Spend the Day in Bellevue, on Seattle's Eastside

Just across Lake Washington, explore art, nature and delicious Northwest food.

Taking a day to explore what Bellevue has to offer? Start with breakfast at Belle Pastry in Old Bellevue. This French bakery has a variety of croissants, Danishes and quiches as well as all your sweet favorites—buy some macaroons for a snack later in the day. Stroll around Old Bellevue before heading off to your next stop.

Before the day really heats up, walk along the more than seven miles of trails at the Mercer Slough. On Saturdays at 2 pm, there is a free guided nature walk. Along the way, stop at the blueberry farm for some fresh produce to munch on.

Bellevue Arts Museum

Alternatively, visit the Bellevue Arts Museum. This fabulous museum houses exhibits centered around art, craft and design. Visit the website for current exhibitions.

Spend the afternoon viewing public art around downtown (download a map here) or doing some shopping at The Bellevue Collection or The Shops at the Bravern.

When dinnertime rolls around, your options are endless. Check out Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar for fantastic seafood or Palomino Rustico for Italian favorites on their patio. Follow up dinner with a cocktail from Bar Code, where they often use housemade or local ingredients like the Eastside, make with Sun Liquor (on Seattle’s Capitol Hill) Gun Club Gin or the No. 5, made with house Jamaican rum.