West Seattle collage: Shutterstock / Seattle Met composite. West Seattle shirt and model: Sam Witt with LostFoundDesign / courtesy Alair

When the West Seattle Bridge cracked in early 2020, a small but vociferous portion of the city’s mainland population typed told-you-so messages to residents of West Seattle, a group now resigned to lengthy, meandering commutes. (See! That’s why you don’t live across the water!) It’s easy to understand why keyboard warriors would be quick to seize on this unfortunate development: West Seattle inspires more than a bit of envy. Though it’s home to various idyllic enclaves, the neighborhood’s most visible area—Alki Beach and adjacent streets—teems with Rollerbladers and yogis reveling in Insta-worthy views of the Sound and city skyline, a blissful alternative to the shadows and stresses of downtown. Natives can also dine at the peninsula’s acclaimed restaurants or drop in to local shops that draw heavily from the city’s creative soul. It’s no wonder why so many make the trip every summer and, unlike Arthur Denny and company back in 1851, stick around for good.


In This Feature:

The Best Restaurants in West Seattle

Buzzy newcomers, marvelous classics, tons of pizza—this part of town eats absurdly well.

07/29/2019 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff Edited by Anna Coumou

The Last Time the West Seattle Bridge Closed Was Even Stranger

Forty-two years ago the man piloting the freighter Chavez smashed the vessel into the span connecting the city to its western half. Then he disappeared.

04/10/2020 By James Ross Gardner

Where to Shop in West Seattle

Brush off the sand and browse these stores stocked with tie-dye, plants, and handmade accessories.

07/27/2020 By Nicole Martinson

A Life Extruded: Mike Easton and the Alki Homestead’s Path to Il Nido

When the chef reshaped his career he couldn't have known he'd share his destiny with a century-old log cabin and dining icon rising from literal ashes.

10/22/2019 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Kyle Johnson