Ocean Greens feels like an old-school cocktail bar, thanks to its dark wood countertops. But rather than sipping on manhattans while chatting with a curt bartender, customers can bide their time chatting with budtenders who will go through the shop's selection of pre-rolls, which are stashed in something that resembles an apothecary's cupboard or a library filing cabinet.
Folks easily distracted by shiny things will likely busy themselves ogling the shop's wall of intricate glass pipes and bongs. "We can find something for everyone," whether it's high-end flower or something for beginners, budtender Gabriel Meshesha told me. Based on Ocean Greens' vast selection, made less stressful by their calming atmosphere, that doesn't seem like an exaggeration.
If you suddenly find you have the munchies (or if you have a hankering for lunch before lighting up), Ocean Greens is conveniently located next to a Burgermaster, Central American eatery Tropicos Breeze, and Emerald City Smoothie. And if you're willing to walk another block, you can enjoy the wonder that is IHOP's all-you-can-eat pancakes. ANA SOFIA KNAUF
9724 Aurora Ave N,
Hours: daily 8 am–11:30 pm