Highlands Neighborhood sign in Renton, Washington.


Tree-lined trails and vibrant diversity

The popular Highlands neighborhood brings the best of urban and rural. Amid quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods, parks and trails you’ll discover global eateries, classic bars and pubs, and shops that celebrate the neighborhood’s vibrant diversity. If your gift list screams distinct, make the Highlands your holiday-shopping stop.

And while you’re there, pay homage to one of rock’s biggest stars. Highlands is the site of the Jimi Hendrix Memorial, a powerful and moving monument where fans can riff or wax nostalgic over one of the most sensational musicians of the 20th century.  


Man stands over fish at local supermarket in Renton, Washington.

Local Gifts from Shops, Restaurants and Experiences in the Highlands Neighborhood:

Note: as of November 16, 2020, indoor dining is prohibited. Please contact the business to confirm takeout availability before visiting. 

Cakes by Crème de la Crème

Serve up something sweet and sophisticated this holiday season. Crème de la Crème is one of the premier wedding cake and specialty bakers in the Puget Sound Region. Opt for a custom-designed yule log cake, Parisian macarons or other classic or specialty confection. Pro tip: holiday season is busy at the bakery. Orders are required a week in advance.

Taqueria El Taco Maestro

Move over, traditional holiday fare. This go-to spot for locals and visitors offers some of the tastiest and most authentic Mexican food around. Choose from mouth-watering street tacos, pozole, carnitas, carne asada, tamales and so much more. Fast food never tasted so fresh.

The Brick Pub & Grill

You can’t go wrong with a winning recipe of great food, classic cocktails, craft beer and Northwest wines. And with its inviting exposed-brick walls and warm vibe, this neighborhood pub is sure to make the season brighter for anyone on your gift list.

Thai on Highlands

A Highlands neighborhood staple for more than 20 years, this homey Thai restaurant has taken the show on the road. The Thai on Highlands food truck still offers the authentic cuisine they’re known for, made from fresh, natural and locally sourced ingredients. 

Viet-Wah Asian Food Market

From a mom-and-pop shop born in Seattle’s International District in 1981, Viet-Wah’s has grown to become a favorite destination for fresh Asian food, staples and hard-to-find specialty items, including dragon fruit air-shipped directly from Vietnamese farms.

Vince’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

Founded in 1957 by Vince and Ada Mottola, Vince’s is inspired by the local trattorias and pizzerias of the Mottola’s hometown of Naples, Italy. Generations later, this local favorite still serves those delicious family pasta and pizza recipes, along with a few added twists, amid charming Tuscan farmhouse décor.

While You’re Here. Take a play break at Maplewood Park, then get close to a rock and roll legend with a visit to Greenwood Memorial Park, site of the Jimi Hendrix Memorial. Nearby Renton Technical College is consistently ranked one of the top two-year institutions in the nation, offering a range of professional programs including culinary arts.

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