Global flavors rule this eclectic neighborhood, where can’t-miss dishes include grilled octopus at Mediterranean oasis Omega Ouzeri, the chile cumin pork ribs at Vietnamese-French Stateside, and the tajarin al ragu (finely cut egg pasta) at Northern Italian gem Cascina Spinasse. You also won’t want to shy away from Mamnoon’s exquisite décor and modern Middle Eastern cuisine, and you certainly won’t want to overlook its muhammara dip (walnuts, pepper paste, cumin, garlic, pomegranate). Bar Vacilando fuels wanderlust with adventurous eats; begin with the prosciutto and béchamel crusts, followed by the salt cod croquettes.
Station 7 flaunts its art, jewelry, and vintage furniture inside an old firehouse. Nearby, Casita International stocks items designed by local craftspeople as well as by global fair-trade partners—think earrings, incense, bilingual kids books, onesies, plus Haitian and Mexican wall art. And no trip to Capitol Hill is complete without thumbing through the jam-packed cedar shelves at Elliott Bay Book Company, a beloved staple since 1973.
Escape from the city clamor in 48-acre Volunteer Park, home to a water tower that you can climb up for views of downtown. Capitol Hill pulses after the sun goes down, too. Karaoke aficionados rent private rooms to sing their hearts out at Rock Box, while some prefer watching professional music acts take the spotlight at Neumos. Feel the beat at Century Ballroom’s classes or dance socials, or keep things more mellow at the two Capitol Hill locations of Sun Liquor, a frontrunner on the cocktail scene since 2006.
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