This is the final profile of a four-part series of Seattle neighborhoods that are somewhat off the beaten track (i.e., Downtown and Pioneer Square will not be featured, sorry guys!). This installment is a guest post from Raleigh Briggs: Greenwood resident, DIY-expert and author of the popular book Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills.
Tucked away in the Northwest end of the city, tiny Greenwood is the quintessential Seattle neighborhood. Filled with local spots and people, Greenwood residents aren’t accustomed to tourists, but they’re quite friendly nonetheless. Nearby Ballard and Fremont might be bigger and shinier, but Greenwood has an unpretentious, community-focused atmosphere that’s easy to fall in love with.
See: Smack dab in the middle of a residential block (NW 83rd St between 1st Ave NW & 3rd Ave NW), you’ll find Sakya Monastery, where His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya presides over a diverse and committed Buddhist congregation. The gorgeous Monastery is a seat of Sakya, one of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and houses one of the few Tibetan Buddhist shrines in North America. Far from cloistered, the monastery welcomes visitors of all cultural and religious persuasions and holds classes, tours, services and public meditations year round.
Do: For such a small neighborhood, Greenwood is host to a rich variety of antique and thrift shops. Bargain hunters should stop by City of Hope Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop (NW 85th St between 1st Ave NW & Greenwood Ave N) to chat with kindly volunteers and search for vintage treasures. Looking for heirlooms? Stroll a few steps east to the artfully curated Antika, which has everything from daguerreotype portraits to mid-century dinette sets.
Eat: Owned and operated by the friendliest man in the entire world, Mr. Gyro (Greenwood Ave N between N 85th St & N 84th St) remains the undisputed king of Greenwood Mediterranean cafes (of which there are a few!). Grab a gyro or shawarma and head to Greenwood Park (corner of N 87th St & Evanston Ave N) for some people- and dog-watching.
Looking for something more… alcoholic? Naked City Brewery & Taphouse (Greenwood Ave N between NW 87th St & N 85th St) offers more than 30 superb local drafts, including their own small-batch and often experimental brews. If cocktails are more your style, nearby Frenchy bar Gainsbourg has a few delicious picks, as well as an impressive absinthe list. Once you’re good and tipsy, walk a few blocks up to the local Chocolati Café (corner of Greenwood Ave N & N 84th St) to sober up with some housemade truffles and a nice thick mocha.