Capitol Hill
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Beautiful Volunteer Park is at the center of this wonderfully multi-faceted neighborhood, where Seattle's gay community and student population co-exist with older residents, historical mansions, up-scale restaurants and shops.
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Fivestar247
Auckland Central, New Zealand484 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Good bar / restaurant scene.
We walked around during the day and were told that it is a party area at night and perhaps not too safe.
Written 20 October 2023
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GB82Paratrooper
Cottontown, TN32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Lots of closed down businesses! Not worth your time. Plus, vagrants are plentiful. You’re better off checking out sites that are not in downtown Seattle.
Written 7 June 2023
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
We were staying above one of the coolest restaurants on Capitol Hill, called Harry's Fine Food with a great view of Seattle tower and Puget Sound at the end of the street.
As the light rail train from the airport has a direct line to Capitol Hill, we did not need to rent a car, plus the fact that A, parking was just about impossible and B, Uber service was only minutes away from everything on capitol Hill. Every morning our walk up hill to Broadway in the heart of Capitol Hill, was a new adventure, as there are so many interesting buildings old and new, places to eat and shop and small parks to see.
The Public bus goes to Lake View Cemetery were Bruce Lee’s Grave is located next door to Volunteer park with its classic Conservatory, Statues of William H. Seward and the Black Sun. There is a Memorial to veterans of the Spanish American war, and the 444.5 feet above sea level water tower and observation deck with incredible views of the surround country side.
The lovely Cal Anderson Park and its fountains and the statue of Jimi Hendrix are all part of Capitol Hills surprises.
We had been told that Capitol Hill was the gay neighborhood of Seattle. but I guess that was in the past, as except for a couple of worn out rainbow crosswalks and the odd flag, there was nothing different from any other neighborhood.
Besides the Unicorn with its old pin ball machines downstairs! The Comet Tavern built in 1910 a pure old school Seattle dive Bar, The Crescent Lounge, full of colourful caricatures, and Karaoke 7 nights a week, The Hula Hula Bar with interesting food and Tiki drinks that are out of this world, Linda’s Tavern with its Cowboy-themed and ranch like décor where Kurt Cobain (RIP) used to hang out, Poquitos Mexican restaurant with its popular state of Oaxaca specialty, called Chapulines, or chile-lime toasted grasshoppers, and for something completely different the Blade and Timber Axe throwing place, not for the old or faint hearted, but fun and very North West.
On a different note there are a great verity of religious buildings, there are a few worth visiting, like the German United Church of Christ, with its service in German, Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, where in true Greek tradition the church celebrates at least one saint every day of the year, and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, one of the oldest parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia in the United States.
There are too many good eating places on the hill, but I guarantee whatever you like, it is here somewhere.

TIP: We spent Five days just eating and drinking on Capitol hill and still did not see it all, so phone before you go so as not to miss out.
Written 20 March 2020
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Sunnie A.
Reno, NV29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
While it's best to enjoy in the summer, this neighborhood is easily a perennial favorite day or night. Filled with incredible restaurants/bars, entertaining show venues, quirky shops, and picturesque old homes, you're sure to have a blast. It feels like a hipsters paradise, but there is a lot of Seattle history around the area if you look close enough and talk to older locals. I suggest walking up from downtown (20-30min walk) and stopping when a bar or restaurant catches your eye. Have a quick meal/drink then head out for some shopping. Be sure to check out Elliott Bay Book Co. --a lovely local bookshop which will surely have something to tickle your fancy. End with treat on your way back downtown, Maggie Moo's is a popular ice cream joint or get your caffeine fix at Starbucks Reserve Roastery.
Written 19 January 2020
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Katie
Sheridan, WY290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
I love the rainbow crosswalks! This place is so much fun at night. It’s a pretty young crowd and I felt really safe!
Written 18 November 2019
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mabinho
Seville, Spain1,449 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Came up to wander round the area. Pleasant enough, and would have been nice to stop at one of the many attractive looking cafes, bars and restaurants.
Written 6 November 2019
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Neta_Avivi
Tel Aviv, Israel3,513 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
This is one of the upscale neighborhoods in Seattle. I loved walking around browsing the shops, enjoying the greenery. Here you can find an old fashioned theater (SIFF), the Jimi Hendrix statue and much more.
Written 8 September 2019
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DipuKV
Pune, India3,049 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A pretty neighbourhood filled with options galore for drinking & dining, the unique aspect here is the rainbow-coloured painting at the crossing!
Written 20 August 2019
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Alec D
Seattle, WA2,605 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Capitol Hill is a great place to take friends who happen to be visiting Seattle. But don't take your car unless you really need to. Take the light rail. Not having to deal with finding parking will make your visit more fun. There are nice parks, beautiful old homes, and lots of places to eat and shop.
Written 19 August 2019
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redhead_roaming
Seattle, WA2,869 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
I have a love/hate relationship with Capitol Hill. On the one hand, once we're there, I really like it. There are so many cool restaurants, bars and shops. Everyone is really friendly. On the other hand, parking is a nightmare. Plus, the neighborhood has always been kinda grungy but per Seattle norms, is moving more towards an expensive grunge. We don't tend to go to Capitol Hill unless someone else suggests it.
Written 5 April 2019
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