Cal Anderson Park (named after Washington's first openly gay legislator) is located at the Pike/Pine nexus of gay-friendly, hipster-filled Capitol Hill. With plenty of grassy lawns for picnics, reading, or playing bocce ball, it's no surprise that crowds flock here whenever there's a sunny day anytime of year. It's also conveniently located near some great shops and restaurants: Molly Moon Ice Cream, Rock Box karaoke, Cure, Cupcake Royale, Unicorn, Elliott Bay Book Company, Everyday Music, and all the cheap eats on Broadway. Grab some takeout or a coffee to go and head to the park to admire the fountain or enjoy some people-watching. On Sundays, the Broadway Farmers Market is just a block away on Broadway.
On a recent trip to visit dear friends in Seattle, we realized that the 10th Ave and E Pine St. neighborhood was heaven on earth. Start at the deliciously designed Totokaelo for your clothing needs and then head next door to Elliot Bay Book Company. Refresh with a beverage and some nibbles at the throw back and cozy dining space called Oddfellows and then be sure to catch the action at night when the local bicycle polo team takes the court at Cal Anderson Park.