13 Best Places to Shop in Capitol Hill, Seattle

Capitol Hill Farmers Market

Fodor's choice

One of the city's liveliest and most interesting farmers’ markets fills a plaza and spills onto a side street. There's fresh produce galore, prepared foods including Ethiopian cuisine and ice pops, plus music, samples, and plenty of cut flowers. The market is open Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm.

Elliott Bay Book Company

Capitol Hill Fodor's choice

A major reason to visit this landmark bookstore—formerly a longtime haunt in Pioneer Square, hence the name—is the great selection of Pacific Northwest history books and fiction titles by local authors, complete with handwritten recommendation cards from the knowledgeable staff. A big selection of bargain books, underground parking, lovely skylights, and an appealing café all sweeten the deal—and the hundreds of author events held every year mean that nearly every day is an exciting one for dropping by.

Standard Goods

Fodor's choice
If you want to get a true sense of Pacific Northwest style, this men's and women's clothing shop embodies it all, from casual plaid button-down shirts to wood-framed sunglasses. Carrying local brands like Filson, Shwood, and Capitol Hill Candles, this trendy local shop sources only quality goods.

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Big Little News

Capitol Hill

Browse through low-budget zines and carefully crafted journals to explore your niche interests or discover new ones: not only is print not dead, it's thriving at this tiny but huge-hearted new-era newsstand. Opened in 2021, it inhabits an old elevator shaft remodeled to hold more than 200 different magazines and publications. Carrying everything from super-high-end imported fashion journals to the latest tabloid, Big Little News refuses to stick to either half of their moniker.

Cupcake Royale

Try the cupcake of the month or flavors like the peppermint patty and the tiramisu, made with Stumptown coffee.

Indian Summer

Nominally a vintage clothing store with a focus on inclusive styles and sizes, Indian Summer is a fashion community destination for anyone who has ever struggled to fit into traditional clothes or trends. The unique vintage clothes curated by owner Adria Garcia show off impeccable taste that caters to nobody's beauty ideals, filling the shelves with the kinds of dresses, pants, hats, and more that so many people always dreamt of but never thought they could wear.


This lovely store sells artisan crafts from studios in Japan and the Northwest. As at the International District branch, you'll find tasteful home wares, cute but functional gifts, and quirky pieces of furniture. After a long day of looking at retro and ironic items, this place will cleanse your palate.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

Yep, it's a Portland import, but Seattleites have swallowed their pride with this one, as the coffee is just too good to ignore.


Capitol Hill
Style mavens (including men) who wouldn't be caught dead in fleece flock to this fashion-forward cult boutique, which stocks edgy lines like Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Rachel Comey, Acne Studios, and Dries Van Noten. The gorgeously spare space—a converted 1940s auto shop—plays blank canvas for the covetable clothing and shoes, as well as the store's smartly curated selection of “art-objects,” such as lighting, textiles, ceramics, linens, and art, along with eye-catching pieces from Totokaelo’s in-house furniture brand.

Twice Sold Tales

It's hard to miss this excellent used-book store: simply look for the six-foot neon cat waving his Cheshire tail. Inside, you'll find plenty more kitties winding their way through the maze of stacks. The specialties here are rare books and out-of-print treasures, but they've got a smattering of everything and the employees (feline and human) care deeply about finding you the right books.

Wall of Sound

Capitol Hill

If you're on the hunt for Japanese avant-rock on LP, antiwar spoken word, spiritual reggae with Afro-jazz undertones, or old screen-printed show posters, you've found the place. Obscure, experimental, adventurous, and good? Wall of Sound probably has it.

Wall of Sound

If you're on the hunt for Japanese avant-rock on LP, antiwar spoken word, spiritual reggae with Afro-jazz undertones, or old screen-printed show posters, you've found the place. They carry new and used CDs and LPs of all sorts, specializing in the kinds of things you probably won't find anywhere else.