Guidebook for Olympia

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Guidebook for Olympia

Food Scene
Closest mom-n-pop pizzeria. Plus they do a great vegan chocolate cake.
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Vics Pizzeria
233 Division Street Northwest
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Closest mom-n-pop pizzeria. Plus they do a great vegan chocolate cake.
Considered by many to be the best coffee in Olympia. Within easy strolling distance. They also do a nice chai.
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Olympia Coffee Roasting
1706 Harrison Ave NW
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Considered by many to be the best coffee in Olympia. Within easy strolling distance. They also do a nice chai.
For a fancy dinner date, this is the hidden gem. Voluptuous red velvet curtains, cocktails, organic local fare. Call for reservations, the place is small and it fills up.
The Mark Olympia
407 Columbia Street Southwest
For a fancy dinner date, this is the hidden gem. Voluptuous red velvet curtains, cocktails, organic local fare. Call for reservations, the place is small and it fills up.
Not a bar; a coffee shop. Great cappuccino served in the barista's wife's handmade pottery. Homemade shrub, chai, etc. Real Olympia caffeinates here.
Bar Francis
110 Franklin Street Northeast
Not a bar; a coffee shop. Great cappuccino served in the barista's wife's handmade pottery. Homemade shrub, chai, etc. Real Olympia caffeinates here.
French bakery leavened by a bonafide Breton. Butter, sugar, and flour--all imported from France.
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The Bread Peddler
222 Capitol Way North
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French bakery leavened by a bonafide Breton. Butter, sugar, and flour--all imported from France.
Essentials
Organic foods, produce, all the ingredients you need for healthful delicious meals. Within easy strolling distance, and also on the 45 bus line which stops right in front of the house.
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Olympia Food Co-op
921 Rogers Street Northwest
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Organic foods, produce, all the ingredients you need for healthful delicious meals. Within easy strolling distance, and also on the 45 bus line which stops right in front of the house.
Entertainment & Activities
Artsy films smack-dab in downtown Olympia. Built in 1924. The annual film festival is an Oly institution. Popcorn.
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Capitol Theater
206 5th Avenue Southeast
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Artsy films smack-dab in downtown Olympia. Built in 1924. The annual film festival is an Oly institution. Popcorn.
Drinks & Nightlife
Dimly-lit with semi-private booths. Electronic dance music, world, metal: the jukebox plays all sorts. The lead bartender is a veritable alchemist: have him fix you his choice.
Cryptatropa Bar
421 4th Avenue East
Dimly-lit with semi-private booths. Electronic dance music, world, metal: the jukebox plays all sorts. The lead bartender is a veritable alchemist: have him fix you his choice.
Prettiest bar in town. Built in an old bank, including seating inside the vault. Quality date spot.
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Dillinger's Cocktails, Kitchen & Rum Room
404 Washington Street Southeast
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Prettiest bar in town. Built in an old bank, including seating inside the vault. Quality date spot.
This is, to us, THE ambience in Olympia. Only open Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-2am, Sizizis is a magical hideaway and otherworldly sanctuary. If you are staying with us on one of these weekend nights, go. Bring a sweetheart, bring a notebook; it's like being in the shining dark hull of an old plankwood schooner, plus a bartender.
SIZIZIS
704 4th Ave E
This is, to us, THE ambience in Olympia. Only open Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-2am, Sizizis is a magical hideaway and otherworldly sanctuary. If you are staying with us on one of these weekend nights, go. Bring a sweetheart, bring a notebook; it's like being in the shining dark hull of an old plankwood schooner, plus a bartender.
Parks & Nature
Sunsets. Blackberries. Dilapidated train track bridge. Beach. In the summertime at dusk the maternity colony of bats emerges. Go.
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Woodard Bay Conservation Area
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Sunsets. Blackberries. Dilapidated train track bridge. Beach. In the summertime at dusk the maternity colony of bats emerges. Go.
Park in "F Lot," on Driftwood Road behind The Evergreen State College. Trails meander throughout the forest, leading down to the beach of Eld Inlet, all owned by the college and undeveloped.
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The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Parkway Northwest
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Park in "F Lot," on Driftwood Road behind The Evergreen State College. Trails meander throughout the forest, leading down to the beach of Eld Inlet, all owned by the college and undeveloped.
Sightseeing
A walking path encircles Capitol Lake. Views of the Capitol Rotunda, downtown, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.
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Capitol Lake Park
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A walking path encircles Capitol Lake. Views of the Capitol Rotunda, downtown, the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.
Shopping
Vintage clothes, sunglasses, whatnot and miscellany. Plus an array of tarot decks!
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Psychic Sister
109 5th Ave SE
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Vintage clothes, sunglasses, whatnot and miscellany. Plus an array of tarot decks!
Truly awesome independent bookstore. Serving Olympia bookies 25 years. Check out their "staff picks" shelf--always stimulating. Cats prowl the dusty stacks. 1000 times funner than buying a book from Amazon.
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Orca Books
509 4th Ave E
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Truly awesome independent bookstore. Serving Olympia bookies 25 years. Check out their "staff picks" shelf--always stimulating. Cats prowl the dusty stacks. 1000 times funner than buying a book from Amazon.
All your natural health and healing needs. A massive wall of bulk herbs and teas. Tinctures, supplements, oils, salts, salves, you-name-it. The place to stock up if you get a sniffle.
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Radiance Herbs & Massage
113 5th Avenue Southeast
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All your natural health and healing needs. A massive wall of bulk herbs and teas. Tinctures, supplements, oils, salts, salves, you-name-it. The place to stock up if you get a sniffle.
Local farmers and their produce. Also crafts of all sorts, honey, jams, butchers, bakers, as well as several open-air restaurants.
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The Olympia Farmers Market
700 Capitol Way North
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Local farmers and their produce. Also crafts of all sorts, honey, jams, butchers, bakers, as well as several open-air restaurants.