A while back I received some massage therapy from a woman named Isabelle. She’s lovely and of course, she’s French. During our appointments we would talk about where to find the best French pastries, and naturally I would take her advice. She told me that I must try Three Girls Bakery and Honoré Artisan Bakery. So finally, I tried Honoré and she was right, it is “fantastique.” The bakery is very small, but if you walk to the end of the hallway there is a gorgeous outdoor patio where you can sip a cappuccino and enjoy a delicious croissant. We went there a little late in the day so options were a bit limited, but amazing nonetheless. I had a lavender chocolate macaroon ”swoon”. Loved this place. If you are ever in Ballard, make this your stop.
1413 NW 70th Street || Seattle, WA 98117 || 206-706-4035
When most people think of Ballard they think up the bustling Ballard Ave and Market Street as the hub of all Ballard life, but up on 70th you will come across the original Ballard. It’s the area where your parents and grandparents grew up and it’s just as precious today than it was then. The small brick houses, small neighborhoods, and small eateries make this area wonderful. Encompassing this feeling, is The Fat Hen. The white washed walls, bright red accents, and the delicious menu made for a wonderful brunch. Since I’ve been dying to try baked eggs, I got the baked eggs in a red tomato sauce with fresh mozzarella and basil. To die for delicious.
1418 NW 70th St || Seattle, WA 98117 || 206.782.5422
C u p c a k e s. Man’s amazing invention. And when I think of the best cupcake shop in Seattle, of course I think about Cupcake Royale. The bright pink boxes, whimsical decor, and made-from-scratch buttercream frosting makes me melt with happiness. Last night we stopped in for a sweet little snack before dinner and I chose a a tiramisu cupcake. Oh my gosh. Delicious.
Got a sweet tooth? This is your place.
2052 NW Market Street || Seattle, WA 98107 || 206-883-7656
Situated on far side of Ballard Ave is this little gem. A bike shop turned café. Brick walls and bikes hanging from the ceilings will put you in a mood for coffee (as if there needs to be a mood), and perhaps purchasing a bike.
I don’t plan on buying a bike anytime soon probably out of my fear of being killed by Seattle’s traffic or my clumsy tendencies, but coming down here for the atmosphere and most importantly, the coffee, is well worth it.
They use locally roasted coffee by Lighthouse Roasters, which is rich and warm with notes of cocoa. The americanos are awesome. Really great crema (use that word around, you’ll be a Seattle coffee snob in no time.)
If you’re down and about in Ballard, check this place out!
4714 Ballard Ave NW || Seattle, WA 98107 || 206.789.1678