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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Brewery
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“Expansive, unfussy brewpub with a deck & beer garden serving locally sourced pub grub & craft beer. A local favorite”
  • 55 locals recommend
Park
“Easy trails suitable for all ages and bicycles. Make sure you take a dip in the pools near the falls or try catching crawfish in the creek”
  • 50 locals recommend
Bar
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“Organic craft brewery with a family-friendly taproom, house brews & modern takes on classic pub fare, plus wine & cider. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Gym
“Trendy boutiques, variety of dining from old style fish ‘n chips, burgers and brews to fine dining. Lots of shopping. Make sure you stop in for some gelato.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Cinema
“3 local venues. Our local gem of an independent, community-supported theater! We adore this theater, especially their largest 2-screen location on Bay Street.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Historic beautiful theater for live performances. The architecture is incredible. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bar
“Indoor and outdoor seating (outdoor is dog friendly). Great beer and local food trucks. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Museum
“Get immersed in history and culture at Bellingham’s old own hall now converted in to the Whatcom Museum. Keep on what new exhibits are coming and or are here on the Whatcom Museum’s website.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Route
“One of our best local parks, right along Bellingham Bay. Woods Coffee is central to numerous walks connecting downtown to Fairhaven. Wide expanses of lawn for frisbee and volleyball; a band shell; this park has it all.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Lake
“ Enjoy a gentle 2.6 mile stroll on the main loop trail that goes around Lake Padden or lengthen your trip by exploring some of the short trails at the east end of the park. To find a little solitude take a turn off the beaten path to rise above the north side of the lake on a less-trodden upper trail. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“We are fortunate to have this store for many local products and produce. It has a deli for take out items, good wine and beer selection. Second location in Cordata in the north end of Bellingham”
  • 32 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“The Bellingham Farmer's Market is open every Saturday starting in April and continuing thru December, 10am to 3pm. Lot's to see, buy, eat and do. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bookshop
“A local favorite and must visit book store! Check out the view from the cafe!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Downtown eatery open for amazing breakfast and lunch with plenty of options for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. If there's a wait, its worth it!”
  • 24 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“THE. BEST. BREAKFAST. It's funky, and delicous, and enormous (the food--not the location--you'll want to get there early if you're planning for a weekend brunch). This place has our favorite bloody mary in town and has indoor or outdoor seating available. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Hand made ice cream with unusual flavors. There are a couple of dairy free options.”
  • 26 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Expansive, unfussy brewpub with a deck & beer garden serving locally sourced pub grub & craft beer. A local favorite”
  • 55 locals recommend
Bar
“Organic craft brewery with a family-friendly taproom, house brews & modern takes on classic pub fare, plus wine & cider. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Downtown eatery open for amazing breakfast and lunch with plenty of options for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. If there's a wait, its worth it!”
  • 24 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“THE. BEST. BREAKFAST. It's funky, and delicous, and enormous (the food--not the location--you'll want to get there early if you're planning for a weekend brunch). This place has our favorite bloody mary in town and has indoor or outdoor seating available. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
“Very surprising German beer selection, in fact only German styles. This one has been around since 2008 and has more of a restaurant feel than a modern brewery. The smoked Rauch bier was tasty. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Southwest hipster cuisine done right. We have loved this place for many years.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bakery
“Superb choice for pastries and a little pick-me-up coffee. It's centrally-located right there in downtown's Entertainment District.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious Italian food. Currently open from 4pm to 6pm. First come first served...no reservations ”
  • 22 locals recommend

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