A couple blocks down from my house is this cute little café. I walk by it everyday and today, I finally had a chance to step in. I ordered an americano, made with Herkimer coffee, sat down and enjoyed the quietness. This place is perfect for an afternoon of reading or pondering. The paper chandlier adorned with quotes and random thoughts, the vintage blue chairs and sofa, and the beautiful art that hangs on the walls, create a very peaceful setting in which to drink your morning coffee.
1907 10th Ave. W || Seattle, WA 98119 || 206.282.2711
Bustle is this little piece of sunshine in Queen Anne. I would make many trips up here my freshman year (coming to terms with my out-of-shapeness as I struggled up that awful Queen Anne hill) and still do for their awesome iced americanos. Did I mention they also have some awesome flavors like lavender and salted caramel? Delicious, right? My friend Emily and I stopped in here the other day and reminced about life in Paris over an awesome cup of coffee roasted by Attibassi Coffee. I would love to be back in Paris, but Bustle is pretty great too.
535 West McGraw Street || Seattle, WA 98119 || 206-453-4285
Since there is a coffee shop in Fremont that I’m trying to avoid for awkwardness sake, I have been forced to look for a new coffee hangout. I am happy to say that I have finally found it in Milstead & Co. The place isn’t very representative of the style of Fremont, but for this reason, it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s clean, classic, and simplistic in design. They take this same approach with their coffee. The coffee is pure, high-quality, and made with great care. They feature fine coffees from renowned roasters Stumptown Intelligentisa, and Coava, as well as some deliciously decadent pastries.
Stop in when you can, you’l love it.
770 N 34th St. || Seattle, WA 98103 || 206-979-0010
There is that panic mode that happens when you have visitors to your town. Where do I take them? Well if you have visitors to Seattle, take them to El Diablo for their mexican hot chocolate. Hot chocolate with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and homemade whip cream on top. It’s definitely the best thing, and seeing that it will probably be raining when they visit, it’s also perfect for a rainy day.
Sit down and enjoy the hot chocolate, the delicious pastries, and the vibrant decor which consists of bright yellow walls with detailed drawings of whimsical hearts, angels, and el diablos, bright green, blue, and orange stools, and colorful painted tables.
Also, try their custom roasted cuban coffee. You won’t be disappointed, and either will your friends.
1811 Queen Anne Avenue North || Seattle, WA 98109 || 206-285-0693
Where grunge and coffee collide. This coffee shop is a late-night, tight-jean-wearing, hipster hang out, and I love it. It’s in the heart of Capitol Hill and there is no mistaking it. Act cool ladies and gentleman.
Graffiti written brick walls and floor to ceiling vintage book cases bring together the place and make for the perfect setting for great conversations with friends, weird encounters with strangers, or 6 hours of studying, which ever you prefer.
I usually stick with their drip coffee or americano and have been pretty pleased.
Check it out!
301 E Pine St. || Seattle, WA 98112 ||
Situated on far side of Ballard Ave is this little gem. A bike shop turned café. Brick walls and bikes hanging from the ceilings will put you in a mood for coffee (as if there needs to be a mood), and perhaps purchasing a bike.
I don’t plan on buying a bike anytime soon probably out of my fear of being killed by Seattle’s traffic or my clumsy tendencies, but coming down here for the atmosphere and most importantly, the coffee, is well worth it.
They use locally roasted coffee by Lighthouse Roasters, which is rich and warm with notes of cocoa. The americanos are awesome. Really great crema (use that word around, you’ll be a Seattle coffee snob in no time.)
If you’re down and about in Ballard, check this place out!
4714 Ballard Ave NW || Seattle, WA 98107 || 206.789.1678