Walkabout: Kirkland

Downtown Kirkland

 With its scenic waterfront locale and friendly small-town atmosphere, downtown Kirkland has always been a popular spot for dining, shopping, gallery-hopping and catching up with friends. We visited midweek to stroll the colorful market where fresh vegetables and bright blooms fill the stalls along Park Lane East (Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m.). Can’t make it during the day? Try the evening Art Walk on second Thursdays, and Thursday and Friday shopping nights, between Memorial and Labor Days, when merchants stay open until 8 p.m.


1. 108 Kirkland Avenue George’s Place (425.827.6622) A local favorite since 1976. Delicious diner-style fare, generous omelets and house specialties like Eggs Karkinagri (a Greek spin on eggs Benedict). Recently remodeled; now with a full bar and dinner service.


2. 123 Park Lane Liberty 123 (425.822.1232) Eclecticism has never been more beautiful. Owner Liberty Hanson’s extraordinary boutique mixes
old-world style with unexpected contemporary flair. Discover reproduction furnishings, home décor, jewelry, unique gifts and more.


3. 206 Main Street Designer’s Consignment (425.889.2162) Looking for deals on name-brand fashion? Linda Wiley’s colorful shop is chock full of casual contemporary wear at budget-friendly prices. We love the upbeat décor. Linda’s talented son, Jason, sets the scene each season.


4. 113 Central Way Soul Ease (425.828.9770) Ready for some downtime? This beautifully appointed spa and studio is a great place to unwind. Services include yoga and Pilates classes, therapeutic massage and anti-aging treatments. Drop-ins welcome; appointments recommended.


5. 219 Kirkland Avenue The French Bakery (425.898.4510) Frederic Courteau’s bakery, across from the Heathman Hotel, is always busy for a reason: it’s fabulous. Our favorites include the cherry turnover, the almond croissant and the custard-filled fruit tart. Plus gourmet coffee, artfully prepared.


Also noteworthy:

106 Central Way Santorini Greek Grill Sensational gyros120 Park Lane, Suite D Howard/Mandville Gallery Diverse media120 Central Way River Rock Garden Artful Fountains 205 Lake Street South Third Floor Fish Café Rave Reviews 220 Kirkland Avenue (The Heathman Hotel) Trellis Seasonal Cuisine 140 Park Lane Mu.shoe Distinctive Footwear 129 Lake Street South Via Lago Sophisticated Fashion 232 Central Way Wingdome Tasty Hot Wings