Taking its name after one of Seattle’s first white settlers – William Nathaniel Bell, on whose land the neighborhood was built, Belltown is a high-spirited and youthful area. What used to be mainly an industrial neighborhood is nowadays home to plenty of trendy live music venues, upscale restaurants, bars, pubs, cafes and nightclubs as well as fancy boutiques and thrift shops.
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Top Attractions in Belltown
Compact and completely walkable, Belltown is, however, more of a nightlife zone, except for the 8.5 acres Olympic Sculpture Park. However, you can combine your visit to Belltown with a daytime exploration of the adjacent Seattle Center, which is much more generous when it come to sightseeing, but more dull than Belltown when the dark of the night covers the world.
Olympic Sculpture Park
Address:2901 Western Ave, Seattle
A very popular spot with the local joggers and dog-walkers, the Olympic Sculpture Park is a grassy 8.5 acres area located on the Northern edge of the Seattle seawall and operated by the Seattle Art Museum. Admission to the park is free of charge and the access is allowed from 6 AM to 11 PM.
The park designed by Weiss/Manfredi Architects first opened its doors in 2007. Its Z-shaped paths will take you through a true outdoors museum of enormous sculptures. Some of the pieces are permanent, but there are also visiting installations. The most noticeable one is Alexander Calder’s 39 feet tall Eagle. Made of red steel and weighing about a ton, this piece dates since 1971. It was originally displayed in Texas, then in Philadelphia, from where it was moved to Seattle.
Other interesting sculptures you can admire in the Olympic Park include Tony Smith’s Wandering Rocks that compose a zen garden, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, whose quirky blue sprouts bristle over Elliott Avenue, Richard Serra’s Wake, Mark di Suvero’s Bunyon’s Chess and Roy McMakin’s Love & Loss.
Myrtle Edwards Park
Address: : 3130 Alaskan Way, Seattle
If you are searching for another great outdoors spot in Belltown, look no further: Myrtle Edwards Park is the right venue for you. This 4.8-acre strip of grass and trees along Elliott Bay that takes its name after the late Seattle city councilwoman Myrtle Edwards.
Besides being a popular jogging and picnic venue as well as a great spot for views lovers, the park is every year home to Seattle Hempfest – an annual event advocating the decriminalization of marijuana. Between 1964 and 2008, Myrtle Edwards Park was host of the annual Fourth of Jul-Ivar’s celebration — one of the Fourth of July fireworks shows happening in Seattle.
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Live Music Venues in Belltown
Seattle is famous for its busy live music schedule, and Belltown with its vivid nightlife scene is no stranger to it. Here are some of the best places to attend a concert in Belltown:
|The Crocodile||Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley||Moore Theatre||Tula’s Jazz|
Address: : 2200 2nd Ave, Seattle
The locals call it the Croc. As the nickname proves it, the Crocodile is almost an institution in Seattle, being one of oldest live music venues in town as its history goes back to 1991, when it first opened its doors to the the public, just in time for the grunge explosion. Since then, the stage of this 560-capacity music venue hosted thousands of concerts, including iconic names like Nirvana, R.E.M., Beastie Boys, and Pearl Jam.
Despite a two-years break from 2007 until 2009 and a change of ownership upon re-opening, the Crocodile remains an all time favorite for all music fans in Seattle and its surroundings. On site you will find a bar, a mezzanine floor and a pizza restaurant.
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
Address: : 2033 6th Ave, Seattle
A rather small venue that can about 100 people at tables around a stage, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley has a rather hidden location behind an ugly office building. However, this is a famous live music venue, hosting plenty of top names in concerts.
The food is generally good quality. The setting is intimate, and they also validate parking.
Address: 1932 2nd Ave, Seattle
Dating since 1907, the Moore Theatre is the oldest still operating performing arts venue in Seattle. Originally designed as a luxurious social venue to serve the Seattle elite of the Gilded Age, it continues to host different types of events, including live music performances.
The musicians simply love it because of its prestige, great acoustic and perfect location.
See full list of Moore Theatre shows and book your tickets
Tula’s Jazz Club
Address: 2214 2nd Ave, Seattle
A popular restaurant and live music venue in Belltown, Tula’s Jazz Club is one of the neighborhoods’ best kept secrets.
If you are one of the connoisseurs, then you most certainly know that their events schedule is filled with interesting jazz concerts. There is one every day, from the big names to debut bands.[Image courtesy of TripAdvisor]
A rather shabby neighborhood in the past, Belltown is now clean, buzzy and hip. If you are looking for a place to eat, you should know you that any culinary dreams can come true here. Belltown is that place where you can get a fabulous meal no matter if you are willing to splurge or you are on a budget. All sorts of restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, delis and cocktail lounges line up along the streets. Ammerican? Italian? French? Asian? Take your pick and you will find out there is no shortage of good eateries in this area. Another good thing about Belltown is that you will find something to eat until very late at night. Most restaurants offer at least a pub menu until 2-3 AM.
