Urban Safari: Magnolia Village

New places for tasting and exploring in Magnolia

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New places for tasting and exploring in Magnolia

Off the beaten track from the rest of Seattle, this peninsular neighborhood of winding streets, gorgeous views and acres of parks has a handful of new shops that mingle among longtime favorites. They’re all within walking distance of “The Village”: the intersection of McGraw and 32nd.  

When you’re hungry for lunch, step into Serendipity Cafe (3222 W McGraw St.; 206.282.9866) and sit down to a menu that features hormone-free meats and artfully arranged soups and salads. A play area in the back welcomes kids. >> Cocoa and Cream (3210½ W McGraw St.; 206.219.2254) packs plenty of options into a small space with 20 flavors of Snoqualmie Gourmet ice cream, as well as milkshakes, floats, sundaes and hot chocolate. >> For grown-up treats, visit Swirl Wine Bar (3217 W McGraw St.; 206.327.9221), where an array of wines by the glass is accompanied by appetizers such as truffle popcorn and small plates featuring Zoe’s meats and artisan cheeses. >> New favorite Seattle Pie (3111 W McGraw St., Suite 101; 206.718.8591) is already expanding into space next door to its current location. Along with the pie, be sure to sample the sandwiches and Swedish pancakes, which have also drawn rave reviews. >> If you love Italian food, stop in at gourmet shop La Mondellina (3111 W McGraw St.; 206.282.4423), an offshoot of the popular Sicilian restaurant Mondello just down the street. Learn to make your favorites during cooking classes, which are held several times a week. >> Pick up a loaf of freshly baked bread featuring Washington-grown flour at Upper Crust Bakery (3204 W McGraw St.; 206.283.1003), where new owners Mike and Anna Beard focus on simple, quality ingredients.

Ever dreamed of sewing your own clothes? Fabric Crush (2313 Viewmont Way W; 206.432.9929), filled with colorful materials, offers classes for kids and adults, with easy-to-follow patterns.
>> At Dish It Up (2425 33th Ave. W; 206.281.7800), peruse the cooking wares, or sign up for a cooking class and watch a guest chef demonstrate classic techniques in the gleaming back kitchen. >> Indulge in a new nail color or full massage at Vixen (3209 W McGraw St.; 206.281.9399) while admiring the carefully edited array of wardrobe must-haves. The unique collections at Bleu Papillon (3315 W McGraw St.; 206.284.3526) include handmade bags, jewelry, antiques and delicious-smelling soaps, which fill the tastefully cluttered store.

INSIDER TIP: Grab your girlfriends on the second Thursday of the month for Girls’ Night Out, when businesses open their doors from 5 to 9 p.m. for shopping, tastings and delicious special deals. Start the night at Szmania’s (3321 W McGraw St.; 206.284.7305), where two courses cost just $18.95 per person until 5:45 p.m.