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Top Choice Canal in Ballard & Discovery Park

Hiram M Chittenden Locks

Seattle shimmers like an impressionist painting on sunny days at the Hiram M Chittenden Locks. Here, the freshwaters of Lake Washington and Lake Union drops 22ft into saltwater Puget Sound. You can stand inches away…
Top Choice Park in Ballard & Discovery Park

Discovery Park

Hard to beat on a sunny spring day, this former military installation has been transformed into a wild coastal park, laced with walking trails and offering glimpses of the Olympic mountains across the water. Discove…
Top Choice Brewery in Ballard & Discovery Park

Populuxe Brewing

Microbreweries too large for you? Move down a notch to a nano-brewery. The latest beer craze in Seattle favors the really little guys, such as Populuxe, who carefully nurture their beer barrel by barrel before servi…
Top Choice French in Ballard & Discovery Park

Bastille Cafe & Bar

French but not at all faux, Bastille could easily pass for a genuine Parisian bistro if it weren't for the surfeit of American accents. First there's the decor: beautiful white tiles juxtaposed with black wood, mirr…
Top Choice Music in Ballard & Discovery Park

Bop Street Records

Probably the most impressive collection of vinyl you're ever likely to see lines the heavily stacked shelves of Bop Street Records. The collection of half a million records covers every genre – they even have old-sc…
Mediterranean in Ballard & Discovery Park

Stoneburner

Come and see homemade pasta prepared before your eyes in this new-ish restaurant affiliated with the swanky Hotel Ballard. Pasta-rollers massage dough at workstations in full view of the diners waiting to enjoy the …
Bar in Ballard & Discovery Park

Noble Fir

Almost qualifying as a travel bookstore as well as a bar, Noble Fir’s highly curated, hops-heavy beer list might fill you with enough liquid courage to plan that hair-raising trip into the Amazon, or even just a tre…
Seafood in Ballard & Discovery Park

Walrus & the Carpenter

Puget Sound waters practically bleed oysters and – arguably – there isn't a better place to knock 'em back raw with a glass of wine or two than the Walrus, a highly congenial oyster bar named not after a Beatles son…
Pier in Ballard & Discovery Park

Fishermen’s Terminal

Seattle’s fishing fleet resides at Fishermen’s Terminal, in a wide recess in the ship canal called Salmon Bay on the south side of the Ballard Bridge. Fishermen’s Terminal is a popular mooring spot because the facil…
Park in Ballard & Discovery Park

Golden Gardens Park

Golden Gardens Park, established in 1904 by Harry W Treat, is a lovely 95-acre beach park with sandy beaches north of Shilshole Bay Marina. There are picnic facilities, restrooms, basketball hoops, volleyball nets, …