Check out some of our favorites spots and events in the neighborhood. From Michelin star restaurants to the glorious parks and waterfront hangs right around the corner.
Nordic MuseumDedicated to collecting, preserving, and educating since its founding in 1980, the Nordic Museum is the largest museum in the United States to honor the legacy of immigrants from the five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
Bergen Place ParkLocated in the heart of the business district on the triangular site between Leary Avenue, 22nd Avenue NW, and Market Street, the park is home to Artist Jenn Lee Dixon's "Witness Trees" and a community information kiosk. Bergen Place was named for Bergen, Norway, one of Seattle's International Sister Cities.
17th of May FestivalAlso known as Syttende Mai [Soot-n-duh My], 17th of May Festival is one of Seattle's largest festivals with 1,000’s of spectators lining the streets of Ballard for a parade featuring more than 100 groups including marching bands, Norwegian-American lodges, drill teams, classic cars and much more – all for Norway’s Constitution Day.
Larsen's Danish BakeryPoul Larsen began his baking career at age 14 in Copenhagen, learning the art of making pastries as an apprentice to the finest chefs in Denmark. He has been creating fine traditional Danish pastry in the Seattle area since 1974, when he opened his own bakery here in Ballard.
Lucky Envelope BrewingLucky Envelope Brewing is a family & dog friendly award-winning craft brewery located at 907 NW 50th Street here in Ballard. Outside food is always welcome and there is free bike and street parking in the neighborhood. The name Lucky Envelope comes from the Chinese tradition of the elderly generation giving the younger generation red envelopes filled with paper money. The color red is meant to ward off evil spirits and bring good health, while the money inside is supposed to bring prosperity. Lucky Envelope’s brewing philosophy is centered around “Culturally Inspired Beer” whose recipes draw from modern and historic brewing styles and techniques. In addition, Lucky Envelope also uses both traditional and non-traditional ingredients in our beers which range from IPAs (ENIAC Mosaic IPA) and German-style lagers (Helles Lager), to seasonal favorites like our Two Pepper Pale Ale (Habanero & Shishito peppers) and Peanut Butter Cream Stout.
Asadero BallardBorn outside of Los Angeles and raised in Mexico – chef and owner David Orozco is on a mission to introduce the unique smoky and savory flavors of Mexican ‘Norte’ cuisine to the American palate. It remains the only Mexican Steakhouse in Seattle and is one of the top dining destinations in the city. Pro tip: get the Carne Asada.
No Bones Beach ClubPull up a bar stool and enjoy their awesome line-up of fresh cocktails made from local spirits, local beers on tap and wine too. Known as the best vegan menu in town, the coastal inspired food offerings are great for everyone.
The Walrus and the CarpenterAfter receiving an overwhelming amount of local and national praise, folks come from near and far to eat and drink at The Walrus and the Carpenter. Even so, 'The Walrus' remains a neighborhood spot — a friendly, often bustling, always casual, place to enjoy icy cold piles of oysters, delicious plates, wines by the glass, beer, cider, and smart cocktails.
San FermoWhile the mouthwatering Italian dishes & homemade pastas are enough reason to go, the selling point is the building itself. The owners of San Fermo renovated the famous Pioneer Houses, twin, two-story structures believed to be Seattle’s oldest, intact residential properties to create the coziest restaurant in town.
Burke-Gilman TrailThe 20-mile trail serves as a major transportation corridor for commuters and recreational users. Hop on at 11th & 45th to get to Bothell or at the 54th Street entrance to head to Golden Gates Park.
King County MetroWith five bus routes that go through Ballard, you can get on at one of the King County Metro stops in the neighborhood and travel anywhere in Seattle. Look up routes 17, 18, 29, 40 or 44 to see which will help you get to your destination!
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