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Adam’s Seattle Guidebook

Adam

Adam’s Seattle Guidebook

Capitol Hill and Central Area Food Scene
These are some of my favorite places on Capitol Hill and the Central Area. Most are not overly expensive. For the latest restaurant recommendations go to seattle dot eater dot com. (I spelled out the name of the website.) There you can find ideas in every category of restaurant. If they recommend it, it's good.
Amazing French style pastries and sandwiches. Great to eat there or bring home or to the park for a special dessert.
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Bakery Nouveau
137 15th Avenue East
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Amazing French style pastries and sandwiches. Great to eat there or bring home or to the park for a special dessert.
My "go to" place for affordable but still upscale french food. Wine is as cheap as $3.50 a glass. Very lively and comfortable place and they serve food every day until 1PM.
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Cafe Presse
1117 12th Avenue
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My "go to" place for affordable but still upscale french food. Wine is as cheap as $3.50 a glass. Very lively and comfortable place and they serve food every day until 1PM.
Oddfellows is both casual and cool. They have a solid brunch, lunch and dinner following and a very relaxed atmosphere. The food is simple, affordable and healthy.
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Oddfellows Café + Bar
1525 10th Avenue
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Oddfellows is both casual and cool. They have a solid brunch, lunch and dinner following and a very relaxed atmosphere. The food is simple, affordable and healthy.
Cheap, tasty tacos and an easy walk from the apartment. Open every day until 9pm.
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Tacos Chukis
2215 E Union St
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Cheap, tasty tacos and an easy walk from the apartment. Open every day until 9pm.
Foodie restaurant, specializing in meat dishes.
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Lark Restaurant
952 East Seneca Street
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Foodie restaurant, specializing in meat dishes.
I like all of the Ethan Stowell restaurants. This Italian pasta and pizza restaurant has a generous happy hour that goes from 5-7Pm and then again from 10PM to close.
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Tavolàta Capitol Hill
501 E Pike St
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I like all of the Ethan Stowell restaurants. This Italian pasta and pizza restaurant has a generous happy hour that goes from 5-7Pm and then again from 10PM to close.
Hip and casual restaurant with an excellent burger (order it medium) and salads. Lively scene.
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Smith
332 15th Avenue East
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Hip and casual restaurant with an excellent burger (order it medium) and salads. Lively scene.
Momiji is expensive, but it is the most popular sushi on Capitol hill in a beautiful setting.
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Momiji
1522 12th Avenue
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Momiji is expensive, but it is the most popular sushi on Capitol hill in a beautiful setting.
Acclaimed Omakase sushi lunch for only $30? Are you kidding? The trick is you have to get there by 7:30am and sign up for one of the 3 seatings of only 8 customers per seating, Monday to Friday only. In Chophouse Row, which has lots of other great shops and restaurants.
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1424 11th Ave
Acclaimed Omakase sushi lunch for only $30? Are you kidding? The trick is you have to get there by 7:30am and sign up for one of the 3 seatings of only 8 customers per seating, Monday to Friday only. In Chophouse Row, which has lots of other great shops and restaurants.
Creative Vietnamese inspired food and a great brunch. Roof top patio is great for summer.
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Monsoon Seattle
615 19th Ave E
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Creative Vietnamese inspired food and a great brunch. Roof top patio is great for summer.
Unique and interesting world food menu in a very inviting space. Go here for an adventure.
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Nue
1519 14th Avenue
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Unique and interesting world food menu in a very inviting space. Go here for an adventure.
Vegans rejoice at the creative and eclectic food at this 100% vegan restaurant in Chophouse Row.
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Plum Bistro
1429 12th Avenue
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Vegans rejoice at the creative and eclectic food at this 100% vegan restaurant in Chophouse Row.
A little pricey, but wonderful middle eastern food.
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Mamnoon
1508 Melrose Avenue
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A little pricey, but wonderful middle eastern food.
The pacific northwest is known for it's seafood, so if you want ample shellfish at a reasonable price this is the place to go.
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Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
1521 Melrose Avenue
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The pacific northwest is known for it's seafood, so if you want ample shellfish at a reasonable price this is the place to go.
Hole in the wall place, with great homemade style pie and excellent cocktails. Great for getting off the beaten path and enjoying the old school Seattle scene.
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Pie Bar
1361 East Olive Way
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Hole in the wall place, with great homemade style pie and excellent cocktails. Great for getting off the beaten path and enjoying the old school Seattle scene.
Vegan ice cream that is creative and tastes great. The line is proof that this place is really great.
