Just north of downtown and packed with boutiques, restaurants, and bars, the vibrant Seattle neighborhood of Belltown bustles with activity day and night. The densely populated area is considered one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the United States, making it an ideal place to explore on foot.
Belltown is home to some of the best retail and dining options in the city, and shops and restaurants anchor its high-end residential skyscrapers. At night the streets come alive with extracurricular activity.
Head to the Olympic Sculpture Park to view massive art installations with a waterfront view or take a mixology class with some of the neighborhood’s top cocktail minds. Belltown is an easy stroll from Pike Place Market and downtown, so those on a hop-on hop-off tour can explore the neighborhood from there.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Young adult travelers will enjoy Belltown more than visitors with young children.
- The best way to explore Belltown is on foot, so wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Choose a half-day walking tour to explore the neighborhood and its dining options.
How to Get There
Belltown is located along the waterfront north of downtown. The neighborhood is accessible on foot from downtown, by car, or by Seattle city bus. Dozens of bus routes serve the neighborhood.
When to Get There
Belltown is a busy neighborhood, though its sidewalks are less crowded on weekend mornings. The neighborhood hosts several fun local festivals, including the Belltown Chalk Art Festival and the Belltown Crush Block Party, both typically held in August.
Where to Find the Best Belltown Nightlife
When the sun goes down, Belltown heats up. Bars and nightclubs abound, so if you’re looking for a place to blow off some steam, the options are plentiful. Catch a concert at the Crocodile, try tiki drinks at Navy Strength, tuck in to a cocktail at dimly lit Mr. Darcy’s, play pinball under neon lights at Shorty’s, or dance to EDM at Foundation Nightclub.