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Located in an unassuming building off 196th Street, B3 Breakfast and Burger Bar offers unique twists on breakfast and burgers that you won’t find anywhere else - including biscuits as big as your head. (Image: Jeff Totey / Seattle Refined)
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6 of the best places in Lynnwood that you've never heard of

If you’ve driven by the city of Lynnwood lately, you’ve noticed that it is going through a number of changes - much like those awkward years as a teenager. Some of the older, unsightly buildings and strip malls are coming down, modern multi-use buildings are going up, parks are becoming revitalized, 164th Street is going through a major remodel and the next light rail station is coming soon.

But with all of the construction going on, it’s easy to miss some of the city’s gems – places that you didn’t even know existed unless you lived there. Here are six of the best places in town worth a visit.

Anko

19500 Alderwood Mall Pkwy
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(844) 567-ANKO

When the Babies ‘R Us store moved out, Anko, a new department store chain from Australia, quietly set up shop for their flagship store in the Northwest. While it is hard to miss it, many people are still unaware of this exciting new shopping experience and just drive on by. Anko is sort of like if IKEA and Target had a love child. They offer a little bit of everything, with fashionable items for the home, clothing for the whole family, exercise equipment, pet products, things for the office, kitchen, garden, etc. On our recent trip to the store, we were blown away by the friendly and helpful store employees. However, the best part here is the prices. They are really hard to beat and if you find an item on clearance, all the better.

B3 Breakfast and Burger Bar

4027 196th St. SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 672-3666

We’ve never visited B3 when it wasn’t busy. Sure, you can easily get a table during the week but you need to pack your patience if you plan to dine on the weekend. Located in an unassuming building off 196th Street, B3 offers unique twists on breakfast and burgers that you won’t find anywhere else - including biscuits as big as your head. We’re talking breakfast items like Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes, Gluten Free Seeded Cinnamon Raisin French Toast, and Green Eggs and Ham (scrambled eggs with spinach, pesto, goat cheese and ham served on a biscuit). For lunch and dinner, enjoy burgers, sandwiches, mac and cheese and salads. Try the High Hog (pork patty, bbq sauce, bacon, ham, white cheddar, apple and cabbage slaw), Ring of Fire (prime beef, pepper jack cheese, grilled jalapeno rings, onion rings and dijonaise) or the Power House Veggie (with arugula, guacamole, tomato and chipotle aioli). Breakfast is served until at least 3 p.m. (all day Friday-Sunday).

Heritage Park

19921 Poplar Way
Lynnwood, WA 98036

If you have lived in the greater Seattle area for a long time, you may be familiar with the historic Wickers Building which used to sit next to the freeway before it was moved to Heritage Park in 2003. The Tudor Revival-style 1919 building was the first general store and post office for Alderwood Manor. Today the beautifully restored building serves as the South Snohomish County Visitor Information Center and the Northwest Veterans Museum. It sits alongside other historic buildings like the Superintendent’s Cottage (serving as the Lynnwood-Alderwood Manor Heritage Association and Museum), the Humble House (serving as the Sno-Isle Genealogy Library) and the 1917 Water Tower. The park also features the restored Car No. 55, one of the six interurban electric rail cars that used to provide service from Everett to Seattle from 1910 to 1939.

Play Happy Café

4114 198th St SW #3
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 582-7007

This indoor play space is unique in that it provides a world of imaginative playing fun for little ones with a relaxing café experience for parents It’s a clean, dry place where kids can be kids and let their imagination go crazy in an environment that is similar to a children’s museum. Parents are encouraged to jump in and join their little guys within the 8,500 square feet of playing space that includes a bouncy house, a ball pit, a pretend kitchen, dress up theatre and an amazing firehouse complete with a slide and climb on firetruck. Or, you might prefer to sit in one of the café booths that overlooks the play area and sip an espresso. For lunch, the café offers a variety of espresso beverages, smoothies, soups and sandwiches for both big and smaller appetites. The best perk here is that your kids can have fun and your house still stays clean!

Lynnwood Recreation Pool

18900 44th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 670-5732

Located within the Lynnwood Recreation Center, this pool/water park playground is a favorite of local families. It features two full-sized waterslides that zoom from inside, loop around outside and back in again, a “lazy river” to float leisurely around in circles, a splash park with sprayers and giant tilting bucket, a separate lap pool (for those wanting to actually swim) and hot tub with an admission that is a fraction of the price you’d pay at a regular waterpark. Since it is all housed indoors, the weather here is fine all year round.

Rila Bakery & Café

7600 196th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(425) 967-6094

Rila Bakery & Café is celebrating its third year anniversary. How have we not met before? Better yet, now that we know each other, how can we ever be apart? While the menu here is pretty simple, the execution is not. We visited late in the day and surprisingly, they still had a good selection of goodies on hand including giant Snickerdoodle cookies, Strawberry Cream Scones, little loaves of Pumpkin Cream Cheese and something called Matcha Red Bean Pound Cake. The fresh Strawberry and Cream Croissant was amazing. So flaky and buttery but not at all greasy, and the espresso is super smooth. The café serves up fresh soups, waffles and savory sandwiches from the classic Grilled Cheese to the classy Caprese.

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