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Frankie & Jo's Capitol Hill
1010 E Union St
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Vegan ice cream that is creative and tastes great. The line is proof that this place is really great.
This is the latest ice cream offering on Capitol Hill that has quite the following and scene.
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Salt & Straw
714 E Pike St
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This is the latest ice cream offering on Capitol Hill that has quite the following and scene.
Chocolate themed cocktails, molten chocolate cake and other delicious desserts.
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Hot Cakes - Molten Chocolate Cakery
1650 E Olive Way
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Chocolate themed cocktails, molten chocolate cake and other delicious desserts.
A little pricey, but if you need your wine and nibbles fix, this is a great place to go in Chophouse Row.
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Bar Ferdinand
1424 11th Ave
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A little pricey, but if you need your wine and nibbles fix, this is a great place to go in Chophouse Row.
When you need a 24 hour restaurant, this is the place to go. It has an old school diner feel, but it's relatively new. Conveniently located near the biggest bar scene.
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Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge
1505 10th Avenue
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When you need a 24 hour restaurant, this is the place to go. It has an old school diner feel, but it's relatively new. Conveniently located near the biggest bar scene.
Divey walk up burger joint open til 1am and always an interesting scene.
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Dick's Drive-In
115 Broadway East
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Divey walk up burger joint open til 1am and always an interesting scene.
Things to Do in Seattle
Pike Place Market is the #1 attraction in Seattle and it's worth it. I have a whole guidebook section on visiting the Market. To make your Seattle trip extra memorable, I recommend heading towards the water. Get onto the water, by ferry, water taxi, canoe or kayak and see the city from that perspective and you will have a very memorable impression. Seattle has a lot of museums you can visit, especially good on a rainy day. I only mention a few of them below. There are also lots of restaurants and attractions that have great water views. (See Restaurants in Other Neighborhoods)
Rent a quality 1 or 2 person kayak from here and paddle around Portage Bay, under the University Bridge and over towards Gasworks. Grab fish and chips at Ivars during or after.
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Agua Verde Paddle Club
1307 Northeast Boat Street
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Rent a quality 1 or 2 person kayak from here and paddle around Portage Bay, under the University Bridge and over towards Gasworks. Grab fish and chips at Ivars during or after.
This is the best way to get on the water on a budget. You can take Light Rail to the UW station and rent a canoe or sit on top kayak. Head across the Montlake cut, go under the freeway and explore the calmer waters and water fowl around the arboretum.
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University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center (WAC)
3710 Montlake Boulevard Northeast
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This is the best way to get on the water on a budget. You can take Light Rail to the UW station and rent a canoe or sit on top kayak. Head across the Montlake cut, go under the freeway and explore the calmer waters and water fowl around the arboretum.
For those interested in architecture and plants, this is an amazing place. They are only open 2 Saturdays per month. You must try to reserve as soon as you read this. It books up a month in advance, but it's free! They may be opening it up more to the public these days. Worth walking by, even if you can't get in.
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The Spheres
2111 7th Ave
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For those interested in architecture and plants, this is an amazing place. They are only open 2 Saturdays per month. You must try to reserve as soon as you read this. It books up a month in advance, but it's free! They may be opening it up more to the public these days. Worth walking by, even if you can't get in.
Walk around this marvel of historic preservation and placemaking. Kurt's Cheese Shop, Amandine Bakery, Plum Bistro Vegan restaurant, Bar Ferdinand wine bar, pop up shops and more. Pair this with more exploration of the Pike/Pine Neighborhood. Walkable from the apartment.
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Chophouse Row
1424 11th Avenue
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Walk around this marvel of historic preservation and placemaking. Kurt's Cheese Shop, Amandine Bakery, Plum Bistro Vegan restaurant, Bar Ferdinand wine bar, pop up shops and more. Pair this with more exploration of the Pike/Pine Neighborhood. Walkable from the apartment.
This is the most interesting area to walk and explore on Capitol Hill. It's Pike and Pine streets running East/West, from Melrose (Melrose Market) up to 14th (Chophouse Row). The liveliest part is east of Broadway with the highest concentration of restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, bars and people watching.
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Pike/Pine
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This is the most interesting area to walk and explore on Capitol Hill. It's Pike and Pine streets running East/West, from Melrose (Melrose Market) up to 14th (Chophouse Row). The liveliest part is east of Broadway with the highest concentration of restaurants, clubs, coffee shops, bars and people watching.
