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In Seattle, “Capitol Hill” can be shorthand for ornate vintage mansions or shiny stacks of studio apartments. Which tracks for an area that packs enough restaurants, bars, small businesses, and civic history to populate an entire municipality. Over the past century, Capitol Hill has assumed myriad identities—auto row, queer community hub, grunge haven, occupied protest zone. Now the neighborhood, which overlooks downtown from across I-5, wages a perpetual battle to retain all that character as development grows more lucrative by the year. In this way (and in so many others) it’s often a microcosm of broader Seattle issues. But make no mistake—Capitol Hill is a culture all its own.

In This Feature:

The Best Restaurants on Capitol Hill

From Italian food to Thai food to restaurants with amazing drinks, here's where to eat on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

08/27/2021 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff

What Really Happened in CHOP?

One year ago, protesters transformed six blocks on Capitol Hill and captured the nation’s attention. Nobody knew where this would go.

06/08/2021 By Marcus Harrison Green

16 of Our Favorite Capitol Hill Shops

From covetable skincare at the just-opened Glossier to vintage sportswear at Throwbacks Northwest, find it all in Seattle's best shopping neighborhood.

08/26/2021 By Chelsea Lin, Rosin Saez, and Zoe Sayler

Property Watch: A Cozy Vintage Condo in Capitol Hill

This small space is warm in every sense of the word.

06/16/2021 By Sarah Anne Lloyd