A Guide to Bellevue
Collected by Allison Murray, AFAR Contributor
Just across Lake Washington from Seattle, Bellevue is a beautiful city with small-town appeal that boasts a cosmopolitan food culture, and great escapes into the great outdoors. Bellevue is as diverse and charming as the nature that surrounds it.
14845 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98007, USA
Bellevue, Washington has one of the highest densities of Asian residents in the Pacific Northwest - what does this mean to me? Amazing, authentic food. Kukai Ramen and Izakaya's home base is Tokyo, where it is a well known chain. The location in...
15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98008, USA
Crossroads Mall is a great location for shopping and a place in the community that provides entertainment and a good place to eat. Game nights at Uncle's Games (check out their calendar for weekend events - catering both to families or those more...
10024 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Gilberts is an awesome little place with amazing food and drinks. I am convinced they make the best half & half ever. I love coming here for breakfast or lunch equally, but that’s because you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. From omelets...
303 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027, USA
The Issaquah Village Theater has something for everybody. Always switching up the shows keeps everything fresh and lively, and the actors are amazing. They also have kids’ shows, so if you are looking for a family outing, or a more serious show,...
9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108, USA
The Museum of Flight is truly astonishing, whether you are 70 or 7. I have been multiple times, and plan on going back soon. They have a retired SR-71 Blackbird hanging from the ceiling in the main area, as well as fighter jets parked out front....
515 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Located in Bellevue, MokSHA is a healthy Indian restaurant with the most delicious sauces. They wake up early every morning to make all the sauces by hand, and you can taste it. The inside is clean with a great vibe and all the staff is friendly....
9600 SE 11th St, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Chism Beach Park is not far from the heart of Bellevue, but still remains somewhat off the beaten path. It's a great place for a quiet lakeside stroll, or to dip your toes in the lake in the summer months. Also, it's a great place for views across...
510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
With $30 family entry (two adults and up to four children) or $10 for adults, the Bellevue Art Museum is a great place for families looking to get out of the rain or the hustle and bustle of downtown Bellevue. The exhibits are beautiful and...
430 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Explore the world of wine at Purple, a great place for a little adventure with your partner, to celebrate, or to brighten a dark rainy winter evening. The 68-page wine list is an education in and of itself, and is updated monthly. Best value is...
10245 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
This Vietnamese restaurant on Main Street is a must. Happy hour here is a great deal, with $5 appetizers and $1.50 fresh local oysters. Their cocktails are delicious and original; they go perfectly with everything on the menu. Coming for dinner is...
503 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
I have always loved going to the conveyer belt sushi places. It’s so fun to watch the food travel past as you have to make a quick decision to take it, or wait to see what comes next. Every plate has a corresponding price, and when you are...
9703 NE Juanita Dr, Kirkland, WA 98034, USA
I love going to Kirkland and renting a paddle board on a hot summer day on Lake Washington. Kids and adults alike love having fun and staying active on the lake. Kirkland is a great place to do that. Just be sure to bring sunscreen and a towel!
14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072, USA
This outdoor concert venue is summertime must. Located in Woodinville, this Château is a wonderful place for a couple to come and enjoy some wine and watch a concert. The grounds are beautiful at the Chateau Ste, and the staff is very...
Burke-Gilman Trail, Washington, USA
Nineteen miles of paved path start at Golden Gardens in Ballard. Get a close look at the park's resident beavers—which dam the ponds on its north end—then head east along the saltwater shoreline, keeping an eye out for seals, sea...
3937 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue, WA 98006, USA
If you're on the hunt for something classic or vintage to suit that special someone, stop by Simply Chic and check out their carefully curated selection of clothing and accessories, from formal to casual (and reasonably priced—so guys, there's...
1015 108th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Probably the best specialty coffee shop in Bellevue, Cesura serves up heavenly Caffe Lusso Beans and a changing menu of other small-batch roasters. Free Wi-Fi, outlets to plug in your cell and laptop, truly delicious breakfast sandwiches, and...
12001 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005, USA
The Bellevue Botanical Garden puts a unique twist on the tradition of admiring holiday light displays with its hugely popular Garden d’Lights show. With thousands of hours of help from volunteers, the botanical garden is transformed into an...
5500 140th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005, USA
Definitely one of the best public golf courses I have visited. The grass is perfectly manicured and the holes are fun, yet challenging. For the golfer who wants to play a round, and be back to downtown in time for dinner, the Bellevue Golf Course...
10600 NE 9th Pl, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Top Pot is a Seattle area must. The staff is always friendly and kind, and the donuts and coffee are to die for. I try and go at least once a week. I love the raspberry glazed (pictured) but you can’t go wrong with anything here. They have all the...
205 105th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
I always love coming here. Located just outside of downtown Seattle, Sushi Maru is a great place for sushi. They have a conveyer belt system that brings the sushi to you, which provides for a fun lively atmosphere, and the food is small portions...
699 120th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005, USA
One of my favorite Eastside places to shop is the pan-Asian market Uwajimaya, conveniently located near downtown Bellevue. First stop is always the produce section where the veggies and fruits are high quality, reasonably priced, and artistically...
419 98th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Meydenbauer Beach Park in Bellevue is a little strip of nature running from downtown to water's edge. It's a great place to bring a picnic and sit by the lake along Meydenbauer Bay, or even go for a swim—a throwback to simpler times before the...
Mercer Slough, Bellevue, WA, USA
This nature preserve has everything. Kayaking down the slough is so peaceful and fun; it’s amazing how something so quiet can be happening in sight of downtown Bellevue. I also love running or walking on the trails and listening to the birds. Make...
700 Bellevue Way NE #280, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
If you are traveling to Bellevue or any of the surrounding areas, eating at Din Tai Fung is a must. This place is always packed, so be prepared to wait for a little while to be seated, but it is definitely worth it. If you are on a date or with...
10373 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
This pastry shop is outstanding. I try and come every time I’m on Main Street for either the chocolate mousse cake or the opera (pictured). They also have great breakfast pastries and whole cakes. Stop into Belle Pastry for a delicious sweet...
1075 Bellevue Way NE B2, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Facing East is a restaurant with a menu based on traditional Taiwanese cooking, with a modern twist. They're perhaps best known for their pork burger, but there are a number of vegetarian dishes work a look as well, not to mention traditional and...
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