Magnolia feels more like the suburbs than nearby Queen Anne. The lot sizes are bigger and there is a small village with coffee shops, small retail, and a few restaurants. It’s a great area to explore by bike and the neighborhood is very walkable. It’s also home to Discovery Park which used to be a working naval base. The loop trail inside the park is a great walk–it feels like you are miles from the city as you walk along the wooded paths or out to the beach. Check out the link for park maps and more info. If you are on a bike you can head over the locks to Ballard from Discovery Park or you can ride the loop along Magnolia Blvd for views of the sound and downtown Seattle and Mt Rainier. You can even link up to the waterfront trail that goes along the train yard and out to Myrtle Edwards Park and into Seattle.
Saturdays 10am-2pm, early June to early October. Check their website for vendors.
Rogo’s–our little neighborhood restaurant – it’s about a year old now and they have settled into consistent offerings. A good place to go for a weekend brunch.
Chinook’s–outdoor dining at Fisherman’s Terminal allows you to see Seattle’s fishing boats up close. Take a walk along the dock after dinner, this working dock is an important part of our local fishing industry. Even though GF is not noted on the menu this restaurant is part of the Anthony’s group and they can make your food GF.
Buy some fresh fish at next door Wild Salmon and send it home to yourself with their shipping program. I have shopped here forever and it is the freshest Seattle has to offer.
Uptown Espresso— for a great cup of coffee and Home of the Velvet Foam. If you like a perfect espresso pull …this is the place!
Nikos Gyros for their horiatiki salad, unfortunately they are so small that since they grill pita along with all their meats you are limited to their fresh salads only. Tell them your needs and they will carefully make your salad. I list this as an option if you are travelling with other non-GF people. Their food is fresh and quality.
Discovery Park in Magnolia
Discovery Park is 534 acres of woodland, beaches, meadow, it used to be a working naval base and up until recently had officer housing with spectacular views (those homes are now for sale to the public). The loop trail inside the park is a great walk/hike–it feels like you are miles from the city as you walk along the wooded paths or out to the beach. Check out the link for park maps and more info.
Seattle has a lot of “gluten free” people– so restaurants understand the diet to some degree– but to clarify your risk of possible cross contamination you should ask questions because every place seems to have their own definition. We have successfully dined at most of these places without issue, those we haven’t tried are so noted.