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Living in Capitol Hill, Seattle

woman in a blue and white striped shirt sitting at a cafe chair and table seating area outside a coffee bar with vintage building signage in the Capitol Hill neighborhood

Known for its eclectic character and bustling streets, Capitol Hill is a popular Seattle neighborhood that never fails to capture the hearts of those who wander through its historic avenues. Below, we dive deeper into its specific history, attractions, landmarks, and dining spots.

Why Live Here?

People are drawn to trendy Capitol Hill for its dynamic mix of culture, history, community, neighborhood charm, and accessibility to downtown. Key benefits of living in this fun area of Seattle include:

  • Vibrant cultural scene of art galleries, theaters, and music venues
  • Central location just east of downtown Seattle
  • Charming historical architecture and tree-lined streets
  • Superb culinary scene across a range of tastes and budgets
  • Great shopping with the highest concentration of small businesses in Washington State
  • Parks and green spaces for outdoor recreation and relaxation
  • Pedestrian and bike-friendly area with a compact layout
  • Strong community spirit with popular annual events and festivals
  • Great nightlife scene of bars and live music venues
  • Diverse and inclusive, LGBTQIA+-friendly neighborhood

Neighborhood Boundaries and Proximity

Capitol Hill is framed by key geographical markers: I-5 to the west, Madison Street to the south, 23rd and 24th Avenues to the east, and the Lake View Cemetery and Interlaken Park to the north.

The relatively central location makes commuting to downtown Seattle or other nearby neighbohoods easy, whether by car, public transportation, or biking.

Brief History

Originally known as "Broadway Hill" after the main thoroughfare, Capitol Hill was renamed by real estate developer James Moore in the early 20th century. His vision transformed it into a fashionable residential district, laying the groundwork for the diverse and dynamic neighborhood it is today. Over the decades, the area became a hub for the arts, LGBTQ+ community, and youth culture, contributing to its rich tapestry of inclusivity and creativity.

Character of the Area

Capitol Hill is renowned for its vibrant mix of historic Victorian homes, trendy shops, and lush parks. Its streets are a canvas for street art, its architecture a blend of old-world charm and modern innovation. The neighborhood pulses with energy, driven by a youthful spirit and a commitment to diversity. It's a place where creativity is nurtured, differences are celebrated, and history is cherished.

Landmark Attractions and Activities

Eclectic Local Shops

  • Elliot Bay Book Company - iconic independent bookstore offering a wide selection of books, as well as author readings and events.
  • Ghost Gallery - boutique art gallery featuring works by local and emerging artists, along with handmade crafts and gifts.
  • Glasswing Seattle - curated selection of men and women's clothing, accessories, home goods, and apothecary items.
  • Melrose Market - artisanal food vendors, specialty shops, and eateries housed in a historical building.
  • Chophouse Row - a quaint pedestrian alley and courtyard with some great dining and retail options.
  • And many more!

Dining and Restaurants

  • Mamnoon - this gem offers a modern union of Middle Eastern cuisines, serving up flavors from Syria, Lebanon, and beyond.
  • Plum Bistro - leading the charge in vegan cuisine, Capitol Hill's most-loved vegan restaurant offers innovative dishes that challenge and delight the palate.
  • Terra Plata - this "earth-to-plate" restaurant is celebrated for its commitment to seasonal and organic food - plus its rooftop dining area that offers views of the city.
  • Joule - offering fusion of Korean flavors and classic techniques, Joule is renowned for its innovative menu and stylish interior.
  • Stateside - Instagram-worthy decor is just as briliant as the inventive Vietnamese cuisine. Check out the adjacent Foreign National bar.

Bars & Nightlife

  • Canon - holding one of the largest spirit collections in the Americas, Canon is an intimate speakeasy-style bar.
  • Neighbours Nightclub - a staple of Capitol Hill’s LGBTQ+ scene, this vibrant nightclub that offers dancing, drag shows, and themed nights.
  • Unicorn/Narwhal - part bar, part carnival, Unicorn/Narwhal offers whimsical arcade games, drinks, and decor.
  • Needle & Thread - you’ll need a reservation for this exclusive, hidden speakeasy bar that's part of the acclaimed Tavern & Law restaurant.
  • Patio Cielo - enjoy delicous drinks at the most scenic bar in Seattle, located above Mercado Luna Mexican restaurant.

Join Us on Capitol Hill

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