I have an entire section in my guidebook on visiting the Pike Place Market. It's a must see, so check it out!
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Пайк Плейс Маркет
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I have an entire section in my guidebook on visiting the Pike Place Market. It's a must see, so check it out!
In Ballard, see the boats come from fresh water to salt water via the locks. Walk across the locks to the fish ladder and see the salmon migrating.
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Hiram M Chittenden Locks
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In Ballard, see the boats come from fresh water to salt water via the locks. Walk across the locks to the fish ladder and see the salmon migrating.
This is the hub of Capitol Hill. People are hanging out in this park all evening, especially in summer and the people watching is great.
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Cal Anderson Park
1635 11th Avenue
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This is the hub of Capitol Hill. People are hanging out in this park all evening, especially in summer and the people watching is great.
There are loads of attractions at the Seattle Center. Run through the International Fountain, Museum of Pop Culture, Chihuly Glass Museum (go at night), The Armory Food Court, The Space Needle and more. Take the Monorail from Westlake in Downtown Seattle and try to get the seat in the very front!
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Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
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There are loads of attractions at the Seattle Center. Run through the International Fountain, Museum of Pop Culture, Chihuly Glass Museum (go at night), The Armory Food Court, The Space Needle and more. Take the Monorail from Westlake in Downtown Seattle and try to get the seat in the very front!
This is an amazing Frank Gehry designed building at Seattle Center that has great pop culture and music exhibits. If there's a show you are interested in, go see it!
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Музей Поп Культуры
325 5th Avenue North
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This is an amazing Frank Gehry designed building at Seattle Center that has great pop culture and music exhibits. If there's a show you are interested in, go see it!
The Ballard Farmer's market it the best on in Seattle. It's every Sunday all year round from 10am-3pm. Ballard avenue is a fun stroll even if there isn't a market, boutique shops, coffee and restaurants.
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Ballard Sunday Farmers Market
5345 Ballard Avenue Northwest
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The Ballard Farmer's market it the best on in Seattle. It's every Sunday all year round from 10am-3pm. Ballard avenue is a fun stroll even if there isn't a market, boutique shops, coffee and restaurants.
This is Seattle's historic neighborhood. Highlights include Greg Kucera Gallery, Magic Mouse Toys, the Underground Tour, Il Corvo Restaurant, Elm Coffee Roasters, The London Plane, Good Bar, Smith Tower Observatory, Waterfall Park, Occidental Park...it's gritty but great!
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Pioneer Square
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This is Seattle's historic neighborhood. Highlights include Greg Kucera Gallery, Magic Mouse Toys, the Underground Tour, Il Corvo Restaurant, Elm Coffee Roasters, The London Plane, Good Bar, Smith Tower Observatory, Waterfall Park, Occidental Park...it's gritty but great!
A little off the beaten path, this bar/observatory formerly known as the Chinese Room has a great happy hour and water/city view. Admission include chatting with the elevator operator on the way up and your first drink.
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Smith Tower Observatory Bar
506 2nd Ave
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A little off the beaten path, this bar/observatory formerly known as the Chinese Room has a great happy hour and water/city view. Admission include chatting with the elevator operator on the way up and your first drink.
Make this park the starting point for walking along the waterfront (in either direction). Stunning views and kitschy waterfront activities (The Great Wheel, Ye Old Curiosity Shop). Fish and chips at Ivars is great for lunch (sit outside). For sit down touristy restaurant I recommend Anthony's Bell Street Diner. It's cheaper than the other tourist spots and more relaxed.
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Парк Олимпик Скалпчер
2901 Western Avenue
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Make this park the starting point for walking along the waterfront (in either direction). Stunning views and kitschy waterfront activities (The Great Wheel, Ye Old Curiosity Shop). Fish and chips at Ivars is great for lunch (sit outside). For sit down touristy restaurant I recommend Anthony's Bell Street Diner. It's cheaper than the other tourist spots and more relaxed.
Take a ferry from downtown across the Sound to Winslow on Bainbridge Island. You'll see spectacular views of the Seattle skyline and can walk into this quaint town. Check out Hitchcock Deli for lunch or make reservations at Hitchcock for a special Northwest dining experience. Mora Ice Cream, gift shops and wine tastings.
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Winslow
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Take a ferry from downtown across the Sound to Winslow on Bainbridge Island. You'll see spectacular views of the Seattle skyline and can walk into this quaint town. Check out Hitchcock Deli for lunch or make reservations at Hitchcock for a special Northwest dining experience. Mora Ice Cream, gift shops and wine tastings.
