Coffee in Ballard

On our Seattle trip we stayed at an AirBnB in Ballard, and spent a few nights in the hip area. The area near the locks feels vibrant and alive with lots of cafes, restaurants, and nightlife.

In honor of our Alice in Wonderland weekend we had wanted to go to the Walrus and the Carpenter, a stylish oyster and seafood bar. The first night we attempted it they were closed for a private event, and the second night they had a waitlist seven pages long! (I put my name in anyway, just in case, and they called me at 9:30pm saying they had a table. I’m sure others would have jumped at the chance, but this hip pregnant lady was seriously ready for bed.) I’ll have to make do with ogling their cookbook, and try to get back another time.

Our second choices both nights ended up being delicious anyway, luckily, with fish’n’chips at Chippy’s, and pizza at the Ballard Pizza Co. A stop at Bop Street Records rounded out Jesse’s night.

The next day we found one more stop in Ballard worth talking about: Slate Coffee Roasters. This tiny cafe pumped out the most pretentious vibe with their small-batch roasting, and a tasting flight showcasing their various brewing methods, complete with a “deconstructed espresso.” Their coffee, however, was excellent, and the employees were all incredibly nice and helpful, and happily made me tea while I stole sips of Jesse’s coffee. He loved the whole thing. And I have to admit that tasting the various espresso ingredients from fancy glassware, one by one, was pretty fun.

If You Go:

The Walrus and the CarpenterPopular oyster and cocktail bar in a stylish space, 4739 Ballard Ave NW, http://www.thewalrusbar.com

Chippy’s Fish & Drink: A great alternative to the busy Walrus, you can find excellent fish’n’chips and more here! 4741 Ballard Ave NW, ethanstowellrestaurants.com

Ballard Pizza CoYummy pizzas and beer. Enough said. 5107 Ballard Ave NW, www.ballardpizzacompany.com

Bop Street Records: Big selection, but a bit pricey for used records. 2220 NW Market St, www.bopstreetrecords.com

Slate Coffee: Small batch coffee roaster with a tiny tasting room/cafe, 5413 6th Ave NW, www.slatecoffee.com