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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.

Other Great Outdoors
“My No. 1 favorite Seattle park! Well, you will need to hike. Prepare a half day for this adventure. Park your car in the south lot, walk along the bluff and enjoy some of the best views in Seattle. Then get into the woods to feel a true PNW forest. Turn to Discovery Blvd to reach the beach if you don't want walk 4+ miles, or (recommended to who wants to walk!) continue the loop trail to the North Beach and get to the light house from north! And, finally, the Lighthouse, sit at the West Point and ”
  • 404 locals recommend
Canal Lock
“Watch boats lifted through the locks and salmon migrate up the fish ladder.”
  • 408 locals recommend
Beach
“The best sandy beach in Seattle. A festive park with views and activities everywhere. Trains passing by right along the water! Another place for an unforgettable sunset. ”
  • 335 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”
  • 148 locals recommend
Elegant waterfront fine dining with sustainable seafood plates
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“Amazing views, fish and chips and other seafood specials and an incredibly sunny deck, right on the water.”
  • 114 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Do not miss the year-round huge Sunday farmers market if you are staying over the weekend.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Rock Club
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“The Tractor Tavern is a Ballard classic. Featuring music nearly every night, inexpensive beer, and the only Monday night square dancing you’ll find with open doors each and every week. ”
  • 94 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
Performing Arts Venue
“Ballard is known for having some of the better restaurant scenes in town, including a few that are on Elliot Bay. It also has several boutiques that offer unique clothing, jewelry, furniture, and gifts.”
  • 77 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
Breakfast Spot
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“A very famous brunch place, expect long wait times if you show up at regular hours. Go early if you want to get seated on time. Benedict's are their thing and surrounded by a few other cute businesses. Worth checking out.”
  • 75 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.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Seattle’s largest and most frequented farmers market is a lively scene in all seasons. Enjoy the local food vendors, fresh food, and street performers amongst local shoppers.”
  • 67 locals recommend
French Restaurant
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“A French restaurant that has been a staple in Ballard for more than a decade.”
  • 58 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.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Museum
“A new gem in our neighborhood- learn all about Scandinavia, and check out their amazing cafe!”
  • 59 locals recommend