Deciding which area of Seattle to stay in was TOUGH! We eventually settled on Capitol Hill, because it was quite central and we wouldn’t have a car. I think it was a really good choice for us as there was a lot going on to keep us occupied, it was a young neighbourhood, but it wasn’t too busy.
Where to Stay
We decided to try out Airbnb for the first time because we were there for quite a while, and it’s just nicer to have your own place rather than being stuck in a hotel room. After a lot of consideration, we stayed here, and loved it. It was on a fairly quiet street, but there was a row of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants opposite, and we could walk to the centre of Capitol Hill in about twenty minutes.
As an added bonus, this was the view from a block away from our apartment.
Where to Eat and Drink
There was so much choice in Capitol Hill, so we didn’t manage to make our way around everything. We made a pretty good dent in the options though! I’ve broken this section up into areas, because I have so many suggestions for you.
Summit Avenue E
I love a good doughnut, and we spent a lot of time in this cafe, which was right opposite the apartment we rented on Summit Ave E. There’s a great selection, and I love their aesthetic of blending the old and the new, while moving away from the world of fast food. As an added bonus, you can find branches all over the city, so no worries if you don’t make it to Capitol Hill.
One evening we didn’t feel like going out, so we popped across the street to Toscana, which served delicious pizzas to either eat in or take away. It was exactly what we were looking for, and we were impressed.
Another top pick right opposite our home for the week was Sun Liquor. This cocktail bar had a really nice ambience, and we enjoyed stopping there for a drink before dinner one night.
Near Pike and Pine
Ben and I still talk about the meal we had at Mamnoon, which is located on Melrose Avenue. Between the six of us, we basically just ordered the whole menu and shared everything. The food is middle eastern, but the setting is modern, which made for a really interesting mix. It remains some of the best middle eastern food I’ve tried.
You can find Oddfellows Cafe and Bar at 1525 10th Avenue, in central Capitol Hill. We had brunch there one morning, and it was pretty tasty. I chose a biscuit and egg, which turned out to be a scone with some scrambled egg and, confusingly, jam.
Dick’s is a Seattle institution, and another place with multiple branches. We visited the one on Broadway, which is sort of between the two areas I’m talking about, and we didn’t drive in! Luckily, you can just as easily walk in, and aside from being harassed by a homeless man, we loved it. After guzzling our first burger, we decided to go back in for round two!
Situated on 11th Avenue E, this is a bit of a party spot. We were there for a drink quite early in the evening, so it was pretty quiet and felt like a cool place to hang out.
Where to Shop
If you like vintage shopping, then you’ll enjoy Capitol Hill. I didn’t make note of all the places we looked, but the area is brimming with vintage and indie shops selling all kinds of things. The main shopping areas were along Broadway, and also in the Pike Pine area, but you could find little thrift stores dotted around everywhere.
Where to See
Named after Washington State’s first openly gay legislator and senator, you can find this park just north of E Pine Street. When a state regulation came in that all drinking water reservoirs should be covered, Seattle took the opportunity to reimagine the Lincoln Reservoir, turning the new roof into a park for all to enjoy.
We didn’t make it here, but would certainly take the trip on a return visit. Volunteer Park is home to a water tower that you can climb for panoramic views of the city, a Victorian conservatory, Seattle Asian Art museum and Lake View Cemetery, where you can find the graves of Bruce and Brandon Lee.
Have you been to Capitol Hill in Seattle?