6.9 out of 10

Belltown

Ranked 38th best neighborhood in Seattle
47.6156723867651 -122.346660199119
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Public Transport
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Families with kids
  • Hipsters

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
Apr 07, 2016

"Excellent restaurants & Seattle’s best downtown park"

Some of my colleagues and I occasionally like to head over to Belltown after work for a happy hour. It’s nice to get out of South Lake Union for a change, and there are quite a few enjoyable options.

My recommendations:

**Wasabi Bistro for high quality sushi and sake

**Blueacre Seafood has delicious, fresh $1 oysters on the half shell for happy hour!

**For a waterfront view in a lush setting, the Six Seven in the Edgewater does a decent happy hour. The best part is the patio in the summer!

**Tavolata for georgeous, homemade Italian. The happy hour is wonderful, and the pasta is handmade. It’s an Ethan Stowell restaurant, so I wasn’t surprised that it was so good!

I also love how Belltown is walkable! Though Bell Street does allow vehicles, it’s designed to discourage traffic, which means that all the restaurants have added plants and outdoor seating, giving it a very cute neighborhood feel. Plus, some restaurants will let you tie your dog up just outside the patio areas in the summer, so you can bring your pooch with you for lunch and still have them in sight.

More than the restaurants in Belltown, I adore the Sculpture Park. It is a long stretch of land along the waterfront, starting at Broad Street and continuing for at least a half mile along the shore to the north. It’s a very peaceful place, with paved paths, beaches, and grassy areas. I am a regular visitor in the summer. I also have to mention Belltown’s off-leash dog park. It’s not the biggest or the best, but it’s still nice to have one in the middle of the city.

I must admit that I wouldn’t want to live here, as it’s a bit too urban for me. I prefer a little more space and quiet. However, it is quite enjoyable for regular visits.
Pros
  • Sculpture park
  • Great nightlife
  • Unique dining choices
Cons
  • Difficult parking
  • Loud environment
4/5
Mar 23, 2016

"Locals nightlife"

Belltown can be a fun place to go out. It’s close enough to walk to from Lower Queen Anne if I want a more locals scene that’s not full of tourists or jam-packed from some event. I definitely prefer the nightlife scene on Capitol Hill, but it’s so easy to go to Belltown instead I go there sometimes instead.

For dancing the main place is Foundation Nightclub. Last fall they were closed for like a month to do a huge remodel so it’s way nicer than it used to be. It was kinda grimy before. But the downside is that since it’s the only nightclub in Belltown (and really downtown except a couple in Pioneer Square), it gets CRAZY crowded. Guys basically have to get there by 10 or 11. Girls have an easier time getting in because usually there are too many guys haha. It’s not as big as the other dance places in Seattle, but it’s ok. The DJs I’ve seen there have been decent. They usually are EDM with trap, house, or trance focus.

Sarajevo is kind of a locals secret. It’s a Mediterranean restaurant by day, and on weekend nights it becomes a dance club. Fridays are latin nights and Saturdays European/Greek/Baltic night. I’ve been twice on Saturdays and had fun. The food is really good too.

For pubs I like Spitfire for a sports bar with burgers and regular pub grub. They play a ton of sports, not just football or baseball so that’s cool. I like to catch hockey or soccer here. Roccos is decent for pizza and beer.
Pros
  • Great nightlife
4/5
Mar 16, 2016

"The famous Crocodile"

Usually the only reason I head to this part of town is The Crocodile. It’s definitely one of my favorite venues in Seattle. Even though it’s no secret how good it is, which can make tickets hard to get, I always love coming to this place. They curate the shows really well, the sound system is good, and it’s small enough to always get a good view close to the musicians.

Tula’s Jazz Café is probably worth a mention, though I don’t think I’d spend the entire night here (jazz isn’t my top choice). But they do put on some high quality shows. They could improve the ambience, sometimes having a restaurant also be a music venue is hard to do.

There are also lots of good places to grab a meal around here, it’s overall a fun place for an evening.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Dec 23, 2015

"Belltown: Perfect for young professionals who dream of downtown living."

Belltown is just north of downtown and since no one really lives in downtown Seattle, you’ll find many young professionals living in Belltown. The neighborhood is very walkable and has plenty of restaurants and bars, and is very close to major Seattle Attractions. If you’re the type of person that dreams of walking everywhere and living in a high rise condo with amazing water views is your dream home; Belltown could be a perfect place to call home.

