Scenic shores and vintage vibes
The walkable and shoppable City Center neighborhood boasts the scenic shores of Lake Washington to the north and a downtown core that melds bygone charm with suburban chic. And it’s right next door to the training home for a local team known as the Seattle Seahawks.
Historic downtown gives off a vintage vibe with its antique and eclectic shops offering one-of-a-kind finds. Just down the street, The Landing is 600,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment therapy that will fulfill your holiday gift list. This suburban shopping hub features national retailers along with a big dose of local, including galleries, boutiques, brewers and restaurants that draw diners from near and far.
Local Gifts from Shops, Restaurants and Experiences in the City Center Neighborhood:
Note: as of November 16, 2020, indoor dining is prohibited. Please contact the business to confirm takeout availability before visiting.
Expand your mind and opt for the gift of holistic health and healing. This shop and educational center offers a vast selection of organic herbs, spices, burnables, essential oils, resins and teas. You’ll also find crystals, books, tarot and oracles, along with local art to soothe the soul.
Since the opening of their restaurant in 2000, this spot has gained considerable notoriety as a terrific lunch & dinner spot for individuals working in Renton and the surrounding areas. They pride themselves on providing traditional as well as non-traditional Texas Style Barbecue. They offer a warm and friendly atmosphere to their number one concern… their customers!
Everyone deserves a little Sparkle this holiday season. This distinct boutique spotlights local Etsy artists and features a mingling of pottery, accessories, holiday and home décor, and unique et cetera.
Set aside the ham and mashed potatoes and spice up your holiday fare this season. This local hot spot gets rave reviews across the region for its Chinese-meets-Nashville crunchy fried chicken sandwich, purported to be the spiciest in area. Pick your own level of heat, from mild to scorching.
They are a plant and gift boutique located in historic downtown Renton, just south of Seattle.
It’s their mission to help you and your plants thrive! They’re happy to help you with any problem you might be having, whether that’s finding the right plant for a gift or saving a plant that suddenly falls ill. Just call, text, or message them and they’ll help you out!
They also offer a variety of services including re-pots, local plant delivery, and plant diagnosis/treatment guides.
They’ve been around for 25 years and pride themselves on their eighteen rotating taps featuring the finest ales and lagers of the Pacific Northwest and the World. You’ll love their freshly grilled signature sandwiches, house made soups, unique salads and appetizers and their dazzling burgers.
This recent addition to the downtown core landscape is a welcoming neighborhood nook that carries a wide (and growing) collection of used books that span genres. Just like the name evokes, this shop is remarkable and unexpected.
Bad & Boujee Beauty Bar conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Renton is a one stop shop with endless options! Hair, Lash Extensions, Eyebrow Tattoo, Wax, Updos, Facials. Please call to book appointment
Give a gift or gift card that will kindle the creative spirit. This contemporary fabric and craft store offers classes on sewing, quilting, needlework and more, all led by local artists. Need to fill a stocking or two? The shop carries fabrics, patterns, kits and notions for the maker in your life.
They offer 12 taps with craft bubbles, all made in love in Downtown Renton. Sodas, Ciders, and Beers – Oh My!
Love IPA’s? They’ve got ’em. Hate IPA’s? No worries, they make other stuff too. It’s all top notch
Their head brewer got his start home brewing. After years of very favorable comments for is beers, he decided to brew professionally and bring his love of craft beer to his hometown.
The Melrose Grill offers an alternative to “downtown” dining using high quality ingredients, first class service, and a relaxing neighborhood feel. Their hero product is their Nebraska, corn-fed, 28 day aged beef. After many taste tests they have found this product to rival all others in flavor, tenderness, and consistency. From there they add in-house cooking practices so rare in restaurants today and easily noticed in each of our recipes. They also pride themselves on their fresh seafood specials and their Washington-heavy wine list.
While You’re Here. Peruse vibrant murals, delve into the city’s past at the art deco-style Renton History Museum and get your table-game on at Fortune Casino Renton, open 24/7.
This popular ceramic painting and mosaic studio has everything to spark all the creative spirits on your holiday list. Grab a gift card for a studio session, or pick up a kit to go for creating pottery masterpieces at home.
Offering Vietnamese cuisine with an innovative twist, Papaya features traditional dishes, fresh rolls, soothing pho and creative salads. Dishes like grilled prawns, papaya salad and hard-to-find Banh Xeo (Vietnamese crepes) draw diners from near and far.
There’s never been a better time to give the gift of escape, deep relaxation and a better night’s sleep. The private, sensory-managed saltwater pods at Urban Float offer weightless and blissful restoration and a welcome disconnect from the world. Choose from gift cards, membership or packages.
The doctors and staff here are dedicated to bringing a fun environment filled with laughter and are making a commitment to their patients of quality products and exceptional service.Choose from gift cards, membership or packages.
Offering authentic Thai food with a twist. Utilizing several kinds of herbs, natural ingredients, and a lot of vegetable Nibbana Thai serves great, healthy dishes. Get a taste of freshness, creativity and flavor.
Distinguished freshness and quality of food, which is prepared daily. Stop by Torero’s and be greeted by their unbeatable hospitable staff. Their margaritas are famous!
Wine bar & retail wine shop. Their tapas-style menu includes a signature Bruschetta, Vino Platter an assortment of artisan meats, cheeses, and tapenades, paninis, salads, flatbreads, and other wine-friendly selections.
With a focus on imagination and fun, this local neighborhood toy store offers a huge selection for everyone on your list, from Squishmallows and Floor Floaties to science kits, crafts and classics. Pop Rocks always make a great stocking stuffer.
Whether you’re in the market for a #3 Russell Wilson jersey or a traditional 12 flag, this official Seattle Seahawks retail store has all the gear imaginable for the casual fan or rabid fanatic in your life. This City Center neighborhood location is just down the road from Seahawks’ headquarters.
Authentic Chinese-style, doughy goods, such as Pan Seared Bao, Soup Dumplings, and a variety of noodle selections.
Buzzy Japanese restaurant & bar offering familiar fare & conveyor-belt sushi plus daily happy hour.
Exceptional quality, vintage aesthetic, and personal customer service offers a fresh take on the old “coffee and doughnuts” routine.
While You’re Here. Wander 57 waterside acres at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Catch a movie, coffee and bite and put a significant dent in your gift list at The Landing, City Center’s urban shopping and entertainment mecca.