Photo: Gene Bisbee

ColumbiaCity

Designated a historic landmark district, this neighborhood boasts a deep sense of community.

EAT

Oysters Kristen Marie Photography

Start the day with fresh salads and juices—a quinoa and kale salad pairs nicely with the Seattle Sunset (pineapple, orange, and carrot)—at Taproot Café and Bar. Later on, join a popular food craze at Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, where loyalists rave about the Classic Shoyu with tuna, Reconstructed Musubi, and Sam’s Spicy Salmon. For a go-to brunch spot, it’s hard during any mealtime to top Super Six, a former auto body shop–turned–hip hangout (try the Loco Moco and Portuguese sausage hash).

SHOP

Columbia City Bouquet Photo Amy Vaughn

At Columbia City Bouquet, find creative floral arrangements and botanical gifts in a shop that’s anchored the neighborhood for over 100 years. Eclectic Andaluz is the spot to hunt for cards, books, jewelry, women’s clothing, and home goods, while Retroactive Kids keeps the focus on old-fashioned creativity with its collection of toys, books, and vintage games.

PLAY

NAAM Courtesy Northwest African American Museum

Hit the superb Northwest African American Museum then raise a glass among friendly locals at Lottie’s Lounge or Columbia City Ale House. Embrace the neighborhood’s musical soul at charming Columbia City Theater, one of the state’s oldest vaudeville-style venues, which hosts occasional free events in the adjoining Bourbon Bar, or The Royal Room, which books talent every night of the week and is all-ages until 10 pm.

WHERE TO GO & HOW TO GET THERE

Andaluz 4908-B Rainier Ave S; andaluzshop.wordpress.com
Columbia City Ale House 4914 Rainier Ave S; seattlealehouses.com
Columbia City Bouquet 4873 Rainier Ave S; columbiacitybouquet.com
Columbia City Theater 4916 Rainier Ave S; columbiacitytheater.com
Lottie’s Lounge 4900 Rainier Ave S; lottieslounge.com
*Northwest African American Museum 2300 S Massachusetts St; naamnw.org

Retroactive Kids 4859 Rainier Ave S; facebook.com/retroactivekids/about
The Royal Room 5000 Rainier Ave S; theroyalroomseattle.com
Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max 5300 Rainier Ave S; samchoyspoke.com
Super Six 3714 S Hudson St; supersixseattle.com
Taproot Café and Bar 4908 Rainier Ave S; taprootseattle.com

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