Coffee Royalty: 5 Favorite Seattle Coffee Shops

Monday, March 14, 2016

Seattle is truly a caffeine dream. I always feel like coffee royalty! Living in coffee City presents numerous options for consuming those oh so delicious cappuccinos, cortados, and macchiatos. In many neighborhoods you will find not one, not two and perhaps not even three, but four coffee houses on the same block. With so many tempting options, I've rounded up my current favorite Seattle coffee shops to share with you whether you are a Seattle area resident or planning a visit and want to enjoy coffee like a local.

Having grown up in Seattle and surrounding area, I've definitely had my fair share of coffee. Starting with those tempting frappucinos at Starbucks in high school, followed soon after by drip in college (because who can afford Starbucks on a college budget?!), and on to the more artisan coffee drinks in my twenties at any coffee house but Starbucks (thanks to a trip to Italy where I discovered my love for cappuccinos!). I'm currently enjoying a cup or two of drip in the morning at home (or french press if we happen to be out of filters and/or it's the weekend) followed by a cappuccino or cortado in the afternoon at my current coffee house rotation. Because yes, I LOVE coffee!

My current favorite Seattle Coffee Shops (in no particular order):

Storyville Coffee Company
(Queen Anne) Situated atop Queen Anne Hill, Storyville can be found amidst a hub of local shops and eateries on the corner of Queen Anne Avenue & Boston Street. Enjoy lounging on a sofa fireside, at a corner overlooking the sidewalk, or take your Storyville with you for a walk through the neighborhood! Additional locations - Pike Place, 1st & Madison.

Little Oddfellows
(Capitol Hill) Little Oddfellows, sister cafe to Oddfellows Cafe & Bar just next door, is located inside Elliott Bay Book Company (oh hello favorite Seattle bookstore). Serving up Cafe Vita, baked goods and desserts, grain salads and sandwiches, and beer and wine; Little Oddfellows is one of my favorite spots to spend an afternoon in Seattle. They also stay open late! They're open until 10pm weeknights and 11pm on weekends (a coffee shop rarity to stay open so late and such a great bar alternative)! Oh and Totokaelo is also next door, enough said.

Espresso Vivace
(Capitol Hill) Espresso Vivace's Flagship Cafe (they also have a great sidewalk bar just a couple blocks down Broadway) is a great spot for people watching, as well as a quiet work environment. Open 6am - 11pm daily, this spot was a favorite for a morning cappuccino when we lived on Capitol Hill. Additional locations - Sidewalk Bar on Broadway, Alley 24 in South Lake Union

Pearl's Tea & Coffee
(West Seattle) Pearl's is one of those West Seattle hidden gems (I almost didn't want to give away the secret!). Located on up and coming Delridge, Pearl's serves up Cafe Zoka, along with crepes, bubble tea, pastries, and banh mi sandwiches! Yum! This is one of my favorites for rainy Seattle afternoons and Saturday mornings. Plus there's a red velvet couch to lounge on. I love!

Victrola Cafe on 15th
(Capitol Hill) Victrola Coffee Roasters has been a favorite of mine for quite some time. First at their location on 15th, and more recently the Victrola Cafe & Roastery on Pike. The Victrola Cafe on 15th is all about community and beautiful coffee. It's a coffee house that feels like it's always been apart of the neighborhood. I've been meeting friends there for what seems like forever and and the cafe feels a bit like "the living room of Capitol Hill". Additional locations - Victrola Cafe & Roastery on Pike, Victrola Cafe Beacon Hill

Honorable Mentions:

Uptown Espresso "home of the velvet foam"
(West Seattle - my favorite; Also: Queen Anne, Belltown, Wallingford, South Lake Union, Downtown, Magnolia)

Elm Coffee Roasters
(Pioneer Square)

Analog Coffee
(Summit Slope - Capitol Hill)

Zoka Coffee
(Tangletown - my favorite; Also - South Lake Union, University District)

Caffe Ladro
(Fremont - my favorite; Also - West Seattle, Queen Anne, Downtown, Capitol Hill)

Plus so many more . . .


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