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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Park
“Miles of trails through beautiful forests and along rocky beaches on East Bay. Very close to downtown Olympia. Ellis Cove Trail offers a great cardio walk or run with it's verdant switchbacks.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Museum
“This place will keep kids busy for hours! They even have a space just for babies.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“I have been an artisan at this market for 28 years and love it even more than when I started. Its evolved beautifully. You will find a great treasure of arts and crafts, of flowers, produce, dairy products, farm raised meet, variety of tasty food truck cuisine, music and the amazing friendly people who live in the area. This is the heart of Olympia.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Great French bakery and restaurant. Authentic french breads and pastries, fabulous! Food includes soups, salads, quiches, croque monsieurs, etc. Moderate to pricey, and can get crowded during peak times. ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Park
“Fun spot to watch the salmon jump in the springtime. Hidden gem easy hike on a trail that loops under 1 mi. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“They offer a cheaper early bird dinner menu. Nice views, quality, this would be a $$$ in my opinion. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“While the name emphasizes wine, the food and cocktails are excellent as well. Popular for Monday all-day happy hour food and drink specials. Reservations recommended, especially for outside seating with a view.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Capitol Building
“Olympia, Washington is the capital of Washington State. This is where i get to walk and jogging, take pictures and enjoy the lake view. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bus Station
“State capital building is Olympia is notable for having the world's largest Tiffany bronze collection, including an ornate, five-ton chandelier.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Dillinger's has a prohibition theme with great signature cocktails and delicious feed. Reservations are recommended.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Great bakery in the Eastside neighborhood. Has great outdoor seating in the summer. I love the day old rack!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Brewery
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“If you are a beer lover visit the iconic Fish Tale. Olympia has a ton of brew pubs but this is the old tried and true.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“If you want the true North West experence, Just go here and give me a call, I might need a few things.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“Beautiful handmade items, jewelry and neat kitchen items. When shopping downtown this is a place you must check out!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“The place to see live music in Olympia. Owner, Andy Geersten books the best local talent weekly (Monday Jazz Night, Thursday Funk night, Sunday Stone Soup) and is always getting amazing touring bands to stop in Olympia between Seattle and Portland. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Indie Movie Theater
“Artsy films smack-dab in downtown Olympia. Built in 1924. The annual film festival is an Oly institution. Popcorn. ”
  • 13 locals recommend