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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
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
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
Museum
“Modern museum of Nordic cultures that are so much a part of the Seattle area.”
  • 62 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
Dessert Shop
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“Not technically an ice cream spot, but they do have ice cream served on the side of many of their molten cakes! The ambiance is so cozy, and the range of options is excellent!”
  • 56 locals recommend
Canal Lock
“In Ballard, see the boats come from fresh water to salt water via the locks. Walk across the locks to the fish ladder and see the salmon migrating. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“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
Latin American Restaurant
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“ Puerto Rican restaurant with tasty empanadillas, a wide rum selection, and two happy hours per day with really good food and drink specials.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Ocho is a dimly lit charmer that features some of the best tapas in the city. Small saucers encourage many tastes of satisfying Spanish treats, like patatas bravas and melted croquetas.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Brewery
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“There are a ton of breweries to choose from and it’s really fun to hop from place to place, but of all the Ballard breweries, Peddlers is our favorite. A fun bicycle-themed place, the outdoor beer garden is great especially in the summer. Check out their calendar for events!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Our favorite place. A great Italian? place with a big menu. technically, they are a pizza restaurant, but they have everything. ”
  • 34 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
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
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
Tapas Restaurant
“Ocho is a dimly lit charmer that features some of the best tapas in the city. Small saucers encourage many tastes of satisfying Spanish treats, like patatas bravas and melted croquetas.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“ Puerto Rican restaurant with tasty empanadillas, a wide rum selection, and two happy hours per day with really good food and drink specials.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Our favorite place. A great Italian? place with a big menu. technically, they are a pizza restaurant, but they have everything. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Amazing food at this Italian eatery by local celebrity chef Ethan Stowell, with a rotating menu & 4-course tasting option.”
  • 41 locals recommend

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