Downtown Tacoma Guide

Downtown Tacoma

Downtown Tacoma is a beautiful location with many local mom and pop stores, cafes, gift shops, museums, and more.

This guide will touch on many aspects of what it is like to live in Downtown Tacoma and hopefully, we can inspire you to visit the location.

We moved downtown in May of 2017 and it has been refreshing to live in a smaller version of a city life with just a hint of Seattle.

One of the beautiful things about waking up downtown is the business hustle and cafes I can grab breakfast at.

Working from home while living downtown

Working from home allows me the opportunity to walk over to one of my favorite cafes called the lucky penny cafe and grab a cream cheese bagel for $2 or some fried rice for lunch.

I prefer to not own a car and there is a commerce street transit center up a few blocks from me which connects me to an array of buses that go across town and over city lines.

One of the main bus routes that you’ll often see or take when living downtown is the 1 bus pierce transit which literally goes from one end of town to the other side.

Downtown Tacoma Parking…

Can be stressful since there are so many hot spots in the area and on weekdays it’s even harder to find parking spots considering some of the bigger businesses like Statefarm are located directly in the heart of downtown.

If you’re hoping to find parking spaces you’ll often have to drive around for a bit and search for an opening or hope that someone just had an appointment as most cars are parked for the work days.

Parking garages…

Are around and so are parking lots, you won’t have to travel far to see three or four within a block, however, you’ll have to pay for your time on the weekdays until 6 pm. After 6 pm, parking is free.

Parking is also free on Sundays and holidays. When it comes to prices, prices are dependent on the parking garage or lot that you choose.

Parking overnight I’ll warn you to be careful as cars have gotten broken into since we moved down here right, it has happened a few times that some of our neighbor’s windows are busted.

Since we don’t live in a building with parking, our neighbors park on the street.

Downtown Tacoma apartments

When we search for our apartment we found it on craigslist and was able to get in within a month, fortunately for us, however, it can be hard as living downtown is becoming popular causing rent increases and waitlisting.

Are you looking to move into the downtown area of Tacoma? If so some of my favorite websites to search for Tacoma apartments are,, and

Apartment prices…

You can expect to pay a nice chunk to live downtown, a one bedroom can go anywhere from $1,300 + and two bedrooms, anywhere from $1,700 +.

Downtown Tacoma things to do

So you decided to move and found your apartment in the heart of downtown, and now you’re wondering how you should spend your weekend. Luckily for you, my neighbor, there are plenty of things to do.

Visit the Thersa Foss waterway and take the kiddos to the children museum if you have some with you. Closer to the freeway is firemen’s park overlooking the water.

Often times the museums have events going on and if you want to see a movie, the grand cinema is close by along with the Pantages theater with selected broadway plays.

Downtown Tacoma Hotels

If you are just wanting to visit the area, there are plenty of hotels like the Holiday Inn, Hotel Murano, and La Quinta Suites just to name a few.

Hotel Murano: is located in the hear of Tacoma, within walking distance to the waterway, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tacoma Downtown: located near union station, 2102 S C St, Tacoma, WA 98402.

Courtyard by Marriottlocated near the children’s museum, 1515 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402.

La Quinta Suites: is 2.5 miles from Downtown and 1.9 miles from the Tacoma art museum, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402.

These are just a few hotels near and in the heart of the area. The Marriott is connected with one of Tacoma’s famous restaurants the Pacific Grill.

Downtown Tacoma restaurants

When it comes to choosing where to eat downtown, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and fast food places.

Pizza Downtown Tacoma

You can take the kiddos to Subway, Jimmy Johns, Hello Cupcake, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Elemental Pizza, or one of our favorites, the Rock Wood Fire Pizza!

If you’re looking to head out for a couples night or do some adulting, the Matador is a great restaurant/bar for authentic Mexican food.

For a quick lunch, there is a popular soup place near the post office, called infinite soups, and a second soup location just up the hill near the courthouse.

Downtown Tacoma Post Office

Downtown Tacoma cafe

I love going to the post office with the kid, inside is a nice sitting area with a cafe, where you can buy delicious treats and grab an espresso.

It’s also where infinite soups is located and another awesome lunch spot called outpost kitchen, where you can get sandwiches, french dips, salads, desserts, and even soup!

I recommend giving either cafe a try!

Wrapping up our downtown guide.

There are plenty of things to do and places to try, including a YMCA with free swimming lessons for the kiddos. Whether you’re visiting or moving to this zip code, if you have any questions, comment below and we will do our best to answer them or add them to the guide!

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