This is the first Starbucks Reserve store and they spared no expense to take coffee to another level. Even Starbucks skeptics, and there are lot of those in Seattle, are impressed.
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Starbucks Reserve Roastery
1124 Pike Street
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This is the first Starbucks Reserve store and they spared no expense to take coffee to another level. Even Starbucks skeptics, and there are lot of those in Seattle, are impressed.
If you are interested in Architecture and books, take a look at the Central Library in Downtown Seattle. Theres a conveyer belt for returning books and perches to see different views.
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Seattle Public Library-Central Library
1000 4th Avenue
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If you are interested in Architecture and books, take a look at the Central Library in Downtown Seattle. Theres a conveyer belt for returning books and perches to see different views.
Ballard is a formerly sleepy Scandinavian neighborhood now known for a multitude of craft breweries, restaurants, shops and the Sunday Market. Great place to spend the evening at a restaurant (Walrus and Carpenter, for example) and get dessert at Hot Cakes.
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Ballard
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Ballard is a formerly sleepy Scandinavian neighborhood now known for a multitude of craft breweries, restaurants, shops and the Sunday Market. Great place to spend the evening at a restaurant (Walrus and Carpenter, for example) and get dessert at Hot Cakes.
In Fremont you can find the Fremont Troll (Under the bridge), walk along the canal, visit Theo Chocolate for free samples and tours, and Indoor Sun Shoppe for plants. Used to be the "Center of the Universe", but Ballard stole some of the thunder from this neighborhood. But the Sunday Fremont Market, with collectibles, crafts and food is still going strong.
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Fremont
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In Fremont you can find the Fremont Troll (Under the bridge), walk along the canal, visit Theo Chocolate for free samples and tours, and Indoor Sun Shoppe for plants. Used to be the "Center of the Universe", but Ballard stole some of the thunder from this neighborhood. But the Sunday Fremont Market, with collectibles, crafts and food is still going strong.
Officially known as the Chinatown/International District, I recommend Dim Sum at Jade Garden (Dive on the outside, nice on the inside). Check out Kinokuniya Book Store, Uwajimaya Grocery Store, 85° Bakery, Oasis Tea Zone for boba drinks. Can be a gritty place, especially at night, but still worth visiting.
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Seattle Chinatown-International District
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Officially known as the Chinatown/International District, I recommend Dim Sum at Jade Garden (Dive on the outside, nice on the inside). Check out Kinokuniya Book Store, Uwajimaya Grocery Store, 85° Bakery, Oasis Tea Zone for boba drinks. Can be a gritty place, especially at night, but still worth visiting.
This is my favorite museum in Seattle because of the local history and the location on Lake Union. It may not be for everyone, but if you want to know more about Seattle and Pacific Northwest history, this is the place.
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Музей истории и промышленности
860 Terry Ave N
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This is my favorite museum in Seattle because of the local history and the location on Lake Union. It may not be for everyone, but if you want to know more about Seattle and Pacific Northwest history, this is the place.
If you are interested in aviation history, this place is amazing. You can do a flight simulation, walk through legendary aircraft including Air Force One and the Concorde, see Sputnik and the birthplace of Boeing.
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The Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way South
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If you are interested in aviation history, this place is amazing. You can do a flight simulation, walk through legendary aircraft including Air Force One and the Concorde, see Sputnik and the birthplace of Boeing.
For the adventurous, this neighborhood is a bit like the old wild west. Divey bars, vintage collectibles, excellent brunch at La Fonda de Caterina are some of the highlights.
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Georgetown
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For the adventurous, this neighborhood is a bit like the old wild west. Divey bars, vintage collectibles, excellent brunch at La Fonda de Caterina are some of the highlights.
Bars and Nightclubs
There are a lot of amazing craft cocktail bars on Capitol Hill. If you want to know more places go to eater dot seattle dot com (I spelled it out) to find out the latest hot spot. You can get good beer all over the hill too, but the best craft breweries are in Ballard. For nightlife, of course it depends what you are in to! For music go to the stranger dot com and check out what is playing. The best live music venues on Capitol Hill are Neumo's and Barboza. For Indie/Alternative Folk Music, Ballard is your best bet with shows at the Sunset Tavern and Tractor Tavern. For dinner and show, The Triple Door in downtown Seattle is a very special venue.
This is the most creative and highly acclaimed bar on Capitol Hill right now. It's next to Stateside Restaurant which is also excellent.
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Foreign National
300 E Pike St
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This is the most creative and highly acclaimed bar on Capitol Hill right now. It's next to Stateside Restaurant which is also excellent.
