Like a Local
Quirky, under-the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
Agua Verde Cafe and Paddle Club
This casual waterfront eatery offers up more than just traditional Mexican fare. Agua Verde also rents kayaks and paddleboards in the warmer months so visitors – likely post-meal to work off that heaping helping of nachos con carne – can explore the famous and vibrant houseboat community on Portage Bay.
Although it first opened as a restaurant and saloon in 1892, in the time since, Central Saloon has been many things: a post office, an employment hall, a card room and bar, even a brothel. Today, it’s back to being a bar, where many of the famous Seattle grunge bands, such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden, got their start performing at the brick and mahogany-accented venue in the late ’80s. That spirit is still alive with live music most nights.
This hidden gem encompasses all the hip, vintage fun of the Pacific Northwest. A store dedicated to the love of movies, with more than 127,000 titles in its video collection, it’s the largest you’ll find in the country. But this location is more than just a glorified Blockbuster; it’s also a non-profit dedicated to archiving and preserving our past in film and supports local art and film creators.
Theo is quintessential contemporary Seattle: Not only is the chocolate delicious, they were the first in the nation to use 100 percent organic, fair trade cocoa beans in 1994. Since then they have opened up their capabilities to include caramels, honey candies, and hot chocolate. The factory offers tours seven days a week that includes samplings of different chocolates along the way.