Capitol HIll's old-fashioned brick and wood-frame buildings house some 30 shops, nearly 50 restaurants and bars, 15 coffee houses and a dozen galleries and theatres.
There’s a bohemian feel to this hip, vibrant urban area that’s home to students, families and young professionals.
Bordered by Madison, Pine and Broadway streets, its “Pike Pine Triangle” encompasses a 15-block area just east of Seattle’s downtown core.
The pulse picks up at night, but daytime brings a relaxed atmosphere to the area. Its old-fashioned brick and wood-frame buildings house some 30 shops, nearly 50 restaurants and bars, 15 coffee houses and a dozen galleries and theatres.
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The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle’s iconic independent bookstore, founded 40 years ago in downtown’s historic Pioneer Square, moved to Capitol Hill in 2010. This airy, wood-floored store has tens of thousands of titles for endless browsing plus regular book-readings and a cafe. 1521 10th Ave.; 206-624-6600, elliottbaybook.com.
Retail Therapy, a small retail store and gallery, says it has “things that make you feel good” and its selection of earrings, artwork, greeting cards and women’s clothing likely will do just that. 905 E. Pike St.; 206-324-4092,
Retrofit Home sells everything from custom furniture, rugs and wall hangings to candles, ceramics, glass, greeting cards and bags — even trays in which to make artistically shaped ice cubes. 1103 E. Pike St.; 206-568-4663, retrofithome.com.
Oddfellows Café + Bar is a popular spot, day and night. Housed in the 1908 Odd Fellows Hall, the eatery’s old photos and memorabilia mixed with salvaged and recycled fixtures and furnishings give it a vintage ambience. Try the Ploughman’s Lunch (cheese, Serrano ham, pickles and a baguette). 1525 10th Ave.; 206-325-0807, oddfellowscafe.com
— Jackie Smith