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'''Lake City''' is a district in [[Seattle]], [[Washington (state)|Washington]], [[United States|USA]].  Located in the north of the city proper, bordering on the suburbs of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, Lake City has traditionally not offered Seattlites, and much less tourists much of an incentive to pay a visit. As unsophisticated as the [[University District]] but nowhere near as cosmopolitan, the residential areas of Lake City are replete with old RVs in driveways and broken down cars in yards. Nonetheless, through the wonders of gentrification, this is quickly changing and has been for the last several years. The main drag, Lake City Way, while still the host of some creepy dive bars, thrift/pawn stores, and used car dealerships, is the focus of most urban development. New restaurants offering international cuisine are opening, and a 24 hour Starbucks is a sign that yuppie culture has arrived in Lake City.
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'''North [[Seattle]]''' is a loosely-defined area, often including anywhere north of the Ship Canal that bisects the city.  This article covers only the area between 85th St. and the city limits at 145th St.  The neighborhoods to the south are collected in [[Seattle/Ballard|Ballard]] and the [[Seattle/University District|University District]]; to the north is the suburban city of [[Shoreline]].
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==Understand==
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From west to east, the neighborhoods in North Seattle include '''Broadview, Bitter Lake, North Park, Haller Lake, Northgate, Maple Leaf, Pinehurst,''' and '''Lake City'''. The area is almost entirely residential, with the exceptions of the sprawling Northgate Mall, the gritty (albeit slowly gentrifying) commercial strip along Lake City Way, and the grittier (and staying that way) Aurora Avenue. There are few attractions of general interest,
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'''Lake City''''s main drag, Lake City Way, while still the host of some creepy dive bars, thrift/pawn stores, and used car dealerships, is the focus of most urban development. New restaurants offering international cuisine are opening, and a 24 hour Starbucks is a sign that yuppie culture has arrived in Lake City.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
  
During off-peak hours, accessing Lake City is best done on Lake City Way aka Highway 522, though the main cross street, 125th is much more consistently clear. Beware the median on Lake City Way which makes crossing through it a chore.
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===By car===
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Major streets running north-south include Greenwood Ave, Aurora Ave, I-5, and Lake City Way (SR-522). For best results, go as far as you can on one of those streets before turning off. East-west streets are often interrupted by terrain and other obstructions - try using 130th St and 105th St west of the interstate, 125th St and Northgate Way (effectively 110th St) east of it. At the city line, 145th St is unbroken all the way across.
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===By bus===
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The '''Northgate Transit Center''', immediately south of the mall, is the hub for local service, as well as the Route 41 express bus to [[Seattle/Downtown|downtown]] and the 66/67 to the [[Seattle/University District|University District]].  The park-and-ride lots on all sides are free.  Although the 41 runs frequently, neighborhood routes often drop down to hourly or half-hourly service.  Using Metro Transit's trip planner [http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/] in advance is recommended.
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Most runs on the 41 continue to Lake City Way, also served by the 72 (local service to the U-District) and 522 (express to downtown, no stops south of 125th St).
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
  
Sorry folks, there's still nothing you'd really want to go out of your way to see in Lake City.
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* <see name="Carkeek Park" alt="" address="950 NW Carkeek Park Rd" directions="Far northwest corner of the city; enter from NW 110th St or 117th St." phone="+1 206 684-0877" email="" fax="" url="http://www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/Carkeek.htm" hours="6AM-10PM daily" price="Free">The century-old trees and surprisingly hilly terrain surrounding a small valley give the impression that you're far from the city. Excellent for a walk in the woods.</see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
 
