Around Capitol Hill

While exhilarating, the startup grind can take its toll on daily life, sucking away precious quality time, so every other Saturday is marked “Date Day: Do something fun!” on our shared Google calendar. Last Saturday, we decided to explore Capitol Hill — the neighborhood every friend and magazine has been recommending — for good reason. When we first moved to Seattle, I felt like I was just living in a much more sparsely populated San Francisco with very similar demographics but fewer dining options and hipster hangouts. That is, until I really explored Capitol Hill. The neighborhood feels much like the home I once knew! Streets are much more vibrant and densely lined with tasteful cafes, bars, and boutiques like those we’d find in the Mission or Castro, but also Pac Heights. I’d say, Capitol Hill is somehow a fusion between the grunge and swank — with a much more positive attitude.

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mollymoons

Molly Moons is pretty much Seattle’s sweet equivalent of Bi-Rite in the Mission or Ici in Berkeley — hand-crafted with quality ingredients, served to you in the same paper cup or waffle cone that permeates the entire block. We decided to hit up another ice-creamery, however, for more unique offerings!

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The presentation of Ryan’s root-beer float clearly trumped my affogato!

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Bluebird
1205 E Pike St Ste. 1A
Seattle, WA 98122

Afterward, Ryan decided to get a haircut at the Aveda Institute, while I browsed through the most wondrous place: The Elliott Bay Book Company! It’s so exhilarating to walk into a physical bookstore these days, and even more heartwarming when you personal recommendations with hand-written notes.

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The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

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The Totokaelo clothing store next door was one of the prettiest I’ve seen with items so carefully curated I thought it might’ve been inappropriate to take photos inside (like at an art gallery).

After Ryan’s haircut, we walked over to Boom to catch up with a friend over noodles and juice cocktails. I’ve never been to a noodle place that served both pho and ramen, let alone embodied chic decor — so I didn’t expect the authentic noodles I had in Asia to begin with, but the kimchi ramen was an interesting take.

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Boom Noodle
1121 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

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Afterward, we just wandered around the area until sunset.

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Statement entrances make a huge first impression. These are restaurants I want to try just because of their gorgeous, solid wooden doors.

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The scenery and ambiance can change so drastically when you just cross the freeway.