Seattle’s Northern Neighborhoods
The University District, more commonly known as the U-District, is the area surrounding the University of Washington. There is a youthful, fun vibe around this neighborhood that is full of casual cafes, pubs, and theaters. In the spring, the cherry trees blossom, the green lawn comes to life, and the University of Washington is a picture-perfect dream. “The Ave” on University Way is a popular destination for visitors and students, where there are many local cafes, bars, and unique shops. If you’re in town in the fall, catch a football game at Husky Stadium and get in the spirit with a unique tailgating experience.
Located in the northeast of Seattle, Ballard is one of the trendiest areas in the region. Explore hip new restaurants, local craft breweries and bars, and even a sandy beach. During the sunny months, locals travel to Golden Gardens Park to soak up the sun, play volleyball, or just enjoy the scenic views. On Sundays, enjoy the local Farmers’ Market, with a fantastic array of food vendors, farmers, florists, and local goods. For food fanatics, Ballard is the place for you. One of the hot spots is The Walrus and the Carpenter, a local oyster bar. It has a cool brick patio, rustic charm, and decadent cocktails. For the beer lovers, stop by Reuben’s Brews, Stoup Brewing, or Populuxe Brewing, for a great brew on tap and relaxing atmosphere. From food to shopping to waterfront activities, Ballard is one of Seattle’s greatest treasures.
This free-spirited neighborhood is an iconic part of Seattle. If you’re an active traveler, Fremont is the neighborhood for you. Due to its size, Fremont is one of the most walkable and bikable neighborhoods around. Start your morning in Fremont off right by grabbing a cup of coffee at the local favorite, Milstead & Co. Seattle has some of the best parks, and Fremont is no exception. From the Fremont Canal Park along the waterfront to the Fremont Peak Park, you’ll find quiet hangout areas and gorgeous views. This area is also home to some of the best breweries, including Fremont Brewing. The cozy, lazy vibes of the brewery make it a cool space to hang out. If you are in the mood to relax and sit with a book, Ophelia’s Books and Book Larder are two uniquely Fremont places to explore.
Green Lake is a freshwater lake in the northern-central part of Seattle, and its surrounding park is perfect for runners, walkers, and bicyclists. It’s a beloved place to go for locals and visitors alike. Green Lake Park is a natural preserve for many species of plants and wildlife. In the springtime, you’ll see gorgeous cherry blossoms, and in the summer the boats are out on the lake. Throughout the year, the Green Lake community will host happy hours, festivals, and concerts. Come in the winter to be part of the annual lighting ceremony during the holidays.