When in Ballard, it’s a no-brainer to queue up for sensational eats at Renee Erickson’s The Walrus and the Carpenter (just be prepared to grab a cocktail while you wait; try Percy’s & Co.). But first, begin the day with huevos rancheros at Señor Moose or fresh guac and lunchtime tacos at brand-new Gracia. Bitterroot puts a Northwest spin on barbecue (accompanied by cheddar grits and cast-iron cornbread), while Ballard Annex Oyster House sets the scene with tanks of whole Dungeness crab. Definitely head outside of the main Old Ballard center to savor Delancey, the ever-so-charming pizza project of husband-wife duo Brandon Pettit and Molly Wizenberg. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at their creations through Molly’s delightful blog, Orangette.
Browse for a new, dazzling outfit to wear on the town at Ketch, or accessorize with the carefully curated goods lining the walls at Prism. Independently owned Digs is the perfect place to dream about outfittingyour home, and Lucca doles out smaller tokens in an elegant space that echoes the Parisian gift salons of the 1920s. Loyal regulars scour the treasures stocked at Ballard Consignment, which offers 30,000 square feet of goods, from vintage apparel and glassware to art deco furniture pieces.
Strolling Golden Gardens, a picturesque public park featuring wetlands and a sandy beach along Puget Sound, proves a popular activity in any month, and everyone loves watching the year-round activity at the Ballard Locks. The locks are an engineering marvel that raise and lower water levels so boats can travel between freshwater lakes and saltwater Puget Sound. The Sunday Ballard Farmers Market features an impressive lineup of vendors that range from farmers and florists to fishers selling fresh-from-the-sea finds. Breweries seem to multiply here by the month; consistent greats are Peddler Brewing and Reuben’s Brews. On the nightlife front, don’t miss Tractor Tavern, one of the best venues in this musically inclined city.
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