The Eastside neighborhood is in southeast Tacoma between Pacific Avenue S and the Swam River, and south of Interstate 5. Eastside is near the Puyallup River and Thea Foss Waterway, both of which open up into Commencement Bay. This neighborhood has the benefit of being closer to Seattle than most of Tacoma.

Eastside offers an easy route to the Tacoma Dome, an indoor arena that hosts sporting events and concerts. Further east is Lake Tapps and the White River Amphitheater, an outdoor concert venue. Eastside is near to several museums including the Washington State History Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Glass and LeMay-America's Car Museum. LeMay's has a 9-acre campus dedicated to America's cultural history and interest with the automobile. These museums exemplify Tacoma's continuous dedication to arts and history. Eastside also holds several pieces of public art.

This neighborhood also hosts local pizzerias, coffeehouses, donut and ice cream shops, and Emerald Queen Casino. Portland Avenue Park is a great recreational location complete with a community center. Eastside is a short commute from downtown Tacoma, which can be reached by bus, car or bicycle.