Ballard: Seattle’s Hip and Historic Neighborhood

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This will be the first in a series of posts about the Ballard District.


Northwest of downtown Seattle lies the up-and-coming hot spot of the Ballard District – one of the 13 district’s that make up the City of Seattle.

As you stroll along charming tree-lined streets, you’ll encounter historic brick storefronts, a selection of tasty restaurants, and interesting boutiques. But that’s not all that gives Ballard its appeal.

Originally settled in 1853 as a Scandinavian seafaring community, the district retains a small town feel with a deep love for its roots. Ballard is a melting pot of Pacific Northwest history, tradition, architecture and all things hip.

Syttende_Mai,_Ballard,_Seattle,_2010-17The community enthusiastically celebrates local Scandinavian history with its Nordic Heritage Museum, Sons of Norway Leif Ericson Lodge, and the Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle. Each year, Ballard recognizes Norwegian Constitution Day with a parade, one of the largest celebrations outside of Oslo. To top it off, the neighborhood has adopted an unofficial slogan: “Uff da”.

images-2Ballard’s ability to blend the old with the new helps to create a unique personality. With a picturesque waterfront, a nationally registered historic district, a thriving food scene, a year-round farmers market, a popular ArtWalk event, a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, and its Scandinavian charm, it’s no wonder that this eclectic district has become one of Seattle’s most popular hangouts. It’s worth a visit.

Next, I’ll be adding posts that recommend some of Ballard’s key attractions to visit and some restaurants to try out.

Ballard Farmers MarketRestaurants in Seattle’s Ballard District

Seattle Ballard map