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The ’50 Shades of Grey’ Guide to Seattle

Find locales from the popular book-turned-movie and more

While the movie adaptation of the best-selling book “50 Shades of Grey” wasn’t filmed in Seattle, that doesn’t mean excited fans can’t see a few famous sites from the book in town. Included below, in addition to locales from the story, are some places Christian Grey might have visited, were he really Seattle’s most eligible billionaire bachelor.

First up, Christian Grey’s condo. Where else would a billionaire live but a penthouse with a view? While Mr. Grey’s building, high-end condominium the Escala (Fourth Ave. and Virginia St.), isn’t open to the public, you can gaze up from the street and try to guess which windows might have been his.

Fresh flowers at Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market flower vendor (©Hammerin Man/Flickr)

Anastasia Steele lives in a Pike Place Market (First Ave. and Pike St.) apartment with her best friend. Market housing is mostly low-income and senior housing, but the market itself is beloved by locals and a necessary stop for visitors. Take time to explore—you'll find colorful flowers, fresh fish (they can package purchases for safe traveling) and an always-changing variety of local artisans.

Christian and Ana visit his parents on the shores of Lake Washington's eastside. While much of the shoreline is private property, there are a number of parks to visit. Chism Beach Park, Meydenbauer Beach Park and Clyde Beach Park are all near Bellevue, or head to downtown Kirkland where you can walk along Lake Street South or visit Marina Park or for lovely views.

Sky View Observatory
Breathtaking views at Sky View Observatory (©Mike Reid)

Christian and Ana enjoy a meal at the Columbia Tower Club—while this is a private club, the public is welcome to visit the Sky View Observatory in the Columbia Center’s 73rd floor. The observatory is home to the Sky View Café, which serves beer and wine as well as food, if you’d like to enjoy a crisp white while taking in the view.

And speaking of wine, Mr. Grey likes his champagne and his whites—try a bottle of white (or champagne, red or rosé) at Purple Café and Wine Bar while you’re exploring downtown. The extensive wine list and delicious food makes a wonderful lunch or dinner. Dishes have suggested pairings, or try one of the wine flights.

Oysters are another favorite of Mr. Grey—not surprising, given their popularity among local residents. Visit Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56 for oysters and other fresh seafood. Or, if you’d like to combine Christian’s culinary favorites, head to Frank’s Oyster House & Champagne Parlor in the Ravenna neighborhood. There are a number of sparkling wines by the glass as well as bottles available for purchase.

Canlis (©Brian Canlis)

Mr. Grey also wouldn’t be out of place at Canlis, a Seattle fine-dining institution since 1950. Reservations are strongly recommended at Canlis, though the lounge is walk-in only, and gentlemen should wear a suit or sport coat.

Take in Seattle’s views from the sky a la Charlie Tango with a helicopter tour. While Christian used his private helicopter to travel quickly between Portland, Ore., and Seattle, you can go up on one of Seattle Helitours’ flights and see downtown, the stadiums, the Space Needle, Lake Washington and more. Flights range from approximately 20 minutes to approximately 40 minutes. If helicopters aren’t your cup of tea, Kenmore Air seaplanes have 20-minute scenic flight tours of Seattle and two-hour tours of the San Juan Islands.

Cap off the evening with some popcorn and the movie—a number of theaters around town are screening the film, including the AMC on the top floor of the Pacific Place shopping center downtown.