Most people who are considering living in Belltown are young professionals that work downtown. The biggest perk of living in Belltown is how walkable it is. According to WalkScore.com it’s the 3rd most walkable neighborhood. Everything is a short walk away, places like Pike Place Market, downtown shopping, a plethora of restaurants, and great nightlife are all nearby. Plus the buses and light rail are all close it’s easy to get out of the neighborhood or get to the airport.

Living in Belltown is a complete urban affair. There are zero house here, but there are plenty of high rise modern condos. The good news is that condo prices are cheaper than the rest of Seattle. According to Zillow, the median home value is $404,500. That actually sounds pretty low to me, but that doesn’t include parking and HOA fees which are not cheap. Renting is on par with other Seattle neighborhoods, starting at $1,200 and up. The average 1 bedroom will probably be $1,800 plus parking if you need it; I’ve seen parking cost up to $250 per month in the neighborhood. Most condos and apartments in Belltown have full amenities with outdoor spaces. Since Belltown is so close to the water the views and sunsets are amazing.

Some of my favorite places in Belltown are:

Rocco’s Pizza: Awesome pizza by the slice and a great bar.

Some Random Bar: Modern twist on pub food.

Local 360: PNW diner with a cool atmosphere and good classic food.

Bathtub Gin: Tiny cocktail bar. A great date spot. Local tip: the entrance is in the alley

Dahlia Bakery: Amazing pastries, operated by Seattle’s favorite chef, Tom Douglass. Try the donuts they fry them to order.

Olympic Sculpture Park: Modern park that hosts events right on the water with the Olympic Mountains set as a stunning backdrop. Watch a sunset here.

Cinerama: Probably the best movie theater in Seattle. You can buy tickets online and reserve your exact seat!

With great views and lot’s to see and do Belltown is pretty good, but it does come with some downsides. The biggest downside is crime. Drugs and violent crimes are regularly on the local news. The nightlife is really geared toward the younger 20 to early 30s crowd (read clubs) so it can get loud into the late hours. Traffic is only bad during rush hours, but finding street parking is very challenging boarding on nonexistent.

Belltown is perfect for singles and young couples who work downtown. Anyone that dreams of living in a 50 story loft condo with Puget Sound sunset views will enjoy living here too. The neighborhood is one of the best for walkability and is so close to all the action Seattle offers.
Pros
  • Proximity to downtown
  • Great nightlife
  • Unique dining choices
Cons
  • Crime
  • Drugs
  • Difficult parking
  • Lack of single family homes
  • Loud environment
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Dec 02, 2015

"A fun, social neighborhood with great nightlife and the famous Crocodile"

In Seattle’s core city center, Belltown is probably the best hub for food and living. It's certainly much better than what's considered Seattle's official "downtown," which is just South of Belltown. To the West is Puget Sound, and to the North is Queen Anne neighborhood, South Lake Union, and the Seattle Center. To the East, Belltown just touches Capitol Hill. So even geographically, it's a hub.

Housing:
Belltown is juuuuust on the edge of affordability with rent. It’s still out of most people’s price range, but far better than downtown. I can see the appeal for those who work right downtown, because your commute would be a very pleasant, short morning walk. No hassle with cars or buses. But if you do have a car, keep in mind that rent prices usually won’t include garage parking, which can easily run $200+ a month, so factor that in, because garages are your only option here. Speaking of, you’ll only find apartments and condos in Belltown. For single-family homes you’ll have to get further from the city center.

Food and Nightlife:
There’s no doubt that Belltown is a great place to go out, especially for 20- and 30-somethings. “Downtown” Belltown runs along Bell Street, which has been converted into a mostly-walking street, though you’ll still have to cross busy streets. If you’re in the mood for eating out but not sure what, you can walk around this area and find some tasty options. I like Mama’s Mexican Kitchen—the food’s not anything mind-blowing, but the atmosphere is fun and the service is quick. Biscuit Bitch is always a good option for comfort food, and there are new little places popping up regularly. There are also quite a few decent restaurants along first and second.

And after dinner, you’ll find plenty of bars and several nightclubs nearby. You have to make it at least once to The Crocodile, which is famous for having great live music. And that's saying something in Seattle. Some of the bands they’ve hosted are The Beastie Boys, The Head and the Heart, and Minus the Bear, to name a few.