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* <do name="Pioneer Days Street Fair" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.lakecityfestival.com/PioneerEVENTSparades.html" hours="Late Aug" price="">Lake City has a great street fair, complete with street vendors, food, music and a parade with local kids and performers on up to the SeaFair Pirates.  It has a small-town feel while the streets are lined with all sorts of families and crazies from the neighborhood.  The kid's parade usually starts at 6, then the main parade starts at 7.  Fun for all.  Not for those who need irony to be entertained, or for those who can't stand a city crowd.</do>
The same applies to doing. If you are really desperate for activity though, you could hang out at the intersection of Lake City Way and 125th street and converse with the sundry bums.
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And if the sundry bums aren't around:
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*Lake City has a really great street fair in late August for Pioneer Days, complete with street vendors, food, music and a parade with local kids and performers on up to the SeaFair Pirates.  It has a great small-town feel while the streets are lined with all sorts of families and crazies from the neighborhood.  The kid's parade usually starts at 6, then the main parade starts at 7.  Fun for all.  Not for those who need irony to be entertained, or for those who can't stand a city crowd. [http://www.lakecityfestival.com/PioneerEVENTSparades.html]http://www.lakecityfestival.com/PioneerEVENTSparades.html
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
* The aforementioned pawn and thrift stores may present you with some good bargains. Value Village in particular has great deals on decent clothing items that foolish people rid themselves of.
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* '''Northgate Mall''', though it may be the commercial center and focus of extensive new development, offers nothing unique beyond the standard large shopping mall experience.  However, it is well-equipped to satisfy all your chain store and food court needs.
*No trip to Lake City would be complete without buying a used car from the reputable salespeople.
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* Lake City's '''pawn and thrift stores''' may present you with some good bargains. Value Village in particular has great deals on decent clothing items that foolish people rid themselves of.
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* No trip to Lake City would be complete without buying a used car from the reputable salespeople.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
If there is one reason to come to this area of Seattle, it is the Persian bakery, '''Minoo'''. Boasting a wide array of fried honey pastries and some nut-based cookies, other Middle Eastern eateries could only envy their quality and selection.
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* <eat name="Minoo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A Persian bakery. Sells a wide array of fried honey pastries and some nut-based cookies.</eat>
  
There are also, in the grand Seattle tradition, two Thai places right across the street from each other on Lake City Way: '''Chang's Thai''' and '''Thai One On''' (the latter being the better), as well as '''Toyoda Sushi''' and, a little west of downtown Lake City, the '''Enat''' Ethiopian restaurant.
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* <eat name="Chang's Thai" alt="" address="" directions="On Lake City Way." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
  
Further south on Lake City Way, new development is taking place where Lake City meets the considerably nicer Maple Leaf. For authentic Mexican food, there is '''Mr. Villa''' near the intersection with 15th Ave and on 15th less than a block away is '''Anita's Indian Bistro''' which was voted 2nd best Indian food in Seattle.
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* <eat name="Thai One On" alt="" address="" directions="On Lake City Way." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
  
'''Dick's Drive-In''' - Best food in Lake City (4 other around Seattle)
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* <eat name="Toyoda Sushi" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
  
