Your Guide to Navigating Seattle for ARVO 2024

Image of space needle and Seattle skyline

We’re excited to see everyone at ARVO 2024 in Seattle in May! Every year, we are impressed and humbled by the incredible presentations and posters that highlight breakthrough research related to new disease models, diagnostics, and therapies.

Phoenix-Micron is headquartered in the Northwest, and many of our team members are either from the Seattle area or have traveled there many times. Because this is our “stomping ground” we thought we’d share a resource guide to help everyone discover the Seattle area.


Let’s start things off with Food!


Lovely brunch location, the Tilikum Place Cafe: (15min by train, or 20min walk…just under 1mile from ARVO). Call ahead for hours and brunch reservations.
A little more casual and where the locals go? Here are the best coffee shops.
A little edgy, but definitely Seattle, this is known as the best biscuits and gravy in Seattle: Biscuit Bitch: (11min by train, 15min walk – just under 1mile from ARVO)



Stateside (10min walk, less than a half mile from ARVO)
PennyRoyal Bar (11mins by train, 15min walk – approx. half mile from ARVO)
Cottontail, speakeasy bar (10mins by train, 15min walk – under 1 mile from ARVO)
The Pink Door (12mins by train or 20min walk – just under 1mile from ARVO) Pike Place Market area with trapeze entertainment
Matt’s In The Market, Pike Place Market favorite (12min walk, approx. half mile from ARVO)
Le Pichet (13mins by train or walk – just over a half mile from ARVO) French bistro at Pike
Sushi Kashiba, upscale sushi at Pike Place Market (15min train/walk – approx. half mile from ARVO)
Palisade (Smith Cove, Pier 91 dining – 45mins by train to/from ARVO)
How to Cook A Wolf (2 Seattle locations, both approx. 25mins by train from ARVO)
Spinasse, romantic Italian trattoria on Capitol Hill (10-20mins by train)
Café Juanita, northern Italian dining in Kirkland (approx. 1hr by train from/to ARVO)
Wa’z, Japanese Kaiseki dining, near the Space Needle



Café Flora (15mins by train)
Wayward Vegan Cafe (20-45mins by train)
Finch and Pine (20mins by train/walking – just over 1 mile from ARVO)
Razzis Pizzeria, vegan and gluten-free pizza (15mins by train/walking – half mile from ARVO)



It is the Northwest, so we can’t leave off some fabulous recommendations for beer.

Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Pike Place Market (10-15min walk from ARVO – half mile)
Chuck’s Hop Shop (15-20mins by train)
The Good Society Brewery and Public House (2 locations, the closer being approx. 30mins by train)
Rooftop Brew Co. (35-45mins by train)
Old Stove Brewing Co., Pike Place Market location, (15min walk, half mile from ARVO)
Ghostfish Brewing Co., gluten-free beer (25-30mins by train)
Reuben’s Brews (several locations, closest is 30mins by train)



And of course, we need sweets to top it all off.

Salt & Straw – register your email on their site for 1st order coupon! (10mins by train, 15mins walking – half mile from ARVO)
Shugs Soda Fountain & Ice Cream (10min walk – less than half mile from ARVO)
Dochi, Japanese mochi donuts (15-20min by train – located inside the Food Hall @ Uwajimaya)



Seattle is a beautiful city, filled with great things to see and do. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:

Stranger Things Experience (20-30mins by train from ARVO)
Outdoor Market (just over 20mins by train or walking – approx. 1mile from ARVO)
Space Needle, the iconic Seattle experience (20mins by train)
MoPOP, Museum of Pop Culture (approx. 15mins by train)
Underground Tour, in Pioneer Place Park at Pioneer Square (15mins by train, 20mins walk – approx. 1 mile from ARVO)
Chihuly Garden and Glass, next to the Space Needle (20mins by train)
Seattle’s Soccer team, the Sounders – check the schedule for early May matches!
Lake Union Hot Tub Boats (45-50mins by train)
Can Can, Seattle’s premier cabaret venue (10min walk, half mile from ARVO)
Fremont Troll (25-30mins by train, North 36th Street and Troll Avenue)
Pacific Science Center (15-20mins by train, 20-25mins walking – just over a mile from ARVO)
Tulip Town, season runs thru April 30th (2-4 hrs by train, just over an hour by car in Mount Vernon)
Tulip Valley Farms (2-4 hrs by train, just over an hour by car, Mount Vernon)
2024 Tulip Festival, “almost always have lovely color in the garden into at least the first few days of May – if not longer.”
   (2-4hrs by train,    just over an hour by car)
Gum Wall, Pike Place Market (10min walk, less than half mile from ARVO)
Pike Place Public Market (10min walk, less than half mile from ARVO)



Haven’t made your hotel reservations for ARVO, or looking for a little extension to your time in the city? Here are some hotel recommendations:

Hotels of Seattle: a go-to site for hotel in the greater Seattle area
Sheraton Grand Seattle (next to ARVO venue, Seattle Convention Center)
The Inn at Virgina Mason (10min walk/less than half mile from ARVO)
Holiday Inn Seattle Downtown (less than 15mins by train or 20min walk, less than 1mile from ARVO)
Hilton Seattle (5min walk / less than a ¼ miles away from ARVO)
The Paramount Hotel (less than 5min walk / less than ¼ mile from ARVO)
Before, during, after ARVO retreat: Willows Lodge in Woodinville
The Edgewater Hotel (20min train / 25min walk), waterfront lodging & dining.