Lake City is a district in Seattle, Washington, USA. Located in the north of the city proper, bordering on the suburb of Shoreline, Lake City has traditionally not offered Seattles, 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.
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.
Sorry folks, there's still nothing you'd really want to go out of your way to see in Lake City.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.