When it comes to Seattle, we often talk about the Space Needle and the world-famous Pike Place Market. We talk about the city’s amazing seafood and its stunning views of Mount Rainier. But Seattle has a lot more to offer than a few lookout points and daily catches. This city of ours is rich with back-alley restaurants, eclectic artwork, and hidden gardens.
The Pink Door, Seattle’s unmarked Pike Place pasta destination has long received rave reviews for its handmade noodles and unusual entertainment. (The trapeze swings aren’t just for looks!) But, Post Alley doesn’t sport the only back-alley game in town. Magnolia, one of Seattle’s more upscale neighborhoods, has its own hidden gem – Tanglewood Supreme. With a fisherman-to-table philosophy, fisherman can often be spotted dropping by with their daily catch. Among the menu favorites, the Tanglewood Stew when it’s on the menu – a rich combination of clams, mussels, potatoes and carrots. Equally as delightful are the steamed clams in a white wine broth spiked with bacon and chili flakes. And, their fish and chips - another 'when available' dish we love.
The Fremont Troll
Perhaps the most well-loved public artwork, the Fremont Troll isn’t on the beaten path. It’s tucked beneath Aurora Bridge, where it clasps and actual Volkswagen Beetle in its large stone hands.
Kerry Park’s iconic view of Seattle has earned it quite the reputation. It’s frequently buzzing with tourists and photographers looking to snap the perfect skyline shoot. But, just a short walk down the street you’ll find Parsons Garden. A small slice of quiet solitude, this hidden garden was formerly a private family garden. It’s winding paths and relative solitude have made it a favorite for small wedding ceremonies and strolling lovers.
Theo Chocolate Factory
Depending on how the wind blows, you might think Fremont is home to the Willy Wonk Candy Factory. You’d be close. It’s actually the Theo Chocolate Factory. This bean-to-bar chocolate producer is making some of the best chocolate around. And, they offer factory tours seven days a week!
Fourth & Madison's Public Rooftop Garden
At Fourth & Madison, on the seventh-story, you’ll find a quiet oasis hovering above Seattle’s downtown traffic and noise. A privately owned park, it’s open to the public and offers stunning views of Smith Tower, the Space Needle and the waterfront.