Downtown Bellingham is definitely not lacking in diversity when it comes to dining. Whether you want a specific atmosphere or cuisine, you'll find it here. We're home to the Horseshoe Cafe, a 100 year old restaurant that is still serving diners 24 hours a day. You can also eat on the patio of Bayou on Bay and enjoy the best Cajun food in Whatcom County. Or if you're in the mood for sweets, cupcake cafes and bakeries are scattered all around downtown.
Downtown Bellingham is a top destination for microbrew enthusiasts, recently being named the snobbiest beer city in the nation. Our breweries are some of the best in the region, topping numerous lists and receiving accolades for many of their concoctions. Every Fall, the breweries get together and host Bellingham Beer Week, turning our downtown into the ultimate pub crawl. And now you can participate in the Bellingham Tap Trail. Grab a pint at participating breweries and pubs, get your passport stamped, and trade it in for BTT swag. Want to get a little exercise while you're brewery hopping? Book a ride on Pedal Party, and you and your friends can bike from stop to stop on this unique brewery tour.
Western Washington is known for its love of coffee, and Bellingham is no different. Except that it is constantly found on top of the lists for most number of coffee shops per capita. Recently Bellingham was ranked ninth in a national study in terms of coffee shops per capita. In downtown, you'll find over a dozen local coffee shops, brewing fair trade and organic beans. Even the caramel for your latte is made in house, personifying the phrase "heaven in a cup."
Farm to table
Our community is dedicated to supporting one another, and you won't find a better example of this than in our dining establishments. Many of them are part of the Eat Local First program, a commitment to shifting 10% of food purchases annually to food grown, raised, or caught as locally and sustainably as possible, featuring at least one ingredient or item sourced locally year round. This program was founded by our friends at Sustainable Connections, and has grown to over 50 restaurants participating and dedicating their work to promoting sustainability. You'll often find establishments posting where their bread, cheese, pastries, and meat come from, so you always will know what you're eating. To view the full list of participating businesses, visit Sustainable Connections today.
Another great way our community shows its love for one another is the Bellingham Farmers Market. Local farmers, merchants, restaurants, and musicians populate the Depot Square Market, making buying local fun and easy. A fun event for the whole family, the Downtown Farmers Market runs from every Saturday, April through Christmas. Visit their website today and learn all about the businesses involved and even learn how you can participate.