Bruciato Pizza gained an instant following for its artisan thincrust pies with ingredients like dates, clams, and beef bone marrow, served alongside Italian wines and spirits. The Streamliner Diner is a local favorite for familiar family-friendly fare. Grab a scoop or share a banana split at Mora Iced Creamery, with delightful flavors like green tea, lemon bar, and its signature blackberry.
You never know what kind of literary figure you’ll meet at Eagle Harbor Book Co., which frequently features author chats. Sweet Deal and Petit & Olson carry carefully selected women’s clothing. A handful of small, friendly wineries dot the island for a bottle or two, including laid-back Rolling Bay Winery and Eleven Winery, which hosts live music on weekend afternoons and has a tasting room on Winslow Way.
Make a point to visit Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, which showcases contemporary works from local artists. Find a different kind of art at The Bloedel Reserve. The 150-acre reserve features 12 distinct gardens, including a bird marsh and an award-winning Japanese garden. Walk along the beach and explore military remnants at Fort Ward Park, one of the island’s many well-tended green spaces. Bainbridge Island Historical Museum shares stories including those of Japanese American islanders, the first group interned during World War II. Meanwhile, some of the best Seattle skyline views are from Washington State Ferries to or from the island. A walk-on trip is an easy way to take in that view amid the kind of nautical wonder that’s quintessentially Seattle.
World-class croissants, breads, and sweets make Saboteur Bakery well worth a detour to the Manette neighborhood north of the ferry terminal. Nearby, Honor Bar uses local ingredients in its food and cocktails. The city’s array of ethnic food includes Central and South American food from burritos to pupusas at El Balcon. And there’s always classic American at kitschy-cool Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Cafe.
Channel your inner movie star at Ish Vintage Clothing and Costumes, whose owner is also a costume designer. Discover more vintage clothing, plus furniture and collectibles, at Flea Market Chics in the Uptown Mercantile & Marketplace. Find all kinds of comics, board games, and toys, plus a coffee bar and a community of fellow hobbyists, at The Game Wizard and Blue Sky Hobbies.
Maritime history buffs love the USS Turner Joy and the Puget Sound Navy Museum, both only a short distance from the ferrydock. While you’re waiting for the ferry, check out entertaining displays about local riveter Rosies at Naval Shipyard Memorial Plaza, along with the bubbling spouts at Harborside Fountain Park. Unconventional, kid-friendly museums include the Bremerton Bug Museum and the Valentinetti Puppet Museum.
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