Start off with twice-baked almond croissants from local mainstay Bakery Nouveau (4737 California Ave SW) or a hearty brunch at Arthur’s (don’t skip the Avo Smash; 2311 California Ave SW) in the Admiral District. Siblings Supreme (4521 California Ave SW) and New Luck Toy (5905 California Ave SW) serve slices of New York-style pizza and takeout containers of updated Chinese-American classics respectively, but no kids are allowed—both are bar-forward, with boozy slushies on tap (think rum and root beer). On Alki Beach (1702 Alki Ave SW), options include Korean-Hawaiian fusion—the kimchi fried rice at Marination Ma Kai* (1660 Harbor Ave SW) is a worthy accompaniment to the unobscured views of the downtown skyline—and impeccable pasta at newly minted Italian spot Il Nido (2717 61st Ave SW ), just off the waterfront. For a sweet finish, brave the line for house-made ice cream at longstanding Husky Deli (4721 California Ave SW).
The neighborhood’s retail district centers around West Seattle Junction, a three-block stretch home to everything from vinyl to vintage. With a popular cafe and shop, Easy Street Records (4559 California Ave SW) is a haven for music buffs. Neighboring Pegasus Book Exchange (4553 California Ave SW) is known for its expansive selection and “mystery” books sold wrapped in butcher paper. Boutiques like Northwest Art and Frame (4733 California Ave SW) and Click! Design that Fits (4540 California Ave SW ) sell Pacific Northwest-centric goods, and recently renovated Fleurt Collective (4536 California Ave SW) does double-duty as a plant shop, chock-full of curated gifts and indoor flora.
On Sundays, get a true taste for the neighborhood at year-round West Seattle Farmers Market (SW Alaska St & California Ave SW)—samples range from produce to ice pops. Alki (1702 Alki Ave SW) is perfect for people-watching (try it from an Adirondack chair on West Seattle Brewing’s (2536 Alki Ave SW) deck) and Alki Kayak Tours* (1660 Harbor Ave SW) rents bikes, inline skates, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks. Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is a bit mellower, particularly in the summer months, with a beachside pathway that affords stunning views of the Olympic Mountains. For the 21-and-up set, end the day with craft cocktails and a cozy vibe at The Nook (2206 California Ave SW) in North Admiral.
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