As one of the most caffeinated cities in the United States, Seattle takes its coffee seriously. Starbucks may be the big name in the game, but locals know that the coffee culture here revolves around over 600 independently owned cafes, all passionate about producing high-quality coffee. Not sure where to get your next java fix? We’ve got you covered with our top picks.
- Seattle Coffee Works (107 Pike Street)
Skip the line at the original Starbucks and head a block up to Seattle Coffee Works, a local roaster that directly sources from ethical coffee growers and roasts in small-batches. This location also offers Siphon pot brewing, a specialized method of preparation that results in clearer, stronger coffee. If you’re looking for something a little less buzzy, try one of their blended drinks and admire the delicate, Instagram-worthy latte art. With exposed brick and a laid-back vibe, the cozy shop is the perfect place to recharge on a rainy day.
M-F 6:30am-7pm; Saturday 7am-7pm; Sunday 7:30am-6pm
- Moore Coffee Shop (1930 2nd Avenue or 112 Stewart Street)
Head up Virginia Street from the Market and you’ll run into Moore Coffee Shop, a quaint little space that serves Spanish inspired drinks like Horchata Lattes, Mexican Mochas, and their creamy Café Madrid. A family-run business, Moore is famous around Seattle for its quirky latte art which includes frothy cats, bears, and cartoon characters like Snoopy and Mickey Mouse. Craving some sweets? Order Moore’s hot waffles which include toppings like fresh fruit, Nutella, and mountains of whipped cream.
M-F 8am-3:30pm; Saturday 8am-4:30pm; Sunday 8am-2:30pm
- Storyville Coffee (94 Pike Street or 1001 1st Avenue)
With two locations downtown and bright, modern interiors that showcase the beauty of the city, Storyville Coffee is every coffee-lover’s paradise. Their Pike Place location is right in the heart of the market and has a view of Elliott Bay that can’t be beat. With hot breakfast sandwiches and generously frosted cinnamon rolls, Storyville is also a popular spot to grab breakfast before exploring the rest of the market. Be sure to sign up for their email list and receive a complimentary mug to take home.
M-F 6am-5pm; Sat & Sun 7am-5pm
- Street Bean Coffee Roasters (2711 3rd Avenue)
Heading over to the Space Needle? Perk up with a pit stop at Street Bean, a local roaster and nonprofit that provides job training and supportive employment for young people in the community exiting street life. If that great mission wasn’t enough to entice you, the shop also features locally baked goods like Macrina bread and Le Panier pastries to munch on. Take home a bag of their ethically sourced coffee and feel good while doing good.
M-F 6am-5pm; Saturday 8am-3pm