The most important meal of the day can be found at Toast, which serves (what else?) artisan toast with spreads like spiced apple butter, gingered pear, and more. Stoneburner delights the brunch crowd with breakfast pizza and savory Dutch babies. Sandwich aficionados must stop at Un Bien for a taste of its craveworthy sandwiches (the Caribbean Roast is a local favorite), while taco lovers flock to El Camion, a popular purveyor of authentic beef tongue tacos and abodaba (marinated spicy pork) burritos. For dinner, head to Brimmer & Heeltap, a modern bistro-pub featuring Northwest cuisine with Korean flavors. Nightcap options abound, too. Enjoy an apothecarystyle cocktail at Percy’s and Co., or opt for an ooey-gooey molten treat at Hot Cakes.
Card Kingdom features tabletop and board games of all sorts, and you can borrow one from the shop’s extensive library while dining or drinking at the attached Cafe Mox. Stylish shoppers can head to boutiques like Horseshoe or Ketch for womenswear, or schedule an appointment with Handsome Menswear for locally made bow ties and pocket squares. Outdoor junkies should make a point to visit Second Ascent, known for its huge inventory of new and gently used adventure gear and apparel. And lovers of local experiences won’t want to miss the Ballard Farmers Market, a year-round Sunday market featuring produce and products from all over the region.
Ballard’s closeness to the water offers plenty of opportunities for aquatic fun. During warmer months, rent a stand-up paddleboard from Surf Ballard and explore the shoreline nearby. You can also stay on dry land and enjoy a picnic at Golden Gardens. Watch as ships pass through Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (aka Ballard Locks), an engineering accomplishment allowing the passage of ships between Puget Sound waters and nearby lakes. Finally, no visit to Ballard would be complete without a stop for some suds at Maritime Pacific Brewing Company, Stoup Brewing, or another of the neighborhood’s many craft breweries.
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