This was the first great craft cocktail bar on Capitol Hill and it's still amazing. The bartenders will invent something on the spot for you if you ask. Also consider checking out Needle and Thread speakeasy upstairs. Usually you need reservations, but if you pick up the old phone in the back of the bar and ask they may have a space. It's very chill up there.
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Tavern Law
1406 12th Avenue
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This was the first great craft cocktail bar on Capitol Hill and it's still amazing. The bartenders will invent something on the spot for you if you ask. Also consider checking out Needle and Thread speakeasy upstairs. Usually you need reservations, but if you pick up the old phone in the back of the bar and ask they may have a space. It's very chill up there.
This is a speakeasy tucked away above Tavern Law. You probably need reservations, but you can still try to get in by picking up the old time phone in the back of Tavern Law. It's very chill up there. More for quiet adventures.
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Needle & Thread
1406 12th Avenue
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This is a speakeasy tucked away above Tavern Law. You probably need reservations, but you can still try to get in by picking up the old time phone in the back of Tavern Law. It's very chill up there. More for quiet adventures.
This is a big brew pub on Capitol Hill . Really big. For a memorable beer adventure head to Ballard where there are a lot of choices such as Peddlar's and Maritime.
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Optimism Brewing Company
1158 Broadway
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This is a big brew pub on Capitol Hill . Really big. For a memorable beer adventure head to Ballard where there are a lot of choices such as Peddlar's and Maritime.
It's hard to describe this divey, diverse, hip and unpredictable gay bar with a great outdoor patio. Some folks say the bartenders are rude and the guys dancing on the bar are odd, but if you want something out of the ordinary, this is the place.
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Pony
1221 East Madison Street
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It's hard to describe this divey, diverse, hip and unpredictable gay bar with a great outdoor patio. Some folks say the bartenders are rude and the guys dancing on the bar are odd, but if you want something out of the ordinary, this is the place.
Biggest live music venue on the hill. A lot of up and coming bands come through here. There is a second venue in the basement Barbosa that is cool too.
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Neumos
925 East Pike Street
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Biggest live music venue on the hill. A lot of up and coming bands come through here. There is a second venue in the basement Barbosa that is cool too.
Divey basement music venue below Neumo's with a lot of up and coming acts.
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Barboza
925 East Pike Street
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Divey basement music venue below Neumo's with a lot of up and coming acts.
The shows in posh main theater include full table service dinner menu from Wild Ginger restaurant upstairs. Quite a special experience and a great way to hang out in Downtown Seattle. There is free live music in the bar most nights.
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The Triple Door
216 Union Street
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The shows in posh main theater include full table service dinner menu from Wild Ginger restaurant upstairs. Quite a special experience and a great way to hang out in Downtown Seattle. There is free live music in the bar most nights.
Seattle is really into rooftop bars right now. Mbar was the first one do to it well and they have great, but pricey, food too. People tend to dress up a little when going here. It has that New York scene vibe. But casual works in Seattle anywhere too. Great views of the Space needle and sunset.
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MBar
400 Fairview Ave N
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Seattle is really into rooftop bars right now. Mbar was the first one do to it well and they have great, but pricey, food too. People tend to dress up a little when going here. It has that New York scene vibe. But casual works in Seattle anywhere too. Great views of the Space needle and sunset.
Tiki bars are really popular right now. At Rumba, you get massive drinks served in Polynesian style glasses, some on fire and some not!
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Rumba
1112 Pike Street
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Tiki bars are really popular right now. At Rumba, you get massive drinks served in Polynesian style glasses, some on fire and some not!
Restaurants in Other Neighborhoods
Seattle restaurant scene grows every day. For the latest info go to the website eater dot Seattle dot com (I spelled it out). They have a list of 38 Essential Restaurants, a Heat Map and tons of other categories of restaurants to explore. Here are some of my favorites (NOT on Capitol Hill):
In Georgetown, this a great place to getting off the beaten path. They have outdoor seating, a great brunch and just a fun scene.
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Fonda La Catrina
5905 Airport Way South
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In Georgetown, this a great place to getting off the beaten path. They have outdoor seating, a great brunch and just a fun scene.
