Illustration by Sarah Wilkins

Still Sleepless

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan captivated audiences in this 1993 rom-com, and love has never been the same. Embrace the ’90s nostalgia at these iconic Sleepless in Seattle spots.

Lake Union 

See Sam’s (played by Tom Hanks) floating bachelor pad in real life on Lake Union. The home is privately owned, so a tour from the water is your best bet for a glimpse (full disclosure: the interior shots were filmed on a soundstage). Try the Historical Lake Cruise offered by Argosy Cruises (* or a tour from Ride the Ducks (*

Gas Works Park

On New Year’s Eve, a pensive Sam watches the fireworks display across the lake at Gas Works Park (2101 N Northlake Way) from his balcony. In reality, the park hosts Fourth of July festivities, while the Space Needle (*400 Broad St; is home to the city’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display, also visible from Gas Works.

Pike Place Market

Quick-witted friend Jay, played by Rob Reiner, stops in front of the Inn at the Market (*86 Pine St; to assess the cuteness of Sam’s butt for prospective dating purposes. Inside Pike Place Market (*First Ave and Pike St;, Jay and Sam dine at Athenian Inn—now Athenian Seafood Restaurant and Bar (81517 Pike Pl;—to discuss women and tiramisu, the en vogue dessert of the early ’90s.

Dahlia Lounge

The original location of local restaurateur Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Lounge (*2001 Fourth Ave;, just a few blocks south of its current spot, serves as the backdrop for Sam’s date with overly enthusiastic interior designer Victoria, who ultimately proved no match for Meg Ryan’s Annie Reed.

Alki Beach

Annie’s sleuthing brings her to Alki Beach (1702 Alki Ave SW) in West Seattle, where she watches Sam and his son, Jonah, play on the beach from across the street at what is now Duke’s Seafood & Chowder (*2516 Alki Ave SW; Rent a bike from Wheel Fun Rentals ( to cruise the pathway beside the sand.

Illustration by Sarah Wilkins


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