Just west of Queen Anne, between Elliot Bay and the Ship Canal sits Magnolia, a pretty, quiet residential neighborhood. Dotted with beautiful homes surrounded by lush gardens, magnolia is home to some of Seattle’s most breathtaking views. People come from near and far to walk the Boulevard and soak in the magnificent views of Elliot Bay, the Pacific and beyond!
Most businesses are on McGraw between 32nd and 34th st. in the quaint Magnolia village (referred to by residents as “The Village”) which is essentially the center of town for residents. With a fabulous farmers market on Sundays and some of the safest streets in seattle, this area – though fairly small – is bustling. The neighbors are friendly, the views spectacular, and its full of all the amenities you’d crave in a neighborhood. Below are a few of Bennion & Deville’s favorite picks for mag-town!
Coffee shops & Restaurants:
- Uptown Espresso: A seattle coffee house, serving great coffee (with awesome foam), teas, and freshly baked goods.
- Serendipity – locally owned and operated cafe, restaurant & lounge run by a magnolia family that has quickly become a neighborhood hotspot. use local ingredients and small purveyors
- Tanglewood Supreme: fairly new in town and recently written up in Seattle Magazine which dubs this neighborhood joint serving eclectic seafood “refreshingly grown-up.”
- Szmania’s – European (German) steakhouse restaurant and bar; a neighborhood institution in a quiet corner of magnolia for a peaceful, fabulous meal. Great outdoor patio, great wine list, great food, great happy hour.
- Mondello: authentic Italian restaurant, romantic atmosphere, fresh seafood, authentic Sicilian cuisine, casually elegant, great neighborhood restaurant.
- The Nook: Wine-bar (and full bar) with light fare and seasonal dishes. Upscale, hip and very atmospheric little watering hole with great cocktails and friendly bartenders. Try the truffle popcorn!
- Queen Margarita Pizzeria: Traditional Napoli style wood fired pizza with yummy toppings and a chewy soft crust.
- Niko’s Gyros: A family run cozy little Greek restaurant serving up a perfect gyro every time. Get it to go and watch the boats come and go from Elliot Bay!
- Magnolia Village Pub: great to meet friends for a beer, shuffle board, a sports game or a burger, plus they have a great kids menu for daytime eats.
Parks: Magnolia is incredibly safe for kids, and full of parks:
- Magnolia Park has a sweet little swingset, some grills, a huge grass area to play and picnic in and some of the most gorgeous views from the neighborhood.
- Discovery Park: a 534-acre refuge for urban wildlife spectacular hikes, soaring views of the Olympic and Cascade ranges. The park also has quiet tree dotted valleys, meadows, streams, and roughly 2 miles of protected tidal beaches and sandy dunes. Pack a picnic, spend a day discovering this protected gem of NW land.
- Magnolia Playground features a large playfield and park complete with slides and swings and climbing things with woodchip covering, and is super conveniently located right next to the village.