Modern twists on traditional Asian cuisine are the draw at such stylish spots as Stateside, with its boldly flavored French-Vietnamese fare and well-designed interiors; Trove, a quirky food truck–inspired source of Korean barbecue, udon noodles, and decadent frozen-custard parfaits; and Nue, a sleek space packed with memorabilia turning out world-beat street food.
In terms of people-watching, brunch is the most important meal of the day in this buzzy, high-energy neighborhood. Drop by rustic and homey Americana for French toast and maple-glazed pork belly or Witness, a culinary tribute to Southern fare where biscuits and gravy, buttermilk beignets, and a bourbon–apple cider cocktail steal the show.
Local celeb chef Renee Erickson has opened a trio of adjoining dining endeavors: meat-centric farm-to-table Bateau, raw seafood–focused Bar Melusine, and General Porpoise, serving gourmet doughnuts and coffee. Speaking of sweet snacks, when in Capitol Hill, don’t miss out on the artisanal honey-lavender or Earl Grey ice cream at Molly Moon’s.
NUBE carries eco-friendly and stylish wares, including bags, jewelry, and apparel crafted from organic and repurposed materials. Around the corner, Totokaelo stocks stunningly simple yet artful housewares and men’s and women’s fashion. On the neighborhood’s north side, you’ll find a cute English Tudor–style complex of fine retailers, including Freeman for sturdy but stylish menswear produced right here in Seattle and KOBO, a jewel box of Japanese art and design carrying midcentury-style birdhouses, lacquer salad bowls, and incense imported from Kyoto.
Take a “tree walk” (see a map at seattle.gov/trees/treewalks.htm) through radiant Volunteer Park and admire the Japanese maples, chestnut oak, and dozens of other species that thrive in this hilltop sanctuary that’s also home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
Another favorite activity in Capitol Hill is hopping from bar to bar, partaking in craft cocktails, regional wines, and local brews. Handsome Revolution Wine Bar pours an impressive selection of Washington wines, while the upscale neighborhood lounge Tavern Law (and its reservations-only, speakeasy-style sister bar Needle & Thread) has rapidly earned a devoted following for its creative cocktails.
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