Seattle's Best

Where to go for joe in the Emerald City.


Seattle 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.



Analog Coffee
Draft cold-brew coffee is just one reason to visit this Capitol Hill café helmed by two longtime coffee industry alums. Herkimer beans brewed via a Seattle-engineered Synesso machine, Mighty-O doughnuts and an airy minimalist vibe all make Analog worth a stop.
235 Summit Ave. E,

Broadcast Coffee
Options abound at Broadcast’s two locations (a third is on the way)—pick from rotating roasters (such as Stumptown and Sightglass), brew method (espresso, press pot or Clever dripper) and milk (dairy, soy, hemp or almond) for a truly customized cup.
Multiple locations,

Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Co.
From its beginnings as a Queen Anne coffeehouse in 1995, Caffé Vita has remained adamant about quality. With six locations that spread from Capitol Hill to Phinney Ridge to Pioneer Square, Caffé Vita’s first-rate, farm-direct coffee and espresso extends to all corners of town.
Multiple locations,

Empire Espresso Bar
Visit this Columbia City café for fresh brews from local roaster Kuma, including single-origin espressos and cups of Aeropress coffee, and don’t skip the weekend waffle bar with toppings aplenty.
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.
Multiple locations,

This roastery is serious about good coffee, sourcing shaded, organically grown beans from top spots around the world. Visit one of Herkimer’s three beloved neighborhood coffee bars—one in Phinney Ridge, one in Westlake and its newest spot near UW for a taste.
Multiple locations,

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 N. 43rd St.,

Milstead & Co.
This café from celebrated local barista Andrew Milstead is caffeinating Fremont with a range of single-origin beans from rotating roasters. Grab a quick espresso, Aeropress or cappuccino to-go and walk the few blocks for a visit with the famed Fremont troll.
770 N. 34th St.,

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 Capitol Hill shop a neighborhood favorite.
1318 E. Pike St.,

Seattle Coffee Works
Just up the street from Pike Place Market, this coffee bar, tasting room and roastery offers a range of single-origin and direct-trade coffees. Split into two factions, the “express bar” is great for grab-and-go joe, while the adjoining “slow bar” encourages customers to get geeky and experiment with variables such as origin, extraction and brew method.
107 Pike St.,

Slate Coffee Bar
Ever sipped your coffee from a wine glass? This Ballard café and roastery gives coffee the fine-wine treatment with select stemware for its brewed beans. And with several award-winning baristas behind the bar, expect a topnotch cup (ahem, glass) of joe.
5413 Sixth Ave. NW,

Stumptown Coffee
The Portland, Oregon-based 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. and 616 E. Pine St.,

Tin Umbrella Coffee
Opened in 2013, this small-batch roastery in South Seattle has already become a neighborhood gem (just ask the locals). The bright, airy café is perfect for a mug to-stay, though soon the vintage Probat-roasted beans will also be available via bike delivery.
5600 Ranier Ave. S.,

Victrola Coffee Roasters
A Capitol Hill institution for more than a decade, Victrola’s farm-direct focus means better beans for its brews. Pop by its Pike Street roastery on Wednesday mornings for informal weekly coffee cuppings led by enthusiastic (if over-caffeinated) staffers.
Multiple 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. But Zoka’s sights stretched beyond Seattle as the roastery opened additional cafes as close as Kirkland (a Seattle suburb) and as far afield as Japan.
Multiple locations,