Safety:
The one downside is that Belltown has a reputation for not being the safest place to walk around after the bars close. But hey, it’s a city. And I personally think that’s more of a misguided reputation that has stuck long after this neighborhood has evolved. Part of this is simply Seattle’s layout—there are highway overpasses that you have to walk under. In Belltown, that means going under highway 99. But unless you’re going to Foundation Nightclub, there’s really no reason to walk that far, as most restaurants and bars are North-East of there.

Parks:
In my opinion, the best part about Belltown is the Sculpture Park. Nestled along the waterfront, this large green space is full of sculptures, as you’d expect, and it also has paved walking and biking paths. There are even a few small, natural sand beaches that are open to the public, right in the city. In the summer, there are *free* community exercise classes that are actually pretty good. Free yoga overlooking Puget Sound? Yes please.
Pros
  • Waterfront park
  • Proximity to downtown
  • Great nightlife
Cons
  • Difficult parking
  • Loud environment
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Nov 24, 2015

"Underrated Gem"

I have lived in Belltown for over a year, and have to say that it is probably one of my favorite places to spend time, especially as most people assume it's far more dodgy and unsafe than it really is.

Yes, you will run into some people who are sleeping rough, and yes, there is a fair amount of low-income housing in this area; these things have helped Belltown retain some of the historically significant buildings in the area that are being smashed away in other parts of Seattle.

Several of the streets are top notch for food and bars; you can tell this based on the super hip joints that keep popping up, and the fact that many restaurateurs and owners continue to add new establishments near their existing ones.

There are rough areas, but the proximity to... everything! plus all the necessary amenities make it hard to deny that Belltown is a great place to live and spend time.
Pros
  • Proximity to downtown
  • Great accommodations
  • Great nightlife
  • Interesting historic sites
  • Unique dining choices
Cons
  • Lack of single family homes
  • Difficult parking
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
Nov 13, 2015

"Restaurants and nightlife for young professionals"

Belltown contains a wealth of great restaurants and nightlife options. If you're under 30 and looking for a night out, chances are fairly good that you'll end up in this neighborhood at a place like Amber. Ohana, which offers great sushi deals, is my favorite happy hour in the city.

The neighborhood is a bit rough in parts, and it's likely you'll come across a strange character or two if you're out and about late night - or even during the day. It's definitely not a place you go for peace and quiet. That said, I wouldn't say it's an unsafe area.
Pros
  • Nightlife
  • Restaurants
  • Proximity to downtown
Cons
  • Lack of single family homes
  • Loud environment
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"The Most Active Late Night Seattle Community"

Walking the streets of Belltown late at night on any given weekend could fool anyone into believing they were on the "strip" near a college campus. This place has rightfully earned top seat in Seattle for late night bar activity. In fact, recently, police forces have beefed up numbers to patrol the area on weekends due to fights. However, do not be alarmed, because most of this activity happens during early morning hours. It is safe to visit the neighborhood during the day and early evening.

Where exactly is Belltown? It forms a triangle, more or less, being bordered on the north by Denny Way (Except a slice along the water that includes part of Myrtle Edwards Park), the west by Puget Sound, the south by Olive Way and the east by Interstate 5.

History

Named after William Nathaniel Bell (http://bitly.com/bqcRuP), the neighborhood has been built on artificially flattened land from a regrading project (http://bitly.com/aONYnk). Belltown has emerged as a trendy collective, much different from its roots as a semi-industrial arts district. Two generations of “Film Row” existed here, including both silent films and “talkies”. There are just a few remaining structures, including the McGraw-Kittenger Case Building which used to house MGM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MGM).

Demographics and Income

Large families may not quickly seek out Belltown as a place to live, with only three percent of households having children. Singles, predominantly males, account for 54% of the population. The median age of 39 can be deceiving, considering the intense weekend party scene. The majority of residents are in their 20s to early 30s, with Whites being the largest ethnicity. Incomes are almost $10,000 less than the Seattle average.

Culture

The social scene, as indicated above, is intense. Many people in their twenties and thirties flock here, enjoying virtually no commute to the office. For some young adults who do not reside here, Belltown becomes an after-work destination before going home at night. Rightly so, with its vast array of eating establishments, pubs and entertainment spots. The high presence of apartment and condo high rises set the stage for a youthful, transient, and thrill-seeking community.

