Why We Picked It
The Eastside has long had a substantial Jewish population, but as Microsoft continues to bring in tech talent from around the world, it’s become a gathering spot for the Seattle area’s Israelis. It’s also gone from being a vanilla shopping district to a legit hub of arts and eats. Beyond the immediate advantages of this lakeside suburb, members of Bellevue’s diverse, polyglot population may just greet you with “boker tov,” making it easy for Jews and Israelis new to town to set up roots.
Long before the museum came into existence, the Bellevue Artsfair brought the best art, craft, and design to the city each summer — and it still does. The difference now is the year-round addition of the beautifully designed museum featuring a sculpture garden, a community gallery, and thought-provoking exhibits like Bren Ahearn’s “Strategies for Survival,” which flips traditional feminine embroidery samplers on their heads. 510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue’s Top Three Vegetarian Restaurants
Bellevue’s population from around the world has brought it plenty of restaurants serving vibrant vegetarian dishes. Here’s where to find the most exciting meat-free meals around.
This nearly 30-year-old local Thai mini-chain is actually entirely vegan. The family-owned restaurant offers bright curries filled with potatoes, tofu, and vegetables and hot and sour soups in an airy space in Bellevue’s old town. 10246 Main St.
Microsoft’s international hiring brought in Indians and Israelis, two communities that share a desire for vegetarian cuisine. Udupi Café’s epic menu offers dishes from stuffed samosas to savory doughnuts, from highly spiced soups to royal dinner platters. 14625 NE 24th St.
Though the juices are the start of these health-focused spots, quick, fresh options like the pecan mushroom paté sandwich and breakfast bowls make on-the-go vegetarian food easy. Kids’ options, coffee, and wine also grace the menu. 10246 Main St. (next to Araya’s Place)
Best Place to Meet Other Jews
Idylwood Beach Park
This Lake Sammamish beach just over the city border in Redmond is a favorite Israeli and international summer afternoon hangout. The big lawn makes for perfect picnicking, there’s a play area for kids, volleyball courts, and of course, a whole lake to swim in. 3560 W Lake Sammamish Pkway NE, Redmond