Bring him home a little something. Blackbird is one of the more exciting men’s clothing boutiques in the nation, filled with well-cut black shirts to wear to dinner, European cologne that no one else has, and gentlemanly felt pillows and industrial lamps that you will appreciate, too.
5410 22nd Avenue NW
Steiner’s Ballard store is filled with tiny treasure chests. Open antique drawers to discover objects he has collected, coddled, and offered in a new context for your appreciation. Vintage postage stamps, calligraphy brushes, or scripts of Chinese lettering – this is collecting as art. His own gorgeous handmade cards are frame-worthy, and his handmade jewelry is meant for your own treasure chest.
5349 Ballard Avenue NW
Diva Dollz is a vintage sanctuary of flouncy dresses, antique jewelry, and feminine lingerie. Whether you’re on the hunt for a pinup style summer outfit or a party dress impossible to duplicate, Diva Dollz is your destination. Step inside this quirky yet glamorous shop for some retro fashion and downright fun.
624 1st Avenue
This is home decor shopping in a gallery setting, and the objects are appropriately avant garde. We’ve admired a plate decorated with a tiger’s face, a blue-flowered teapot in the shape of a skull, and a gorgeous white porcelain fortune cookie. Don’t miss this.
1020 1st Avenue
Free Range Mercantile
No joke, this store is in a bus. A cute, bright green bus dedicated to sustainable, locally sourced household products. Literally off the grid, Free Range Mercantile can be spotted at farmer’s markets and street festivals in Seattle. Check out its Facebook page for upcoming appearances near you.
In terms of color, Glassy Baby provides everything under the sun – literally. Their illumination is ethereal with over 400 color names like “blue eyes” and “warm gravy.” Each candle holder and cup is handcrafted by a team of four artists using blown glass. The glowing array will put even rainbows to shame.
2627 NE Village Lane
Great Jones Home
Great Jones Home isn’t just an interior design store, but a charming boutique organized to mirror a real house. Extraordinarily curated with a designer always present, it’s filled with new and vintage items emulating color, life, and style. White elephant side tables, zebra printed benches, and turquoise tufts are sure to impress.
1921 2nd Avenue
Ketch is one of those rare designer boutiques where you can purchase a party dress along with sweats and a new pair of jeans. Minimalistic and open, Ketch brings a sense of practicality to upscale brands. Notable designer pieces include a rainbow of soft Wildfox sweatshirts, Rebecca Minkoff clutches, and J Brand jeans.
5317 Ballard Avenue NW
The “great finds” aspect of Lucca is no gimmick. Black walls and a ceiling covered in sparkling chandeliers house the most unthinkable whimsy. Handmade stationery, vintage trinkets, European ribbon, rare insects, and French tea is only a glimpse into the wonderland that is Lucca. Happy finding.
5332 Ballard Avenue NW
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This custom interior design shop’s philosophy is to surround yourself with things you love, and who can argue with that logic? From plush zebra print pillows to chandeliers that emulate bursts of sunlight, Maison Luxe pleases even the most selective design guru with a fresh spin on home and office decor.
95 Yesler Way
Paper Hammer features a variety of unique letterpress goods. It’s stocked with constellation-printed notebooks, “typo” coasters, and potion dropper bottles with letterpress paper tags. Perfect for old and new friends, or anyone who appreciates beautiful typography decorating their world.
1400 2nd Avenue
Retrofit Home boasts more than inventive interior design. Along with an endless supply of custom furniture, rugs, pillows, and lighting, this urban spot provides jewelry, candles, books, and an array of other knick knacks. Your friend’s birthday coming up? Consider it covered, along with your hardwood floor.
1103 East Pike Street
Sway and Cake
Sway means clothing, cake means accessories, and Sway and Cake means a fabulous selection of both. This fashion-forward boutique integrates rock and roll with bohemian to offer timeless yet trendy staple pieces for your wardrobe. Pick up a T. Kilburn crystal necklace to complete tonight’s ensemble.
1621 6th Avenue
Watson Kennedy’s home store understands that small touches are often most important to an inviting space. But it doesn’t end at elegant dinnerware and linens. This shop features new and vintage jewelry, candles, bath products, and other unique finds.
1022 1st Avenue
206.652.8350 SEE MORE >
Food + Restaurants
Bathtub Gin & Co.