Real Estate

At an average 835 Sq. Ft. per home, most men and women are not buying (30%) or renting (70%) for stay-at-home existences. Virtually all dwellings are condos or apartments, with the exception of eleven single family homes. Home values have dropped sharply since June 2007, losing over $100,000.

Local Business Tour (Restaurants, Pubs, Coffee Houses and other Amenities)

Restaurants seem to emerge overnight here, with at least 50 in the area (http://bitly.com/9uXoEU). A favorite of my family's is the Old Spaghetti Factory (http://osf.com) on Elliott Avenue, just up from the Olympic Sculpture Park (http://bitly.com/9CZk4J). It is housed in an older brick building, giving it that "industrial" feel. Three nightlife destinations which are popular are The Lava Lounge (http://mamas.com/lavalounge), The Rendezvous (http://rendezvousseattle.com) and The Crocodile Cafe (http://thecrocodile.com). Other restaurants and pubs include: Boat Street Cafe (http://boatstreetcafe.com) - The food of French grandmothers made of the freshest local ingredients; The 5 Point Cafe (http://the5pointcafe.com) - The longest run family eatery in Seattle; Petra Mediterranean Bistro (http://petrabistro.com) - Authentic tastes of Jordan, Lebanon, Greece, Turkey and more; Mistral Kitchen (http://mistral-kitchen.com) - A 5,000 Sq. Ft. dining mecca featuring the creations of Chef Belickis; Cafe Amore (http://tasteofamore.com) - Serving authentic Italian cuisine with the highest quality ingredients; Spitfire (http://spitfireseattle.com) - A Bar and Grill serving a tasty variety, boasting room for viewing sporting events and hosting parties; and Tandoori Hut (http://tandoorihutofseattle.com) - A family-owned establishment, featuring the finest Indian cuisine.

For those on a budget, or want to merely enjoy a good cup of coffee, will enjoy their choice of several coffee houses. A couple of my favorite are Top Pot Doughnuts (http://toppotdoughnuts.com) and Uptown Espresso (http://uptownespresso.net). Others include: Bedlam Coffee (http://bedlamite.com), Cherry Street Coffee House (http://cherryst.com) - A Middle Eastern flair to the coffee experience, and Motore Coffee (http://motorecoffee.com) - Exceptional coffee, espresso, pastries, tea, panini, beer and wine. A good list of art stores and galleries can be found, again at http://belltown.org, including the Art Institute of Seattle (http://artinstitutes.edu/seattle). Many other shopping categories exist also. In the software realm, Belltown protects the rights to the RealNetworks (http://real.com) headquarters. Others include: SEO Increase (http://seoincrease.com), Browsera (http://browsera.com), Avanade (http://avanade.com), and CampusCE (http://campusce.com).

Accommodations

Hotels are no strangers to Belltown, nor is the quality contained within them. A running list of several in the area: Edgewater Hotel (http://edgewaterhotel.com) - Seattle’s only luxury waterfront hotel located on Pier 67; Seattle Marriott Waterfront (http://bitly.com/9OSBoT) - Across from Pier 66—a 345 room, 11,000 sq ft meeting room grandiose experience; Four Seasons Hotel (http://fourseasons.com/seattle) - 147 rooms of amenity-packed bliss, located on Puget Sound; The Moore Hotel (http://moorehotel.com) - A 100+ year tradition of affordability and comfort, not lacking charm—not to mention the adjoining theater (http://stgpresents.org); Hotel Andra (http://hotelandra.com) - Featuring water, woods and stone elements—with Scandinavian design; Warwick Seattle Hotel (http://warwickwa.com) - A 230 room paradise, featuring splendid views of the Space Needle; Mayflower Park Hotel (http://mayflowerpark.com) - An inviting European elegance, built in 1927; The Westin Seattle (http://bitly.com/a5av4N) - An 891 smoke-free tower, situated between the Seattle Convention Center (http://wsctc.com) and Pike Place Market (http://pikeplacemarket.org); Hotel Max (http://hotelmaxseattle.com) - An uncanny artistic accommodation; Pan Pacific Hotel (http://bitly.com/bIye2n) - One of the top 25 luxury hotels in the United States; and Emerald City Suites (http://emeraldcitysuites.com) - Professionally decorated, right down to the martini glasses.

