crime novel. Watch ghosts of past UPS employees walk in and out of the falls.

3. St. Mark's Greenbelt

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1500 Lakeview Blvd. E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 684-4075
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Wander this three-acre forest as you look for the right tree to climb and read a big fat Russian novel in. If you need a change of scene, find the Egan House, and St. Mark's Cathedral.

4. St. Paul's Centennial Garden Labyrinth

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15 Roy Street
Seattle, WA 98109

You can enter the labyrinth with whatever you please, even a book! Walk until you reach the center, or the last page…

5. Woodland Park

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1000 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105

Get your favorite picnic blanket, hardcover bestseller, and find a spot under a big, moss-covered oak. Don't forget food and booze because you're going to be here for hours. There's also an off leash area for your insane imaginary friends.

6. Fremont Canal Park

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199 N Canal St.
Seattle, WA 98103

Claim a spot on the grass, and wave to the people on boats gliding by on the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Do they have room for one more passenger? Because the book you got from the library is making you fall asleep--or was it that special cookie you ate a few hours ago?

7. Mabel Davis Garden gazebo in South Seattle College Arboretum

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6000 16th Avenue Southwest, South Seattle College
Seattle, WA 98106

You don't usually read romance novels, but there's one your friend told you about that you can't put down. No one will judge you here. Pick the right time of day and no one will even see you...

8. Joe Bar Cafe

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810 E Roy St.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 324-0407
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If it starts raining, run in, grab a cappuccino, and claim a spot upstairs. Remember to order something every hour or so. They have amazing crepes, and beer too!

9. Fairmont Olympic Hotel lobby

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411 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-1700
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Feel sophisticated as you sip red wine and read some classic literature, or maybe Doctor Sleep. Why does that child keep riding around the lobby on his trike?

10. Calvary Cemetery

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5041 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Lie among the dead and all you'll hear is whispering trees. Find the perfect spot under a tall spruce for a day of gothic short stories.

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1. Streissguth Gardens

1640 Broadway E, Seattle, WA

On the northwest side of Capitol Hill, south of the East Blaine stairs, stretches a public garden established and maintained by two charming veteran gardeners. Enjoy views of Lake Union, downtown Seattle, and the Olympic Mountains as you cherish solitude with your favorite read. Image: Brewbooks

1640 Broadway E
Seattle, WA

2. Waterfall Garden Park

219 2nd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98168

Claim a café table in front of the waterfall, sip from your coffee cup or flask, and relax with a slim crime novel. Watch ghosts of past UPS employees walk in and out of the falls.

219 2nd Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98168

3. St. Mark's Greenbelt

1500 Lakeview Blvd. E, Seattle, WA 98102

Wander this three-acre forest as you look for the right tree to climb and read a big fat Russian novel in. If you need a change of scene, find the Egan House, and St. Mark's Cathedral.

1500 Lakeview Blvd. E
Seattle, WA 98102

4. St. Paul's Centennial Garden Labyrinth

15 Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98109

You can enter the labyrinth with whatever you please, even a book! Walk until you reach the center, or the last page…

15 Roy Street
Seattle, WA 98109

5. Woodland Park

1000 NE 50th St, Seattle, WA 98105

Get your favorite picnic blanket, hardcover bestseller, and find a spot under a big, moss-covered oak. Don't forget food and booze because you're going to be here for hours. There's also an off leash area for your insane imaginary friends.

1000 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105

6. Fremont Canal Park

199 N Canal St., Seattle, WA 98103

Claim a spot on the grass, and wave to the people on boats gliding by on the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Do they have room for one more passenger? Because the book you got from the library is making you fall asleep--or was it that special cookie you ate a few hours ago?

199 N Canal St.
Seattle, WA 98103

7. Mabel Davis Garden gazebo in South Seattle College Arboretum

6000 16th Avenue Southwest, South Seattle College, Seattle, WA 98106

You don't usually read romance novels, but there's one your friend told you about that you can't put down. No one will judge you here. Pick the right time of day and no one will even see you...

6000 16th Avenue Southwest, South Seattle College
Seattle, WA 98106

8. Joe Bar Cafe

810 E Roy St., Seattle, WA 98102

If it starts raining, run in, grab a cappuccino, and claim a spot upstairs. Remember to order something every hour or so. They have amazing crepes, and beer too!

810 E Roy St.
Seattle, WA 98102

9. Fairmont Olympic Hotel lobby

411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

Feel sophisticated as you sip red wine and read some classic literature, or maybe Doctor Sleep. Why does that child keep riding around the lobby on his trike?

411 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Calvary Cemetery

5041 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Lie among the dead and all you'll hear is whispering trees. Find the perfect spot under a tall spruce for a day of gothic short stories.

5041 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105