The Lovely List | Offbeat Seattle Favorites

I decided to do a list of things I love about Seattle. You have Ann to thank for this suggestion.

This isn’t an exhaustive list nor is it a typical one. I figure you already know about Pike Place Market and the Space Needle. Who doesn’t? Instead, I decided to share a few of my favorite places in Seattle about which you might not already know.

Enjoy and please feel free to email me with any questions!

The above picture was taken in West Seattle. This totem pole is a small spot, but it boasts one of the coolest views of the city.

If you like combining food, drinks, and crazy movies together, you’ll love the Central Cinema.

For summertime swimming, you have got to visit Coleman Pool. It’s a saltwater pool right on the shores of the Puget Sound. You can even host a private pool party there!

There are two places in this city for extraordinary sandwiches. I mean this. You will be forever changed by the Italian sandwiches at Salumi and the Caribbean sandwiches at Paseo.

While we are on the topic of food, please eat an amazing twice-baked almond croissant at Bakery Nouveaux.  For the best baguettes, I prefer Columbia City Bakery.

For a hearty breakfast, I love the Heartland Cafe. I also love the lesser-known Continental Greek restaurant in the University District. You will NOT find a better fried potato anywhere in this city.

If you are here on a Friday night and have a hankering for something different, I strongly encourage you to go to Dom Polski. It’s like walking into Poland and it is SO much fun. Delicious too.

Do you like coffee? I’m an addict. If you are downtown, take a moment to visit The Good Coffee Company. No frills here or fresh cups of coffee, but you can watch them grind fresh beans and learn a thing or two at the same time from the knowledgeable staff.

For a hot cup and a short jaunt from The Good Coffee Company, I love Trabant Coffee on 2nd Avenue. It’s wonderful organic coffee and a well-lit space to rest in an otherwise busy part of downtown.

One of my favorite quiet indoor places is the Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington. The cathedral like space is spectacular and perfect for a quiet moment. Also, the Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University is beautiful. You don’t have to be religious to enjoy the light in this hideaway. It’s a nice respite from the craziness of the Capital Hill neighborhood.

Sunday afternoons are best spent wandering the stalls of the Fremont Sunday Market. Fresh fruits, baked goods, and a thrifter’s heavenly flea market.

There are a lot of places to eat pizza in this town. Everyone flocks to the wood fired pizza joints. They’re O.K., but I’d much rather have a big slice of pizza with fresh ingredients from Proletariat Pizza in White Center. While this isn’t technically Seattle, it’s worth a visit for some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. Also, you can have homemade ice cream across the street at Full Tilt Ice Cream or a nearby pint at Big Al’s Brewery.  And, other coolness? White Center has a roller rink too!

Finally, I love the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall. That sounds weird, I know. The trailer park is actually a group of airstream trailers, which were converted into small thrift stores and line one of the alleys in this very cool neighborhood of Seattle just south of Boeing Field. I’ve included some pictures to prove such a spot exists!

I’ll see you later this week. I hope you will try out some of this lesser-known spots in the Emerald City. If you do, I’d love to hear about it!

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29 Comments

  • April 23, 2012 - | Permalink

    Very cool tips on some spots, my wife and I will definitely be exploring a bit and will definitely hit up some of these places. Thanks for the guide!!

  • April 23, 2012 - | Permalink

    Looks like a great list Robin! If I ever visit Seattle (which I hope to someday), I will most certainly be taking these suggestions into consideration!

  • April 23, 2012 - | Permalink

    How did I miss the Trailer mall?!? We are so going there this weekend. Thank you.

  • Rosa
    April 23, 2012 - | Permalink

    Great places. I’d love to see the totems and visit the trailer park mall.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • April 24, 2012 - | Permalink

    Ooo…I love offbeat favorites! I hope to visit Seattle someday and I will definitely make note of these wonderful suggestions :)

  • mel
    April 24, 2012 - | Permalink

    great list….but how do you figure White Center isn’t “technically” in Seattle? I mean, great if it’s not. I can quit paying taxes to them, then.

    • redmenace
      April 24, 2012 - | Permalink

      Thanks for your comment, Mel! As I understand it, White Center is unincorporated King County. That’s why it’s policed by the KC Sheriff and not SPD. Either way, it’s a cool spot and I feel so lucky to leave nearby :)
      Robin

  • April 24, 2012 - | Permalink

    I can’t wait to try Dom Polski and to check out the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, 2 places I hadn’t heard about until this post. Thank you!