Schools and Recreation Facilities

Recreation is close at hand, with the Olympic Sculpture Park (http://bitly.com/9CZk4J) and Myrtle Edwards Park (http://bitly.com/bFhWJN) in the northwest corner of the community. Bikers and walkers enjoy this coastal green space, which extends along the waterfront for over a mile. The Seattle Center (http://seattlecenter.com), including the Space Needle (http://spaceneedle.com), is located to the north. Gardeners smile at the presence of a P-Patch near Cottage Park (http://bitly.com/9qOKNX), which is also on the block that includes the last eleven single family homes in downtown. A wide variety of education institutions season Belltown, including: Argosy University (http://argosy.edu/locations/seattle) - Offering degrees in Psychology, Education, Health Sciences and more; Mars Hill Graduate School (http://mhgs.edu) - Studies in Counseling Psychology, Divinity and Christian Studies; La Scuola Italiana (http://scuolaseattle.com) - Affordable Italian language instruction with small classes (8-10 students); Antioch University Seattle (http://antiochsea.edu) - Exclusive focus on adult learners, with a small student body of 900 students; and Cornish College of the Arts (http://cornish.edu) - One of only a handful of performing and visual arts colleges in the nation, boasting nonprofit status.

Medical Facilities

Looking towards health, Belltown, as with other amenities, offers a wide range of body-enhancing services. Here’s a bird’s eye view: UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinic (http://bitly.com/9l4CWn) - A long list of services, with the quality expected from the UW Medicine family; Oriental Medical Center (http://orientalmedicalcenter.com) - Founded by Dr. Yajuan Wang in 1992, specializing in acupuncture and herbal therapy; U.S. Health Works Medical Group (http://ushealthworks.com) - Helping employers control work-related injury costs with quality medical care; and Path (http://path.org) - A nonprofit organization that provides the appropriate health technologies for breaking cycles of poor health.

Spiritual Centers and Churches

In recent years, vibrant spiritual communities have emerged in the neighborhood: The City Church (http://thecity.org) - An autonomous, self-governing local church with a diverse congregation founded by Wendell Smith; Mars Hill Church/Belltown Campus (http://downtownseattle.marshillchurch.org) - An explosively growing church, founded by Seattle Native, Mark Driscoll; Church of Mary Magdalene (http://churchofmarymagdalene.org) - A Christian ministry with homeless women; Downtown Cornerstone Church (http://downtowncornerstone.org) - Building churches, one city at a time; Gethsemane Lutheran Church (http://urbanfaith.org) - Offering aid and services to those most in need since 1885; and Christ our Hope Catholic Church (http://christourhopeseattle.org) - Centered on volunteers, service, outreach and inclusion.

Access

Sometimes referred to as the “Denny Triangle” (http://dennytriangle.org), Belltown has a plethora of options when it comes to entering or leaving the neighborhood. The obvious “giants” are Interstate 5 and Highway 99, when commuting north or south. The interstate can be reached via Olive Way (northbound) or by Howell Street (southbound). Highway 99 is obtainable either at the corner of Bell Street and Western Avenue or, to the north, at Aurora Avenue and Denny Way. Many of the surface streets are in fact arterial passages, for reaching any destination within or outside of the city limits. The mass transit system (http://metro.kingcounty.gov) is exceptional, with several bus routes above and below the surface. Recently, the light rail service (http://soundtransit.org) enabled an unhindered ride to Southern Seattle, Tukwila (http://bitly.com/f1jESZ) and even the Sea-Tac International Airport (http://portseattle.org/seatac).

Summary

Residential living consists primarily of high-rise condominiums and apartments. A great option for singles and young married couples, but not especially for families. Even though housing accommodations are not ideal for all seasons of life, Belltown still offers a plethora of venues and activities for singles and families alike.
Pros
  • Great nightlife
  • Great accommodations
  • Proximity to downtown
  • Unique dining choices
  • Interesting historic sites
Cons
  • Difficult parking
  • Lack of single family homes
  • Loud environment
  • High traffic volumes on arterial streets
  • More expensive housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Where all the cool kids play"

Belltown is for the kids. And I don’t mean the kids as in nuclear family, mother-father-baby, looking for a preschool sort of kids. I mean the kids who like to drink, smoke, stay out all night, and generally heed the advice of their parents so they can do the opposite type of kids. Belltown is a haven for twenty-somethings that has all raucous, late-night partying of a college town without a school to get in the way. The neighborhood is generally set up to abide the youths: it’s easy to walk everywhere and living expenses are brought down by being on the Seattle city power grid (which cheapens up the energy bill nicely). Of course, since everyone wants to live here, the money you save from gas and power may just be going to your landlord. You’ll have to make an effort to reconcile price against value for housing in this area.

