A Morning at Alki Beach

Experience scenic Alki Avenue via an easy bike ride along a waterfront bike trail (about 3.5 flat miles each way). Begin at Danny’s Leather & Bikes (3422 Harbor Ave SW) where you can rent beach bikes. Facing Danny’s, head left. Near the 1100 block of Harbor Avenue, you’ll notice Don Armeni Park, where wedding parties and professional photographers often congregate to snap pics of the city skyline. The road curves and becomes Alki Avenue, where you can take in great views with telescopes set up above the sea wall. Public Rest­rooms appear at the intersection of 57th Avenue SW. As you reach the central part of the beach community, Puget Sound and its ships and sailboats recede from view to the north, and the Olympic Mountains to the left.

At 60th Avenue, Alki Beach Park begins and supine bodies populate the sandy stretch. At 61st Avenue SW, look for the miniature Statue of Liberty on the right, built in 1952 on the strip of land early settlers had dubbed “New York Alki”. At 63rd Avenue SW there’s a monument erected to celebrate that landing party’s arrival. Sweet tooths will get justifiably woozy at Alki Bakery , and you can have lunch in the inhouse restaurant. As the street narrows and curves again, you’ll see the Coast Guard Station (3201 Alki Ave), which offers tours of the Alki Point lighthouse on weekends from May to September.


  1. Avalon Glass Works

    Find blown-glass vases, bowls, sculpture, ornaments, garden floats, paperweights, and seasonal items in myriad shapes, colors, and sizes in this exciting workshop.

    • 2914 SW Avalon Way

  2. Carmilia’s

    Along with assorted jewelry and accessories for women, the boutique sells apparel manufactured by Nanette Lepore, Ella Moss, and Hanky Panky.

    • 4528 California Ave SW

  3. Quid’nunc

    The technical staff at this computer store are as friendly as they are savvy. You can buy software or hardware, or solve problems with whatever digital personal assistants you may have.

    • 4522 California Ave SW

  4. Admiral Metropolitan Market

    This neighborhood supermarket and gourmet purveyor of prepared food offers customized salads, pasta dishes, and panini (grilled sandwiches) cooked to order, and creative side dishes galore. The store also sells quality kitchenware.

    • 2320 42nd Ave SW

  5. Morton’s United

    Professional and personalized service upholds the values of this small-town drug store.

    • 4707 California Ave SW

  6. Maggie’s Cookbooks

    The serious gourmand will need to save time to browse in the area’s only bookseller dedicated to used and vintage cookbooks.

    • 6041 California Ave SW

  7. Easy Street Records

    Shop here for the latest in Indie Rock then stop off for a spot of lunch and an espresso in the café.

    • 4559 California Ave SW

  8. Sweetie

    Take your sweetie pie to Sweetie, for latest designer wear by such distinctive designers as Diane von Furstenberg, Rebecca Taylor, Wendy Hill, and Trina Turk. Impress your friends with a great selection of cool chandelier earrings, handbags, and belts.

    • 4508 California Ave SW

  9. Electric Train Shop

    The eponymously named Electric Train Shop is Puget Sound’s main depot for train aficionados. Stop in to relive your childhood memories.

    • 4511 California Ave SW

  10. JF Henry Kitchen & Tableware

    This is the best resource for quality china, silver and stainless flatware, and crystal. The store carries hundreds of patterns displayed beautifully with great discount offers.

    • 4445 California Ave SW

Browse Avalon Glass Studio’s website for updates and a great selection of art glass for sale. Go to

Places to Eat

  1. La Rustica

    Dine on exquisite Italian classics such as spaghetti with garlic, large prawns, polenta, or pizza with mushrooms and prosciutto.

    • 4100 Beach Drive SW

    • 206 932 3020

  2. Alki Bakery

    Specializes in decadently tall cakes, irresistible cookies, éclairs, berry pies, and cheesecakes. Also serves tasty salads, homemade soups, and sandwiches.

    • 2738 Alki Ave SW

    • 206 935 1352

  3. Luna Park

    Inside, the decor and kitschy artifacts reflect the styles of the 1950s. Popular basics include the BLT and club sandwiches, hand-dipped malted milkshakes, and spinach salad.

    • 2918 SW Avalon Way

    • 206 935 7250

  4. Azuma Sushi

    Insiders return often for their fix of professionally prepared sushi and sashimi, sake, and teriyaki at very reasonable prices.

    • 4533 California Ave SW

    • 206 937 1148

  5. Capers

    A home furnishings and gift store with a sit-down café. Savor epicurean delights such as blackened breast of chicken Caesar salads, Moroccan stews, and sumptuous sandwiches on peasant bread.

    • 4521 California Ave SW

    • 206 932 0371

  6. Misto

    A perfect bistro for fine espressos, grilled sandwiches, soups, and salads.

    • 4541 California Ave SW

    • 206 935 8924

  7. Jak’s Grill

    This steakhouse prepares the best beef, chicken, and fish dishes that are not only superbly done, but the price includes several side orders.

    • 4548 California Ave SW

    • 206 937 7809

  8. Salty’s on Alki

    Specials reflect the freshest seasonal fish and seafood, and picture windows offer diners the most breathtaking views of Elliott Bay.

    • 1936 Harbor Ave SW

    • 206 937 1600

  9. Chelan Café

    Dine on typical American truck-stop fare; burgers, fries, meatloaf, or eggs.

    • 3527 Chelan Ave SW

    • 206 932 7383

  10. West 5

    Munch on comfort food like BLTs and burgers at this hip eatery.

    • 4539 California Ave SW

    • 206 937 1966

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