Photo: Gene Bisbee

ColumbiaCity

This diverse district with a vintage feel boasts vibrant arts and eats.

EAT

Columbia City Bakery Courtesy Kat Young

Power up at local favorite Empire Espresso (3829A S Edmunds St), a converted garage that opens onto a quiet patio on warm days. If a patisserie is more your scene, indulge in a cappuccino and croissant at beloved Columbia City Bakery (4865 Rainier Ave S). Across the street, Geraldine’s Counter (4872 Rainier Ave S) is always hopping as patrons line up for legendary comfort food. Turn down Hudson Street to Super Six (3714 S Hudson St), a former auto body shop repurposed as a Hawaiian joint with spectacular malasada doughnuts and a cocktail menu that will transport you to the beach.

SHOP

Columbia City Bouquet Photo Amy Vaughn

From science kits to classic books, Retroactive Kids (4859 Rainier Ave S) has the perfect low-tech gift for the child in your life. Green up your world with an air plant or floral spray from the darling Columbia City Bouquet (4873 Rainier Ave S), but not before stopping at Gather (4863 Rainier Ave S), a high-end women’s consignment shop, and Bob’s Quality Meats (4861 Rainier Ave S), an old-fashioned butcher with every imaginable cut.

PLAY

Columbia City Theater Courtesy David Newman

Grab a scoop of honey lavender from Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (4822 Rainier Ave S) before lounging in Columbia Park (4721 Rainier Ave S) or taking in a flick at the independent Ark Lodge Cinemas (4816 Rainier Ave S). Live music plays nightly at the classy Royal Room (5000 Rainier Ave S), iconic Columbia City Theater (4916 Rainier Ave S) hosts frequent burlesque shows, and locals love Lottie’s Lounge (4900 Rainier Ave S) for its craft cocktails and good company.

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