You’re not allowed to go to Belltown unless you like the nightlife; there, I said it. Some of the most significant clubs in Seattle are in the area, like the Crocodile Café and El Corazon. But definitely don’t miss out on spectacular lounges and cocktail bars like Amber, Trinity, Karma Lounge, or just head over to Blarney Stone for a pint and call it good.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
2yrs+

"Looking for Nightlife? Belltown is the place to be."

If you want nightlife, than you want to be in Belltown. Considered one of the “hotspots” in nightlife this area is always jumping when the sun goes down. Home of the famous Crocodile, after a short closure this venue helped launched some of the most famous grunge bands around like Pearl Jam and Nirvana. But if live music isn’t your scene Belltown Billiards & Lounge or Re-bar are great places to hang out with friends or dance the night away at. Belltown also hosts some great restaurants like Wasabi Bistro and Mama’ Mexican Kitchen or have a drink at Tiki Bobs Cantina or go to all of them in one evening, as they are all within easy walking distance from each other.

Belltown is just a nightlife area though, it also hosts to some interesting, if not odd, public sculptures like the windswept umbrella at Lenora Street or the head scratching Beckoning Cistern at Western Avenue. Also the Olympic Sculpture Park calls Belltown home, owned by the Seattle Art Museum this park host a variety of sculptures and it’s free for everyone to enjoy.

As of late, Belltown has been getting a reputation of being a little sketchy at night so don’t be alarmed if you see more Seattle Police roaming the streets than usual, this is in an effort to keep Belltown a happening, safer place to be and be seen.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Expensive, trendy section of downtown, with the worst reputation"

Hearing of a shooting in the Belltown section of Seattle has become almost commonplace in recent years. The area of the city is fun and vibrant, though apartments and condos in the area are astronomically expensive. Since it's nearly in the heart of the city, a few high rises have close or indirect views of Puget Sound, the Space Needle and other buildings within the city.

There are some great nightlife spots in Belltown and the architecture of the area, though not as nice as that of Pioneer Square and old Seattle, is fun and ecclectic. Many "famous" clubs and nighttime hangouts can be found in Belltown, such as the Crocodile Cafe, Belltown Billiards, the Re-bar and Venom, making Belltown one of the most attractive areas for night crawlers and club-hoppers.

There are also some terrific little restaurants in Belltown that serve up some absolutely delicious cuisine, not to mention some of the best cocktails you'll find in Seattle. Overall, a great place to shop, eat and play, but not what I'd choose for a home.
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Vibrant Nightlife - Great For Those Looking For Fun!"

Just South of downtown, Belltown is one of the most lively areas of the city. Close to everything, residents of Belltown enjoy plenty of shopping and dining opportunities within walking distance. Located on the waterfront, Belltown is bounded by Denny Way on the north side, Elliott Bay to the southwest, Virginia Street on the southeast, and 5th Avenue on the northeast. Once a low-rent and semi industrial district, today Belltown is known as a trendy neighborhood with a vibrant nightlife.

Belltown is culturally diverse with a wide array of boutiques, cafes, and gourmet restaurants. You can find every kind of cuisine imaginable here. The epicenter of Seattle's cultural scene, the new Olympic Sculpture Park is located here.

As for nightlife, Belltown is one of the most popular disricts of the city among twenty-somethings. The Crocodile Cafe, legendary for hosting well-known rock and roll names, is located here, as is the Moore Theatre, one of the oldest concert halls in the city. Belltown is also walking distance to the Pike Place Market and downtown business district. If you are visiting Seattle and want to see as much as possible, you want to stay in Belltown.

