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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Canal Lock
“Ballard locks is a great location to watch boats and fish make their way from the Puget sound to Lake Washington. Just a 10 minute drive from home”
  • 411 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Discovery Park is a 534-acre park on the shores of Puget Sound in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. It is the city's largest public park and contains 11.81 miles of walking trails.”
  • 408 locals recommend
Beach
“Beach in Seattle? Yep! Also trees, trails, dog park, views, boardwalks, playgrounds... Golden Gardens has it all. ”
  • 341 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Arguably the best oyster bar in Seattle, your taste buds will be as delighted by the food as you are by the service”
  • 149 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Every Sunday year-round 10am-3pm. Bursting with energy, food, dogs, music... DO NOT MISS if you’re here on a Sunday. ”
  • 127 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“Check to see who’s playing the Tractor or walk by and listen from the street”
  • 98 locals recommend
Elegant waterfront fine dining with sustainable seafood plates
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“This is quite a trek from Capitol Hill but really amazing seafood and excellent view of west facing Olympic mountain range views and Puget sound. ”
  • 115 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Pastries and Coffee. There will be a line out the door almost every morning. Head here after 10am and no not skip the pastries. ”
  • 103 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Ballard has so much to offer from restaurants, museums, cafes, bars, music venues, historic architecture, parks... it’s got it all. That’s why you’re here, right?”
  • 89 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Little Italian eatery that serves breakfast, lunch and brunch. Beware the line - go to my sister's for a Kouign Aman while you wait!”
  • 76 locals recommend
Museum
“Modern museum of Nordic cultures that are so much a part of the Seattle area.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Sharply dressed diners flock to this hip eatery for its uncomplicated menu items, so popular that the owners opened excellent cocktail and burger bar Essex next door to serve as a waiting room for the crowds. Once in the doors at Delancey, diners partake in some of the city’s ultimate thin-crust wood-fired pizza and lovely salads. Two-day-cured dough is the base for the likes of zesty tomato sauce, spicy salami, and onions, and the Jersey salad is a crunchy treat, followed by the must-eat chocolate chip cookie with gray salt.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Oaxaca is widely recognized as the birthplace of mole, and the rich, complex mole negro here will drive that point home. The nostalgic photos add to the level of intimacy at this family affair, making it a popular spot for more traditional Mexican dining.”
  • 69 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“A French restaurant that has been a staple in Ballard for more than a decade.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“On Sunday mornings and early afternoons, this is the place to be! Sip hot coffee and nibble on delicious pastries while perusing some of the area’s best produce, handmade gifts, and more!”
  • 68 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Our favorite brewery in Ballard. Don't forget to pick up your Ballard Brewery Passport and earn stamps at the 11+ breweries. ”
  • 46 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Arguably the best oyster bar in Seattle, your taste buds will be as delighted by the food as you are by the service”
  • 149 locals recommend
Elegant waterfront fine dining with sustainable seafood plates
“This is quite a trek from Capitol Hill but really amazing seafood and excellent view of west facing Olympic mountain range views and Puget sound. ”
  • 115 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Little Italian eatery that serves breakfast, lunch and brunch. Beware the line - go to my sister's for a Kouign Aman while you wait!”
  • 76 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Sharply dressed diners flock to this hip eatery for its uncomplicated menu items, so popular that the owners opened excellent cocktail and burger bar Essex next door to serve as a waiting room for the crowds. Once in the doors at Delancey, diners partake in some of the city’s ultimate thin-crust wood-fired pizza and lovely salads. Two-day-cured dough is the base for the likes of zesty tomato sauce, spicy salami, and onions, and the Jersey salad is a crunchy treat, followed by the must-eat chocolate chip cookie with gray salt.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Oaxaca is widely recognized as the birthplace of mole, and the rich, complex mole negro here will drive that point home. The nostalgic photos add to the level of intimacy at this family affair, making it a popular spot for more traditional Mexican dining.”
  • 69 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“A French restaurant that has been a staple in Ballard for more than a decade.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“These are Cuban sandwiches that require about a dozen napkins! Dripping with delicious juices and succulent onions, you’re in for a five senses food experience. Trust us, these sandwiches are worth the wait!”
  • 49 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“One of the most popular bars around with barely any standing room on the weekends. But they have good drinks & food and if it gets too crowded there are plenty of other bars within a few blocks.”
  • 36 locals recommend

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