Here are links here to several
different pages of photos of area
spots. These are all in the Pike/Pine
They are broken down by where we
might go for breakfast, lunch, dinner
and late night; and also by location.
There are just so many places all
around us that it is an almost
impossible task to go to them all.
There are literally over a hundred
places within an easy walk of St.
John's. How will you decide? All the
restaurants have bars; many are open
for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So my
divisions are somewhat arbitrary.
I took several photos with my head
sticking out the window of our
apartment #304 this last spring. In
the one directly left it is a view
down Harvard Avenue between
Pike and Pine. The building on the
right is a charming movie theatre,
The Egyptian. It's for the 30's and
restored and beautiful inside,
although you probably won't have
time to go to the movies while
you're visitng Seattle. There's just
so much to do.
The photos on these links show the interiors and exteriors of about
60 of our area restaurants and bars. To see where they are you can
go to the maps page. I've made maps of all these locations relative
to St. John's. The furthest is about six blocks away--all are within
easy and safe walking distance.
St. John's is owned by Mark Chambers and Oda Egeland. The website content, including the layout, photos and text
were all by Mark Chambers. Christine is now helping edit the text, so it's much easier to read!
Mark has been making photos since he was eight years old. Last year he decided to try to photograph all of Capitol
Hill's hot spots. For a few months (Jan. - Mar. 2012) we (Mark and Oda) went to restaurants and bars at night, (after
our normal bedtimes) and photographed the scene that is Capitol Hill. The photos really don't do it justice. The
neighborhood is filled with restaurants, all have bar,s and most stay open until 2 a.m. On weekends the number of
people crowding in the surrounding blocks is astounding. Literally thousands of people. It's an incredible scene! It's
like going to Times Square in New York.
Every city has a neighborhood like this. It's moved in Seattle over the years. Twenty years ago the area known as
Pioneer Square was the hot spot in Seattle. Then the new and exciting places left, moving to Belltown, which is an area
just north of the Pike Place Market. A number of years ago that area lost its luster, and the energy moved to Capitol Hill.
Which is where we are!
Today the new places you'll read about in Seattle's papers and on-line press are all in our neighborhood. It is a very
lucky thing for our short term apartment business. Ours is the area of Seattle that travelers find most interesting for
eating out and enjoying the night life. And it has a great park and Seattle's best independent bookstore and music store.
And hundreds of botiques. It really is "where the action is."
Directly across E. Pike are two restaurants. Pho Le's is noodle soup cuisine. It's Authentic Vietnamese and very
good. Next to that is 95 Slide, a sports bar/restaurant. They have 20 or more giant screens and play all the games
all the time, plus they have good sports bar food--burgers and fries, etc.
A little summer time bonus to 95 Slide is the roof deck and bar. You can see St. John's over the top of the
fence. It's a fun place to hang out on semi-cloudy days. When the sun's intense it's just too hot and there's no
shade. That's when we retreat to the patio at the back of St. John's Bar and Eatery.
Above are the two entrances to the QFC grocery store across the street from us. The main entrance is the left
shot--it's on Broadway. The entrance shown in the photo at right is directly across Harvard Ave. It's a big store
inside and has a great selection of fresh produce, a big deli area, lots of variety of things, and beer and wine and
even hard Alcohol in limitied quantities. We provide a QFC Member discount card on your key ring so you get the
insider pricing when you shop there.
Three blocks away is the Elliott Bay Book Co. It's Seattle's oldest
independent bookstore and they have a great selection in a very
cool space. There's everything you could want there including of
course books, also maps and travel guides. They don't have
music however, that's left to Everyday Music, which is across the
street (photo below).
Perhaps you just want to take a walk
in the Park? Seattle has quite a few.
The closest is Cal Anderson Park,
which is three blocks from us. It's a
big park with a great kids play area,
plus a running track, baseball field
and several tennis courts. It's just
across the street from Elliott Bay
And it's not the only park in town.
There are many more great parks!
There's a sculpture park down by the
waterfront that's really cool and
several park areas along the water,
just to mention a few.