Things to Do in Kirkland, Bellevue and Redmond

A triple play of delights in Metro Seattle's east side.

The communities on the eastern shore of Lake Washington—known to locals as the Eastside—are where you’ll find some of metro Seattle’s most buzzed-about destinations.

In Kirkland, start the day around Lake Washington. Wildlife watchers can see blue herons and eagles at 110-acre Juanita Bay Park and Urban Wildlife Habitat. And in Bellevue, the 53-acre Bellevue Botanical Garden is a blooming wonderland. To the east, Redmond’s Marymoor Park hosts the state’s only velodrome.

Plenty of refinements await indoors, too. For a date with the Seattle Opera, head to the 402-seat Kirkland Performance Center. And for some well-earned retail therapy, Kirkland’s Park Lane offers contemporary fashion and consignment boutiques.

Similarly, Bellevue is its own one-stop urban vacation. The Bellevue Collection and the Shops at the Bravern are anchored by national retail chains like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

For dinner, snag a coveted reservation at Kirkland’s Café Juanita for decadent Northern Italian fare. Fresh-shucked oysters are the calling card of Redmond’s Matts’ Rotisserie and Oyster Lounge. And in Bellevue, Monsoon East dazzles diners with a modern fusion of European and Vietnamese cuisine.

—Jenny Lynn Zappala

Photo: Courtesy of Monsoon East in Bellevue