The '''Sugar Shack''', a newly opened bakery near the intersection of Lake City Way and 15th, supplies an ever changing selection of cholesterol-boosting treats sure to please the palate and necessitate some cardiovascular exercise.
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* <eat name="Enat" alt="" address="" directions="A little west of downtown Lake City." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">An Ethiopian restaurant.</eat>
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* <eat name="Mr. Villa" alt="" address="" directions="Near the intersection with 15th Ave." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">An authentic Mexican restaurant.  The tacos al carbon, homemade tortillas, and green salsa are not to be missed.</eat>
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* <eat name="Anita's Indian Bistro" alt="" address="" directions="On 15th Ave." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Rich and flavorful curries also available as sides for dipping naan.</eat>
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* <eat name="Dick's Drive-In" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
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* <eat name="The Sugar Shack" alt="" address="" directions="Near the intersection of Lake City Way and 15th Ave." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A bakery with cholesterol-boosting treats sure to please the palate and necessitate some cardiovascular exercise.</eat>
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* <eat name="Pho Binh" alt="" address="" directions="On Lake City Way." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Fantastic Pho and Vietnamese sandwiches.</eat>
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* <eat name="Masala of India" alt="" address="" directions="On Northgate Way east of the mall." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Santorini Pizza & Pasta" alt="" address="11001 35th Ave NE" directions="" phone="+1 206 440-8499" email="" fax="" url="http://santorinipizza.com" hours="M-Sa 4PM-10PM" price="">Neighborhood Italian (with some Greek tones) restaurant known for good food and house wine. The cooks have a tendency to use ample amounts of cheese. Extremely large dessert portions, particularly the baklava.</eat>
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* <eat name="Saffron Grill" alt="" address="2132 N Northgate Way" directions="" phone="+1 206 417-0707" url="http://www.saffrongrillseattle.com" hours="Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-10:30PM" price="" lat="" long="">Great Indian and Mediterranean food. Same owners and same basic menu Taste of India in the U-District. Happy hour food and drink deals from 2pm to 7pm.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
There's a 24 hour Starbucks on Lake City Way. If you were looking for alcoholic refreshments, Lake City's dives are your only recourse.
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True to Seattle form, Starbucks and drive thru coffee huts are everywhere. If you are looking for alcoholic refreshments, there are numerous neighborhood pubs &mdash; just ask around. In general, the farther north you get, the fewer options you have.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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There are few lodgings worth considering in North Seattle. Stay with friends, or look for more plentiful options [[Seattle/Downtown#Sleep|downtown]] or in the [[Seattle/University District#Sleep|U-District]].  On the other hand, what can be found here is generally inexpensive.  Avoid Aurora Avenue's hotels, which are mostly hourly rate and highly sketchy.
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* <sleep name="Hotel Nexus" alt="" address="2140 N Northgate Way" directions="" phone="+1 206 365-0700" tollfree="+1 800 435-0754" email="info@hotelnexusseattle.com" fax="+1 206 365-0750" url="http://www.hotelnexusseattle.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Free wi-fi, outdoor pool, complimentary scheduled shuttle service, and free room service from the on-site Indian restaurant, Saffron Grill.</sleep>
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
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All branches of the Seattle Public Library offer free wireless access.  Use of public, Internet-connected computers for up to an hour at a time is also free, though if you don't have a SPL library card, you must request a temporary login from the circulation desk.
  
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Wi-fi is ''de rigeur'' in any self-respecting coffee shop.
  
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Latest revision as of 01:01, 21 November 2011

North Seattle is a loosely-defined area, often including anywhere north of the Ship Canal that bisects the city. This article covers only the area between 85th St. and the city limits at 145th St. The neighborhoods to the south are collected in Ballard and the University District; to the north is the suburban city of Shoreline.

Understand[edit]

From west to east, the neighborhoods in North Seattle include Broadview, Bitter Lake, North Park, Haller Lake, Northgate, Maple Leaf, Pinehurst, and Lake City. The area is almost entirely residential, with the exceptions of the sprawling Northgate Mall, the gritty (albeit slowly gentrifying) commercial strip along Lake City Way, and the grittier (and staying that way) Aurora Avenue. There are few attractions of general interest,

Lake City's main drag, Lake City Way, while still the host of some creepy dive bars, thrift/pawn stores, and used car dealerships, is the focus of most urban development. New restaurants offering international cuisine are opening, and a 24 hour Starbucks is a sign that yuppie culture has arrived in Lake City.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Major streets running north-south include Greenwood Ave, Aurora Ave, I-5, and Lake City Way (SR-522). For best results, go as far as you can on one of those streets before turning off. East-west streets are often interrupted by terrain and other obstructions - try using 130th St and 105th St west of the interstate, 125th St and Northgate Way (effectively 110th St) east of it. At the city line, 145th St is unbroken all the way across.

By bus[edit]

The Northgate Transit Center, immediately south of the mall, is the hub for local service, as well as the Route 41 express bus to downtown and the 66/67 to the University District. The park-and-ride lots on all sides are free. Although the 41 runs frequently, neighborhood routes often drop down to hourly or half-hourly service. Using Metro Transit's trip planner [1] in advance is recommended.

