Your Guide to the Best Food In Ballard, Seattle


Ballard Self-Guided Seattle Food Tour

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Cost: $7.95
Description: If you want to avoid tourist traps and find the best food in Seattle, this self-guided walking tour of Ballard is for you.

You’ll get 43 pages of recommendations, photos, maps, interviews, and pro tips to make sure you experience the best of Seattle like a local. No businesses paid to be in this guide. It’s just an ode to my favorite places to eat and drink in Seattle.

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Want to experience Seattle like a local? You can find out everything you should eat, drink, and do in this self-guided Ballard food tour created by The Emerald Palate. It outlines why Ballard is the best Seattle neighborhood, how to get there, times to go, and interviews with some of the best restaurants in the city.
An intro to Ballard, a hip neighborhood in Seattle worth visiting. Part of the self-guided food tour of Ballard created by The Emerald Palate.
The best gelato in Seattle. Part of the self-guided food tour of Ballard created by The Emerald Palate.
A page from a self-guided Seattle food tour of Ballard created by The Emerald Palate.
An interview with cocktail bar in Seattle, Percy and Co. Part of the self-guided food tour of Ballard created by The Emerald Palate.
List of restaurants to visit in Seattle. Part of the self-guided food tour of Ballard created by The Emerald Palate.

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What to Expect In This Seattle Food Tour

After you purchase this guide, you’ll be able to download a mobile-friendly PDF with all of the following:

  • A self-guided itinerary for visiting my 8 favorite local restaurants and bars
  • A map to help you get a sense of where everything is
  • 13 additional “honorable mention” restaurants to help you customize your tour
  • Recommendations of what to order and how to avoid crowds
  • Interviews with my favorite restaurants
  • Drool-worthy food photos to help you know what to expect
  • Ideas for non-eating activities to do between eats
  • Tips for how to get to Ballard and the best time to visit
  • A look inside Ballard’s historic past and how it became the vibrant neighborhood it is today


The Benefits of a Self-Guided Seattle Food Tour

  • You can avoid shuffling around a neighborhood in a large group
  • It offers the flexibility to go at your own pace or customize the adventure
  • It’s more affordable
  • You pay the restaurants directly (there’s no middle man to take a “cut”)
  • You don’t have to make small talk with strangers
  • It reveals the best places, not just the ones that will accommodate larger groups


Why You Should Visit the Ballard Neighborhood

All the guide books will tell you to visit downtown Seattle. But insiders know the best way to experience Seattle is through its surrounding neighborhoods.

Ballard is the #1 neighborhood I tell both visitors and locals to go. It has the city’s best farmer’s market, an incredible craft beer scene, and is home to my favorite restaurants in Seattle. It also has an adorable downtown area that makes it perfect for walking, eating, popping into shops, and then eating again.

It’s home to James Beard-winning chefs, restaurants that brought Seattle its first cupcake and food truck, and craft cocktail bars regularly on “best bars in America” lists. Whether you’re a family with little ones in tow or a hip young adult looking to experience Seattle like a local, there’s something for everyone in Ballard.