Travel

Madison Park

Establishment neighborhood
Marine Area 7
2814 E. Madison St., Madison Park
Local photographer Jim Henkens has an eye for finding beautifully weathered vintage kitchenware and props for shoots, so it’s only natural he’d turn his love of a treasure hunt into a brick-and-mortar shop. Tucked into Madison Park, Henkens’ buy expertly mixes old (vintage ironstone dishes, glass beakers) and new (linen dish towels, cookbooks, and earthware from Colombia) in a light-filled space you could easily spend the better part of an hour exploring. In the back of the store is a full kitchen, where he hosts a dinner series with guest chefs, Q&As with cookbook authors, and cooking classes.
Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Dr. E, Madison Park
Washington is known for its wet weather and associated greenery, so it should come as no surprise that the arboretum here is pretty out of this world—it's actually the result of a collaboration between UW, which manages the tree and plant collections, and the City of Seattle, which owns the land and keeps up the trails, benches, and buildings. Start at the Graham Visitor Center, where you can meet the friendly botanists on staff (they'll give you the scoop on which parts of the park are in bloom depending on when you visit)—and definitely take the time to walk along Azalea Way to the stunning Japanese gardens. More adventurous tourists might want to explore the arboretum by kayak or canoe, which we've heard is an excellent strategy if you're looking for wildlife like ducks, beavers, turtles, and—if you're a little lucky—bald eagles.
Red Ticking
2802 E. Madison St., Madison Park
This artfully cluttered home-goods shop and its stacks of fabrics (both current and vintage), piles of throw pillows, and rows of furniture and tabletop accessories are an interior decorators dream, whether professional or amateur. The mastermind behind the edit is Pam Robinson, who puts her fashion background to good use by sourcing the wares directly from Europe—particularly useful to anyone interested in vintage but not willing to do the legwork to find the good stuff themselves.
The Independent Pizzeria
4235 E. Madison St., Madison Park
You'll find some of the best pizza in Seattle at this tiny, lakeside joint in Madison Park. Pies are made with organic tomato bases and wheat flour harvested in the Pacific Northwest, and manage to be both dough-y and crisp, as well as works of food-art. Look forward to creations like The Farmer (Grana cheese, mozzarella, ham, topped with a runny egg) and New Haven (arugula, basil, capers, Crimini mushrooms, peppers, olives, spinach, and more).
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