In a lovely, mostly residential area north of downtown is Phinney Ridge. A formerly sleepy stretch between Greenwood, Ballard, and the Woodland Park Zoo, this neighborhood has become a bit busier and more built up over the past several years, without losing any of its charm.
The restaurants, bars, and boutiques that residents here gravitate toward—found mainly up and down Phinney Avenue—are the small, cozy, locally owned kind of spots that add to a neighborhood’s walkability and appeal rather than detracting from it. The Woodland Park Zoo is a favorite local attraction, housing an incredible variety of animals—from baby tapirs to rhinos, butterflies to penguins—and a place that has done much to instill wonder in locals and help conserve wildlife populations around the globe. Known as well for its high-quality public schools, a high walk score, and its proximity to Green Lake and Woodland Park, the Phinney Ridge community embodies a hard-to-find balance between the energy of the city and the calmness of a more serene suburb, and truly offers something for everyone.