This expansive district contains a mix of tree-shaded streets flanked by some of Seattle’s loveliest century-old mansions and commercial thoroughfares abuzz with trendy bistros, modish boutiques, swish cocktail bars, and gay nightspots—Capitol Hill has long been the hub of the city’s LGBT community.
Sample fare as diverse as the neighborhood with traditional dishes from India, Nepal, and Tibet at local favorite Annapurna Cafe or seasonal, herb-and-spice-filled small plates at Poppy. Lower Capitol Hill abounds with other foodie musts. Duck inside the mod Middle Eastern restaurant Mamnoon to sample boldly flavored Syrian and Lebanese fare. The cozy and informal Volunteer Park Cafe reveals a cheerfully laid-back side of Capitol Hill. A couple of blocks from the park for which it’s named, this sunny neighborhood staple serves delicious breakfasts and lunches.
Capitol Hill has become a bastion of artisanal purveyors and design-driven lifestyle boutiques, with Glasswing Shop—part of the food-centric Melrose Market—stocking a particularly diverting selection of artful kitchenware, eco-friendly soaps, and arresting clothing and jewelry. In a sleek space near leafy Cal Anderson Park, Totokaelo carries similarly bewitching and bespoke designer threads and footwear, plus inspired ceramics, glassware, and textiles for the home. Next door, Elliott Bay Book Company carries thousands of titles, including a vast selection of tomes about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.
Saunter through the neighborhood’s “green lung,” 48.3-acre Volunteer Park to soak up the mesmerizing Seattle skyline views and to admire the impressive paintings, pottery, and sculptures inside the art moderne Seattle Asian Art Museum. Later in the evening, clink glasses at one of Capitol Hill’s swanky and sexy bars, such as Witness, which specializes in Southern-inspired craft cocktails, and Pony, a retro-fabulous, all-welcoming gay dance lounge.
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