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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
“A beautiful park which features lots of trails which meander along Whatcom Creek; historic bridge; tennis courts; fish hatchery; play grounds.”
  • 49 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
“Fairhaven Village boasts many many activities: restaurants, arts galleries, bookstores, pubs, clothing stores, toy stores, etc. Village Books is a favorite browsing spot and is connected to Paper Dreams if shopping for gifts. There is so much to do and see within a 3 block area, you might spend an entire day here.”
  • 51 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. ”
  • 33 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.”
  • 25 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 ”
  • 21 locals recommend

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