Stay Local

Updated: February 12, 2021

This web page is a starting point to help you stay local within the West Seattle area and reduce trips across the Duwamish. Additional resources will be added regularly throughout the closure of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge.


If you live or work in West Seattle or the Duwamish Valley, you probably know dozens-maybe more- of the businesses, services, and destinations that help make these communities unique. On this Stay Local page, you might learn about even more!

We're compiling resources on everything from local dining establishments to free Wi-Fi hotspots; from how to get free city surplus computers for your nonprofit organization, to a "15-minute city" map of your neighborhood. Why stay local? To support the physical and economic health of communities by reducing congestion and air pollution from traffic, and by shopping in local businesses.

Nearby Destinations

15-20 Minute Neighborhood: Find groceries, medical facilities, cultural destinations, schools, transit stops, and leisure spots within 15-20 minutes of your location.

Local Dining: There's no need to cross the river when West Seattle has some of Seattle's best restaurants and cafes. Support these local establishments by grabbing a coffee or ordering lunch or dinner. 

West Seattle Junction: In the heart of downtown West Seattle, The Junction, provides shopping, dining, and more.

South Park Merchants: Seattle's South Park neighborhood has many diverse businesses including restaurants, cafes and bakeries, grocery stores, professional services and healthcare centers. Discover the businesses of South Park andsupport your local community.

Health Care Services

Rather than driving to First Hill or beyond, consider making medical appointments or seek patient care without crossing the river:

Free COVID-19 TestingAnyone who lives, works, or regularly visits Seattle can receive free COVID testing. Testing is available regardless of your citizenship/immigration status. The COVID-19 Tests are free. Insurance is not required. If you have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid you must provide this information and UW Medicine will bill them. You will not be charged. You do not need to have insurance or a doctor's note to schedule a test.

Remote Work and School

Commute Seattle is City partner that can help your businesses build a travel option plan (i.e. telework, flexible scheduling, compressed work week, satellite offices, vanpool, transit programs, and active commuting) for your West Seattle employees.

Low-Cost Internet Access is available for residents from several companies that offer low-cost, high-speed Internet in Seattle, all for approximately $10 a month.

Free WiFi at Library and Community Centers is  usually available. However, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City has temporarily closed all library locations & community centers to the public. Many library locations are now offering curbside services up to five days a week, including two West Seattle locations - Southwest Library (9010 35th Ave SW) and High Point Library (3411 SW Raymond). These two library branches also provide curbside printing-pick up service

Xfinity Free WiFi Hotspots: are now available in businesses and outdoor locations for free Public Use. You can access it from the mobile app (iOS | Android) of from your web browser (enter your zip code at the bottom of the page for a map of nearby locations).

Free City Surplus Computers from the City are usually about three years old and provided to Seattle based nonprofit human service agencies and schools that serve Seattle residents. If your group is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves Seattle residents, you may be eligible to receive surplus computers.

Affordable Computers, via a City partnership with InterConnection, provides $99 refurbished laptops, desktops, flat screens, tablets, and high-end laptops.

Discount Smart Phones and monthly telephone service discounts are eligible for consumers living on low incomes.

Accessible Local Transportation Options

For people with disabilities or seniors who may need mobility assistance, here are some services to help you get around West Seattle:

"Sound Generations' West Seattle Hyde Shuttle provides free door-to-door van service throughout Southwest Seattle for adults 55 years and older and/or people with disabilities. Shuttles operate Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and you can book your ride over the phone ((206) 727-6262). Interpreter services are also available upon request.

FindARide.org is a resource for older adults and people with disabilities to find the transportation options that best work for you. To find a ride, enter your location information and accessibility needs to find transportations resources in your area.