Georgetown boasts that it is Seattle's oldest neighborhood, starting up in 1851. If you do the math that means they have had 166 years to cultivate something good. Anyone that is familiar with the area will tell you they have done just that. Georgetown is a place you can wander around for an enjoyable afternoon, going from coffee shop, to antique shops, to delicious restaurants, stumbling upon art and intrigue along the way. The people are friendly and seem to talk more and life is just a little bit more quiet down in this southern Seattle neighborhood. We are big fans. Let us take you around the main drag in our neighborhood guide covering Georgetown.
Food and Drink
Places that are this colorful and open always draw us in! Cuidad has a diverse menu and is great if you have meat lovers and vegetarians in your group. When the weather is nice you can enjoy a drink in their sunny, outdoor seating area. Don't miss this unique addition to the Georgetown scene!
This quaint coffee shop is located right in the middle of everything in central Georgetown. It's inviting with its sofas and big windows that let in loads of light. They brew Cafe Vita beans to make some seriously tasty coffee and have a great assortment of pastries and snacks to choose from.
Smartypants' crazy sandwich menu is the reason people come in, but the cool vibe you get once you're here, paired with the friendly staff is why people come back again and again. They have a great outdoor area you can enjoy when the weather is nice-ish (they do have some covered tables) and don't forget they have brunch with bloodys too!
Sometimes you just need a giant Bloody Mary and a side of greasy breakfast. If today is that day, head over to Square Knot. They will serve you up exactly what you are looking for. They have "classic diner" down to an art. From the menus to the plates to the food presentation. You'll be reminded of that place you used to go as a kid!
Flying Squirrel is one of our favorites in Seattle. Full disclosure there is one located a few blocks away from our office and therefore we might be biased. Nothing tastes better than a pizza after a long days work! But let us try to convince you. Flying Squirrel has traditional and modern pizzas, they have the best roasted olives as a starter and their logo is a squirrel with balloons tied to it. So moral of the story: It's delicious and squirrels are adorable.
The Conservatory is a little cafe in GT with a real character like only Seattle can pull off. We love those places you walk into and they surprise you with their style and decor. Check this place out for a memorable espresso (we love the hazelnut latte) and if you're lucky they might be hosting one of their art events too (calendar here)!
Like any self respecting pizza parlor Stellar makes their sauce and dough fresh every day. They have a classic sign that screams, "We make good pizza!" and you can drink an ice cold Rainier or a local craft beer while you eat your pie. It also doesn't hurt that their "Georgetowner" is legit what we order anytime we create our own pizza, it's like they know us on the deepest level. Try to find something wrong with the place. We dare you!
This is a place people in the know know about in Seattle. Especially if you are a fan of a good sandwich. Because Hitchcock Deli makes a mean sandwich. They have a little bit for everyone on the menu, but they specialize in cured and smoked meats. The cuban, corned beef, and pastrami are all crowd favorites.
Machine House serves up British style cask ales at cellar temperature, which means these pours might be a little warmer than you're used to. The good news is that higher temp actually brings out some pretty awesome flavors. They also have history in their favor. The building they brew in used to be occupied by Rainier back in the day.
Insider tip: Machine House is only one of several breweries in Georgetown, look forward to our Georgetown Brewery post, coming soon to hear about the rest!
Every neighborhood needs a delicious Mexican restaurant. Period. Fonda La Catrina is Georgetown's answer to our love of tacos. Head in and get anything on the menu, it's all full of flavor and the meat will be tender and delicious. Oh and obviously don't finish ordering without getting a Mexican Coca Cola. It's real sugar, so that makes it healthy, right?
Everyone loves this dive bar for the friendly service and the free peanuts. In addition to the free peanuts, there is free shuffleboard. Does it get better than this? Well yes, yes it does. They also have Buck Hunter, so if you like shooting digital deer (or missing them in our case) you are going to be on cloud nine.
The Corson Building is in the same family of restaurants as The London Plane and Sitka and Spruce. If they are the queen and knight of the family, The Corson Building is King. They create one-of-a-kind meals every weekend for a small number of guests. It comes with a price tag, but the experience is worth every dime.
If you are wondering if there is a heaven, the answer is yes. It's at the old Rainier Brewery on Airport Way S. A few years ago Fran's took over the building as their headquarters and it is now where they create all their delicious chocolate goodies. When you walk in the door you are greeted with a free salted caramel. After you savor it, head over to the cafe and get a hot chocolate. Then buy one of everything from the chocolate counter.
Insider tip: They host a "Talk and Taste" every weekday at 11AM ($10) where you can tour and hear the history. If you are there at any other time, don't worry, just head to the back of the store and up the stairs. You can watch the chocolate making from a window!
If you haven't been to the Trailer Park Mall in Georgetown you are missing out on a weird and wonderful place. Picture this: Old trailers (airstreams and campers), put together in a parking lot full of artisans selling their goods. You can get crafts, food, and antiques. Definitely don't miss the Alexandra's Macarons, they are TO DIE for.
This is a great little gem in GT. Filling an old building with vinyl and music records is never a bad idea. Stop in any day and be greeted by the friendly owner who knows all the merchandise and browse the many racks of records. Odds are you'll find something you love (we bought an old school Grateful Dead album and it's awesome)!
Insider tip: They share a space with Fantagraphics Bookstore, which has some serious street cred in the world of comics and graphic novels. Don't miss their shop, whether you are a fan of the genre or not, it's a little piece of history!
What are your favorite spots in Georgetown? We want to hear them in the comments!