5 Favorite Seattle Coffee Shops

Seattle may be the home to the original Starbucks, but the city is packed with so many great local coffee shops as well. The past week has been typical fall here: cool, rainy, and gloomy skies. The best way to warm up and wake up is by heading to one of the Seattle's great local coffee spots. These five coffee shops are my favorites, all located in the central and southern neighborhoods (Capitol Hill, Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Central District) because that's where I spend most of my time. I would love to do a post about coffee shops in the northern neighborhoods or other cities in the region so be sure to leave your recommendations in the comments below.

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1. Broadcast Coffee Roasters

Broadcast Coffee Roasters is my favorite local coffee shop and roaster in Seattle. They have three locations in Seattle (two in Central District) and one in Boise. As of this month (October 23, 2020) they are now partnering up with Temple Pastries for a new café/bakery/roastery at 26th and Jackson in the Judkins Park neighborhood. Broadcast is a great place for a cup of coffee, specialty drink, tea, pastry or hearty breakfast/lunch (the menu rotates so stop by for a delicious surprise). They also roast and ship beans directly so that you can enjoy their coffee from home. Be sure to follow them on Instagram to stay up to date with all their cafes and their new partnership with Temple Pastries @broadcastcoffee and @temple_pastries.

2. Coffeeholic House

I love Coffeeholic House so much that I wrote an entire post about the shop. Their Vietnamese coffee drinks are unique, delicious, and full of rich flavors. The shop is located right in the heart of Columbia City, near parks, trails, and the shops and restaurants along Rainier Avenue. With the Columbia City Patio, an outdoor dining area at Rainier and Ferdinand, and Genesee Park just steps away, you can grab a cup of coffee and pastry enjoy it all safely outdoors. Be sure to follow them on Instagram for new flavors, pop-up shops, and specials @coffeeholichouse.

3. Victrola Coffee Roasters

Victrola Coffee Roasters is a great local coffee roaster in Seattle with a few locations throughout the city including two locations in Capitol Hill. Victrola is a Seattle staple and they have been sourcing and roasting beans here for twenty years. You can stop in any of their shops for a cup of coffee or tea or buy their freshly roasted coffee. They even offer a delivery/subscription program so you can try out their latest blends. Their roastery is located just up Pine Street from the Washington State Convention Center, on the border between Westlake/Downtown and Capitol Hill. Be sure to check out their free, public coffee tastings on Fridays at 11 AM. Follow them on Instagram @victrolacoffee.

4. Fuel Coffee

Fuel Coffee has a few locations throughout Seattle including Montlake, Capitol Hill, and Wallingford. My favorite location of this coffee shop is in the Montlake Neighborhood, along 24th Avenue East. The coffee shop is just two blocks away from the Washington Park Arboretum so it is a great stop if you're going for a walk or bike ride through the park. Right now, they have partnered with Ada's Technical Books to provide a pop-up bookstore at the Montlake location as well as serving bottled versions of their lattes, perfect for coffee at home. The shop provides all the coffee and tea standards as well as a selection of seasonal specialties. Follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date: @FuelCoffeeSeattle.

5. The Station

If you're in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, The Station is a great spot to grab a cup of coffee, sandwich, or pastry. The shop is located in the heart of the Beacon Hill neighborhood, right on top of the Sound Transit Light Rail Station. They are a Black and Latino owned business who prioritizes hiring other people of color and LGBTQ folks and working with partners in the community. Their Mocha Mexicao and other specialty drinks provide the perfect spice to warm up a cool fall day. Stopping by in the afternoon? They also serve wine and live music (before the pandemic). Be sure to follow them on Facebook: @thestationcoffeehouse.

Let's Chat

What are your favorite Seattle coffee shops? Any places we should try next? What are your favorite shops in different neighborhoods or cities throughout the region? Share your ideas and favorites in the comments below.


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