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Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is a neighborhood that doesn't fit easy stereotypes. Part hip and urban, part wooded and stately, it is a community that often feels like a small town in itself, one that a huge variety of business — and people from all walks of life — call home.
Tattooed twentysomethings stroll alongside moms with strollers on main thoroughfares such as Broadway Avenue East or 15th Avenue. There’s a welcoming and thriving gay and lesbian community. And artists, foodies and other creative types help define Capitol Hill, too.
Perhaps it’s the diversity of the businesses and attractions that brings such a diverse group of people to this neighborhood. Highlights include the Broadway Farmers Market, a seasonal fiesta of food, flowers and music; Cal Anderson Park, which is full of dog walkers, Frisbee players and children dipping their toes in the streaming fountain; and the Pike/Pine Corridor’s vintage clothing stores, furniture shops and coffeehouses.
There’s a happening after-dark club scene and Broadway Avenue East itself is home to a couple of the city’s favorite pieces of public art: bronze dance steps set into the sidewalk that encourage passersby to break into a little rumba, and a statue of one of the city’s most famous past residents, Jimi Hendrix
The 12th Avenue Business District brings bustling new restaurants and a niche theater scene. There’s also plenty of green. At the north end of Broadway sits Volunteer Park, a large, forested urban oasis, replete with a glass conservatory built in 1912, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and a water tower with splendid 360 degree views of downtown Seattle and neighborhoods near and far. From here, all the favorite Seattle landmarks are visible, from the Space Needle to Lake Washington’s floating bridge to Husky Stadium.
After taking in the views, explore the streets bordering the park and enjoy stately homes built when city forefathers envisioned Seattle as the capitol of Washington State. While the designation did not come to be, the mansions and single-family residences with Craftsman and Victorian style contribute to the historical character and elegance of the neighborhood.

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Eat in Capitol Hill

Sitka & Spruce
1531 Melrose Ave Seattle WA 98122

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Featuring a twelve-seat butcher-block table with an open kitchen and wood-fired hearth. Sitka & Spruce offers a menu that's an unusually sensitive barometer of Northwest seasons.

Annapurna Cafe
1833 Broadway Ave Seattle WA 98122
Phone: 206 320-7770
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Come enjoy the mesmerizing taste of Nepal, India, and Tibet all under one roof.

Capitol Cider
818 E Pike St Seattle WA 98122
Phone: 206 397-3564

Two-Story Pub in 100-yr. old bldg. with full bars, 30 taps and locally sourced menu. Downstairs includes fireplace, board games, shuffleboard and live music

Phone: 206 583-7177

Relax and enjoy a sultry evening in Rumba, Seattle's first rum bar. Our island inspired menu features house baked empanadas, hibiscus wings, Jamaican jerk pork and our sinful deep fried banana foster.

Bar Ferd'nand
1531 Melrose Ave Seattle WA 98122

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We serve simple cocktails, aperitvos and digestivos, and of course, glasses and bottles from family owned, small production bodegas from all over the wine-producing world. The bar is available for private parties of up to 15 persons.

Stay in Capitol Hill

Bacon Mansion Bed & Breakfast
959 Broadway E Seattle WA 98102
Phone: 206 329-1864
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11 rooms, $$ - $$$$. One of Seattle's gracious mansions w/in two blocks of Broadway shopping district. Most rooms have private baths. Breakfast in formal dining room. Cable TV. Wi-Fi. HA (one unit)

11th Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast
121 11th Ave E Seattle WA 98102
Phone: 206 720-7161
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Nine rooms, $-$$. Walk to the Pike Place Market and other downtown Seattle attractions from a charming bed and breakfast on a tree-lined Capitol Hill side street. Near shops, restaurants, buses. Free parking, breakfast, Wi-Fi.

Seattle Bed and Breakfast Association
Seattle WA
Phone: 206 547-1020
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18 member inns, $-$$$. The finest bed and breakfast inns in Seattle, independently owned and professionally operated offering a variety of amenities to make your stay pleasant, restful and memorable.

Silver Cloud Hotel - Seattle Broadway
1100 Broadway Seattle WA 98122
Phone: 206 325-1400
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179 rooms, $$. Unique hotel and restaurant located across from Seattle University on Capitol Hill and walking distance to downtown Seattle. No pets. HA

Play in Capitol Hill

Three Dollar Bill Cinemas
1122 E Pike St, Ste 1313 Seattle WA 98122
Phone: 206 323-4274

Enriches, strengthens, and connects diverse communities by supporting queer film and by producing the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and other events.

400 Broadway E Seattle WA 98102
Phone: 206 329-5220
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Tatyana Clothing specializes in retro style for the modern woman. Open 10am-8pm every day. HA

Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce
1641 Nagle Pl Seattle WA 98122
Phone: 206 328-6646
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A community organization showcasing Capitol Hill. Seattle’s most unique and diverse neighborhood for arts, nightlife, dining and shopping.

Seattle Men’s Chorus & Seattle Women’s Chorus
319 12th Ave Seattle WA 98122
Phone: 206 323-0750
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The Choruses use the power of music to create a world that accepts and values its gay and lesbian citizens.

Q Nightclub
1426 Broadway Seattle WA 98122
Phone: 206 499-0040

Q is a state-of-the-art, 12,500 sq. ft, 700 capacity, multilevel venue located in Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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Quick Info

Buses 10, 11, 12, 43 and 49 travel between downtown and Capitol Hill.