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Capitol Hill

This cool and diverse district abounds with LGBTQ+ businesses, homey cafes, and one-of-a-kind shops.

A photo of someone using chopsticks to pick up noodle at Biang Biang. Biang Biang Sarah Flotard
A photo of the brick interior of the water tower at Volunteer Park with the staircase winding down. The water tower at Volunteer Park Darryl Brooks / Shutterstock

Explore

The handsome Seattle Asian Art Museum (1400 E Prospect St) and the verdant, glass-paneled Volunteer Park Conservatory (1400 E Galer St) are lovely spaces to while away an afternoon at 50-acre Volunteer Park (1247 15th Ave E), which also offers tranquil walking paths and eye-popping city and mountain views. Among Capitol Hill’s many LGBTQ+ bars, dance and mingle the night away at Neighbours (1509 Broadway) and the Wildrose (1021 E Pike St).

Eat and Drink

Many of the neighborhood’s favorite restaurants specialize in cuisines from around the world, such as Biang Biang Noodles (601 E Pike St), serving Chinese cumin-lamb noodles and fried tofu bao, and Sankaku Onigiri Cafe & Bar (1531 Melrose Ave), which prepares tasty salmon-basil rice balls, seaweed salad, and fine sakes inside the hip Melrose Market (1527 Melrose Ave) food hall. Head to friendly Tacos Chukis (219 Broadway E) for top-notch tacos and burritos, refreshing horchatas, and jamaica agua frescas; and casual Paparepas (1620 Broadway) for authentic Venezuelan cooking.

Energize your day with bagels, pastries, and house-made chai at cozy Cafe Argento (1125 E Olive St) or Overcast Coffee Company (312 15th Ave E), near Volunteer Park. The artisan chocolate shop and cafe Rey Amargo (722 E Pike St) doles out sweets and drinks crafted with stone-ground Mexican chocolate. Adorable Mitten Sweets and Coffee (509 13th Ave) specializes in Japanese-inspired French pastries like black-sesame square doughnuts and yuzu lemon cakes, and you can treat yourself to luscious small-batch ice creams at Sweet Alchemy (1424 11th Ave). Art- and plant-filled Footprint Wine Tap (1222 E Madison St) pours some of the Pacific Northwest’s best wines alongside cheese, charcuterie, and veggie boards, and casually hip Post Pike Bar & Cafe (212 Broadway E) serves creative cocktails, local ales, and hefty sandwiches until late in the evening.

Shop

Satisfy your yearning for irreverent gifts like White Lotus “Tanya and The Gays” mugs and RuPaul candles at Retail Therapy (905 E Pike St), which also carries beautiful jewelry. The stylish boutiques Marine Layer (319 E Pine St) and SUM (307 E Pike St) carry the perfect threads for a night on the town.

Capitol Hill Partners

Five Iron Golf Capitol Hill

Five Iron Golf

  • Address 1525 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone (206) 848-6800
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Poquitos Capitol Hill Capitol Hill

Poquitos Capitol Hill

  • Address 1000 E Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone (206) 590-5039
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Greenfire Loft Events & Cocktail Lab Capitol Hill

Greenfire Loft Events & Cocktail Lab

  • Address 1531 Melrose Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone (206) 240-9225
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Sonder | The Boylston Capitol Hill

Sonder | The Boylston

  • Address 1517 Boylston Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone +1 617-300-0956
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