an off the grid guide to Seattle


After you've exhausted all the tourist attractions (Pike Place Market and the Space Needle are the two most obvious ones), check out the great food and events in low-key neighborhoods north of Lake Union, especially Fremont, Ballard, and Wallingford. Fremont has a huge Sunday Market year round, every Sunday from 10AM-4PM. My latest favorite food is the artisanal rolled ice cream from Susu. Fremont's Paseo is known for having the best cuban sandwiches. Ballard has lots of cool shops with a focus on good design. Wallingford has lots of hidden gems, like the original Musashi's (cheap, delicious sushi that's good enough to have a steady line, rain or shine) and Bizarro (great Italian food that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives). In Ballard, you can standup paddle board on the Puget Sound, walk along the shore in Golden Gardens Park, or choose from any of the diverse food options in Old Ballard.

The Ballard Inn is a beautiful 1920s-meets-modern day boutique hotel right in the heart of Ballard, in the midst of great local restaurants and stores. 

Not to be missed: Paseo in Fremont is known for having some of the best Caribbean sandwiches in the country. I definitely agree! Local ice creamery Molly Moon's makes unique flavors like honey lavender and salted caramel. At Pike Place, make sure to save room for the lesser known (but increasingly popular) Rachel's Ginger Beer or Ellenos Yogurt. Not to be missed: Paseo in Fremont is known for having some of the best Caribbean sandwiches in the country. I definitely agree! Local ice creamery Molly Moon's makes unique flavors like honey lavender and salted caramel. At Pike Place, make sure to save room for the lesser known (but increasingly popular) Rachel's Ginger Beer or Ellenos Yogurt. And finally: when I first moved to Seattle and learned about the Seattle style hot dog with grilled onions and cream cheese, I was skeptical. But my first late-night bite at Monster Dogs in Capitol Hill won me over, and now I make them for every Super Bowl party.

Note: The best times to visit Seattle are June through August, when the heat rises to 70s and 80s and everyone is out enjoying the sunshine.

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