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Neighborhood Highlight: Belltown & Downtown Seattle

Exploring Belltown & Downtown Seattle


Belltown is one of the most hip neighborhoods in Seattle with its trendy restaurants, art galleries, boutique stores, nightclubs, and high-rise residential towers.

It is home to the Art Institute of Seattle, Antioch University, Argosy University, the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and RealNetworks. It lies directly west of the Denny Triangle neighborhood, where Amazon houses its downtown headquarters, and where the Cornish College of the Arts is located.

Generally now comprised of condominium and apartment residences, there are only a handful of single-family dwellings that remain near the Belltown P-Patch.


Downtown provides one of the country’s best big-city urban experiences for visitors and residents alike, generating an important economic impact for the thousands working in arts, entertainment, hospitality and tourism.

High-rise condominium and apartment development over the past couple of decades has brought substantial residential growth to the downtown core.

Downtown Seattle is a mecca of food, shopping, lodging and activities, and its natural setting is a gorgeous backdrop for a vibrant array of events and festivals, professional sports, lively nightlife, and tourist attractions, supported by a vibrant cultural and performing arts community.

Downtown Activities

In addition to taking in a ball game at Safeco or CenturyLink Field, strolling through the sights and smells of Pike Place Public Market, or wandering along the downtown storefronts, consider these fun local venues

Enjoy a new play at the Paramount, ACT, or 5th Avenue Theatres all within easy access downtown.

Visit the Olympic Sculpture Park garden adjacent to Myrtle Edwards Park on the northern edge of the Belltown waterfront.

Wander through Centennial Park and the waterfront piers, restaurants, street trolley, and one-of-a-kind shops.

While you’re out exploring, don’t miss the Seattle Center with its newly redesigned Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, and Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Seattle Recreation

Our natural climate allows for year-round outdoor recreation, while our proximity to the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges and the waters of the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean offers a plethora of opportunity for walking, hiking, running, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, water sports, boating, and anything else you can dream of.

As such, our local parks are redesigned for a variety of recreation, and combine our natural landscape with local fascination. The Burke-Gilman Trail runs 27-miles through Seattle, Lake Shore, and the Eastern Railway corridor.

Additionally, the Washington Park Arboretum and Seattle Japanese Gardens are a beautiful addition to the Union Bay border. Fostered by the University of Washington’s botany department, the gardens consist of spectacular plants, intersecting form with natural beauty.

Check out a full list of parks at the City of Seattle website: www.Seattle.Gov.


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