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Our fair city’s been abuzz with activity in the past couple years, and we figured it was time to dust off The Modern List and get some fresh spots incorporated. It goes without saying that there will be places to add/edit in the coming months (or, let’s be honest, days) with development impacting the life and culture of Seattle at all scales. This refresh, as always, is a work in progress. We’ll try to keep up without such an extended hiatus for the next round. These are exciting times to be living in—and visiting—Seattle.
One would think this town’s already surpassed the saturation point of local coffee shops. One would be wrong. Here’s just a sampling of some shops that have opened recently—focusing heavily on local (Portland included) and national third-wave coffee roasters.
Bar Ferd’nand Coffee at 1531 Melrose Ave, 206.623.5882
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BRUNCH | LUNCH
The food culture in the city has seen a boom in mobile food trucks, but also a transition of trucks getting their brick-and-mortar businesses off—or rather in—the ground. Traditional brunch/lunch spots have their mainstay, but we’re seeing a forward push toward traditional foods, techniques, and experience. With a modern bent, of course.
Keeping up with the dining scene is almost as hard as keeping up with the weather around here. Not only are there the newest hotspots, we try to stay abreast of relocated favorites, closures, and renames/revamps/refreshes. Thankfully, there are just as many food blogs and websites tracking everything. Seattle’s doing well keeping the bar high on impressive meals—and spaces in which to enjoy them—and gaining some well-deserved national recognition for it. Here are some of the spots we’ve got (or soon will get) checked off our list.
Belle Clementine at 5451 Leary Ave NW, 206.257.5761
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The Modern List could have easily become a list full of new bars. But in the interest of representing the gamut of a modern experience in Seattle (instead of merely an inebriated one), we had some editing to do. Seattle loves its happy hours and cocktails. And beer. And wine. Craft distilleries are popping up in greater measure as of late, but we wouldn’t expect anything less from a place where a do-it-yourself attitude pervades.
Canon at 928 12th Ave, 206.325.6947
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Rob Roy 2332 2nd Ave, 206.956.8423
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Sweet treats have become a hot trend, commanding their own dedicated shops. Whether it’s cupcakes, doughnuts, pies, or scoops, Seattle’s got the dessert scene covered. And a handful have some handsome interiors to sweeten the overall experience.
D’Ambrosio Gelato* at 5339 Ballard Ave NW, 206.327.9175
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The landscape of brick-and-mortar retails shops has gone through some tough times in the past few years. We’ve seen many unfortunate closures, but have also witnessed some refreshing and unexpected openings.
Blackbird* at 2208 NW Market St, 206.547.2524
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O B J E C T 2316 2nd Ave, 206.459.3876
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The Palm Room at 5336 Ballard Ave NW, 206.782.7256
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Paper Hammer at 1400 2nd Ave, 206.682.3820
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Sugarpill Apothecary at 900 E. Pine St, 206.402.3789
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The greenspace in Seattle is getting a big boost. Pocket parks, community gardens, and larger scale city parks are emerging in nearly every neighborhood. For a city going through its growing pains amidst densification, these landscapes will become more important than ever.
Bo Concept at 901 Western Ave 206.464.9999
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MUSEUMS | GALLERIES
The ever-changing art scene in the city keeps us on our toes. From First Thursdays, to a slew of regular neighborhood artwalks, and the fine museums scattered about, there’s never a shortage of creative activity brewing on any given night. Gallery clusters, artist collectives, and re-imagined spaces for exhibition have become the new normal.
4Culture at 101 Prefontaine Pl S, 206.296.7580
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FICTILIS at 210 S Washington St, 206.552.0219
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[storefront] Olson Kundig at 406 Occidental Ave S, 206.501.1231
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*See website for additional locations
As always, let us know what makes your Modern List and also anything we missed.
Cheers from Team BUILD