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Capitol Hill

The unofficial center of Seattle’s LGBTQ community, this lively neighborhood buzzes with some of the city’s hippest restaurants, bars, and boutiques.

EAT

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With a retro Pacific Northwest feel straight out of Twin Peaks, Lost Lake Café plates diner mainstays like pies, pancakes, and gravy-smothered biscuits (and, of course, “damn good” coffee) 24 hours a day. Sample Middle Eastern street food from the walk-up window at Mamnoon, or head inside for mezze, fragrant grilled meats and fish, and baklava in a sleek, wood-accented dining room. Options abound at Chophouse Row, a tucked-away pedestrian alley of shops, bars, and restaurants; enjoy regional and imported wines paired with delicious small plates at Bar Ferdinand and French cuisine with Northwestern influences and ingredients at Marmite.

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SHOP

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Cozy armchairs, well-worn wood floors, and two stories of books await bibliophiles at Elliott Bay Book Company, which features a must-read section dedicated to regional history and works by local authors. Head to Drizzle & Shine for sustainably and ethically produced clothing and accessories for women and men, or splurge on looks from high-end designers like Jil Sander, Marni, and Balenciaga at Totokaelo, which also offers cashmere throws, Japanese linen towels, handcrafted ceramics, and other upscale home goods.

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PLAY

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Ready the selfie stick at Volunteer Park, where Isamu Noguchi’s ring-shaped sculpture Black Sun frames a perfect view of the Seattle skyline. On the park’s northern end, a Victorian-era conservatory houses a collection of tropical and subtropical plants, including bromeliads, ferns, palms, and orchids. Strut your stuff at Century Ballroom, which hosts a series of nightly dance classes, including tango, swing, and bachata, on the second floor of a beautifully restored 1908 building. Across the street, Rock Box is a Japanese-style karaoke bar with private rooms where you can belt out your favorite tunes and indulge from a full-service menu of sake, cocktails, and charcuterie.

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TAKE NOTICE

Several Capitol Hill crosswalks display LGBTQ pride with a rainbow paint job (created in 2015).

WHERE TO GO & HOW TO GET THERE

Bar Ferdinand 1424 11th Ave; barferdinandseattle.com
Century Ballroom 915 E Pine St; centuryballroom.com
*Chophouse Row 1424 11th Ave; chophouserow.com
Drizzle & Shine 102 15th Ave E; drizzleandshine.com
Elliott Bay Book Company 1521 10th Ave; elliottbaybook.com
Lost Lake Café 1505 10th Ave; lostlakecafe.com

*Mamnoon 1508 Melrose Ave; mamnoonrestaurant.com
Marmite 1424 11th Ave; marmiteseattle.com
Rock Box 1603 Nagle Place; rockboxseattle.com
Totokaelo 1523 10th Ave; totokaelo.com
Volunteer Park 1247 15th Ave E; seattle.gov

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Capitol Cider Capitol Hill

Capitol Cider

  • Address 818 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone (206) 397-3564
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Coastal Kitchen Capitol Hill

Coastal Kitchen

  • Address 429 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
  • Phone (206) 322-1145
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Tango Restaurant & Lounge Capitol Hill

Tango Restaurant & Lounge

  • Address 1100 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Phone (206) 583-0382
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Eltana Bagel Cafe Capitol Hill

Eltana Bagel Cafe

  • Address 1538 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
  • Phone (206) 724-0660
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