Walking Tour Of Seattle’s Green Lake Neighborhood

Walking Tour Of Seattle’s Green Lake Neighborhood
The neighborhood of Green Lake is on the north end of Seattle. The centerpiece for the neighborhood is Green Lake Park filled with trees, gardens and grassy areas. It is a popular destination for outdoors and fitness-minded people. The area is filled with old turn-of-the-century historic homes from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The architecture is worth visiting the neighborhood. Follow this guide for a walking tour of Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood.
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Chocolati Cafe (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

Chocolati Café
7810 E. Greenlake Drive N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 527-5467
www.chocolati.com

Chocolati Café is located on the north side of Green Lake on the main drive. It is home to incredible hand-made chocolates, mochas, hot chocolates and other coffee drinks. Opening in the early 2000s, it is situated across the street from Green Lake Park, making it a perfect location to enjoy the park and have a coffee drink. It’s hand-crafted coffee drinks make it a great place to grab a mocha (or latte) and enjoy a walk through Green Lake Park. The hours change seasonally.

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Green Lake Park (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

Green Lake Park
7201 E. Green Lake Drive N.
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

Green Lake Park is the center of the Green Lake neighborhood. It is a 373.7-acre park and the perfect place to swim in the summer. Throughout the year, the 2.8-mile path around the lake is a great place to walk, run, ride a bike, rollerblade or do another activity. The grassy areas have picnic tables, and there are many benches surrounding the lake viewing the water. There are several docks along the shore, and there are great places to go fishing, enjoy the lake/city views or meditate. The park offers the perfect atmosphere for yoga, contemplation or exercise. In the northwestern corner of the lake is bird island. It is a common place to see various species of ducks, grebes, coots, great blue heron and bald eagles. The bird species vary with the seasons.

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Duke’s Chowder House (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

Duke’s Chowder House
7850 Green Lake Drive N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 522-4908
www.dukeschowderhouse.com

Duke’s Chowder House is one of the oldest restaurants in the neighborhood, and a seafood gem. The restaurant serves award-winning clam chowder, seafood, meats and salads. It’s a great place to sit down and order lunch or dinner. During the nicer weather, the dining area extends outside to enjoy the sun and the neighborhood. The restaurant uses only sustainable, local seafood on its menu. Duke’s is known for its benefits for non-profits or helping people. For example, the restaurant hosted a fundraiser for the Oso mudslide to help the victims. This only one of the many events it has hosted throughout its years of operation. It is a community-oriented business.

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Green Lake Boathouse (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

Green Lake Boathouse
7351 E. Green Lake Drive N.
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 527-0171
www.greenlakeboatrentals.net

A great way to spend the day is on the lake. The Green Lake Boathouse rents paddle boats, canoes and small sailboats by the hour. The boathouse is located next to the community center on the northeastern side of the lake. Besides boat rentals, there is a small cafe’ serving food and coffee next to the boathouse. Both businesses are in the same building, and operated by the boathouse. The lake is used for non-motorized boats only.

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Green Lake Bathhouse (Credit, Karen Ulvestad)

Green Lake Bathhouse
7312 E. Green Lake Drive N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 534-1300
www.seattlepublictheater.org

The historic Green Lake Bathhouse is home to the Seattle Public Theater. The building offers an intimate setting for high-quality productions. The Bathhouse sits on the north side of Green Lake in the park. The theater offers shows throughout the year and educational programs for adults and youth. The north side parking lot is close to the theater.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.