Under a different name, Bifournil, this was an organic french bakery. And it remains a great place to get your daily bread. The quiche, croque monsieurs, and croissants are also excellent. They have made an effort to be more of a coffeeshop in the latest iteration - with mixed success.
Volunteer park is in the heart of capitol hill and is a great place to escape the urban streets. A favorite weekend pastime is to take a walk in the park. The Seattle Asian Art Museum is located in the park for a diversion. There are picnic tables for impromptu meals.
I used to receive facials and massages at virginia mason and have nothing but praise for both. The prices for these services are reasonable. Though they do not provide the footbaths, aromatherapy and other accessories that spas do, the aestheticians are equally competent - if not more so. The clinic is located on the main first hill campus.
Rem Koolhaas's design deserves all the praise it has received. The spiral and the organization of the books becomes somewhat intuitive after repeated visits. I have been able to secure any book I've requested through the library's excellent inter-library loan system. And if for some reason, they cannot find it, I can often request that the library purchase the item - and lo and behold - it actually happens.
The rendezvous defines the difference between second and first avenues in belltown. The crowds on 2nd tend to be older and this bar appeals to those in their late 20s and early 30s. I have seen a couple of shows here and the place is crowded, noisy and fun. When smoking was allowed, this was among the worst places in the city. However, now that smoking is banned - no concerns in that regard.
My friend, who adores her cat is a regular at this place and used to drag me here during lunch breaks. They have great organic cat food. Any pet lover who wants to treat their pet to whole foods like cuisine for their pets will adore this place. They are also a good resource for finding pet sitters and local vets.
Ray Oldenburg wrote a book called The Great Good Place where he describes places between work and home - informal public gathering places essential to the community and public life. This is what all third place book locations aspire to be - and the ravenna location achieves its goals. Our bookclub sometimes meets here. And I've read in the paper that other groups use it for a meeting place as well. They have a wonderful collection of books for sale as well.
I used to walk past this store after work, on my way home. It was a great place for impulse purchases. I did buy a pair of really uncomfortable shoes here (and I am deducting a star for that reason). But this is a great place to find up-to-date fashions for reasonable prices. The staff differ in their level of helpfulness and attentiveness.
The name gives it away - the martinis at this place are truly good. And it is super convenient to meet people here both before and after sonics games. The bar gets very crowded on game nights, so you have to arrive early to stalk out a sitting place. Try to arrive in time for their weekday happy hour from 4 to 6 pm.
Though the drinks tend to be a bit pricey, this tiny lounge in belltown is a great place to retire to after dining in belltown. It can sometimes be difficult to secure a table. But the bar is a fun place to hang out and the bartenders are friendly. The usual caveat about parking in belltown applies. I prefer the 2nd avenue selection of bars/lounges better than the overplayed first avenue ones.