Ditch the car: walkability, proximity and more than 100 eating spots.
Live in a high-rise condominium or apartment with views that can include the city, the mountains or the Puget Sound. This is one of Seattle's most walkable areas - and most densely populated - so no car needed. Pick up a Car2Go or Zipcar instead, when needed. Belltown offers lots of off-the wall stores, plus a wide range of music venues and other nightlife options. The north end of Belltown is quieter while the south end is hyper in the evenings. The only playground in Belltown at Regrade Park is not for kids - it's an off-leash play area for dogs.
Bordering on other downtown neighborhoods including the retail center and Pike Place Market, Belltown offers easy access to the waterfront. To the north is lower Queen Anne and to the east is Denny Triangle.
Full of new high rises and condominiums that have been built in the past decade, Belltown is full of some of the city’s best hot spots. With affluent city dwellers choosing this area as one of their favorite places to live, there are all walks of life and apartment options to fit everyone.
Belltown is in Seattle Public School District V and has quick and easy access to schools from grades K-12 in the surrounding neighborhoods, as most residents here do not have children. Private education is also an option with schools all over Seattle to fit your children's needs.
landmarks & Scenes
The Barnes Building and the Austin A. Bell Building whip you back into the 1890s, yet you are close by to new condominiums and apartments. The summertime means lots of restaurants and bars with open patios facing the street which makes for great people watching.
Food & Drink:
Where to start? It's all here from low-brow diner to the newest "It" restaurant. You'll find gastropubs, hometown boy Tom Douglas' burgeoning empire of restaurant from Serious Pie to Brave Horse Tavern and Tanaka San. There are lots of independent coffee shops and bars, both dive and up-market.
Esoteric sums up shopping in Belltown. You can go to a map store, mid-century furniture store, pet supply store (of course!), consignment or an army surplus store that stocks camping and survival gear. Warning: no large grocery stores here.
‘There’s the Big Picture Movie Theater, the classic Moore Theater or Tula's for jazz. You can take dance or yoga classes, check out the art galleries, and of course, the mandatory visits to the iconic Cinerama and the Crocodile.
Sports & Outdoors:
The only playground in Belltown at Regrade Park is not for kids - it's an off-leash play area for dogs. Have a picnic at the Olympic Sculpture Park and watch the sun go down over the Olympics across the Puget Sound. Watch the sailboat races or go for a long walk or run along the waterfront.
Arts & Culture:
The Olympic Sculpture Park is open to the public and free. The Crocodile, started in the grunge era, claims to be the best live music venue in Seattle. Street art abounds. Cinerama Movie Theater is only one of three left in the world, totally tech updated to bring it into the 21st century.
A 1912 statue of Chief Seattle in Tillicum Place welcomes visitors. The Old Spaghetti Factory by the waterfront is housed in a 1902 fish packing factory with post and beam architecture, and totally kid friendly. Go afterwards to the tiny beach at Myrtle Edwards Park just north of the Sculpture Park.