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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
“Wonderful beach with swimming and sandcastle building areas, trails and terrific playground. You can pick up a Discover Pass for State Park Entrance for 1 Year for $30 at Fred Meyer or any local sporting goods store or pay $5 cash entrance fee. Highly recommend for families with children. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“A huge area of intersecting trails! You can go on a specific hike there (I recommend Coal Creek Falls in the winter and spring when the falls are not dried up - approx 2-3 easy miles depending on what route you take) or this is a great place to walk or trail run and just wander the different trails. You can get endless miles out of that place and it's all beautiful!! Very close by as well. Great year-round trails. Find more info on WTA.org or Alltrails.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Jak’s steakhouse does not take reservations and gets busy. Put your name in & enjoy a stroll down Front Street or hang out in the lively bar while you wait. Jak’s serves the best mojito in town”
  • 12 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Great movie theater just 2 min drive from the guesthouse. Has IMAX and RPX. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Theatre
“Issaquah is known for theatre and this theatre is the center of it all. Not too expensive and lots of fun. Our favorite date night is the theatre the 42 Cantina across the street for a late dinner. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Historic farmhouses were moved here to create a boutique shopping as I90 freeway was being built in the 1960s. Board walks connect little shops. Be sure to check out Whitehorse Toys. Really fun place to Christmas and special birthday present shop. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The northwest's favorite sports bar. A great place to have a bite and do work as they have wifi and are open later.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pub
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“Try some local brews and a burger. Family friendly. If you are in town in September or October, definitely pop over to the fish hatchery next door and see if you can spot a jumping salmon or two trying to get over the weir.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Local and Organic market! Great deli with an amazing selection of pre-made fresh food. Juice and coffee bar too!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Delicious Thai food only 2 min drive from the guesthouse and a beautiful atmosphere to sit and enjoy (or you can takeout). We love Thai food and have been to Thailand and we love this place. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“We rate Sunset’s food over this, but Levitate wins for ambiance with a fun outdoor back patio and open front window for people watching. They serve the Impossible Burger for any plant-based food fans (Call ahead – they often run out!) ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Zoo
“Our small local zoo is home to reindeer, tropical birds, Bengal tigers, cougars, gray wolves, and lemurs. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Warehouse Store
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“Not only is there a Costco here, their world headquarters is across the street from it! "Kirkland Brand" should really be "Issaquah Brand"!”
  • 1 local recommends
Seafood Restaurant
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“Another long time local favorite with a variety of different types of modern cuisine.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Closest grocery store to the guesthouse - about 1/2 min drive or you can walk if you don't mind going up the hill. :)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Chocolate Shop
“Charming little homemade candy and chocolate shop near downtown Issaquah. You can take classes or a guided tour.”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Steakhouse
“Jak’s steakhouse does not take reservations and gets busy. Put your name in & enjoy a stroll down Front Street or hang out in the lively bar while you wait. Jak’s serves the best mojito in town”
  • 12 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“The northwest's favorite sports bar. A great place to have a bite and do work as they have wifi and are open later.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pub
“Try some local brews and a burger. Family friendly. If you are in town in September or October, definitely pop over to the fish hatchery next door and see if you can spot a jumping salmon or two trying to get over the weir.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious Thai food only 2 min drive from the guesthouse and a beautiful atmosphere to sit and enjoy (or you can takeout). We love Thai food and have been to Thailand and we love this place. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“We rate Sunset’s food over this, but Levitate wins for ambiance with a fun outdoor back patio and open front window for people watching. They serve the Impossible Burger for any plant-based food fans (Call ahead – they often run out!) ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Another long time local favorite with a variety of different types of modern cuisine.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Our favorite pizza and pasta, genuinely Italian. Fantastic happy hour food and drink restaurant-wide. Awesome Gelato with seasonal flavors. A bit of a drive but worth it, especially at happy hour!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“The best wine and appetizers in Issaquah. Don't miss the views from the Issaquah Highlands.”
  • 5 locals recommend

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