Greenwood’s business district remains as successful as it was decades ago. The area around 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue is booming with coffeehouses, antique stores, bars, and eateries, along with a community theater. The community hosts many events that appeal to families and urbanites alike. Things tend to quiet down at night, which makes this the perfect place to live if you like to be on the move during the day and a homebody when the sun goes down.
Living in Greenwood
The history of Greenwood starts with a bog. Greenwood (originally called Woodland until 1907) was literally a wet, marshy landscape with a cemetery. As the Puget Sound grew, so did Greenwood. The cemetery was moved to the Crown Hill neighborhood, and buildings began to go up – some of the first included Greenwood Elementary School, Greenwood State Bank, and OC Williamson Grocery. Many businesses built up around the “Miracle Mile” that is Greenwood Avenue, which is still the home to many locally owned and operated businesses today.
Currently, there are over 22,000 people living in Greenwood – and that number is still climbing as the city’s population grows. This could be due to the family-friendly nature of the community or the ability to walk just about anywhere in the neighborhood. Greenwood boasts one of the highest Walk Scores in the city of Seattle!
Things to do in Greenwood
For such a small neighborhood, Greenwood is host to a rich variety of antique and thrift shops. Bargain hunters should stop by City of Hope Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop (NW 85th St between 1st Ave NW & Greenwood Ave N) to chat with kindly volunteers and search for vintage treasures. Looking for heirlooms? Stroll a few steps east to the artfully curated Antika, which has everything from daguerreotype portraits to mid-century dinette sets.
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Owned and operated by the friendliest man in the entire world, Mr. Gyro (Greenwood Ave N between N 85th St & N 84th St) remains the undisputed king of Greenwood Mediterranean cafes (of which there are a few!). Grab a gyro or shawarma and head to Greenwood Park (corner of N 87th St & Evanston Ave N) for some people- and dog-watching.
Looking for something more… alcoholic? Naked City Brewery & Taphouse (Greenwood Ave N between NW 87th St & N 85th St) offers more than 30 superb local drafts, including their own small-batch and often experimental brews. If cocktails are more your style, nearby Frenchy bar Gainsbourg has a few delicious picks, as well as an impressive absinthe list. Once you’re good and tipsy, walk a few blocks up to the local Chocolati Café (corner of Greenwood Ave N & N 84th St) to sober up with some housemade truffles and a nice thick mocha.
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