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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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“One of the OG breweries in Bellingham. The food is good, it's a great place to catch a game. The beer is safe but delish anyway.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Park
“There are three and a half miles of trails in Whatcom Falls Park. Many routes wind through the forests here, some overlooking the creek gorge and still pools. Some wind through open meadows, while others stay in deep forest. A WPA-built stone bridge greets visitors, just 100 yards from the parking area. It's a beautiful, mossy wonder that makes a great destination in and of itself, though further wandering in the park is a fantastic day outing. Connect to Bloedel Donovan Park, the Railroad Trail, or do a one-mile loop in the park by beginning in the Silver Beach Road parking area, near the stone bridge at the main falls.”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
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“Very busy place - the food is delish too. Go on a weekday for the best seats and service. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Gym
“Fun seaside community with a wide variety of restaurants, shops, brewery and during the summer,Alaska Ferry Terminal Operations. The train runs thru Fairhaven as well. Drive the scenic Chuckanut Drive to get to and from Fairhaven. Bellingham is just north as is Western Washington University.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“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.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Historic beautiful theater for live performances. The architecture is incredible. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
“The second location for Kulshan this one highlights some of their experimental beers. ”
  • 28 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.”
  • 21 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
“A hidden local gem! Great for walking/running (2.25 mi around the lake), in the summer it's my go-to swimming hole. Padden has a good dog park, lots of grills, boat rentals, a great playground, lots of space for sports, and several miles of trails that go deep into the woods. In the winter the lake sometimes freezes over. I love Padden. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“The Co-op Downtown is awesome!! Tons of local produce and products. Plus, their bakery is wonderful as well as their hot food bar! ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Bellingham Farmer's Market is a fun way to spend a Saturday. Pick up fresh flowers, local cheeses and check out local artisans and craftspeople.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bookstore
“A local favorite and must visit book store! Check out the view from the cafe!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“One of Lindsy's favorite breakfasts in town. Its so good in every way. I always get the #9 and a Half. YES PLEASE! Not Eli's favorite place, because he's a whiner and doesn't like a wait for breakfast... Also has TONS of vegetarian and vegan options for all our Veg Buddies who prove they are more planet conscientious than we are. But we try. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Funky home made breakfasts served in an iron skillet. Not for the butter- adverse.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“Hand made ice cream with unusual flavors. There are a couple of dairy free options.”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“One of the OG breweries in Bellingham. The food is good, it's a great place to catch a game. The beer is safe but delish anyway.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Bar
“Very busy place - the food is delish too. Go on a weekday for the best seats and service. ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of Lindsy's favorite breakfasts in town. Its so good in every way. I always get the #9 and a Half. YES PLEASE! Not Eli's favorite place, because he's a whiner and doesn't like a wait for breakfast... Also has TONS of vegetarian and vegan options for all our Veg Buddies who prove they are more planet conscientious than we are. But we try. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Funky home made breakfasts served in an iron skillet. Not for the butter- adverse.”
  • 29 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. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nouveau Mexican/Southwest cuisine. A Bellingham fixture for 30 years. Excellent food and ambiance.”
  • 20 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.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Absolutely our favorite Italian restaurant, hands down. Homemade pasta, everything is delicious.”
  • 17 locals recommend

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