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Best Summer Spots in Ballard

The neighborhood has year-round appeal, but these Ballard hotspots shine extra bright in the summertime.

  • Ray's Cafe
    • Seafood
    • Ballard
    Food
    26
    Decor
    25
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $31

    This Pacific NW eatery is known for its fresh, regional cuisine, and with an outdoor deck overlooking Puget Sound, it has the aesthetic to match. The menu revolves around locally sourced seafood such as king salmon, Oregon rock shrimp and Dungeness crab.

  • Shelter Lounge
    • Lounge
    • Ballard
    Atmo.
    25
    Decor
    24
    Service
    21
    Cost
    M

    This neighborhood hangout radiates summer inside and out. Large front windows open to the street, letting in warmth and light, but if the air turns chilly customers can also roast marshmallows over an indoor fire pit.

  • Chippy's Fish & Drink
    • Seafood
    • Ballard
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    M

    The fish 'n' chips at this Old Ballard Seafood spot may not come served in newspaper like the English original, but they have the same greasy satisfaction. Ethan Stowell’s eatery also features a front window that retracts in the summer and plenty of refreshingly cold brews.

  • Full Tilt Ice Cream
    • Ice Cream Shop
    • Ballard
    Food
    26
    Decor
    20
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $7

    With flavors like Mexican chocolate, lavender and Thai iced tea, the cones at the Ballard outpost of this local ice creamery chain make for adventurous desserts for all ages. Plus, there’s beer available for the young-at-heart adults who stop by.

  • Sweet Mickey’s
    • Candy Store
    • Ballard
    Quality
    -
    Appeal
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    M

    Root beer floats, saltwater taffy, banana splits - this candy shop serves up summer classics from its quaint, retro storefront in Ballard. Come in for a single serving or buy up candies in bulk.

    • Ballard
    Atmo.
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    I

    As its name implies, this microbrewery appeals to Seattle’s cycling crowd. Finish up a summertime ride at its lofty warehouse digs and take advantage of its workstation if your ride needs a tune-up.

  • The Walrus and the Carpenter
    • Oyster Bar
    • Ballard
    Food
    27
    Decor
    24
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $39

    A bit of patience is required to snag a table at this pocket-sized Ballard seafooder, but its fresh menu, headlined by locally sourced oysters, is worth the wait. On sunny days, a patio seat is icing on the cake.

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