Foodie seafood experience in Seattle, complete with moustaches. (Ballard)
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The Walrus and the Carpenter
4743 Ballard Avenue Northwest
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Foodie seafood experience in Seattle, complete with moustaches. (Ballard)
This is my favorite sushi restaurant in Seattle. Quirky staff, all sustainable (no eel!), inventive sushi rolls (Temptation Island). It's the opposite of traditional. Reservations are easy to get, but if you show up without one, expect to wait a long time. (West Seattle)
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Mashiko
4725 California Avenue Southwest
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This is my favorite sushi restaurant in Seattle. Quirky staff, all sustainable (no eel!), inventive sushi rolls (Temptation Island). It's the opposite of traditional. Reservations are easy to get, but if you show up without one, expect to wait a long time. (West Seattle)
For foodies, take a ferry ride from Downtown to Winslow, Bainbridge Island for seasonal, local cuisine extremely well done. Make reservations well in advance.
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Hitchcock
133 Winslow Way East
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For foodies, take a ferry ride from Downtown to Winslow, Bainbridge Island for seasonal, local cuisine extremely well done. Make reservations well in advance.
Highly acclaimed Chef Eduardo Jordan has two restaurants in North Seattle (Ravenna) that are side by side, but Junebaby with its southern flair really stands out.
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JuneBaby
2122 NE 65th St
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Highly acclaimed Chef Eduardo Jordan has two restaurants in North Seattle (Ravenna) that are side by side, but Junebaby with its southern flair really stands out.
The lines are ridiculously long for this homemade pasta restaurant open for lunch only in Pioneer Square, but you will get food if you are patient. Better yet, show up between 2pm-3pm when the line has mostly evaporated.
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Il Corvo
217 James Street
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The lines are ridiculously long for this homemade pasta restaurant open for lunch only in Pioneer Square, but you will get food if you are patient. Better yet, show up between 2pm-3pm when the line has mostly evaporated.
New and acclaimed Italian pasta restaurant in a historic building in West Seattle, by Mike Easton the chef behind Il Corvo. Make reservations well in advance or get there by 5:00pm or after 9:00pm for a spot in the bar.
IL Nido
2717 61st Ave SW
New and acclaimed Italian pasta restaurant in a historic building in West Seattle, by Mike Easton the chef behind Il Corvo. Make reservations well in advance or get there by 5:00pm or after 9:00pm for a spot in the bar.
Ballard = Beer. There are more than a dozen craft breweries in Ballard, so if you want to go beer hopping, this is a great place to start.
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Peddler Brewing Company
1514 Northwest Leary Way
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Ballard = Beer. There are more than a dozen craft breweries in Ballard, so if you want to go beer hopping, this is a great place to start.
Korean street food beautifully prepared. Their brunch is excellent too. Same owners also have Joule restaurant near Fremont.
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Revel
513 North 36th Street
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Korean street food beautifully prepared. Their brunch is excellent too. Same owners also have Joule restaurant near Fremont.
Korean street food beautifully prepared. Their brunch is excellent too. Same owners also have Joule restaurant near Fremont.
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Sea Wolf Bakers
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Korean street food beautifully prepared. Their brunch is excellent too. Same owners also have Joule restaurant near Fremont.
The food is decent and the atmosphere is great. If you want to take in the Columbia City vibe, this is a great place to start. Also in Columbia City is a Farmer's Market on Wednesday from 3-7PM. Off the beaten path.
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Super Six
3714 S Hudson St
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The food is decent and the atmosphere is great. If you want to take in the Columbia City vibe, this is a great place to start. Also in Columbia City is a Farmer's Market on Wednesday from 3-7PM. Off the beaten path.
Take the West Seattle Watertaxi from Downtown and you are there! Inexpensive small Korean and Hawaiian bites. From here you can walk to Alki Beach in around 20 minutes. Take an Uber or Lyft back to the apartment.
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Marination Ma Kai
1660 Harbor Avenue Southwest
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Take the West Seattle Watertaxi from Downtown and you are there! Inexpensive small Korean and Hawaiian bites. From here you can walk to Alki Beach in around 20 minutes. Take an Uber or Lyft back to the apartment.
Good Bar has a bustling happy hour from 4-7 with excellent drinks and bites. Located in historic Pioneer Square, It's a locals favorite with nearly no tourists.
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Good Bar
240 2nd Avenue South
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Good Bar has a bustling happy hour from 4-7 with excellent drinks and bites. Located in historic Pioneer Square, It's a locals favorite with nearly no tourists.
Catch the First Hill Line Street Car on Broadway and take it to the end of the line in Pioneer Square. Copal has small plates of inventive and delicious Mexican dishes. You will want to order them all. Be sure to get the watermelon salad. Its a beautiful space and excellent food and drink (including the non-alcoholic drinks).
