No Ballard wander is complete without a stop by Anchored Ship, a teensy coffee shop with wonderfully creaky floors, Little Free Library, and a surprisingly cool sewing/fabric shop hidden in the back.
Unlike most local cafés, Anchored Ship is polyamorous in its coffee love, with beans from everyone from L.A.-based Damn Handsome to local roaster, Herkimer. Thanks to the Ballard farmer’s market, Sundays are busy-busy but swing a bar stool near the window and you can watch the parade of Ballard stroller-pushing moms, bearded chefs, and polished urbanites shop for root veggies and wild salmon. Come evenings, you might find a pop-up bar from manager Jon French—last spring he introduced his vermouth cocktails mixed with single origin coffees.
Try it there: The fragrant lavender chai
Bring it home: Diner-style coffee mug with Anchored Ship’s anchor symbol