Seattle’s up and comers zeroed in on this neighborhood back in the 1970s and since then it’s been the city’s favorite pacesetter for boutique shopping, dining, and nightlife.
Seattle shines in Belltown, a vivacious and vertically inclined neighborhood just north of the city’s downtown district. Belltown’s mass of gleaming high-rise condos are home to the city’s movers and shakers, who are more than happy to share their neighborhood’s buzzy bars, cafés, clubs, and galleries. Hunt for happy-hour deals and chic boutiques on Belltown’s all-action avenues or head to the waterfront for Puget Sound views.
If you want to go places in Belltown, start from the ground up. The neighborhood’s street-level shops, bars, and eateries are the perfect introduction to Belltown’s distinctive brand of up-to-the-minute chic. Belltown’s busy boulevards, 1st and 2nd avenues, slice the neighborhood northwest to southeast. Don’t be shy – get roaming and take a sneak peek at next season’s style. Take a stroll down Belltown’s main arteries and you’re more than likely to return to your hotel with a whole new look, or at least a new coffee order.
Hip cafés and renegade restaurants make Belltown a foodie’s utopia. Sample a tasty single-origin brew and you’ll see how Belltown shares Seattle’s seriousness about coffee. Try flavors from around the world in new and exciting fusions with Belltown’s trend-bucking eateries. If it’s date night, Belltown’s got you covered. The neighborhood’s round-the-clock energy makes it a great spot to explore with your special someone. Start with a film at retro-style Cinerama or get tickets to a music gig at the iconic ’90s grunge venue, the Crocodile, before moving on to hole-in-the-wall bars and underground clubs.
If all of that isn’t enough, Belltown also has undeniable rep when it comes to art galleries. Check out the open-air sculptures with a backdrop of Puget Sound in Olympic Sculpture Park or flex your own creative muscle at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio.