When “Seattle” and “coffee” come to your mind, most people immediately think of Starbucks. Yes, Starbucks did originate in Seattle and yes, the first one is downtown near Pike Place Market, BUT did you know there are many other spectacular coffee shops in the area that are sure to leave you energized and happy?
At Seattle Coffee Works you're able to experience a luxury that wine connoisseurs have been able to enjoy for many years: tasting before you buy. The Slow Bar allows you to sample several of the store's different roasts and brewing methods, explore your passion for coffee and discover new flavors you've never tried before. But if you’re in a hurry, you can also head right to The Express Bar at Seattle Coffee Works and order your favorite coffee on the go.
They have a wide assortment of blends from East Africa, South America, Central America, and Indonesia, all served in a calm and relaxing atmosphere that's an oasis in the hustle and bustle of downtown Seattle.
Located on the top floor of the Corner Market building at First & Pike, Storyville Coffee Pike Place is a privately owned specialty coffee company that not only has great coffee and iconic Seattle views; they also have an empowering mission statement. Since 2006, they have been giving 100% of their profits to help end human trafficking.
In keeping with their philosophy of 'keep it simple, make it great' they only offer one signature blend plus a decaf version, but they've worked on that cup of coffee until it's completely perfect. Stop by when you're in Seattle to try it out and support this great cause.
Breaking off as their own company in 1997, Cherry Street Coffee opened their first location near 1st and Cherry. Almost 20 years later they now have locations in Belltown and near Harbor Steps (two of our amazing vacation rental locations, sweet!). At Cherry Street Coffee, they believe that it takes “true love to build a great community,” and they value the connections they have with each member in their coffee community.
Cherry Street Coffee serves a wide selection of specialty and custom coffees, plus pastries baked fresh every morning. The lunch menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices, and it's all presented in a relaxed, contemporary space with comfortable seating and colorful indoor murals.
Moore Coffee was named the #2 coffee shop in Seattle by Food Network not long after it opened, and it's gone from strength to strength. A small family owned and operated shop, they have the desire to serve some of the absolute best coffee Seattle has to offer.
Not only do they serve an outstanding cup of joe, but they have a phenomenal sandwich and waffle menu that won’t leave you unsatisfied. They're also famous in the city for their elaborate latte art, featuring everything from cute bears and elephants to Winnie the Pooh. Get adventurous and try the purple taro latte, or the mouth-watering matcha green tea latte.
Bedlam Coffee is an old school second-generation coffee shop of the kind Seattle does so well, with no pretensions and a kitschy sculpture of the Space Needle made of recycled odds and ends welcoming you as you come in. The coffee and food are just as down-to-earth, featuring thick slices of wholemeal toast with the spread of your choice and satisfying pies made by a local farm in Washington.
You won't be able to resist the masala chai or the delicious monkey spice mocha with orange, chocolate and cinnamon. Go alone and enjoy a book in peace and quiet or bring friends and play one of the board games kept under the counter.
One for donut lovers and anyone with a sweet tooth, Tempesta Coffee in Belltown makes its hand-dipped donuts from scratch every morning in the on-site bakery. The toppings and glazes are seasonal, but depending on the chef's whim you can try blueberry chai, Valrhona chocolate or baklava. They also have fresh sandwiches ranging from conventional ham and cheese to the more exotic muffuletta sandwich.
The coffee options are varied and include all the classics in addition to cortado, doppio, hot chocolate and five different kinds of loose-leaf tea. It's a small shop with no seating, so it’s definitely a grab-and-go kind of place, ideal for dropping in for a caffeine pick-me-up in the middle of the afternoon.
If you've got a hankering to sample some of Seattle's aromatic coffee, we've got the place for you. All of Stay Alfred's Seattle apartments are in the middle of the city, surrounded by independent eateries, innovative gastropubs and sophisticated music venues, as well as its famous coffee shops. Check out our Seattle vacation rentals and get ready for the world's biggest caffeine buzz.