Freeman Neighborhood Favorites

Posted: May 17 2016

Here at the shop, we get lots of inquiring minds asking us for recommendations of places to eat, drink and shop in Seattle. So, we thought we'd memorialize our suggestions with a list of some of our favorite nearby spots. To keep it brief, we'll (mostly) limit ourselves to the Capitol Hill neighborhood where you'll find our store (and most of these are less than a mile from us!). That way, you can visit us AND hit all of our favorite local haunts. Enjoy, and let us know your picks in the comments!

COFFEE

  • Joe Bar: Our around-the-corner neighbor in the Loveless Building, Joe Bar is a north Capitol Hill classic. Show up for cold brew on tap, stay for the delicious crepes. Actually, you should probably check out all of our Loveless Building neighbors: Blink Atelier is one of the city's finest full-service salons; Under U 4 Men is Seattle's best (and only?) mens' underwear boutique; The Massage Sanctuary offers up unbelievably relaxing massage therapy; Kobo curates a beautiful mix of Japanese and Pacific Northwest crafts and home goods; and Restaurant Marron is one of Seattle's most lauded fine-dining eateries, having racked up numerous awards in just a couple years of service. 
  • Espresso Vivace: Another long-standing Capitol Hill institution, Vivace is an espresso-only haunt for serious bean-heads. 
  • Porchlight Coffee & Records: Owned and operated by a real-life Freeman model, Porchlight is a calm, bright space with great coffee, plus new and used vinyl for sale in the back. 
  • Fuel: There's a few outposts of this mini-chain throughout Seattle, but the cafe on 19th & Mercer is a personal favorite.

EAT

  • Tacos Chukis: Lots of Seattleites will jaw about how there's no good Mexican food around here, and Chukis is slowly and steadily proving them wrong, one marinated pork and pineapple taco at a time. I've never seen their blink-and-you'll-miss-it, hole-in-the-wall space not at least moderately busy. It's that good.
  • Honey Hole: For our money, these are the best sandwiches on the Hill. Meat and veggie options abound, drinks are cheap, and fries are piping hot at this perennially busy Pike Street standby. 
  • Dino's Tomato Pie: A new one, but a good one. Dino's (from the same folks as the famous Delancey in Ballard) calling card is thick-crust, square-cut Sicillian pizza, and it's incredible for those willing to eat outside the thin-crust, New York-inspired box.
  • Tallulah's: A vegetable-focused spot with simple, beautiful food in a gorgeous, mid-century modern-inspired space just off the beaten path in Capitol Hill.

DRINK

  • Bait Shop: A stone's throw from Freeman, this nautical-themed dive is our favorite neighborhood spot for a cold Olympia. Friendly staff and tiki-adjacent novelty drinks don't hurt, either. 
  • Nacho Borracho: This one could've gone under our favorite food spots as well, since the "permanent pop-up" restaurant Neon Taco inside makes some of Seattle's best street-style Mexican food, but Nacho can stand on its own with frozen cocktails on tap, a relaxed vibe and a hidden photobooth in the back to commemorate your night.
  • Sun Liquor: One of the Seattle OGs for craft cocktails, the original Sun Liquor (the second, bigger one with attached distillery is also on the Hill, just a bit further away) is a small, dark alcove of unpretentious drinks and good times. 
  • Harry's Bar: Just up the hill from us, this unassuming spot is the definition of the endangered species known as the neighborhood bar – dark, no overwrought themes or fussy cocktail lists, not an out-and-out dive but certainly not fancy. Cheap drinks, delicious Greek-style pizza and a sidewalk patio – what more do you want?

SHOP

  • Glasswing: Located inside Melrose Market, Glasswing is a sprawling, beautiful shop offering mens' and womens' clothing, as well as homewares and lifestyle accessories. 
  • Hammer & Awl: A well-stocked, well-curated shop devoted to men's clothing and accessories in the residential Madrona neighborhood, just a couple miles from Freeman. 
  • Blue Owl Workshop: The West Coast's premiere denim shop, Blue Owl stocks a wide range of cult Japanese, European and North American denim and apparel brands. Tucked away on the second floor of a walk-up in the Fremont neighborhood, Blue Owl Workshop is well worth finding.
  • Velouria: Like a sister store to Freeman, Velouria stocks womens' clothing and accessories from small, independent North American designers. Their beautiful storefront in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood is a great stop for apparel, jewelry and a cold beverage or snack from Cone & Steiner, their next-door neighbor. 

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