With lows in the 20’s and wind chill making it feel like single-digit weather in Downtown Bellevue, many of us this week were looking for ways to warm up! There are plenty of places to cozy up by a fire and ways to warm up your winter. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Hot Beverages From hot chocolate to hot toddies, warm drinks are perfect for the holiday season and frigid temperatures.
    Starbucks: Caramel Brulee Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Latte, Caramel Apple Spice, or Signature Hot Chocolate
    Tully’s: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Egg Nog Latte, Gingersnap Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Cherry Cordial Mocha, or Ginger Spiced Cider
    Fireside Drinks @ The Bravern: Every Wednesday in December, starting at 4pm, enjoy complimentary holiday beverages from John Howie Steak, Artisanal, Wild Ginger and Trophy Cupcakes at The Bravern’s outdoor fireplaces.
  • Fireside Whether it’s a place to cozy up or a bit of restaurant romance, we love fireplaces in winter.
    – The Lodge @ Bellevue Square: There’s a big fireplace, in between P.F. Chang’s and Starbucks, that’s a popular place for people to enjoy their coffee, work on their laptop, or wait for their dinner reservation. It’s one of the largest fireplaces in Downtown Bellevue.
    Cypress Lounge @ The Westin: The lower level of the lounge has 2 great fireplaces. They are modern and radiate lots of heat, so it’s a great spot to enjoy while sipping a cocktail or eating a snack.
    – Earl’s: This new restaurant has grand onyx fireplaces in its dining room. Escape the windchill and chill out here for a hot happy hour, everyday from 3pm-6pm.
  • Savory Soups Soup’s not just for when you’re sick! Don’t overlook this powerful treat to keep you warm all winter.
    City Soups @ Key Center: Over 60 delicious soup varieties to choose from. Try everything from Chicken Vegetable Noodle to Beef and Chili Mac Stew.
    What The Pho!: A great place for a great big bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup.
    Specialty’s: A fresh variety of daily soup specials from Chicken Noodle, to Vegan Chili, to Cream of Potato Cheddar.
  • Cozy Hideouts
    Top Pot Doughnuts: With more than 40 different doughnuts to choose from, this brings a whole new meaning to comfort food.
    – Lincoln Square Cinemas: Rather than experiencing the cold outdoors, come inside the movie theater to watch a winter movie on the big screen. “A Christmas Carol” in IMAX 3D has been a recent holiday favorite.
    – Bellevue Square: You can’t discount the mall when it comes to escaping the elements. You know you still have that one person on your list to shop for!

Here’s the 5-day forcast for Downtown Bellevue. Let us know how you plan to warm up!


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