The entrance to this honest speakeasy is down a dark alley and through an unmarked door. Knock, and you may be granted admittance – or told to return at a specific time. Once inside, let the bartender make you the fantastic drink of his or her choosing. After all, a speakeasy is about trust.
2205 2nd Avenue
Half the fun is just in saying the name. Biscuit Bitch is open until 2:30 a.m. and serves highly absorptive post-drinking-binge food of a most welcome nature. For example, the menu includes the “Hot Mess Bitch”, a biscuit and gravy with eggs and grits covered in cheese and topped with a Louisiana sausage. Also, there is “Kick-Ass Espresso,” naturally.
1909 1st Ave
Black Bottle turns tavern from ordinary to extraordinary. With a menu full of twists, don’t be surprised when you stumble across malbec-glazed oxtail or basil gelato with ginger snaps. The urban chic atmosphere will capture your heart alongside the creative small plates.
2600 1st Avenue
Caffe Ladro is living, breathing comfort. Those tired of pretentious concepts and crowds will find solace in the bright decor and cheerful neighborhood atmosphere. Be sure to check out the extensive array of sweet and savory baked goods made from scratch with your coffee. Now that’s inviting.
108 Union Street
This dimly lit, trendy cafe is your one-stop shop for people watching and a killer latte. Locally owned, Caffe Vita takes artisan coffee roasting to the next level with 1930s machinery and organic fair trade beans. And, like every good coffee shop, you can’t pass by its bakery without grabbing something sweet.
1105 E Pike Street
For those enamoured by Paris, or at least the idea of it, Le Panier is a taste of French bakery fit for the Champs-Élysées. Boulangerie meets patisserie, only the freshest crusty baguettes and buttery croissants are served. Other artisan confections include eclairs and, of course, a selection of buttercream macarons.
1902 Pike Place
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
A chic friendly atmosphere and staircase spiraling around a giant column of wine bottles gives you Purple Cafe and Wine Bar. Not to be confused with other wine bars, the food is as tempting as the wine itself. Try its butterscotch tart or baked brie to accompany your glass. Soulmates.
1225 4th Avenue
Restaurant Zoe takes a hands-on approach to dinner. When we say hands on, we mean they make their own bread, ice cream, and desserts from scratch. Seasonal, fresh, creative American dishes to mention include wild boar bolognese and foie gras with brioche and huckleberries. Ice cream connoisseurs will delight at inventive flavors like pear gingerbread parsnip.
1318 East Union Street
Salumi offers honest to goodness tradition. This Italian family business is Seattle’s one stop shop for only the best quality cured meats. Whether you’re looking for the perfect soiree hors d’oeuvre or simply want to treat yourself to the salami sandwich from heaven, Salumi has you covered.
309 3rd Avenue South
Sitka and Spruce
Sitka and Spruce might as well be a warm meal served at your cool friend’s loft – if your friend is a gourmet cook. With an open kitchen and limited menu featuring unexpected combinations, this restaurant makes every visit feel special. Seasonal, farm-grown ingredients include ham baked in hay, winter greens, juniper sausage, and its infamous sourdough bread.
1531 Melrose Avenue
There’s something about Stumptown that sets this coffee shop apart. Maybe it’s the laid back indie vibe or the barista with the handlebar moustache, but most likely, it’s sincerity. These coffee roasters are all about quality and direct trade. Stumptown prides itself on business integrity and, of course, an unbeatable brew.
616 E Pine Street
206.329.0115 SEE MORE >
The Pink Door
Think pink. Think Italian food. Think romance. And there you have it: The Pink Door. Reminiscent of a dream, this Italian-American restaurant tempts the senses with extravagant plates such as black risotto, fettuccine in truffle cream sauce, and butternut squash ravioli. Live cabaret entertainment tops it all off. Look out for trapeze swingers. Seriously.
1919 Post Alley
The Walrus and the Carpenter
The Walrus and the Carpenter provides French elegance with a down to earth pub vibe and oysters. Lots of oysters. Its rustic yet quaint atmosphere is perfect for a date or reunion with friends. But it doesn’t stop there. The Walrus and Carpenter also serves delicacies like steak tartare, sea urchin custard, and an array of cheeses.
4743 Ballard Avenue NW