West Seattle: West Is Best
Collected by Stephanie Perry , AFAR Local Expert
True, you do have to cross a bridge (or take a water taxi) to get to West Seattle. But it's really not that far, and the reward is worth it: restaurants, boutiques, antique and thrift stores aplenty. The Alaska Junction is the center of the neighborhood's business area, or you can head down to Alki Beach to bike, stroll, and play.
4306 SW Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
For a great selection of art, jewelry, apparel, and decor from local Northwest artists, it’s hard to beat Twilight Gallery & Boutique. Their spacious West Seattle gallery/shop at the Alaska Junction carries leather goods, modern jewelry, quirky...
4737 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Sure, there's a lot of hubbub about Crumble + Flake right now, but for my money, it's hard to beat Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle (and now in Capitol Hill, at 15th and E. John). This immensely popular place always has lines snaking through the...
4725 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
West Seattle is a bit off the beaten path for visitors, but the short drive is worth it. After admiring the sunset at Alki Beach, head to the Alaska Junction, the main shopping/eating area on California Avenue. There you'll find Mashiko, one of my...
4721 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
In the heart of West Seattle's Alaska Junction is the local gem Husky Deli, family-owned since 1932. In summer, the line winds through the store for their famous ice cream — like the Oreo Coffee scoop shown here. But their made-to-order deli...
Junction, Seattle, WA, USA
If you say "Ma'ono" to a Seattle local, you might get a blank look — but try "the fried chicken place that used to be Spring Hill," and you'll get a nod of recognition. Back when it was Spring Hill, their weekly fried-chicken nights were so...
West Seattle, Seattle, WA, USA
When I was a child, the stories of Jonah and Pinocchio occasionally got blended together in my mind--the part about being swallowed by a whale. The wooden boy and Geppetto? The fleeing prophet? I would wonder what I would have done, floating...
4539 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
A fun restaurant/lounge in West Seattle with tiki-bar flair, West 5 offers a popular happy hour from 4-6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to midnight. Stop in for a drink and admire their vintage decor and the oversized, crown-shaped neon sign...
4535 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Tucked away in West Seattle, this little thrift shop isn’t as big as some of Seattle’s other stores, but that also means fewer people know about it. While their normal prices can be a bit high, the 50% off and $1 sales make for serious bargains:...
4553 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Not to be confused with Pegasus Pizza (also in West Seattle) or Pegasus Coffee Bar, Pegasus Book Exchange is one of several used bookstores in the Alaska Junction. Trade in your old books and get store credit towards new-to-you ones. They...
4516 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Like many antique stores, the Antique Mall of West Seattle somehow seems bigger on the inside than on the outside. Step through the narrow entryway and you’ll be confronted with stacks, piles, mountains of treasures from yesteryear — everything...
4513 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Who knew you could buy art and get your hair cut in the same place? Vain is a local hair salon/beauty supply chain that started in Belltown, but its newest location is in West Seattle’s Alaska Junction. Not just a hair salon, Vain also has a good...
4455 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
A West Seattle institution, Funky Jane’s has been around for over 20 years (as you might infer from the name). Sellers can bring in their unwanted women’s clothing, clean and in good condition, to be sold for store credit or cash; buyers get...
4540 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Click prides itself on carrying useful, well-designed objects for the home, which anyone can appreciate. But the heart of the business is owner Frances Smersh’s unconventional, edgy modern jewelry using materials like dyed concrete and...
2648 59th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
If you want to relax by taking a walk, why not take a long winding path by the beach? Walking not your style? Fine, you can roller blade or bike too. If it’s nice and sunny there’s also the option to sunbath or walk along the surf. It’s about a...
4537 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Just down the street from Pegasus Book Exchange, the Alaska Junction’s other used bookstore, Merryweather Books, is a small but friendly shop with a long history; it’s the new incarnation of Leisure Books, which was around for over 20...
4461 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Another little neighborhood consignment shop in West Seattle’s Alaska Junction, Many Moons carries men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, as well as handcrafted “healing talisman jewelry.” Prices are posted on the wall by category and apply...
4559 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Visitors with a particular interest in the grunge scene should make a trip to West Seattle’s Easy Street Records — Eddie Vedder lives in the neighborhood and has been known to shop here. But aside from that, Easy Street is just a great local...
4733 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Even if you can’t draw a straight line, you’ll enjoy Northwest Art & Frame’s impressive selection of notecards and stationery, travel-friendly handbags, party supplies, candles and soaps, and kids’ toys and games. Half of the large store is...
3521 Beach Dr SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
Stroll along one of Seattle’s beaches at low tide and you’ll be amazed at the diversity of marine life on display: starfish, anemones, tiny crabs, and even the occasional squid or moon snail. During the Seattle Aquarium’s weekend beach walks,...
3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
No surprises – pork is the focus at West Seattle’s Swinery deli. When you walk into the tiny shop, you’ll see a huge deli case full of steaks and chops, bacon, smoked meats, sausages, pates and confits, as well as all the pickled veggies, slaws,...
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