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Seattle Neighborhood Guide: Capitol Hill

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DYK? Capitol Hill wasn’t always called Capitol Hill — For decades, the neighborhood was known as Broadway Hill and only changed to Capitol Hill in 1901. | Photo by SEAtoday

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Today, we’re profiling an iconic neighborhood in The Emerald City: Capitol Hill. 🏙

Read on for the must-know info (like dining, nightlife, outdoor activities, fun facts, plus homes and schools in the area), thanks to recommendations from four local Windermere Real Estate agents: Theodora Cornelia, Stella Bohnert, Erin Porter, and Larry Wilcynski.


11 rainbow crosswalks can be found throughout the Capitol Hill neighborhood that were installed by the city in 2015. | Photo by SEAtoday team


Add these spots to your running list of Capitol Hill restaurants, courtesy of real estate agent Theodora Cornelia.

  • Stateside — A wonderfully small + intimate spot to enjoy with friends, this Vietnamese gem is tucked away on E. Pike St. and serves up items like Crispy Duck Fresh Rolls + Crispy Chicken with Scallions (pro tip: they’re all meant for sharing).
  • Omega Ouzeri — A cozy setting to enjoy a slow-paced Greek meal. Theodora’s take: “Some of my favorites include fresh fish and crudo along with typical fare, dolma. My most favorite on our recent visit was the zucchini fritters.”
  • Macchiavelli — This small Italian restaurant has been in the neighborhood since 1988. Locals know to get there early and to grab a seat at the bar while waiting on their table.
  • Terra PlataCan you say paella? This locally-owned spot is famous for its paella + seafood. Bonus: Terra Plata has one of the few rooftop decks for dinner in the city.

Real estate agent Theodora Cornelia has 30 years of experience as a home renovator + mortgage lender and shared her recs for Capitol Hill dining above. | Photo provided by Windermere Services


Agent Stella Bohnert calls the Capitol Hill neighborhood home – here are her neighborhood nightlife picks.

  • Foreign National Adjacent to + owned by the equally fantastic restaurant, Stateside, this spot makes for great date night.
  • La Dive — Cute + cozy natural wine-focused bar with an interesting and delicious food and snack menu.
  • Rock BoxSing at the bar or rent a private room at this karaoke paradise, featuring a casual drink menu + super friendly staff.
  • Single Shot — This spot functions as a bar + restaurant with an inspired cocktail menu, large wine list, and some of the best food on the hill, says Windermere Services agent Stella Bohnert.
  • Bait Shop — You can get a Rainier tall boy, a frozen painkiller + one of the best burgers in the city (according to Stella) at this iconic dive bar.

Agent (and Seattle native) Stella Bohnert has lived in the Capitol Hill neighborhood for over 10 years, and shared her Capitol Hill nightlife picks above. | Photo provided by Windermere Services

Outdoor activities

Peep agent Erin Porter’s recommendations for outdoor activities in Capitol Hill.

  • Broadway Farmers market — Every Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. year round, the market features produce + fresh flowers for each season.
  • Self-guided botanical tour at Seattle U — Walk through the campus on a self-guided tour to see all the different gardens Seattle University has to offer.
  • Second Thursday art walk — Great opportunity to get a glimpse of local art.
  • Running/walking/hiking the Howe St. Stairs — With 282 steps, you are sure to feel the burn. Bonus: On your way down, you get views of Lake Union.
  • Cal Anderson Park — Serves as the neighborhood’s informal gathering place for fun activities (both officially + unofficially). Think: pickup basketball, volleyball, spike ball + more.

Agent Erin Porter was a Capitol Hill resident for years, and shares her recommendations for outdoor activities in the neighborhood above. | Photo provided by Windermere Services


Lead listing agent Larry Wilcynski shares his recommendations for schools in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

  • Stevens Elementary — A popular Seattle Public Elementary school located on the North end of Capitol Hill near Volunteer + Interlaken Parks. This neighborhood school is surrounded by vintage homes, tree-lined streets, and some of Capitol Hill’s best known parks.
  • St. Joseph’s School — A Catholic K-8 school also on North Capitol Hill, and a popular option for families seeking a private alternative.
  • Garfield High School — Rated as one of the top high schools in the state and #1 in the City of Seattle by US News & World Report, GHS is located in Seattle’s Central District just south of Capitol Hill.

Larry Wilcynski, Lead Listing Agent has deep rooted ties to the Seattle community + shares some local knowledge on Capitol Hill-area schools. | Photo provided by Windermere Services


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