Arguably Seattle’s hippest district, Ballard boasts a rich Scandinavian and maritime heritage and a plethora of craft breweries, independent restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques.
Hotels are concentrated in Downtown, so staying there and using it as your launchpad for exploring is the best option. Sheraton Seattle Hotel is ideal for city sightseeing being only steps away from the famous Pike Place Market. Head to the hotel’s 30s-inspired bar for a drink or taste French classics by chef Thierry Rautureau at Loulay Kitchen and Bar.
Browse vintage vinyl at Bop Street Records, nose around the boutiques along Ballard Avenue or mingle with the crowds at the hard-to-beat Sunday farmers market.
There’s an abundance of oysters in Seattle so why not sample some of the best at The Walrus and the Carpenter? Waiting for a table is no hardship when you can sip chilled Muscadet at the marble-topped bar – perfect to whet the appetite for icy cold stacks of Pacific Northwest oysters. Top off the night at Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery for a gooey dollop of decadence.
Browse vintage vinyl at Bop Street Records, nose around the boutiques along Ballard Avenue, and mingle with the crowds at the hard-to-beat Sunday farmers market. Escape the hustle and bustle at Ballard Locks to watch boats pass between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound, and then stroll around the adjacent botanical gardens.