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Melissa Santos
20 hours ago - News

Seattle's most-listened to songs and artists of 2022, per Spotify

A woman with honey blonde hair holds a triangular shaped trophy in her hands while looking off camera.

Taylor Swift accepts the Artist of the Year award during the 2022 American Music Awards on Nov. 20. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Seattle loves Taylor Swift a little more than the rest of the U.S. — at least, according to our Spotify Wrapped results.

Driving the news: Spotify just released data on the most streamed songs and artists in 2022 by geographic area. And Swift topped the list among Seattleites.

Two hidden Seattle gems to check out right now

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Photo courtesy of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

In a world of hustle, hype and overblown expectations, it's nice to find the little lowkey gems that deliver.

Driving the news: A tiny museum in Seattle's Pioneer Square, oft overlooked by tourists and natives alike, has made the list of the nation's 20 most underrated attractions.

Maíz tortilleria opens new location downtown

Three tacos on tortillas that are blue in color with meats and pickled onions piled on top.

Carnitas, chicken and carne asada tacos from Maíz Molino. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

Now you don't have to go all the way to Pike Place Market for some of the city's best tortillas and chilaquiles — and it's easier than ever to bring friends along.

Driving the news: Maíz, which specializes in fresh tortillas made from heirloom Mexican corn, recently opened a new location on 6th Avenue between Bell and Battery streets.

Tried and true toys to consider

He-Man action figure toy under holiday tree

Photo: Carlos Tischler/Getty Images

There's always some new toy that parents are jockeying to get their hands on before Christmas.

  • But consider going the classic route — with the three old-school playthings inducted this month into the Toy Hall of Fame.

Gingerbread rocket ships launch downtown

Space-themed display made of gingerbread, frosting and colorful sweets

Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

Lots of holiday traditions were put on hold during the pandemic. Now, at least one is returning: The Gingerbread Village at the downtown Sheraton Grand Seattle.

Driving the news: The 2022 Gingerbread Village opened to the public on Tuesday, featuring four elaborate space-themed displays made of gingerbread, frosting and colorful sweets.

Seattle zoo's king has returned

A lion clinging to a tree and looking over its shoulder.

Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren/Courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo

Tandie, a Seattle-born lion, is bonding with a new friend and ready to see visitors after he moved back to Washington from California last month, according to the Woodland Park Zoo.

Driving the news: The 8-year-old, who stole Seattle's heart as a triplet cub, can be viewed publicly at the zoo's African Savanna lion habitat.

Where to watch the World Cup

Illustration of a soccer ball on an abstract field.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The World Cup, the most popular sporting event on the planet, begins Sunday in the tiny Middle Eastern peninsula country Qatar.

Driving the news: Among the reasons to be excited about the quadrennial event: two players from Seattle Sounders FC — forward Jordan Morris and midfielder Cristian Roldan — are on the U.S. Men's National Team.

Washington streetwear gets national nod

Illustration of person in t-shirt with Seattle skyline graphic

Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios

Seattle comedian Derek Sheen has one follow-up to a recent survey that ranked Washington eighth in the nation for its streetwear fashion.

  • "Who were the judges? A walrus, a seagull, an abandoned REI outlet store and an overfilled garbage can?"

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