Alki is a long sliver of a neighborhood along the water in West Seattle and holds the title as the westernmost neighborhood in the city. Its beachside location has imbued a laid-back vibe to this community, which is quiet during cooler months but bursts with tourists during summer coming to hang out on its beaches.
Given the beach crowd that arrives with warm weather there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops to spend your time and money. Nothing here is too fancy; the dining options are pure beach casual: pizza places, fish and chip joints, burgers, and ice cream.
Residents love the walkability of this neighborhood and boast that they never have to leave since it's got all the daily basics that you'll need. And when all the tourists leave for good after Labor Day and the air starts to cool, locals stay outside and stay warm by lighting bonfires on the beach.
Housing-wise there is a mix of single-family homes, condos, and apartments. During tourist season, street parking near the beaches can be an exercise in patience so you'll want to get a place with reserved parking or a garage.
Downtown Seattle: 8 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 30-45 minutes by transit
Bellevue: 17 miles / 35-60 minutes by car / 95-105 minutes by transit
Redmond: 23 miles / 40-70 minutes by car / 75-85 minutes by transit
This quintessential beachside restaurant does simple well with fish and chips, burgers, and ice cream. Try the cotton candy flavor!
No frills, friendly coffee shop right on the beach. They also serve breakfast sandwiches, muffins, and biscuits – the Hawaiian sandwich with SPAM and avocado is a hit!
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