Top Belltown Hotels
Belltown is the place to be if you want to have accommodation within walking distance from Seattle’s top attractions, and be where everything happens. The neighborhood is very lively at night time that you will never run out of things to do during the evening. However, this might turn as well into a disadvantage as the area can be rather noisy at night because of the boozy bar scene.
|Moore Hotel||Edgewater Hotel||Hotel Five||Palladian Hotel||Warwick Seattle Hotel||Ace Hotel||City Hostel|
Address: 1926 2nd Ave, Belltown, SeattleBook Your Stay
This stately Belltown hotel has a long history, dating back to the Gilded Age. It was home to Seattle visitors who came in town for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and continues to accommodate tourists looking for an old world atmosphere and a perfect location, in the immediate proximity of Pike Place Market.
Besides its convenient location providing you with easy access to Seattle’s best sightseeing areas, Moore Hotel offers very good prices. Just be aware that some of the rooms have shared bathroom.
The Edgewater Hotel
Address: 2411 Alaskan Way, Pier 67, Belltown, SeattleBook Your Stay
Looking for a 4 stars hotel that would offer you all the comfort you need? Edgewater is the perfect option. It’s location is right in the center of the city, and you will have Seattle’s top attractions within walking distance.
You can ask for a room facing Puget Sound if you want to wake up to the view of seagulls and slow-moving cruise ships. The bar is an awesome welcoming place with a wall of windows to the bay. There is also an intimate restaurant and a night club on the premises.
Address: 2200 5th Avenue, Belltown, SeattleBook Your Stay
Featuring a boutique feel and a modern urban style mixing retro 1970s style furniture items with strong color accents, Hotel Five is one of the best accommodation options in Belltown. This 3 stars hotel actually replaced the old Ramada Inn.
Palladian a Kimpton Hotel
Address: 000 Second Avenue, Belltown, SeattleBook Your Stay
A rather big hotel with 97 rooms located within a short stroll is Pike Place Public Market, Palladians makes a good choice for business travelers and tourists equally. In the rooms, you will find Frette bathrobes, a yoga mat, and an umbrella. An interesting decorative feature – there are celebrity portraits in the lobby and on bed pillows.
Warwick Seattle Hotel
Address: 401 Lenora Street, Belltown, SeattleBook Your Stay
Another 4 stars accommodation option with great location and friendly services, the Warwick Hotel is one of the 5 hotels the chain has in the US. Room have an HBO connection and are equipped with Lavazza coffee-makers.
There is also a nice restaurant on site, serving French style cuisine
Address: 2423 1st Ave, Belltown, SeattleBook Your Stay
Everything is functional here. Black and white, modern and futuristic. No superfluous decorations. A 3 stars hotel with 28 rooms and a convenient city center location, Ace Hotel offers a good value for your money.
Some of the rooms have shared bathroom, but the hotel offers plenty of private washrooms with showers.
Address: 2327 2nd Ave, Belltown, SeattleBook Your Stay
For those traveling on a budget, there is not better accommodation option in Belltown than City Hostel offering arty dorms, a welcoming atmosphere, an in-house movie theatre and a very generous buffet breakfast.
Staff is very friendly, and there are many events organized on the premises such as movie night or karaoke night. This is for sure not the regular hostel accommodation.
Belltown Self Guided Walking Tours
Highly walkable, Belltown is a nice neighborhood to discover on foot. Here are two interesting self-guided walking tours you can take to explore Belltown’s artistic side or its culinary life.
|Belltown Art Walk||Belltown Food Walk|
Belltown Art Walk
Belltown Art Walk is actually the name of a walking tour event organized every second Friday of each month by Belltown Community Center. If you prefer exploring the artistic side of Belltown on your own, here is a suggested itinerary:
– Start off with a stroll in the Olympic Sculpture Park to enjoy some sweeping views over Elliot Bay, admire some outdoors art installations and see how Seattle defines urban art;
– If you need an extra coffee, make a stop at Taste Cafe, where you can also grab a bite. They have interesting specials inspired by the museum’s collections and exhibitions;
– Head towards Seattle Glassblowing Studio, where you can admire interesting art installations, learn all about how glass is made, have a ‘Blow Your Own Glass’ hands-on experience and even enroll a glassblowing class;
– Next stop is the A/NT: A Non-Traditional Gallery;
– If you are not too tired already, Dzul Ink Lounge is also worth a detour for its regular exhibits of body art.
Belltown Food Walk
This is more of a progressive dinner party than the traditional food walking tour.
– Start your Belltown gourmet tour by enjoying some appetizers at Local 360 – a sustainable restaurant that bases its recipes on local ingredients;
– Then, sip a signature cocktail at Rob Roy. If you are still hungry, you can also grab a bite here;
– Time for some sushi: visit Chef Shiro Kashiba’s restaurant – one of the best sushi spots in Seattle.
– All good and well? How about some Italian? Full already! You need to taste at least the desserts – at Branzino they are made by hand in-house;
– End of tour? Not before you unwind at Black Bottle Gastrotavern.