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Landmark in Olympia

Washington State Capitol

Olympia's capitol complex is set in a 30-acre park overlooking Capitol Lake with the Olympic Mountains glistening in the background. The campus' crowning glory is the magnificent Legislative Building. Completed in 1…
Health Food in Olympia

Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art

This comfortable hippie enclave at the edge of Heritage Park offers fresh salads and tasty, healthy sandwiches (lemon-tahini, smoked salmon etc), coffee drinks, herbal teas, local ice cream, beer and wine. Posters a…
Cafe in Olympia

Burial Grounds

When you order a 'zombie attacker' latte (two shots with nutmeg and almond) and it comes with a skeleton head drawn in the foam, you smile; when said latte is one of the best coffee drinks you've ever had, you take …
Theater in Olympia

Capitol Theatre

Of 1924 vintage, the beaux arts–inspired Capitol Theater is the headquarters of the Olympia film society and puts on everything from Fellini movies to Rick Steves travel presentations (general admission $9). There's…
Theater in Olympia

State Theater

Harlequin Productions stages an eclectic lineup of contemporary plays and classics in this recently restored theater. Expect everything from Shakespeare to little-known musicals.
Diner in Olympia

Darby's Café

This glorified greasy spoon on 5th isn't very greasy at all and pays equal respect to vegetarians and vegans. Unfussy food is served at a leisurely pace and without frills (often by tattooed or cross-dressing wait s…
Museum in Olympia

Hands On Children's Museum

This $9-million facility is the ne plus ultra of interactive fun for kids. Highlights include a climbable eagle's nest – a slide tumbles down from here to the Puget Sound interpretative area, where there's an underw…
Pub in Olympia

Fish Tale Brew Pub

Fish has a classic selection of organic beers, hard ciders and India pale ales, making it one of Washington's best-known microbreweries. The company's cozy pub, just across the road from its famous brewery, is a mus…
Park in Olympia

Percival Landing Park

When Olympia was founded, its narrow harbor was a mudflat during low tides, but after years of dredging, a workable harbor was established. This park is essentially a boardwalk that overlooks the assembled pleasure …
Thai in Olympia

Lemon Grass Restaurant

Olympia is renowned for its ethnic eateries – the Asian variants in particular – meaning you'll sometimes have to line up to get into places like Lemon Grass. This is everything Thai food should be: crisp, fresh and…