VOLUNTEER PARK
Located on Capitol Hill, Seattle, Volunteer Park is the crown jewel of the more than 300 parks in the Seattle system. It was designed by the pioneering Olmsted landscape architecture firm of Central Park (NYC) fame, and highlights include the Conservatory, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the historic Water Tower, where there is an exhibit on the Olmsted legacy in Seattle.

DINING

Poppy

“Meticulous cooking and a gift for mingling flavors that rivet your attention” — Seattle Times

Top Pot

Perhaps the best doughnuts in Seattle. We find if you walk there and back, it helps burn off both the calories and the guilt!

Olivar

“Vibrantly seasoned dishes not found elsewhere in the city. (Don’t miss the gnocchi.)” — Seattle PI

Teriyaki & Wok

Teriyaki shops in Seattle are like taquerias in LA—on every corner. This is the one we usually wind up at.

Coastal Kitchen

The menu changes to feature a different ethnic cuisine every quarter.

Dilettante

Completely over the top chocolates, chocolate desserts, hot chocolates, brandy and port—sure, they serve some sandwiches and salads too, but what’s the point??

Julia’s on Broadway

Dining and cocktail selections with Broadway theater themes. Live music, no cover.

Poquitos

“It’s a fun, people-pleaser of a place: Noisy, loud, popular and ideal for groups.” — Seattle Magazine

Joe Bar Café

Renowned for their Saturday and Sunday crepes.

Lark

Rustic neighborhood spot with a range of small plates to choose from.

Kingfish Café

Great Southern and soul food.

Vios Café

Greek food for lunch or dinner, just five blocks from the Mansion.

Glo’s

Sadly, Glo has passed on, but this continues to be one of the most popular breakfast/lunch/brunch spots on the Hill.

Elysian Brewing Company

One of Seattle’s many fine brew pubs. Great beer selection and decent pub food to boot.

BIA restaurants

All the restaurants in the “Broadway Business Improvement Area,” including some of those listed above.
COFFEE
OK, so everyone knows Seattle is Coffee Central. Yes, within a five mile radius of the Shafer Baillie Mansion there really are 99 Starbucks coffee houses, including the mammoth corporate world headquarters as well as the original Starbucks at the Pike Place Market . But coffee in Seattle is much more than Starbucks, and there’s no place better to discover that than Capitol Hill.

Espresso Vivace

David Schomer literally wrote the book on professional espresso preparation, and it’s the text the others follow. All three Vivace locations are within a short distance of the Mansion, including the sidewalk bar that’s just a neighborhood stroll away.

Caffe Ladro

About four blocks from the Mansion, another of Seattle’s fine local coffee emporia, serving only fair trade organic shade grown coffees.

Caffé Vita

On the border between Capitol Hill and First Hill, this two-level shop is a popular hangout for students from Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College.

Victrola Coffee and Art

Coffee and art—two great tastes that taste great together! Get your fix, just a few blocks from the Mansion on 15th Avenue East.