Bellevue, Bundled

[trip style = weekend getaway + urban]

{Editor's Note: A few weeks ago we published some IMG_FRI photos of a small-batch coffee shop in Bellevue, WA hinting there was more to come. Following yesterday's Roam+Board featuring a health hotel in Bellevue, I give you: what's cool in the sub/urban city just outside of Seattle.}

Sometimes you need a trip style = urban + weekend getaway that's easy -- an auto-pilot escape.

For Vancouverites, one such escape is Bellevue, WA. If your goal is to shop, eat out and explore a little on the side, this entertainment destination has got you covered. Everything is close, walkable and bundled into a smart little package.

One of the main reasons people hit up Seattle instead of Bellevue is the city vs. suburb draw. Yet in the last few years, Bellevue has shifted to a city destination of its own. Here are some its indie, urban finds to whet your palate.

Breakfast - Chace's Pancake Corral - Tie up your horse car and gobble a few flapjacks sour cream waffles and hash brown omelets at this wild, wild western breakfast saloon. A Bellevue institution since 1958, this diner has a steady flow of high ratings on Urbanspoon and yelp.

Coffee - Cafe Cesura - If a Yaletown loft, '50s Palm Springs rancher and Intelligentsia Coffeebar had a baby, this is what it would look {and taste} like.

Happy Hour - Lot No. 3 - A dimly lit den where Bellevue's cool cats gather for happy hour or late-night drinks and nibble on {a new take on} comfort food. Try the baked pretzel and homemade mustard dipping sauce paired with a respectable selection of craft beer and cocktails.

Dinner - Monsoon East - Saigon-inspired Vietnamese cuisine with a dash of Pacific Northwest. Perch yourself at the Ocean Bar to marvel at the open-concept kitchen's fresh ingredients and pace.

PS - Don't forget to visit the Bellevue Arts Museum for the famed Gorge Nelson show {on until Feb 12th}. Hailed as "pure furniture porn for mid-century modernists" by Brian Miller, Seattle Weekly.

See more of TS's do/eat/stay Bellevue picks here.

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[photos by @tripstyler & restaurant websites]