Not For Tourists Guide to Seattle (2016)
West & South Seattle
The charm of this part of town is that they seem to have one foot in the 1950s while the other foot steps bravely into the 21st century. A large elderly population thrives amongst a strong influx of young families seeking kid-friendly goods and services. Snap the ideal panoramic photograph of Seattle’s skyline from Harbor Avenue or up steep Admiral Way. There’s really nothing pretentious in this neck of the woods. A coffee stop at Java Bean in Luna Park is worth the detour.
✵ Seacrest Park ✵ 1660 Harbor Ave SW
Scuba divers galore. Elliott Bay Water Taxi to downtown leaves from here.
✵ Diva Espresso ✵ 4480 Fauntleroy Way SW
Local chain with unpredictable service. I guess it’s kind of like ordering coffee from a diva.
✵ Java Bean ✵ 2920 SW Avalon Way
Since 1989: organic, shade grown, fair trade.
✵ Uptown Espresso ✵ 3845 Delridge Way SW
Self-proclaimed “Home of the Velvet Foam,” but the coffee underneath is just so-so.
✵ The Bridge ✵ 4439 35th Ave SW
Attempts to bridge the gap between West Seattle and the rest of the world.
✵ Skylark ✵ 3803 Delridge Way SW
Real Seattle rock-n-roll happens here. No cover.
✵ West Seattle Bowl ✵ 4505 39th Ave SW
A dying breed.
✵ Buddha Ruksa ✵ 3520 SW Genesee St
206-937-7676 ✵ $$
✵ Chaco Canyon Organic Café ✵ 3770 SW Alaska St
206-937-8732 ✵ $$
A voyage into the Raw Food Universe.
✵ Chelan Cafe ✵ 3527 Chelan Ave SW
206-932-7383 ✵ $
Solid blue collar greasy spoon.
✵ Luna Park Cafe ✵ 2918 SW Avalon Way
206-935-7250 ✵ $
Plenty of fun for the kids; mimosas and piles of eggs for the adults.
✵ Marination Ma Kai ✵ 1660 Harbor Ave SW
206-328-8226 ✵ $
Grown-up shave ice and korean tacos with a water view that can’t be beat.
✵ Pho Aroma ✵ 5605 Delridge Way SW
206-932-4343 ✵ $
Way better than the Tacoma Aroma.
✵ Salty’s on Alki Beach ✵ 1936 Harbor Ave SW
206-937-1600 ✵ $$$$
The brunch is a must at least once in your lifetime.
Map 37 ✵ Fauntleroy / Arbor Heights