Northwest Seattle

A hip, highly walkable neighborhood with lively nightlife.

Welcome to Northwest Seattle

A hip, highly walkable neighborhood with lively nightlife

North Seattle’s youthful vibe is contagious. From its extensive parks and beaches to the vibrant nightlife, the area’s neighborhoods offer a convenient, walkable living experience with plenty of entertainment. 


Packed with hip bars and cool boutiques, Fremont is a bohemian enclave with eclectic outdoor art (like the Fremont Troll), food trucks, interesting architecture, and quirky vibes. Find incredible cuisine, stunning city views, and an artsy atmosphere.


Around the corner, Wallingford is a residential neighborhood bustling with family life. Here, you’ll find diverse dining and activities like kite flying and bicycling. This laid-back, dog-friendly community is home to casual eateries and highly rated schools.


A prime example of Seattle’s evergreen reputation, Greenlake is a lush, tree-lined area featuring the lake for which it is named. This quiet, charming neighborhood is home to a growing business district, Craftsman-style homes, historic beauty, and plenty of coffee shops.

​​​​​​​Phinney Ridge

Desirable Phinney Ridge sits along a long ridge whose slopes provide some residents with great views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains on the west and the Cascade Mountains on the east. The perfect blend of urban and quaint, this area is a popular spot for families and young professionals.


Historic Ballard, one of Seattle’s trendiest areas, is the place to find local shops and boutiques and an incredible epicurean scene. Artistic and cool, this area boasts art galleries, outdoor movie screenings, year-round farmers markets, live music, and a ton of breweries.

What to Love

  • Vibrant restaurant and bar scene
  • Pedestrian-friendly 
  • Tight-knit community
  • Lush greenery in an urban setting

People & Lifestyle

Most neighborhoods in North Seattle offer a thriving nightlife with all the serenity of a peaceful residential community. Residents value the relaxed atmosphere and can often be found strolling the leafy parks with their beloved dogs or chatting with friends in one of the many coffee bars. Foodie life is an important aspect of this area, and locals love to explore epicurean offerings from all the North Seattle neighborhoods.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Chef-owned restaurants, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, and creative menus make North Seattle a foodie’s favorite destination. Trendy, award-winning Delancey specializes in woodfired pizzas and local beers and offers an intimate atmosphere. For date night, head to The Walrus and The Carpenter for a romantic dinner and the neighborhood’s best seafood.

For those with an adventurous palate, Korean steakhouse JOULE is a must. The Asian-Northwest fusion menu offers dishes like yellow curried beet pickle with fig and pistachio, and the communal seating and handmade wallpaper make dining here an artistic experience. Weekend brunch calls for Stoneburner, located in the Hotel Ballard. This dramatic space serves Mediterranean eats and artisan cocktails, with specialties like blistered broccoli and roasted morels with rice grit risotto.

Consistently named one of Seattle’s best, Rockcreek offers the freshest local seafood. Its innovative menu offers a twist on brunch classics, like bacon and oyster benedict. If you fancy sailing vibes with dinner, Westward’s seafood-focused Mediterranean fare and waterfront dining deliver. Arrive in nautical style and dock your boat (or even kayak!) right at the restaurant.

Things to Do

With an expanse of green space and water, North Seattle offers plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Go for a walk or a jog around Green Lake Park, or take the kids to play in one of the many playgrounds. Gas Works Park is the perfect spot for a day of family fun. The park features a large play area, a sundial, and beautiful views of the city. Residents love to picnic and fly kites at the park’s largest hill.

The Woodland Park Zoo is a wildlife conservation organization and zoological garden and offers plenty of educational opportunities and activities. Golden Gardens Park contains two wetlands, a short loop trail, and beaches. Go fishing at the pier, launch your boat for a day of sailing, or bring your furry friends for a run at the off-leash dog area. Celebrate summer with the annual Fremont Solstice Parade. The neighborhood’s favorite event showcases more than 60 floats and ensembles and offers the most colorful party of the season.


Supported by the Seattle Public School district, North Seattle offers excellent educational opportunities, including:

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