If you're looking to live in Belltown, you're in luck. This downtown neighborhood offers condo living and artist lofts in a range of prices. Those lucky enough to live in a high-rise building can enjoy views of the Space Needle, downtown Seattle, and Elliot Bay. Those living in Belltown can often do without cars thanks to the expansive bus system – much of Belltown is in Seattle's free bus zone, and there are numerous lines leading from Belltown to other areas of the city. There is even a Belltown P-Patch, giving condo-bound residence opportunities to create a garden. Belltown is a great place to visit and to live.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
2yrs+

"Home of the famed Crocodile Cafe"

Belltown is Seattle and Seattle is Belltown. I love this place. Have lived here when I was younger, right out of college, and absolutely love going back. The location itself is not beautiful, which is why I chose to raise my family in a much greener and suburban area, but Belltown does make up for it by being perfectly situated!

Shops, great restaurants like Dahlia and Lola, and an over abundance of doughnut shops make Belltown a popular area. Also, it is close to everything. I remember looking out my condo window at the Space Needle. The views are some of the best in the city, but you will have to pay a price.

As for nightlife, Belltown is the place. The famous, or infamous, Croc (Crocodile Cafe) can be found in the neighborhood. The greasy ambience will fool you though because they offer some great bands. Back in the day, this is the place I first saw Pearl Jam, REM and Nirvana play.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Perfect Place for the 20 something"

After having lived in over 20 cities across the US, Belltown is still the one I miss the most. The first thing that comes to mind is the great restaurant and bar choices that are all within walking distance. Trust me, it is a very rare thing in the US that you can simply walk from your apartment to tons of great food & drinks places.
Although the one place that really stood out is definitely Macrina's Bakery on 1st Avenue. It is no doubt the best brunch place ever! I cannot think of a better Sunday morning than strolling over to Macrina's and grabbing some brunch with a few friends. The only bad part is that the restaurant is quite tiny so the maximum people you can take with you are usually 2-3. Any more than that, you'll probably have to sit at different tables. Then after brunch, I would always grab a loaf of freshly baked bread from Macrina and head home happy and totally satisfied!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Classic and trendy city living"

This lively, trendy downtown neighborhood offers the best in condo living and artist lofts. It sits over Elliot Bay and is home to the splashiest sunset views over the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Belltown is also a hop skip and a jump from Pike Place Market, and walking distance to the downtown business district, Seattle Center, and the foot of Queen Anne Hill.

A Belltown residence’s backyard has the most up-to-date nightlife alongside some of Seattle’s old faithful venues. The Moore Theatre, for example, is a historic concert hall on Second Avenue. A lively array of boutiques, galleries, cafes, thrift stores, salons and restaurants are all within a stone’s throw. Dining options range from thrifty international fare to high-end Seattle cuisine. Sidewalk dining springs to life during fair weather months.

Belltown is bonafide city living. Everything here is within walking distance. Which means locals can keep their cars parked for days, or not even own one. One added bonus of cosmopolitan living is access to many bus lines, and a lot of Belltown is in the city’s free bus zone. If you live in Belltown and work in a different neighborhood, you will have quick access to Interstate 5, Highway 99, and a the Seattle Metro bus system.

If you want to get out of Belltown, you can hop in a cab and take a five dollar cab ride to a different neighborhood. Belltown is just minutes from Capitol Hill, Uptown, Downtown, and Denny Triangle.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees

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Best Streets in Belltown

1

Cedar St

4/5
"The Heart of Downtown"
47.6169736708603 -122.349102715472
2

Elliott Ave

4/5
"Great Relaxing Drive"
47.6133217907409 -122.350391945567
3

5th Ave

4/5
"Great Shopping Street!"
47.6158287496362 -122.342722180221
4

Denny Way

3.5/5
"Great street with a big playground"
47.618546691934 -122.342263624975
5

1st Ave

3.5/5
"Filled with history and nightlife, it's my kinda town!"
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6

2nd Ave

3.5/5
"2nd Ave- for Walking, Shopping or Eating"
47.6167323203572 -122.350208805445
7

Wall St

2.5/5
"No financial district found here"
47.6156062023854 -122.347571451056
8

Westlake Ave

2.5/5
"Lots of traffic in the heart of downtown"
47.614667194266 -122.337714045388

Unranked Streets in Belltown

Bell St

3.5/5
"A very clean place"
47.6154319328113 -122.343853318068

Blanchard St

2.5/5
"Terrific if you are on your way out of the downtown or to the University."
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