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Lake City is a district in Seattle, Washington, 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.

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.


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.

And if the sundry bums aren't around:

  • 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. [1]


  • 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.
  • No trip to Lake City would be complete without buying a used car from the reputable salespeople.


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 a world removed from the cliched, Americanized fodder served by chains, there is Mr. Villa near the intersection with 15th Ave. The tacos al carbon, homemade tortillas, and green salsa are not to be missed.

On 15th less than a block away is Anita's Indian Bistro which was voted 2nd best Indian food in Seattle, with rich and flavorful curries also available as sides for dipping naan.

Dick's Drive-In - Best food in Lake City (4 other around Seattle)

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.


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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