10 places to visit in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood
Georgetown is one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods. As you explore its modern-day offerings, the traces of its history still feel tangible. If you love thrifting, old-timey atmospheres, art, and music, this neighborhood is perfect for you.
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What better way to start your exploration than with a cup of coffee? Well, maybe a cup of coffee and a pastry. Fortunately, All City Coffee can provide both. The shop often displays pieces by local artists, so you can browse while waiting for your brew. While you’re here, peek outside and enjoy the architecture of one of Seattle’s first neighborhoods, annexed to the city in 1910. The Georgetown mural is also visible from this block, and it makes for a great photo op.
Directly next to All City Coffee, Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is a must-see for the artists, booklovers, and comic book fans in your life. This building is the official retail space for Fantagraphics Comics, which has been publishing a diverse array of comic books for 40 years. If you are looking for a graphic novel, there is a seemingly endless supply to explore here. For those of us rocking a student budget, the Damaged Room, which features heavily discounted and out-of-print copies, is worth perusing at length.
Music lovers, rejoice! Sharing a shop space with Fantagraphics, Georgetown Records sells top rate used vinyl across all genres. Stop in and browse the wide array of artists and enjoy the company of knowledgeable and passionate staff.
If you enjoy vintage aesthetics, shopping sustainably, and supporting local businesses, this local hotspot is right up your alley. Eight trailers, the oldest of which is from 1951, house seven distinctive merchants. If you’re looking for a weekend adventure, be sure to make a stop here; the mall is open every weekend year-round.
Art lovers, you are in for a treat. Every second Saturday, local galleries come together to display art from a variety of talented creators from Seattle and beyond. The Art Van shuttles patrons between studios and galleries for free.
Grab the breakfast, brunch, or lunch of champions at this Georgetown staple. The Hangar Café is best known for its savory and sweet crepes, but also serves waffles, sandwiches, and a slew of other breakfast and lunch classics. Need a caffeine boost? The restaurant’s espresso bar has got you covered. Decadent recipes, such as the Apple Brie crepe, are sure to induce a food coma.
A hidden gem of Georgetown, this retro-style pizza joint features locally sourced ingredients and house-made sauce and dough. Named after its neighborhood of origin, the bestselling “Georgetowner” is a local favorite. For those among us who may be feeling adventurous, the “E-27 Firefighter Pie” is essential — ask your server to “set it on fire” with free jalapeños for an extra kick. Stop in with some friends for a relaxing atmosphere and some of the best pizza in town!
A favorite among Seattle fusion foods, this eatery combines adventurous American burgers with Japanese style panko-crusted meat. If the burgers’ size feels daunting, try the Banzai Bites — a fun-sized take on chicken or pork strips. If you’re in the mood for a milkshake, the Kinako & Black Sesame shake is top-notch.
A decadent slice of cake at this specialty bakery can satisfy all kinds of sweet tooth needs. Looking to keep it classic? Treat yourself to flavors such as Cookies & Cream or Carrot Cake. In the mood for flavors off the beaten path? Try a seasonal flavor like Grapefruit Olive Oil or Raspberry Cardamom Rose.
Looking for a quirky photo op? The largest cowboy hat and boots in the U.S. isn’t too shabby of a backdrop. This preserved landmark, an intriguing portion of Seattle history, was first constructed in 1954 for a Western-themed gas station.