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A Day in Ballard: Your Guide to One of the Trendiest Seattle Neighborhoods

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While we absolutely love being nestled in South Lake Union here at Alley 24, one of the best parts about living in this dynamic city is exploring it to the fullest! To us, that means stepping out of the neighborhood from time to time to see something new. 

Have you ventured around Ballard recently? With no shortage of coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and lovely scenery, a day in Ballard is always a day well spent. Whether you frequent the streets of Ballard often or haven’t explored it much, we hope you find our suggestions helpful! Keep scrolling to learn about some tips on an ideal day in the wonderful Ballard.


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Arrive hungry for your day out and about in Ballard — exploring the neighborhood cafes, eateries and bars is one of the best parts! 

For a sweet start to your adventure, stop at Café Besalu for some coffee and a croissant. If croissants aren’t your thing, pick out one of their other sweet or savory pastries! This classic spot always delivers on taste and your coffee will be a great accompaniment to your initial stroll around Ballard. If you’re looking for a more substantial meal you can sit down and enjoy, head to Watson’s Counter for a Korean brunch with delicious coffee. 

If your trek falls on a Sunday, a visit to the Ballard Sunday Farmers Market is a must. Luckily, it runs year-round so you can stop by from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM any week of the year! 


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When you wrap up at the farmer’s market, stop at the Ballard Locks for a history lesson! This National Historic Site is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. But don’t knock it because it’s mainstream, it’s so worth it! If you want to keep venturing, walk around Discovery Park just a little further south when you’re done. It’s the largest city park in Seattle! 

When you’re done seeing some nature, lunch is waiting for you at Ballard Pizza Company. Using quality NW ingredients, this Ballard restaurant specializes in New York-style pie. 


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After lunch, head to some of the best boutiques on the historic Ballard Ave — Horseshoe, September and Prism — and pick out a trendy new outfit to take home with you.  




Cap off your incredible day with an even more incredible meal from The Walrus and The Carpenter; a visit to Ballard isn’t complete without it! Be sure to try some of their ultra-fresh oysters while you’re there. If you have a sweet tooth after dinner, grab some plant-based ice cream from Frankie & Jo’s, which is just as delicious as it is aesthetically pleasing. 


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A post-dinner drink at Little Tin Goods & Apothecary Cabinet is one of the best ways to end your day if you love creative cocktails and great vibes. Last, but definitely not least, catch the sunset at Sunset Hill Park before you pack up and head back to South Lake Union. 

Have a blast in Ballard and let us know your favorite thing to do in this bustling neighborhood in the comments! 

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