    • redmenace
      April 24, 2012 - | Permalink

      Elisabeth,
      So glad you commented. Your shop is lovely! I just favorited those starry gold-filled earrings. Gorgeous!
      xo
      Robin

  • April 24, 2012 - | Permalink

    Love these ideas! So great. Can’t believe some of them I’ve never heard of – and I’ve lived here my entire life!

  • April 25, 2012 - | Permalink

    How fun! I’m headed to Seattle for a wedding this summer, and I’ll have a few hours to explore. Since I’ve been on several occasions, I’m excited to try some of your offbeat recommendations!

  • April 25, 2012 - | Permalink

    My husband and I just moved to Seattle and are determined to act like tourists for our first year. :) I am adding your wonderful suggestions to our ever expanding to-do list.

  • Kevin
    April 26, 2012 - | Permalink

    You mapped the totem pole wrong, 35th & Alaska SW.

    • redmenace
      April 26, 2012 - | Permalink

      Kevin,
      Yikes and thank you! The problem is now fixed :)
      Robin

  • Sarah R
    April 27, 2012 - | Permalink

    Sweet, thank you! I’ll be in Seattle for a conference this summer- if I have any free time I’ll know where to go. Bookmarked!

  • April 27, 2012 - | Permalink

    Such a great list! I hadn’t heard of many of these. I’m excited to explore my city. Thanks Robin!

  • April 28, 2012 - | Permalink

    soooo excited! i will be in seattle in july and these are great places to see. thanks so much! and i nearly dropped my ipad wheni saw that you linked me up!

    a side note…my daughter is a budding photographer and when i mentioned your husband’s site, she already knew about it. she thinks he is amazing which is a high compliment since she admires very very few photographers.

    • redmenace
      April 29, 2012 - | Permalink

      Hi Ann,
      So glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for the idea! Also, I’ll pass along the dear compliment to my husband. He’ll be flattered!
      Have a great weekend,
      Robin

  • Jackie
    April 29, 2012 - | Permalink

    Hmm.
    Technically, White Center is part of Seattle.

    • redmenace
      April 29, 2012 - | Permalink

      Thanks, Jackie! Such a weird area, right? It’s unincorporated King County and my Burien friends consider it part of Burien while my Seattle friends in the South end say otherwise. Ha. Either way, I love it!
      Have a great weekend,
      Robin

  • librarymama
    April 30, 2012 - | Permalink

    White Center is just on the border of Seattle so technically not Seattle but close enough I say! It’s such a great area and Prolitariate and Full Tilt are the best! Great great list Robin!

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  • May 4, 2012 - | Permalink

    Wow! This is a great post! I’ve lived within 30-45 minutes of Seattle for 20 years and haven’t heard of a lot of these places. You’ve given me some great ideas for my weekends!

  • May 4, 2012 - | Permalink

    Strangely, today marks 20 years since I’ve lived here. I just realized this. I must do some of these activities in celebration! ;)

    • redmenace
      May 4, 2012 - | Permalink

      Steph,
      Thanks for your comment and happy anniversary of moving to Seattle! I moved here in 1993 and, despite a few bits of time elsewhere, I’ve lived here happily ever since. There are so many hidden treasures. Would love to hear your faves too!
      xo
      Robin

      • May 9, 2012 - | Permalink

        I love Golden Gardens and Alki. I never did get to explore Seattle proper much, but this summer I’m making my husband take me on many adventures there.

        We’re actually making a Seattle day-trip tomorrow, and I might be visiting Proletariat Pizza. Mmm!

  • June 12, 2012 - | Permalink

    Awesome list – must do them. I’m still a renewed Seattle-ite, so I will do them with tourist zeal. :D

    • redmenace
      June 12, 2012 - | Permalink

      Noelle,
      Summer is the best time to explore Seattle!
      xo
      Robin

  • July 10, 2012 - | Permalink

    What a great list! You’re right about that almond croissant–it’s one of my favorite things to eat in all of Seattle. I will check out the Trailer Park soon, for sure! I’ve been wanting to check out a glassware & kitchen outlet store (Rosanna) in that same neighborhood, so this is a perfect outing!

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