Visiting Seattle without stopping in a few local coffee shops would be like visiting Philly without getting a cheesesteak.
While several other cities have made enormous strides in recent years, Seattle is, and will remain for the foreseeable future, the coffee capital of the US. When you’re in town, be sure to stray from the beaten path and visit these coffee shops that are seeking to reinvent the art.
Every once in a while, a city has a reputation that is backed up by reality. Seattle truly is a haven of exquisite coffee shops that are moving the art forward with each latte and cappuccino they serve. The city is crawling with wonderful, local shops that can compete with any in the world. You won’t be able to visit them all your first time out, but spend the time to get to know some of the best coffee houses outside of Europe.
2133 5th Ave. Seattle, WA 98121
If you’re in the Belltown neighbourhood, stop on 5th between Lenora and Blanchard streets for a spot that has the feel of a European coffee shop. You know it’s great because if you weren’t looking for it, you’d almost certainly pass it. Known for its exquisite lattes, Midtown also has standout breakfast sandwiches.
235 Summit Ave E. Seattle, WA 98102
The Capitol Hill neighbourhood has more than a few hidden gems. Among the best is Analog Coffee, tucked away between John and Thomas streets. Known for simple, yet amazing coffee, locals say that Analog stands out as much for its ambiance as it does for its espresso.
Moore Coffee Shop
1930 2nd Ave. Seattle, WA 98101
When downtown, you can, you must, you will stop in Moore's. Located between Stewart and Virginia streets, the husband- and-wife owners are rumoured to have travelled all across Europe and Asia seeking out the best coffee in the world and it shows. Not only is it amazing but it’s unique. Try the Mexican mocha or the cold-brew coffee, which is completely void of bitterness.
Espresso Vivace Roasteria
321 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98102
Back in the Capitol Hill district, between Thomas and Harrison streets, Espresso Vivace Roasteria is hard to miss. The smells emanating from its outdoor seating literally lure people in from the sidewalk. A fun, vibrant, and occasionally singing staff pours lattes so free of acid and bitterness that they aren’t served with sweetener.
Vienna Mae Coffee
318 Nickerson St. Seattle, WA 98109
In the Queen Anne area, between N 3rd Avenue and Florentia Street, there is, literally, a shack that proves the building doesn’t make the product. A true Seattle coffee gem, a recent ownership change at Vienna Mae Coffee hasn’t changed the quality of product and service. Try the lattes, which are as close to perfect as you can get, or the dirty chai, which is chai tea with a shot of espresso.