Seattle Travel Guide: 15 Places to Eat, Drink, & Shop in Capitol Hill

Our Seattle travel guide is here! We are so excited to finally bring you our #1 most requested travel guide, and because there's sooo much to do in Seattle, this guide is all about one neighborhood: Capitol Hill. Capitol Hill is one cool neighborhood, located close to downtown but in it's own enclave of hip restaurants, bars (Capitol Cider), boutiques, and coffee shops (Porchlight Coffee). Check out these places to eat, drink, and shop in Capitol Hill with our Seattle travel guide: 

Where to Stay in Seattle: Best Airbnb 

Finding a good place to stay in Seattle is actually pretty hard! There aren't a lot of cool, boutique hotel options (the Ace is in kind of a weird location), so we usually opt for staying in an Airbnb instead! Our friends Rhett & Kelly have this bright and cheery 2 bedroom Seattle Airbnb, and it's in the BEST location. Seriously. While this post is all about Capitol Hill, we actually love their place because its central to a lot of Seattle neighbourhoods like Ballard, Fremont, and Wallingford, that we like to visit too!


This awesome Seattle Airbnb is also huge, and it's a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom which makes it perfect for staying with fiends! Kelly & Rhett have 2 young kids themselves, so they've made sure to make the place kid-friendly and stocked with any kid essentials too (not that we would know what those are :P). You can save their place to your Airbnb wishlist here! Thinking of trying out Airbnb for your next trip?

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Seattle Travel Guide: Best Places to Eat, Drink and Shop in Capitol Hill


Our current Settle obsession is the modern, oh so delicious Vietnamese brunch at Stateside, definitely one of the best restaurants in Capitol Hill! We love the cheery decor, and the unique brunch menu is full of both savoury (shrimp open faced omelette, crispy duck rolls) and sweet (saigon cinnamon brioche french toast, or the Hong Kong style charcoal waffles). It was so good that we went back two days in a row! 


If you want the classic, Instagrammable Seattle experience, a visit to Oddfellows in Capitol Hill should be at the top of your list. The rustic Americana decor is on point, there's a cute patio in the back (or in the frong), and the happy hour menu is awesome.


After leaving Oddfellows, there are a ton of places to visit in Capitol Hill on this street. One of them is Nube, a unique shop that features home goods and clothing that are all American-made, with an emphasis on repurposed or organic materials.


Totokaelo is probably the prettiest store in all of Seattle, and even if you can't afford to splurge on their insane shoe collection, it's worth a visit just to check it out (and take a selfie in their amazing selfie mirror, obviously). 

Elliott Bay Bookstore and Little Oddfellows

Elliott Bay Bookstore is the kind of independent bookstore that you can sit in for hours and never get bored. It's cozy, intimate, and never seems to end. Keep walking to the back though, and you'll find Little Oddfellows, the new coffee shop version of Oddfellows. They also have a great selection of fun lit merch like totes and mugs, which make good gifts to bring home! 

If you're looking for more of the best restaurants in Capitol Hill, Lost Lake Cafe is the perfect place for some casual and cheap eats, and we recommend Plum Bistro for all you vegetarians (or aspiring vegetarians). 


Seattle's only men's footwear store is Likelihood, and whether you're looking for some fresh kicks or just want to browse for a cool gift for your boyfriend, this is definitely a place to check out in Capitol Hill! 

If you're craving some really good doughnuts, General Porpoise is definitely where you want to visit in Capitol Hill! Chocolate marshmellow doughnut, anyone? If you'd rather your coffee with a side of cycling, head across the street to Metier Racing & Coffee, which is both a bike shop and a cafe. 

Bar Melusine

There's nothing like a beautiful restaurant with a serious pop of color, and Bar Melusine's signature green-teal makes it a perfect (and Instagrammable) dinner spot. If you love seafood (and especially oysters), you'll definitely want to check out this modern mermaid gem. 



One of the coolest places to shop in Capitol Hill, or Seattle for that matter, is Glasswing. You'll find an expertly curated selection of hip clothing, hip plants, and a ton of accessories you never knew you needed. 

Sitka & Spruce

Next door to Glasswing is a cool, local market, and inside of that you'll find Sitka & Spruce. We loved enjoying happy hour at their wine bar, it would also make the perfect date spot ;) 


If you're looking for a good brunch in Capitol Hill, Tallulah's is at the top of the list. It's located away from the main strip in Capitol Hill, and we loved how many healthy brunch options there were! 

And there you have it! Definitely have fun and explore Capitol Hill in Seattle, there's sooo much to see and do, this is just a good place to get started! Stay tuned for our Seattle travel guides to Ballard and Fremont, and don't forget to follow us on Instagram @localwanderer for travel inspo!