Traditionally home to Seattle's Scandinavian community, today's Ballard is thriving with charming boutiques, yoga studios, great restaurants and plenty of opportunities to veer off the beaten path to discover something new. Here's a list of the best places to shop and dine in Ballard.
Know for stocking great brands including Eva Franco, Velvet, Splendid, Toms, Michael Stars and Raven denim, Horseshoe also stocks local favorites like Prairie Underground and Chemical Wedding. Owner Jill Andersen is known for stocking great dresses, essential accessories and of course, helping guests look and feel their best with a healthy dose of down home customer service. Style Tip: Shop online and get free UPS ground shipping.
5344 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
As soon as you walk inside Ballard's Ketch boutique you feel as if you've been whisked away to Soho. The minimalist design, artistic decor and amazing labels including Wildfox, Joie, Lovers + Friends, Paper Crown and Rory Beca all contribute to the stylish vibe. You'll also find handbags by Rebecca Minkoff, shoes by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, and accessories from the House of Harlow line.
5317 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
With an inspiring mix of old and new, Trouvaille which is French for "lucky find", is a great place to find apparel, accessories, found objects and art in Ballard. From consigned designer goods to home decor you just never know what you'll find when you stop by this intriguing boutique. Fun fact: The store just recently celebrated it's first birthday!
5335 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
Stylish men flock to Blackbird in Ballard to stock up on Odyn Vovk, Robert Geller, Wings+Horns, and Tellason denim. This hip boutique also carries it's own private label line for basics like oxford shirts, denim, leather belts and wool beanies. In store you'll also find apothecary items like Malin+Goetz shaving cream, REN eye gel and handmade soaps scented with pure essential oils.
5410 22nd Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
If you're on the look out for independently made clothing, jewelry and accessories, don't miss Velouria in Ballard. This charming boutique strives to showcase the best indie designers in the Northwest and regularly features their stories on their store blog. In stock now you'll find dresses by Portland-based brand Make it Good, jewelry by (de)construct, skinny belts by Steel Toe Studios, and floral leggings by Nooworks. Velouria also hosts rotating art shows for Ballard's second Saturday Artwalks.
2205 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107
This elegant one-of-a-kind gift shop has a distinctive European style and specializes in stocking an edited assortment of home decor, stationary, vintage furniture, books, tea and skincare. In stock now you'll find vintage style apothecary jars, bath and body products by Tokyo Milk, Potluck Paris jewelry, Sweet Petula soaps (great local line!), and a full alphabet of porcelain letters. Gift wrap is also available making gift giving easy and fun!
5332 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
Dry Goods Design
Do you love the DIY movement? Don't miss Drygoods design! This shop is a great place to buy fabric (our favorite is the Paris flea market fabric), trims like Aqua Divine Twine and handmade goods including baby blankets, bib sets and paper goods. You'll also want to check out the menu of classes at the make*do*mend sewing + craft studio located inside. The line-up includes sewing machine classes designed for beginners, tote bag workshops, 'Modern Meets Traditional' quilting classes and even summer craft camps for kids! It's time to get creative!
5308 Ballard Ave. N.W. Suite One, Seattle, WA 98107
With a desire to expose the amazing artists in the city, Venue in Ballard features artisan chocolates, hand-made jewelry, fine art and creative gifts. Artists and brands include Torch Illuminations Co., Seattle Sundries, Diana Fakhoury Jewelry, Orange Twist greeting cards, Oliotto, Downing Pottery, Floating Stone and more.
5408 22nd Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
Hands down my favorite restaurant in Ballard, Bastille serves it's signature French cuisine using ingredients sourced from local "farmers, foragers and fisherman". The menu includes frites & aioli, a heavenly Bastille burger featuring arugula and pickled onions, and a raw kale salad with leek vinaigrette, sunflower seed hummus and Mimolette cheese. Tip: You won't want to miss the cool ambiance of the back bar. Head back for a drink while you wait for a table.
5307 Ballard Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
Dubbed as Seattle's only Minnesota-style pizzeria, Zayda Buddy's serves up delicious pizzas, midwestern fare and has a full bar. On the menu you'll find cheddar cheese and chili fries, a tater tot casserole, a blue cheese and bacon stuffed burger and a "Ballard Bridge" pizza. Fun fact: Owner Joel Radin is one of the co-founders of Top Pot Donuts.
5404 Leary Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107
A delicious spread of traditional Puerto Rican cuisine awaits at La Isla in Ballard. The restaurant started as a Fremont Sunday market food vendor and quickly grew a loyal following. The rest is history. The La Isla menu includes empanadas filled with pulled pork, ground beef and tender chicken, camarones (butterflied prawns sautéed in olive oil, garlic and white wine) and Pernil Divino (marinated pork shoulder) served with rice, beans and tostones.
2320 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107
If you've got a sweet tooth you'll definitely want to check out the decadent treats at Cupcake Royal. Since 2003 Cupcake Royale has been serving up tasty treats that are made from scratch every single day! Signature flavors include Carrot Walnut, Toasted Coconut Lime, Salted Caramel, Lemon Mascarpone and Tiramisu. They even have gluten-free cupcake options and bakeshop inspired ice cream!
2052 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107
- The Ballard Farmers Market takes place every Sunday on Ballard avenue from 10am-3pm year-round. You'll find fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, baked goods, flowers, live music and more!
- The Ballard ArtWalk takes place on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 6-9pm. Find participating business online at BallardArtwalk.Blogspot.com.