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Ballard

This historic neighborhood boasts laid-back eateries, a thriving craft beer scene, and attractions that celebrate its Nordic and maritime roots.

EAT

Sawyer Photo: Brook Fitts

Linger over traditional morning dishes with global flavors such as shakshuka or steak and kimchi hash at Porkchop & Co., where early eats are served seven days a week. The Caribbean sandwiches from the walk-up window at petite pink Un Bien are legendary—bites of the baguettes stuffed with roast pork shoulder, aioli, cilantro, and pickled jalapeños speak for themselves. Located in a cozy, historic cottage with wood walls and lace curtains, Italian restaurant San Fermo oozes Old World romance. Sawyer offers inventive spins on comfort foods in a casually chic space with a Scandinavian vibe.

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SHOP

Lucca Photo: Amelia Skinner

Find stylish, minimalist jewelry—nearly all of it handcrafted in the adjoining studio—at Baleen. Ballard Avenue boasts plenty of must-stops for the fashion-conscious: Pop into lifestyle boutique Prism for on-trend clothing, accessories, and home goods; head to Gold Dogs for a lively mix of vintage duds and modern boho basics; and try on funky European-made shoes at re-souL. For decidedly different souvenirs, shop at Monster: Art, Clothing & Gifts, which offers quirky items from more than 60 Pacific Northwest artists, makers, and crafters.

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PLAY

Nordic Museum Courtesy Nordic Museum

Dive into Ballard’s Scandinavian roots through art, artifacts, and interactive exhibits at the recently reopened Nordic Museum—don’t miss the design-focused shop, and enjoy smørrebrød with aquavit cocktails in the café, Freya. A short walk away at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, take in botanic gardens, peer into a salmon-viewing window, and see boats of all sizes pass through the canal that links briny Puget Sound to the freshwater Lakes Union and Washington. End the day with a beer crawl through the dozen or so breweries clustered in the neighborhood, such as Reuben’s Brews, where a kid-friendly taproom is bolstered by five food trucks nearby.

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LIFE’S A BEACH

At Golden Gardens Park on Ballard’s north end, a strand of sand offers scenic prospects onto Puget Sound—and perhaps a chance to spot a working fishing vessel or two.

WHERE TO GO & HOW TO GET THERE

Baleen 6418 20th Ave NW; shopbaleen.com
Gold Dogs 5221 Ballard Ave NW; shopgolddogs.com
Golden Gardens 8498 Seaview Pl NW; seattle.gov/parks
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks 3015 NW 54th St; ballardlocks.org
Monster: Art, Clothing & Gifts 5000 20th Ave NW; monsterartandclothing.com 
*Nordic Museum 2655 NW Market St; nordicmuseum.org
Porkchop & Co. 5451 Leary Ave NW; eatatporkchop.com

Prism 5208 Ballard Ave NW; prismseattle.com
re-souL 5319 Ballard Ave NW; resoul.com
Reuben’s Brews 5010 14th Ave NW; reubensbrews.com
San Fermo 5341 Ballard Ave NW; sanfermoseattle.com
Sawyer 5309 22nd Ave NW; sawyerseattle.com
Un Bien 7320.5 15th Ave NW; unbienseattle.com

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Ballard Partners

Chinook’s at Salmon Bay Ballard

Chinook’s at Salmon Bay

  • Address 1900 W Nickerson St, Seattle, WA 98119
  • Phone (206) 283-4665
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Staple & Fancy Ballard

Staple & Fancy

  • Address 4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
  • Phone (206) 789-1200
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Nordic Museum Ballard

Nordic Museum

  • Address 2655 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
  • Phone (206) 789-5707
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Stoup Brewing Ballard

Stoup Brewing

  • Address 1108 NW 52nd St, Seattle, WA 98107
  • Phone (206) 457-5524
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