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Capitol Hill

Arguably Seattle’s coolest neighborhood, the LGBTQ epicenter offers bars, brunch spots, and boutiques galore.

EAT

8oz Burger & Co. Courtesy @hangryinthepnw on Instagram

Start your day with the smooth, rich flavor of Espresso Vivace (532 Broadway Ave E), which popularized latte foam art. At Joe Bar (810 E Roy St), pair your morning caffeine with a sweet or savory crepe and snag a “puppuccino” for your dog. Hard-to-find favorite Tacos Chukis (219 Broadway E) turns out hundreds of tacos a day, from rotisserie-cooked pork adobada to grilled prickly pear cactus, while 8oz Burger & Co.’s (1401 Broadway) hearty Broadway burger piles arugula, mozzarella, and garlic roasted tomatoes on a thick patty with a schmear of truffle aioli. Renowned chef Renee Erickson has created a new breed of steak house at airy Bateau (1040 E Union St), a refined restaurant with a whole-animal approach leading to unique cuts. Late at night, settle into Liberty (517 15th Ave E)—whose deep-seated leather couches and hidden back room are a sultry setting for custom cocktails and fresh sushi—or sup like a Parisian at candlelit Café Presse (1117 12th Ave), with a Bordeaux in hand and a spread of cheese, Dijon mustard, and thick-cut country bread.

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SHOP

Elliott Bay Book Company Courtesy Brooke Fitts

Grab some thrift-shop threads at Crossroads (325 Broadway E) or books, clothing, kitchen supplies, and furniture at adjacent Lifelong Thrift Store (312 Broadway E), a nonprofit that provides food and housing to individuals with HIV and AIDS. EverydayMusic (15020 10th Ave) is also a delight for film fanatics, with stacks of vinyl records alongside DVDs and some deep discounts. Elliott Bay Book Company (1521 10th Ave) next door is the neighborhood’s literary epicenter: Picture rows of shelves spread across two floors, a smattering of tables and couches, and a reading room that has welcomed the likes of Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, and Arundhati Roy.

 

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PLAY

Capitol Cider Courtesy Capitol Cider

The neighborhood is known for its nightlife, and parallel Pike and Pine streets feature an array of bars and clubs. Capitol Cider’s* (818 E Pike St) downstairs Ballast Bar hosts live music, literary readings, drawing groups, and art talks, while Neumos (925 E Pike St) is a one-stop shop for live music and dancing. LGBTQ establishments like Wildrose (1021 E Pike St), Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway), and Queer Bar (1518 11th Ave) are inclusive environments for clubbing, karaoke, and drag shows. For grown-up game night, try the bocce ball courts at Bavarian-styled Rhein Haus* (912 12th Ave), or take to the bowling alleys at Garage* (1130 Broadway).

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*Visit Seattle Partner

Capitol Hill Partners

Mamnoon Capitol Hill

Mamnoon

  • Address 1508 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone (206) 906-9606
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McMenamins Six Arms Capitol Hill

McMenamins Six Arms

  • Address 300 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone (206) 223-1698
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Melrose Market Capitol Hill

Melrose Market

  • Address 1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone (206) 739-9004
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Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room Capitol Hill

Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

  • Address 1124 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Phone (206) 624-0173
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