A few weeks ago, we went down to Olympia for the night to imbibe at the South Sound Spirits Gathering. Fun fact: my fiancé is from Olympia (Tumwater to be more precise) and we love going down to the Lacey-Tumwater-Olympia area to hang out with the family. It’s currently the 23rd fastest-growing region in the U.S.! Lots of growth and transformation, but the best parts of the Olympia area have been there for years. Here are a few of our favorite haunts, and more suggestions for things to do in our beautiful state capital:
If you say anything bad about Dirty Dave’s, I will fight you. I have such a soft spot in my heart for this place, maybe because I know I’ll be treated to some good ol’ stories from back in the day as told by my fiancé and his family. There’s an old-school salad bar, an arcade in the corner, and lots of old memorabilia taking up every inch of every wall. Did I mention they are bulldog fans? Any place that supports those cute little bags of wrinkles is a winner to me. Fiancbae always gets the famous Jake sandwich, and I opt for a half-order of the spaghetti with garlic bread.
This was my first time at this wonderful little cafe but it won’t be my last. Breads for dayssss, as per their website:
All of our breads are shaped by hand, a time-consuming method that is gentler on the dough. Stones tiles in our oven and ejected steam give the loaves a rustic caramelized crust, distinctive of European breads and Old World methods.
I can attest, their pain au chocolat is to die for. I aspire to one day taste every pastry they make.
I’ve been itching to check out 222 Market since I saw a preview in Seattle Magazine late last year. Adjacent to The Bread Peddler is this new artisanal market, and let’s face it, if it’s artisanal I will probably want to take lots of photos of it. Behold the views of the broth bar (!!!), pantry, Fleurae floral shop, and more.
If you love a fun, quirky store full of tchotchkes, Archibald Sisters is for you. Go there if you need a fun Olympia memento and a postcard of the Capitol building just won’t do. My future stepmother-in-law always gets me a bottle of Oly Girl lotion from their expansive signature line of hand & body products. You can even custom make your own!
Batdorf is a legend in the oft-crowded space that is the local coffee scene. It’s a great stop for indie coffee or a good Chai tea latte. Make sure to try the Dancing Goats blend!
I remember being so impressed that a boutique like Sweet Life existed in downtown Olympia (now relocated up the hill on Capital Mall Drive.) It was closed when we stopped by on Sunday, but I love to try and stop in when I’m down there. They currently carry One Teaspoon, Flynn Skye, and more great brands!
Thank you Visit Olympia & Best Western Tumwater-Olympia Inn for hosting us!
Disclosure: Accommodations provided in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine!