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The Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle lies just east of I-5, south of state route 520 and the Montlake neighborhood. Numerous steep streets line Capitol Hill, as it sits above most of Seattle, providing for great views of Lake Union, Elliot Bay and The Olympic Mountains. Capitol Hill is considered one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in Seattle; the diverse mixture of stores and theatres draws in an equally diverse population. Residences include everything from the most grandiose of Victorian mansions to vintage studio apartments.
Known for its nightlife and entertainment, Capitol Hill is perfect for those seeking a trendy district in Seattle and has been compared to Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Perhaps the most significant facet of the Capitol Hill neighborhood is the infamous nightlife it offers. Bars, clubs, theatres and music venues are among the most popular attractions on the hill. Broadway Avenue East is not only the main thoroughfare for Capitol Hill, but also the main shopping district and a popular destination for those who reside both on and off the hill. On Broadway, one can find an assortment of record stores, coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants and bars that have the counterculture atmosphere for which Capitol Hill strives. On any given day, crowds of people can be found seeking the vintage and funky styles that Broadway has to offer. In addition, Capitol Hill has some of Seattle’s most significant theatres. Both the Egyptian Theatre and the Harvard Exit Theatre offer foreign and independent films. The historic Paramount Theatre is a large music venue in Seattle and sits just at the base of Capitol Hill.
Although Capitol Hill is celebrated for its city culture, there are places to slip away to for some downtime. It is just minutes away from some of the best recreation spots in Seattle, such as Gas Works Park and the downtown waterfront, but there are also some public parks right on the hill. Volunteer Park is a favorite of Capitol Hill visitors because it offers the amenities of a park, while still maintaining the culture of Capitol Hill. Volunteer Park has a Botanical Garden conservatory with five different buildings displaying some of the most exotic plants and flowers in Seattle. A water tower on the grounds has an observation deck to see the hill’s great views. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is located on the premises of Volunteer Park and is free for visitors two days out of the month. Capitol Hill is possibly Seattle’s most diverse neighborhood, providing entertainment and culture for anyone.