Washington May 14, 2019
The Nordic Cafe In Washington Where You Can Eat Like A Modern Day Viking
Seattle’s Nordic Museum got a brand new location in Ballard in 2018. Not only is the new building beautiful, it’s home to what is now the largest museum in the country that honors the legacies of immigrants from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. It also happens to be home to a new Nordic cafe, Freya, and the food is fantastic.
Ballard is the perfect neighborhood for a Nordic museum since it has a strong Scandinavian past.
Seattle has quite a bit of Nordic influence, from Ivar Haglund (chowder peddler and founder of Ivar's) to the Nordstrom family and their retail empire.
Inside you'll find a beautiful blend of permanent fixtures and rotating exhibits that highlight Nordic history and culture...
... and when you're hungry, just head to Freya.
Freya, which is named for a Norse goddess of love, is the onsite cafe, and you'll definitely want to check it out.
Freya is run by City Catering Company, where Executive Chef Brendan Arntz works to create the best Nordic cuisine.
He worked with the Nordic Museum board to develop Freya’s menu.
Here you can order smorgasbords, which are exactly what they sound like -- a little bit of everything.
You can also order salads, soups, and Danish dogs.
Freya is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Come dine like a modern day viking -- and wash your smorgasbord down with an Arctic Solstice cocktail or a Midnight Bloom if you imbibe.
Address: 2655 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA, 98107
Nordic Museum is definitely worth exploring — and come hungry. And if you love visiting the museums in our beautiful state, these spots have free admission.