Are you visiting Seattle for the first time? One neighborhood I always recommend checking out is Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood.
Capitol Hill Seattle is one of the liveliest neighborhoods in the entire city. It’s filled with bars, restaurants, coffee shops, fun rainbow crosswalks, and specialty stores. I always recommend that friends stop by this neighborhood if they want to walk to restaurants, bars, and shops.
Personally, I started exploring Capitol Hill in college (I went to the University of Washington). And after graduation, my friends and I continued to eat, celebrate, and explore Capitol Hill Seattle. There is so much to do, eat, and see in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. So here is:
15 Things to Do in Capitol Hill Seattle:
1. Grab a matcha latte at Atulea
Address: 1715 12th Ave #100, Seattle, WA 98122
One of my favorite spots for matcha is Atulea. I love how the place is decorated inside and I love their matte lattes.
2. Go plant shopping at Glasswing Greenhouse
Address: 1351 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122
If you love plant shops, stop by the Glasswing Greenhouse. The Greenhouse is a full-service plant and flower shop, multidisciplinary event space, and design office. It feels like an oasis here.
3. Eat brunch at Marmite
Address: 1424 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
I recently visited Marmite for the first time for a friend’s brunch and loved it. We loved the space inside as well as the salmon eggs benedict. I also recommend wandering through Chophouse Row (where Marmite is located) once you’re done eating.
Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has so many great places to eat. There are tons of other brunch options around the neighborhood. No matter where you end up going for brunch, I highly recommend making reservations ahead of time- especially if you’re going out to brunch on the weekend.
Other great brunch spots in Seattle Capitol Hill:
- Skillet Capitol Hill: 1400 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122
- Nue: 1519 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
- Oddfellows Café + Bar: 1525 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
4. Go axe throwing at Blade & Timber
Address: 206 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
If you’re looking for something unique to do in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, you can always try axe throwing.
5. Stop by Poquitos for Happy Hour
Address: 1000 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Poquitos has been a long standing favorite Mexican restaurant for my friend group. We first started going to Poquitos for happy during my senior year of college and have to continue to go after college.
6. Grab dessert at Hot Cakes
Address: 1650 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102
If you’re looking for something decadent after dinner or a fun spot for a date night, I recommend stopping by Hot Cakes Capitol Hill. This local Seattle business has its original Hot Cakes location in Ballard. In 2015, they opened a second location in Cap Hill.
Don’t be fooled by the small size of the molten hot cakes. Each hot cake has so much flavor and richness.
7. Sing Karaoke with your friends at Rock Box
Address: 1715 12th Ave #100, Seattle, WA 98122
I’ve been to a handful of birthday parties at Rock Box and they’re always so much fun. If you and your friends love to karaoke, you can rent a room out for your party. Make sure you call ahead of time to make your reservation.
8. Eat lunch at Di Fiora
Address: 1320 University St suite 1, Seattle, WA 98101
If you’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing restaurant for lunch, I recommend stopping by Di Fiora. Their food and drinks are incredible.
Other great restaurants for lunch or dinner in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood:
- Monsoon Seattle: 1020 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122
- Bai Tong Thai Street Café: 1121 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
- Olmstead: 314 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
9. Grab an ice cream cone at Molly Moon’s Ice Cream
Address: 917 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
Molly Moon’s Ice Cream has about dozen locations around Seattle/Bellevue. There is Molly Moon’s location right across the street from Cal Anderson Park. If I’m showing friends around Seattle Capitol Hill, we always stop by for Molly Moon’s Ice Cream!
10. Or stop by Frankie & Jo’s for plant-based ice cream
Address: 1010 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122
If you want to try plant-based ice cream, I recommend stopping by Frankie & Jo’s. Frankie & Jo’s is a certified B-corp with ice cream flavors like Beet Strawberry Rose, Super Cookies and Cream, and Salty Caramel Ash.
11. Walk through the Volunteer Park Conservatory
Address: 1400 E Galer St, Seattle, WA 98112
If you want to wander through the Conservatory, it’s a $4 entrance fee and you can pay when you enter. I think it’s worth it to see the wonderful plants inside the Conservatory. You can also wander through Volunteer Park and climb up the Water Tower Observation Deck.
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12. Pick up an ice cream cookie sandwich at Hello Robin
Address: 522 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
If you love ice cream cookie sandwiches, you must stop by Hello Robin. They carry Molly Moon Ice Cream for their freshly baked cookies. If you aren’t feeling ice cream with your cookies, you can also just buy a single, half dozen, or full dozen of cookies.
13. Grab a beer at Redhook Brewlab
Address: Pike Motorworks Building, 714 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
If you’re looking for a spot to grab a beer, Redhook Brewlab is a great option.
14. Enjoy sushi at Momiji Capitol Hill
Address: 1522 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
If you’re in the mood for sushi, stop my Momiji’s for happy or dinner.
15. Have a cup of coffee at Starbucks Reserve Roastery
Address: 1124 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
If you’re looking for an upscale Starbucks experience, you should stop by the very first Starbucks Roastery Reserve. You can book an event or private tour. Or you can stop by to pick up a cup of Starbucks coffee. It’s truly a unique experience in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
If Starbucks isn’t your thing, luckily, we’re in Seattle which means there are so many great independent coffee shops out there.
Other great coffee shops to check out in Seattle Capitol Hill:
- Porchlight Coffee & Records: 1517 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
- NEKO Cat Café Seattle: 519 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
- Victrola Coffee Roasters: 310 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
- General Porpoise (Donut shop): 1020 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122
I hope you enjoyed this list of recommendations in Capitol Hill Seattle!
What other fun things to do in Capitol Hill Seattle do you recommend?
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