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Copal
323 Occidental Ave S
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Catch the First Hill Line Street Car on Broadway and take it to the end of the line in Pioneer Square. Copal has small plates of inventive and delicious Mexican dishes. You will want to order them all. Be sure to get the watermelon salad. Its a beautiful space and excellent food and drink (including the non-alcoholic drinks).
London Plane is incredibly special. Its in a gorgeous space with baked goods, flowers and small gift shop. The food is creative and beautiful, with a middle eastern influence. For foodies, this is something unique and not too expensive either.
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The London Plane
300 Occidental Avenue South
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London Plane is incredibly special. Its in a gorgeous space with baked goods, flowers and small gift shop. The food is creative and beautiful, with a middle eastern influence. For foodies, this is something unique and not too expensive either.
Need a steak? Go to Red Cow. The burger is amazing too. It's in Madrona which is not far from the apartment and it's another Ethan Stowell restaurant. I'm a big fan of all of his places. They have a later Happy Hour from 5-7PM on weekdays, 5-6 pm on Friday/Saturday.
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Red Cow
1423 34th Avenue
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Need a steak? Go to Red Cow. The burger is amazing too. It's in Madrona which is not far from the apartment and it's another Ethan Stowell restaurant. I'm a big fan of all of his places. They have a later Happy Hour from 5-7PM on weekdays, 5-6 pm on Friday/Saturday.
Coffee!
Seattle is hugely into coffee. If you are coffee tourist, like some of my friends, you plan your day around where you are getting your next cup. I will start with close in recommendations (Central Area, Capitol Hill) and then work my way further out. For even more recommendations go to eater dot seattle dot com ( I spelled it out) and look at their Coffee Heat Map.
Just a couple blocks from the apartment, this place is cool and good. They also cut hair, so you can look good too.
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Squirrel Chops
2201 E Union St
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Just a couple blocks from the apartment, this place is cool and good. They also cut hair, so you can look good too.
I'm a huge fan of this coffee/bakeshop in Chophouse Row. They have every possible type of milk for your espresso or chai or matcha and the upstairs perch is a great spot to hang out. Plus Chophouse Row, is a great place for everyone to explore.
Amandine Bakeshop
1424 11th Ave
I'm a huge fan of this coffee/bakeshop in Chophouse Row. They have every possible type of milk for your espresso or chai or matcha and the upstairs perch is a great spot to hang out. Plus Chophouse Row, is a great place for everyone to explore.
An import all the way from Portland! They have a beautiful coffee shop and specialize in single origin lightly roasted coffees. For aficionados and regular folks alike. Their hot chocolate is quite good too.
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Stumptown Coffee Roasters
1115 12th Avenue
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An import all the way from Portland! They have a beautiful coffee shop and specialize in single origin lightly roasted coffees. For aficionados and regular folks alike. Their hot chocolate is quite good too.
Great neighborhood coffee shop that really knows what they are doing.
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Victrola Coffee Roasters
310 East Pike Street
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Great neighborhood coffee shop that really knows what they are doing.
In Pioneer Square, this Italian style coffee shop has soccer on the television and a European style brick paved outdoor cafe with no cars.
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Caffe Umbria
320 Occidental Avenue South
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In Pioneer Square, this Italian style coffee shop has soccer on the television and a European style brick paved outdoor cafe with no cars.
The coffee is great and the donuts are even better. This flagship location on 5th Avenue is in an old auto dealership and has beautiful shiny floors. But there is another location on Capitol Hill and others around town.
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Top Pot Doughnuts
2124 5th Ave
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The coffee is great and the donuts are even better. This flagship location on 5th Avenue is in an old auto dealership and has beautiful shiny floors. But there is another location on Capitol Hill and others around town.
There are plenty of great coffee shops in Ballard, but this one stands out for it's all organic coffees and great location near the Ballard Farmer's Market.
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Caffe Fiore
5405 Leary Avenue Northwest
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There are plenty of great coffee shops in Ballard, but this one stands out for it's all organic coffees and great location near the Ballard Farmer's Market.
This is the original Starbucks Reserve is on Capitol Hill and definitely worth a visit. Even locals are impressed. There is another Starbucks Reserve in their corporate headquarters on Utah Street and one near the Pike Place Market too.
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Starbucks Reserve Roastery
1124 Pike Street
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This is the original Starbucks Reserve is on Capitol Hill and definitely worth a visit. Even locals are impressed. There is another Starbucks Reserve in their corporate headquarters on Utah Street and one near the Pike Place Market too.
