Best Coffee Shops in Seattle

seattle coffee sceneSeattle knows a good cup of coffee and is home to some of the best cafés and roasteries in America. Want to know where we get our coffee kicks in the Emerald City? Here are some of our favorite spots.

Arabica Lounge
This stunning Capitol Hill space has something for everybody: Chemex-brewed Stumptown coffee, an inventive brunch menu, a great selection of beer and wine, and a steady lineup of art and music events.

1550 E. Olive Way, 206-347-6093,

Aster Coffee Lounge
Head to this Ballard shop for Stumptown offerings brewed on a Seattle-made Clover machine, Synesso-pulled shots from the venerable Olympia Coffee Roasting Co., well-curated wine and beer lists, and a variety of tastings and events.

5615 24th Ave. N.W., 206-784-0615,

Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Co.
From its beginnings as a Queen Anne coffeehouse in 1995, Vita has remained adamant about quality. Visit any of its six Seattle cafés for first-rate, farm-direct coffee and espresso.

Six locations,

Dubsea Coffee
Get your hands on Stumptown Coffee, Rishi Tea, and pastries from Macrina and Le Fournil in the formerly underserved White Center neighborhood.

9910 Eighth Ave. S.W., 206-708-6806,

Empire Espresso Bar
Visit this Columbia City café for fresh brews from Kuma Coffee, and don’t skip the house waffles and crêpes.

3829 S. Edmunds St., 206-659-0588,

Espresso Vivace
Operating on Capitol Hill since 1988, Vivace was a pioneer in the local and national espresso craze, and it’s the home of the now-classic rosetta latte-art design. All three locations are worth checking out, but definitely visit the Sidewalk Bar on Broadway, which has been a fixture on the storied street for more than two decades.
Three locations,

Equal Exchange Espresso Bar
An outpost of the national Equal Exchange co-op, this espresso bar inside the Ballard Market offers socially conscious espresso brewed on a Seattle-made Slayer machine, complete with organic milk.

1400 N.W. 56th St., 206-783-4955,

This little PhinneyWood roastery is serious about good coffee. Visit either of Herkimer’s beloved neighborhood coffee bars to taste roaster Scott Richardson’s handiwork.

7320 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-784-0202; 5611 University Way N.E., 206-525-5070;

Kuma Coffee
Visit this microroaster’s self-styled Wallingford retail location to taste the latest direct-trade coffees from hard-working roaster Mark Barany.

4110 Stone Way Ave. N., 206-633-5862,

Lighthouse Roasters
This tiny café/roastery has been churning out top-notch coffee since 1994. Get a French press of fresh-roasted coffee, and hang out in the cozy, no-frills environs.

400 North 43rd St., 206-633-4444,

Makeda Coffee
This eclectic Greenwood coffeehouse features a range of single-origin coffees and blends from Ballard microroaster Seven to a steady stream of neighborhood locals.
153 N. 78th St., 206-782-1489,

Milstead & Co.
This new arrival from celebrated local barista Andrew Milstead is caffeinating Fremont with a range of coffees from Stumptown, Coava and Chicago-based Intelligentsia.

770 N. 34th St., 206-979-0010,

Neptune Coffee
Greenwood’s other resident roastery has won local cult status with its solid single-origin espresso and coffees, and its visible owner Dan Baumfield, who’s prone to hosting popular events like Arrested Development Trivia Night.

8415 Greenwood Ave. N.,

Porchlight Coffee and Records
Local Herkimer coffee, Macrina pastries and Zatz bagels, plus a carefully curated selection of new and used vinyl, have made this two-year-old Capitol Hill shop a neighborhood favorite.

1515 14th Ave., 206-329-5461,

Seattle Coffee Works
Just up the street from Pike Place Market, this coffee bar, tasting room and roastery offers a range of single-origin coffees—some brewed on a Seattle-made Trifecta machine. Check out the “slow bar” cupping lab, where they encourage customers to play with their coffee.

107 Pike St., 206-340-8867,

Stumptown Coffee
The Portland, Oregon-based biggest little coffee roaster in the country burst onto the Seattle scene in 2007 with these two stylish Capitol Hill cafés, recharging the local coffee scene with its own brand of relationship-coffee cool.

1115 12th Ave., 206-323-1544; 616 E. Pine St., 206-329-0115;

Tougo Coffee Co.
This family-friendly coffeehouse in the Central District brews coffees from Stumptown, Intelligentsia, local roaster Velton’s and San Francisco’s Ritual Coffee.
1410 18th Ave., 206-860-3518,

Trabant Coffee and Chai
Blame the Vancouver, B.C.-roasted 49th Parallel coffee, the Clover and La Marzocco machines, or the housemade pastries—in seven years Trabant has made itself an institution.

1309 N.E. 45th St., 206-675-0668; 602 Second Ave.;

Victrola Coffee Roasters
A Capitol Hill institution for 11 years, Victrola recently expanded to a second Capitol Hill location—the lovely, airy Victrola Roastery and Café, where it hosts free public cuppings every week.

Three locations,

Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Co.
After it opened in 1996, and before the recent wave of new-school coffee bars, this roaster was a major player in the local coffee scene. Zoka broke its own laidback, comfy coffeehouse mold with its recent Kirkland Zoka, a cutting-edge contender complete with a single-origin espresso bar featuring a Slayer espresso machine.

Four locations,

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