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Green Lake/Phinney Ridge/Greenwood

Check out the welcoming restaurants, indie boutiques, and verdant parks of these charming neighborhoods.

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Home to more than 1,000 animals from across the globe, the Woodland Park Zoo (5500 Phinney Ave N) is always a delight, even on drizzly days. There are more than a dozen indoor or sheltered habitats, including a tropical rainforest. Adjacent to the zoo, the free 2.5-acre Woodland Park Rose Garden is usually in full bloom by mid-May, and surrounding Woodland Park (1000 N 50th St) and neighboring Green Lake Park (7201 E Green Lake Dr N) offer year-round fun and recreation.

Eat and Drink

Phinney Ridge standouts include The Chicken Supply (7410 Greenwood Ave N) for inventive Filipino cooking and Thaiku (6705 Greenwood Ave N) for flavorful curries and stir-fries. Beth’s Cafe (7311 Aurora Ave N) is a classic ’50s diner near Green Lake known for big portions of hearty breakfast fare, including mammoth omelets made with 6 or 12 eggs and packed with tomatoes, smoked bacon, green onions, and more. Nearby Frelard Tamales (6412 Latona Ave NE) sources regionally to create flavorful handmade tamales, and Duke’s Seafood (7850 Green Lake Dr N) is a favorite destination for crab cakes, chowder, and rockfish tacos. In Greenwood, dine on sustainably raised filet mignon and venison loin at upscale FlintCreek Cattle Co. (8421 Greenwood Ave N), stellar brick-oven pizzas at the convivial Alibi Room (10406 Holman Rd N), and artful cocktails and Asian-inspired bar bites at the snazzy Dark Room (8505 Greenwood Ave N).


Greenwood Avenue and Northwest 85th Street buzz with cool shops, including kid-approved Snapdoodle Toys & Games (120 N 85th St), Pema Kharpo (8554 Greenwood Ave N) Tibetan gifts, Dreamstrands Comics & Such (115 N 85th St), and Greenwood Art Collective (8537 Greenwood Ave N) Farther south, browse for discerning gifts and household goods at The Phinery (7601 Greenwood Ave N) and J Matheson Urban Gifts & Kitchen (424 NE 71st St).

Partners in Wallingford, Green Lake & Phinney Ridge

Woodland Park Zoo Greenlake/Wallingford

Woodland Park Zoo

  • Address 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Phone (206) 548-2500
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Greenlake Guest House Greenlake/Wallingford

Greenlake Guest House

  • Address 7630 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Phone (206) 729-8700
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