If you arrive on the West Seattle Water Taxi, one of your first stops should be Marination ma kai, located steps from the dock. Known for its creative fusion of Hawaiian and Korean fare, it doles out plates like kimchi fried rice and kalbi beef tacos. Just down the street, Salty’s combines a stunning waterfront locale with fine seafood. Start with oysters on the half shell before digging into grilled sea scallops or sockeye salmon. Head inland for sustainably sourced and ridiculously fresh sushi from Mashiko or epic fried chicken and Hawaiian-inspired cuisine at Ma’ono. The chicken is so beloved, in fact, it requires reservations in advance.
Head to the West Seattle Junction—a three-block radius around the intersection of California Avenue and Alaska Street—for the shopping heart of the neighborhood. Find terrarium kits and hip floral arrangements at Fleurt; modern home goods, accessories, and gift items at Click! Design That Fits; and a fine selection of new and used titles at family-owned Pegasus Book Exchange. Don’t miss Easy Street Records, an independent record store that’s been around since 1988. Its curated selection of vinyl and CDs are a great musical introduction to Seattle.
The biggest draw by far is Alki Beach Park. During sunny winter days and warmer spring afternoons, its long stretch of sandy beach is great for strolling and enjoying the views of downtown Seattle. Venture out onto the water itself on a kayak or stand-up paddleboarding excursion with rentals from Alki Kayak Tours, or just toss back a few beers at local watering holes. West Seattle Brewing serves its craft suds in a beach-facing tasting room, while Locöl Barley & Vine pours local and imported beer, wine, and cider in a cozily rustic space.
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