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Top Choice Modern American in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Sitka & Spruce

The king of all locavore restaurants, Sikta & Spruce was the pilot project of celebrated Seattle chef Matt Dillon. It's since become something of an institution and a trend-setter with its small country-kitchen …
Top Choice Cafe in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Espresso Vivace at Brix

Loved in equal measure for its no-nonsense walk-up stand on Broadway and this newer cafe (a large retro place with a beautiful Streamline Moderne counter), Vivace is known to have produced some of the Picassos of la…
Top Choice Books in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Elliott Bay Book Company

Seattle's most beloved bookstore offers over 150,000 titles in a large, airy, wood-beamed space with cozy nooks that can inspire hours of serendipitous browsing. Bibliophiles will be further satisfied with regular b…
Top Choice Cafe in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Victrola Coffee Roasters

Purveyors of a damned fine cup o' coffee since 2000, Victrola, to its credit, has clung to its grassroots, maintaining only three cafes. You can ponder how small is beautiful with one of its 4oz cappuccinos while wa…
Top Choice American in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

Ever feel like you’ve strolled inadvertently into a 1990s David Lynch TV series full of eerie atmospherics and zany characters? If the answer is a resounding 'no,' grab a bar-side pew at Lost Lake Cafe, order a piec…
Mexican in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Bimbo’s Cantina

Bimbo’s slings fat tacos, giant burritos and juicy quesadillas until late. The space is bordello kitsch with velvet matador portraits, oil paintings with neon elements and a hut-style thatched awning. The best featu…
Microbrewery in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Elysian Brewing Company

Elysian Brewing’s Immortal IPA personifies the strong, bitter ‘hop-forward’ beers that have become part of craft beer folklore in the Pacific Northwest, although at 6.3% alcohol per volume, it won’t take many to lib…
Fashion & Accessories in Capitol Hill & First Hill


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Clothing in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Crossroads Trading Co

This used-clothing store is less expensive than others in the area but also generally less hipster-chic, which is nice if you just want to shop for basics without having some too-cool clerk stare down their nose at …
Food & Drinks in Capitol Hill & First Hill

Dilettante Chocolates

If you have a sweet tooth to satisfy, try the confection truffles here. There’s a great selection of desserts, too. You can taste chocolates in the shop, along with good coffee and other snacks, or pick up a box to …