The best coffee shops in Seattle

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By David Em
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From the local to world-renown, Seattle has a prominent coffee culture, plenty of excellent coffee shops, and cafes.

Inside La Marzocco Cafe in Seattle.

Seattle is known for being the original home of Starbucks. However, many other coffee shops serve excellent coffee and experiences.

If you’re looking for delicious coffee in Seattle, the following are the best places.

1. Elm Coffee Roasters

Elm Coffee is a hip, bright, and airy coffee shop located in Pioneer Square. The coffee is roasted in Seattle and offers delicious single-origin coffee. It’s a great place to work or meet with a friend.

Location: 240 2nd Ave S #103, Seattle, WA 98104

2. La Marzocco Cafe

La Marzocco Cafe is a great coffee shop with a large and open space. They share the space with KEXP, a local independent radio station. They rotate through different roasters each month, making it a great place to try new coffee.

Location: 472 1st Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

3. Milstead & Co.

Milstead & Co. is a modern and spacious coffee shop in Fremont, near another Seattle attraction, the Fremont Troll. Outside of great coffee, it’s a great place to work. You’ll find many people working at Milstead. Most of the seating is on a shared table, so keep that in mind.

Location: 754 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103

4. Sound and Fog

Sound and Fog is a contemporary coffee shop in West Seattle offering coffee along with beer and wine. This is a great place to meet with a friend or to grab a drink and chill. The large windows let in a lot of natural light, which makes it a nice place to be.

Location: 4735 40th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

5. Burien Press

Burien Press is a thoughtfully curated coffee shop located in the heart of downtown Burien. It’s a great spot to grab a cup of coffee and check out other shops on the strip.

Location: 423 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166

6. Anchorhead Coffee

Anchorhead is a minimal and elegant coffee shop in downtown Seattle. They serve great cold brew, along with many espresso drinks and teas. Now, Anchorhead has two locations on the eastside – Bellevue, and Issaquah.

Location: CenturyLink Plaza, 1600 7th Ave #105, Seattle, WA 98101

7. MiiR Flagship

MiiR is an aesthetic coffee shop, which offers delicious espresso drinks, pour overs, and teas. It’s a great place to work or have meetings because it’s pretty spacious.

Location: 3400 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

8. Olympia Coffee

Olympia Coffee has other locations in Olympia, Tacoma, and Columbia City. The coffee shops are fresh, clean, and have great-tasting coffee.

Location: 3840 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

9. Starbucks Reserve Roastery

This is the very first Starbucks Reserve Roastery, which opened in December 2014. It’s on the list since the first Starbucks was located in downtown Seattle and it has a cool atmosphere.

Location: 1124 Pike St Seattle, WA 98101

10. Storyville Coffee Pike Place

Storyville is a gem inside Pike Place Market. It does get crowded, but you can’t beat the location. The coffee is delicious and Storyville is a great place to meet a friend. It can be hard to find, you’ll have to take the stairs up since it’s on the top floor – definitely worth it.

Location: 94 Pike Street, Top, floor Suite 34, Seattle, WA 98101

Best Coffee Roasters in Seattle

Aside from the coffee shops, Seattle has excellent coffee roasters. The following are well-known coffee roasters from Seattle:

  • Broadcast Coffee Roasters
  • Caffe Ladro
  • Caffe Umbria
  • Cafe Vita
  • Conduit Coffee
  • Espresso Vivace
  • Herkimer Coffee
  • Lighthouse Roasters
  • Olympia Coffee Roasters
  • Seven Coffee Roasters
  • Slate Coffee Roasters
  • Victrola Coffee Roasters

Conclusion

From mom-and-pop shops to mini-chains, Seattle has a coffee shop for everyone. Grab a cup of coffee with a friend or to take on-the-go as you explore the city.

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About David Em

David Em is the founder of Nola & Luna Travel, the destination for travel advice and inspiration. He launched Nola & Luna Travel to share expert advice, useful tips, unbiased reviews, and inspiration about destinations across the globe.