Guide to Capitol Hill

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Capitol Hill is Seattle’s most densely populated neighborhood and you’ll find people from all walks of life in this diverse, welcoming district. It is the center of Seattle’s LGBT and counterculture communities, and also home to many families and young, successful professionals.

Pike and Pine Streets are where you’ll find some of the city’s most active nightlife destinations. A number of larger venues host touring live musical acts, dance music and performances of all types. The area was a breeding ground for bands during the 90s grunge explosion and continues to nurture a strong music scene to this day.

Along 15th Avenue there’s an assortment of boutiques, coffee houses and restaurants. The area is home to a number of extravagant residences with a street nicknamed “Millionaire’s Row.”

Get some fresh air and go for a walk in Cal Anderson Park, stopping by the reflecting pool and fountain. Further north you’ll find Volunteer Park, home to a  water tower with an observation deck offering stunning views. Adjacent to the park is Lake View Cemetery, final resting place to famous Seattle resident Bruce Lee.

Capitol Hill rises just above downtown and the neighborhood is home to a lively mix of families, young professionals and students. This leafy neighborhood has it all—grand old homes that are just a few blocks away from downtown. But there's not need to leave the neighborhood. The highly walkable area offers cafes, cool shops, and restaurants galore. First Hill is an older neighborhood east of Chinatown with grand old homes, beautiful churches and lush gardens. The neighborhood is also home to Swedish Hospital and Virginia Mason Medical Center. Good food abounds. Try the trendy Boom Noodle or the vegetarian friendly Monsoon, a stylish Vietnamese restaurant. For dinner try Poppy, The Hunt Club and Cascina Spinasse.

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Argentinian Restaurants


1100 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

Latin / Spanish. Tango is a stylish yet casual Seattle Spanish restaurant offering Latin-inspired cuisine—including popular local favorites like paella and ceviche—and cocktails for dinner and happy hour. Located in an historic brick building on the cusp

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Terra Plata

1501 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Terra Plata - Earth to Plate concept restaurant by Chef Tamara Murphy


Cascina Spinasse

1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Italian. Cascina Spinasse is a quaint neighborhood Italian bistro with artistic flair. Winner of the coveted 2010 “Best New Chef” award from Food & Wine Magazine, Spinasse Chef Jason Stratton upholds a commitment to the authentic Italian cuisine and the


Anchovies & Olives

1550 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Italian. A chic, urban bistro offering casual dining in the Pike Pine Triangle neighborhood on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, Anchovies & Olives is a local favorite. Brought to you by Ethan Stowell, the same great mind behind Tavolata and Staple & Fancy, this r

American Restaurants


622 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

Northwest. Award winning Chef Jerry Traunfeld's Poppy presents the very best in Northwestern cooking, inspired largely by the thali, a tray of small dishes served all at once to each guest. The menu features the best ingredients, spices and herbs, all fr


Baltic Room

1207 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101

The Baltic Room, a posh Seattle nightclub, caters to a hip and eclectic mix of dance clubbers and drinkers getting their groove on under the lights on the ever-packed dance floor. The real draw, and subsequently why the Baltic Room is wall to wall nearly


La Spiga

1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

La Spiga features food and wine from the Emilia-Romagna region of Northeast Italy. Handmade pastas, fresh piadina (Italian flatbread) baked in our restaurant and simple, but flavorful, seasonal dishes are the staples of our menu.

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