Most runs on the 41 continue to Lake City Way, also served by the 72 (local service to the U-District) and 522 (express to downtown, no stops south of 125th St).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd (Far northwest corner of the city; enter from NW 110th St or 117th St.), +1 206 684-0877, [2]. 6AM-10PM daily. The century-old trees and surprisingly hilly terrain surrounding a small valley give the impression that you're far from the city. Excellent for a walk in the woods. Free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Pioneer Days Street Fair, [3]. Late Aug. Lake City has a great street fair, complete with street vendors, food, music and a parade with local kids and performers on up to the SeaFair Pirates. It has a small-town feel while the streets are lined with all sorts of families and crazies from the neighborhood. The kid's parade usually starts at 6, then the main parade starts at 7. Fun for all. Not for those who need irony to be entertained, or for those who can't stand a city crowd.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Northgate Mall, though it may be the commercial center and focus of extensive new development, offers nothing unique beyond the standard large shopping mall experience. However, it is well-equipped to satisfy all your chain store and food court needs.
  • Lake City's pawn and thrift stores may present you with some good bargains. Value Village in particular has great deals on decent clothing items that foolish people rid themselves of.
  • No trip to Lake City would be complete without buying a used car from the reputable salespeople.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Minoo. A Persian bakery. Sells a wide array of fried honey pastries and some nut-based cookies.  edit
  • Chang's Thai, (On Lake City Way.).  edit
  • Thai One On, (On Lake City Way.).  edit
  • Toyoda Sushi.  edit
  • Enat, (A little west of downtown Lake City.). An Ethiopian restaurant.  edit
  • Mr. Villa, (Near the intersection with 15th Ave.). An authentic Mexican restaurant. The tacos al carbon, homemade tortillas, and green salsa are not to be missed.  edit
  • Anita's Indian Bistro, (On 15th Ave.). Rich and flavorful curries also available as sides for dipping naan.  edit
  • Dick's Drive-In.  edit
  • The Sugar Shack, (Near the intersection of Lake City Way and 15th Ave.). A bakery with cholesterol-boosting treats sure to please the palate and necessitate some cardiovascular exercise.  edit
  • Pho Binh, (On Lake City Way.). Fantastic Pho and Vietnamese sandwiches.  edit
  • Masala of India, (On Northgate Way east of the mall.).  edit
  • Santorini Pizza & Pasta, 11001 35th Ave NE, +1 206 440-8499, [4]. M-Sa 4PM-10PM. Neighborhood Italian (with some Greek tones) restaurant known for good food and house wine. The cooks have a tendency to use ample amounts of cheese. Extremely large dessert portions, particularly the baklava.  edit
  • Saffron Grill, 2132 N Northgate Way, +1 206 417-0707, [5]. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-10:30PM. Great Indian and Mediterranean food. Same owners and same basic menu Taste of India in the U-District. Happy hour food and drink deals from 2pm to 7pm.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

True to Seattle form, Starbucks and drive thru coffee huts are everywhere. If you are looking for alcoholic refreshments, there are numerous neighborhood pubs — just ask around. In general, the farther north you get, the fewer options you have.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are few lodgings worth considering in North Seattle. Stay with friends, or look for more plentiful options downtown or in the U-District. On the other hand, what can be found here is generally inexpensive. Avoid Aurora Avenue's hotels, which are mostly hourly rate and highly sketchy.

  • Hotel Nexus, 2140 N Northgate Way, +1 206 365-0700 (toll free: +1 800 435-0754, , fax: +1 206 365-0750), [6]. Free wi-fi, outdoor pool, complimentary scheduled shuttle service, and free room service from the on-site Indian restaurant, Saffron Grill.  edit

Contact[edit]

All branches of the Seattle Public Library offer free wireless access. Use of public, Internet-connected computers for up to an hour at a time is also free, though if you don't have a SPL library card, you must request a temporary login from the circulation desk.

Wi-fi is de rigeur in any self-respecting coffee shop.

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