Back when Capitol Hill was named, its creators anticipated the neighborhood to become the capitol of Washington State and stately mansions and elaborate Victorian style residences still attest to that early vision. History took a different route though and the demographics changed profoundly soon after World War II. Capitol Hill turned from a ritzy area into the funky, hip neighborhood of today and is now home to a diverse mix of cultures and countercultures. Young professionals mingle with the thriving LGTBQ community, artists and foodies frequent establishments were Kurt Cobain once played and there is a huge variety of niche theaters, music venues, quirky coffee shops, bookstores and boutiques lining the streets.
One of the highlights is the weekly Broadway Farmers Market, which provides the population of Capitol Hill with fresh and seasonal artisanal foods, flowers and good music each Sunday. On sunny days, the Cal Anderson Park becomes the heart and soul of Capitol Hill and offers an escape from the city without really having to leave. The vast green space hosts a waterfall, fountain, pond, sports fields and playgrounds and is a great place for dipping your toes into the water, watching impromptu art performances or joining in on a game of Frisbee.
The Capitol Hill neighborhood can be found just east of the downtown business district. There is a very limited number of parking spaces and it’s recommended that you get there via the many public transit lines and further explore the very walkable district on foot.