10 Must-Visit Coffee Shops in Seattle
From the moment we moved to Seattle, we have made it one of our goals to explore as many local coffee shops as possible. We are hugeee coffee fans and while it may be impossible to visit every coffee shop in Seattle, we sure as heck are going to try! After doing tons of coffee research (it’s hard work, but somebody has to do it! 🙂 ), we’re rounding up our 10 must-visit coffee shops in Seattle. Our criteria for this list includes: coffee quality, service, and having a space that is good for working and socializing with friends. For us, the best coffee shops are more than just great coffee, but are a great overall experience as well!
Upper Queen Anne
El Diablo holds a very special place in our hearts. When we took a quick 24 hour trip to Seattle before we moved here to find an apartment, we went to El Diablo before viewing our now apartment. It’s a Cuban inspired cafe with delicious Cafe Con Leches, coconut bread, and breakfast sandwiches (we hear their other food is great too!). They recently moved down the street from their original location and the new location is in an old Victorian house, is super cute, and has multiple work areas and two patios! The cherry on top is the friendly, neighborhood feel and the incredibly awesome staff (shoutout to Andrew, Trevor, and Elijah!). I (Kathryn) work here multiple times a week and the baristas know my name and make me feel very welcome every time. We couldn’t love this place more!
SEATTLE COFFEE WORKS
4 locations around Seattle–Downtown, Ballard, Capitol Hill, and Cascade
Seattle Coffee Works is another coffee shop that holds a lot of meaning for us. When we visited Seattle for the first time in March 2014, our first stop was Seattle Coffee Works right outside of Pike Place Market. We got the cutest lattes and then headed to Kerry Park, where we got engaged! There are 4 locations in Seattle and each location is named after the neighborhood it is in. Our favorite location is Cascade Coffee Works because the space is very bright, the decor is cute, and there are lots of spots to work! The coffee is great at any location though!
LA MARZOCCO CAFE
Lower Queen Anne
La Marzocco is a one of a kind experience in Seattle. For those of you unfamiliar with La Marzocco, it is a high end Italian espresso machine company that you’ll often see in high quality coffee shops. If we ever win the lottery, we want to buy one of their home espresso machines, which are around $5,000 (oof!). There are a couple reasons why the cafe is super unique. For one, it’s in the same building as the KEXP radio station and you can see and hear the radio live from the cafe. Secondly, La Marzocco has a program called Roasters in Residence, where coffee roasters apply to be a featured roaster for a month at the cafe. This means that every month you get a completely different experience and menu at La Marzocco. It’s so fun to try different roasters and interesting coffee concoctions! We also love La Marzocco because it has tons of space to get work done, meet with friends, or just hang out!
ADA’S TECHNICAL BOOKS AND CAFE
Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe is an awesome hidden gem in the quieter portion of Capitol Hill. We aren’t sure how we discovered this spot, but we love it and feel like it is still undiscovered by many Seattleites. Ada’s is part technical book store, part cafe, and part coffee shop. The space is bright, has tons of cool books and trinkets to look at (including cool trinkets under the table glass!), and has great coffee. We also hear that their food is very good, but we have yet to try it. This is one of our favorite spots to work in town, although there is a Wifi time limit so keep that in mind!
We first went to Milstead shortly after we moved to Seattle when they were in their temporary space (while their original space was being redeveloped), which was windowless and pretty dark. The coffee was great, but the ambiance wasn’t our favorite. Fast forward to the present and they are back in their original space, which is now completely redone, full of windows, beautiful inside, and has a great view of the Aurora bridge and part of Lake Union. Their coffee is still some of the best in town and now they have the environment to match it! There are a bunch of tables (although they do get busy!) and we have spent an entire day working here. The staff is also friendly, which is super important to us!
ELM COFFEE ROASTERS
Pioneer Square and South Lake Union
Elm Coffee Roasters is a trendy, local coffee roaster with solid coffee. They now have two locations in Seattle, the original spot in Pioneer Square and one in South Lake Union (inside of an Amazon building). Both spaces have a great minimalist, clean interior and the South Lake Union location (pictured above) has tons of comfortable couches to sit on and work from. For the dairy free folks, they have a couple milk options for you, including a super tasty homemade hazelnut milk, which is a little pricey, but if you feel like treatin’ yo self we recommend giving it a try!
Multiple locations, but our favorite is the one at Pike Place Market
Storyville Coffee is a local roaster that not only has great coffee, but also is on a mission to help end human trafficking. They donate profits to the cause, which is pretty awesome! There are multiple locations in Seattle, but we personally love the Pike Place Market location, as it overlooks the market and the Puget Sound. Every drink we have tried there has been awesome, but we especially love their Americanos and anything with their delicious homemade coconut cashew mylk!
Downtown Seattle (they also have a location in Issaquah too!)
Wow, we love Anchorhead Coffee! It’s tucked away on the edge of downtown Seattle, is cozy, and has some innovative and legit coffee and food options! For example, a quaffle, which is a cinnamon roll croissant waffle and a pistachio matcha latte, which is not only a fun color, but has a nice unique taste too. The decor inside of Anchorhead is different than the standard bright coffee shops that are popping up everywhere and instead has a cool grey interior, blue accents, and beautiful plants. It also has huge light up letters that spell “coffee” in the windows, which makes for a nice little photo op.
South Lake Union
Do you know what makes coffee even better? Coffee with dogs! Evoke Coffee in South Lake Union wins for having the cutest coffee shop mascots ever, not one, but TWO Bernese Mountain Dogs named Pablo and Pedro. It’s hard to not enjoy coffee when you can simultaneously get puppy cuddles! In addition to the doggos, they also have an awesome neon light sign that says “but first, coffee,” which is one of our favorite phrases. 🙂 And to top it all off, the coffee is delicious too!
STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTERY
You may be thinking: “Wait, Starbucks is making this list?!”, but this is not your everyday Starbucks. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery is a coffee DREAM and more of an experience than a traditional coffee shop. The space is gorgeous, they roast their reserve blends right in front of you, they have unique brewing methods, wayyy different (and higher quality) drinks than a regular Starbucks (like their Hazelnut Bianco latte with hazelnut praline-infused milk), cocktails, and fancier food options. Whenever someone tells us they are visiting Seattle, this is a must on our list–not just for the coffee, but as a full on attraction!
Okay, we know we said this blog was our 10 favorites, but we are going to cheat and list a few more because it’s so hard to choose! Our honorable mentions go to: The Wick, Victrola, Monorail Espresso, Moore Coffee, Sound & Fog, Espresso Vivace Sidewalk Bar, and Street Bean Coffee (a nonprofit that gives homeless youth jobs!).
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