Tucked away just west of our famous market, the Pike Street Hillclimb, located on Western Avenue along the sprawling staircase that leads to Alaskan Way, features dining, shopping and local art. Standbys such as the Zig Zag Café (1501 Western Ave.; 206.625.1146; zigzagseattle.com) have long attracted patrons to the ’climb, but with the arrival of new restaurants and paper-filled shops, there are now more reasons than ever to take the stairs.
Pop in for a free wine tasting at Dulces Bistro & Wine (1404 Western Ave.; 206.623.3556; dulcesbistroandwine.com) on Wednesdays between 6 and 9 p.m., or head to Mike Easton’s Il Corvo (1501 Western Ave., Suite 300; 206.622.4280; ilcorvopasta.com; cash only), located right off the stairwell inside Procopio Gelateria, for a rich, handmade pasta lunch, followed by a scoop from the gelateria, natch (procopiogelati.com).
Dwyer Gallery (1518 Western Ave.; 425.681.6123; dwyergallery.com) rotates fresh exhibits into the mix every quarter and features dedicated space for local artists to display their abstract paintings. Across the street, view inked art of a different sort at Madame Lazonga’s Tattoo (1529 Western Ave.; 206.622.1535; vyvyn.com), owned by award-winning tattoo artist Vyvyn Lazonga.
Sister store to the Spanish Table (1426 Western Ave.; 206.682.2827; spanishtable.com), the new Paris Grocery (1418 Western Ave.; 206.682.0679; parisgroceryseattle.com) is well-stocked with wines, meats and cheeses from France. Farther up the street, the renowned World Spice Merchants (1509 Western Ave.; 206.682.7274; worldspice.com) carries uncommon spices, seasonings and teas.
Vintage-inspired women’s wear, home goods and children’s clothes adorn Simone & Sylvia (1516 Western Ave.; 206.414.9198; simoneandsylvia.com); owner Pennie Laird also makes custom pieces. Rev up your modern home décor across the street at Kasala (1505 Western Ave.; 206.623.7795; kasala.com).
Find lovely letterpress cards, posters and postcards at Sean Brown’s Pike Street Press (1510 Alaskan Way; 206.971. 0120; thepikestreetpress.com). Newly opened The Paper Feather (1520 Western Ave.; thepaperfeathershop.com) sells cards, gift boxes and journals, handmade by local artists, including owner Jennifer Cullin.