6th Ave

Part hipster haven, part happy-hour hangout, this North End commercial corridor is one quirky, cool drag. Stroll Sixth Avenue by day to spot yarn-bombed bike racks, or wait until the sun sets to bar hop with friendly locals.

Start at the corner of 6th Avenue and Union to fuel up and caffeinate at the hip yet welcoming Metronome Coffee. Order a lavender latte or a classic pour-over from a plaid-clad barista and relax by the inviting indoor-outdoor fireplace. Serving up local beer and wine as well, Metronome opens up its stage for late-night live performances each weekend.

There’s never a dull flavor at Ice Cream Social. Whether you’re a chocolate and vanilla lover or a more adventurous ice cream connoisseur – think Jalapeno Cheesecake and Rosemary-Mint Chocolate Swirl – you’ll find the flavors can’t be beat.

If sweet isn’t your thing, head to The Red Hot for savory hot dogs and cold beers. With 24 rotating taps and creative hot dog combinations, this is where you’ll find the locals.

For a night out on the town, try steakhouse Asado for Argentine-inspired cuisine, Engine House 9 for locally-brewed beer in one of Tacoma’s first engine houses or Dirty Oscar’s Annex – featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for their Parmesan Tots [they also do a can’t-miss brunch!].