They were one of the first and still the best. Why? Because they teach classes on how to pull coffee Italian style. Theres a sit down location and a street cafe location, both on Broadway (Capitol Hill).
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Espresso Vivace
532 Broadway East
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They were one of the first and still the best. Why? Because they teach classes on how to pull coffee Italian style. Theres a sit down location and a street cafe location, both on Broadway (Capitol Hill).
A beautiful space and carefully curated and crafted coffee in Pioneer Square.
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Elm Coffee Roasters
240 2nd Avenue South
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A beautiful space and carefully curated and crafted coffee in Pioneer Square.
Shopping
Seattle is home to some very interesting Flagship stores that are definitely worth visiting. Be sure to check out Chophouse Row for a great selection of local shops in an amazingly renovated historic building.
Yes! We have a Trader Joe's nearby and they have everything you need.
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Trader Joe's
1700 Madison Street
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Yes! We have a Trader Joe's nearby and they have everything you need.
I can't say enough about this place. It's a converted historical building with amazingly curated shops, restaurants and coffee shops. A lot of my recommendations are right here, so be sure to check it out (Amandine Coffee Shop, Bar Ferdinand, By Tae Sushi , Plum Bistro and more.)
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Chophouse Row
1424 11th Avenue
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I can't say enough about this place. It's a converted historical building with amazingly curated shops, restaurants and coffee shops. A lot of my recommendations are right here, so be sure to check it out (Amandine Coffee Shop, Bar Ferdinand, By Tae Sushi , Plum Bistro and more.)
Uncle Ike's Pot Shop at 23rd and Union is within walking distance and is Seattle's most iconic pot shop. Be sure to bring ID and cash! We don't allow any smoking in the apartment or the back yard, but vaping and edibles are fine. You are welcome to smoke on the sidewalk in front of the house.
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Uncle Ike's Pot Shop Central District
2310 East Union Street
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Uncle Ike's Pot Shop at 23rd and Union is within walking distance and is Seattle's most iconic pot shop. Be sure to bring ID and cash! We don't allow any smoking in the apartment or the back yard, but vaping and edibles are fine. You are welcome to smoke on the sidewalk in front of the house.
Seattle's largest and best bookstore. They have book readings almost every day, great recommendations and a cafe. It's right next to a lot of other great Capitol Hill shops and restaurants too.
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The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Avenue
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Seattle's largest and best bookstore. They have book readings almost every day, great recommendations and a cafe. It's right next to a lot of other great Capitol Hill shops and restaurants too.
REI's flagship store is really impressive, with a huge climbing wall for kids and outdoors areas to try on gear. Stop here before heading out for your hike or camping trip.
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REI
222 Yale Avenue North
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REI's flagship store is really impressive, with a huge climbing wall for kids and outdoors areas to try on gear. Stop here before heading out for your hike or camping trip.
Off the beaten path in West Seattle, this is Seattle's most special music store, plus they serve a great diner like breakfast.
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Easy Street Records & Cafe
4559 California Avenue Southwest
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Off the beaten path in West Seattle, this is Seattle's most special music store, plus they serve a great diner like breakfast.
Awesomely fun Japanese book store in Chinatown/International District with lots of kitchy Japanese things to buy. In same building as Uwajimaya Asian Grocery.
Kinokuniya Seattle
525 South Weller Street
Awesomely fun Japanese book store in Chinatown/International District with lots of kitchy Japanese things to buy. In same building as Uwajimaya Asian Grocery.
They have many of the same chain stores as Downtown Seattle, but a little more posh. Seattle's only Apple store is here, along with Amazon Books, Lululemon, H&M and more. Restaurants include Din Tai Fun (also Downtown) and Hokkaido Ramen.
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University Village
2623 NE University Village St
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They have many of the same chain stores as Downtown Seattle, but a little more posh. Seattle's only Apple store is here, along with Amazon Books, Lululemon, H&M and more. Restaurants include Din Tai Fun (also Downtown) and Hokkaido Ramen.
Seattle's only Apple Store is in University Village. They built a special building for it and it's quite nice.
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University Village
2623 Northeast University Village Street
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Seattle's only Apple Store is in University Village. They built a special building for it and it's quite nice.
The flagship Nordstrom store in Downtown Seattle is quite beautiful and there is tons of other shopping nearby.
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Nordstrom Downtown Seattle
500 Pine St
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The flagship Nordstrom store in Downtown Seattle is quite beautiful and there is tons of other shopping nearby.