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Originally published Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 5:08 AM

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4 places we love on Capitol Hill

This edition of The Seattle Times’ Short List nods to one of our favorite neighborhoods on the eve of Capitol Hill Block Party, which begins July 26. On the list: Joe Bar, The Hothouse, Cure and Le Frock.

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Food and drink

Joe Bar

This unique coffee shop, located across the street from the Harvard Exit, instantly became a regular haunt the moment I found it. Yes, the espresso is great (half decaf Americano, please) and the food menu is varied, but it’s the mouthwatering crepes that keep me coming back (lemon and sugar with seasonal fruit ... simply the best). A warning: Seating can be sparse and long lines can form on weekends. 810 E. Roy St., Seattle (206-324-0407 or joebarcafe.com).

Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff

Spas

The Hothouse

The Hothouse Spa & Sauna is a tiny off-the-beaten-path haven for women that’s inexpensive, casual and very restful. No glam gussying up here, just a hot tub, a little steam room, a cozy sauna, showers and tranquillity (talking above a whisper is frowned upon). You can also get a great massage here. It’s at 1019 E. Pike St., Seattle (206-568-3240 or www.hothousespa.com).

Misha Berson, Seattle Times arts writer

Food & drink

Cure

Charcuterie is its thing, but you may just fall in love with this little hideaway’s window-wrapped room and the friendly faces behind the bar. Tucked along the west edge of Cal Anderson Park, Cure offers a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. At 1641 Nagle Place (206-568-5475 or www.cureseattle.com).

Lynn Jacobson, Seattle Times features editor

Shops

Le Frock

Whether you’re into vintage or contemporary fashion, you’ll love everything on the racks in this little Capitol Hill boutique. The owners buy, trade and consign, but every item is chosen with an incredible eye for style and a dash of insouciance. Note that the shop is moving from its current digs on Pine Street to 613 E. Pike St. the first week of August (www.lefrockonline.com ).

Lynn Jacobson

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