Shopping in Seattle: Capitol Hill

The neighborhood where grunge started has kept its edge.

Just north of downtown, Capitol Hill remains a hot spot for Seattle’s young hipster class. An influx of swank restaurants and smart stores has made the quarter a shopping destination—particularly after upscale boutique Totokaelo (1523 10th Ave., 844-868-6523; totokaelo.com) relocated here five years ago. The shop, true to its grunge roots, carries up-and-coming brands like Black Crane and Wunderkind alongside Maison Margiela, Vetements, and Dries Van Noten.

In Totokaelo’s wake came Likelihood (1101 E. Union St., 206-257-0577; likelihood.us), catering to sneaker freaks with an exclusive lineup of men’s footwear and select accessories. The airy shop stocks international and hard-to-find styles—like collaborations with Nike—often holding raffles for new releases.

The Hayden Collective (500 E. Pike St., Suite 500C, 206-448- 9405; carriehayden.com), which arrived in 2015, is the showroom of interior designer Carrie Hayden, a former NYC fashion-industry veteran with an eye trained on the next great decor trend. Her in-house accessories line offers sculptural, moody accents that make ideal gifts for design-minded friends. Favorites include a pyrite wine stopper and a centerpiece inspired by ancient Greece.

Glasswing (1525 Melrose Ave., 206-641-7646; glasswingshop.com) sells utilitarian basics and minimalist home goods from independent designers in a rustic- chic space with rotating art exhibitions. Also: a terrarium bar and a $4,200, six-foot-tall stuffed brown bear.