Sunday was a perfect day for a Seattle adventure.
It was sunny and in the 70’s. We took advantage with an outting in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.
Ballard is located in NW Seattle along the shores of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. Historically, Ballard was an ethnic enclave for the city’s Scandinavian immigrants. Many shops in the neighborhood and the Nordic Heritage Museum honor the area’s Scandinavian history.
Our Ballard adventure started with brunch.
The gang met at The Hi Life. The restaurant is located within a 100+ year old firehouse! All of the standard breakfast fare was available and they serve special Mickey Mouse pancakes for the kiddos.
Through the glare you can just make out the old firehouse doors at the front of the dining room.
The brunch bunch - high school friends, spouses and kiddos.
After brunch we strolled through the Ballard Farmers Market.
Ballard’s Sunday Farmers Market is open year round (only skipping a Sunday if it falls on Christmas). Over 100 vendors set up stalls along Ballard Avenue. Stalls feature meats, cheeses, organic produce, flowers, arts and crafts and street food. According to the Seattle Farmers Market Association, over 1000 visitors come to the market each weekend.
Farm fresh vegetables
Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers. Their summer blooms adorned several stalls on Sunday
Seattle Pops - locally made and owned “popsicles” inspired by Mexican paleta. Pops are milk or fruit based and available in flavors like Zesty Lime, Passion Fruit, Mango Chile, Cinamon Horchata, Kona Coffee and Vanilla Bean.
There were so many dogs enjoying the market. I find this to be awesome and entirely unfair because my town has BANNED DOGS from our farmers market (stupid Edmonds... 😒). Along with these two cuties there were a disproportionate number of French Bulldogs soaking in the market scene.
Into the shops!
Ballard is a great place to shop. All of the historic buildings have shopfronts on the ground level and the wares on offer are super eclectic. There are bookstores, two record stores, a shop filled with succulents and cacti, a bridal shop, card shops, a kitchen store and clothing stores just to name a few options.
⬆️ Made for me... a dachshund piggy bank and a cast iron pan with a coin impression on the base! (Squeals and starts spending money... 😄)
Ballard has one incredibly unique spot we spent a good chunk of time exploring.
Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop
Things are getting curiouser and curiouser...
From the moment you walk inside of the Ballyhoo Curiostiy Shop and begin the descent downstairs, you can tell things are gonna get freaky. The shop bills themselves as somewhere “in between a natural history museum and an antique store” but several novelty items are also on offer. Let’s take a peek.
Right inside the front door you get a small sample of the curiosities to come.
This picture is EVERYTHING. Owls, monster probes and a REAL skull and crossbones! All bases covered. 😄😂🤣
I got mauled by a bear... but was still happy about it in the end. 🐻
A small sample of the eclectic items for sale.