10 Great Local Coffee Shops to Visit in Seattle


October 8, 2018
10 Great Local Coffee Shops to Visit in Seattle

When you think of famous green faces, a few might come to mind: Frankenstein, The Wicked Witch of the West, and… the Starbucks siren!

Seattle’s coffee has been made world-famous by this much loved brand (along with a few others like Tully’s and Seattle’s Best). What you may not know is that coffee culture has since become extremely important in the daily grind (get it? Coffee pun?) of Seattleites. You can hardly walk a block without passing a coffee shop or two.

So if you’re looking for a quick cup of java before your Duck Tour, or if you’re looking for a place to sit down and relax after, here are 10 great local coffee shops whose brews originate in the city we call home.

If you’re looking for a coffee shop  near Ride the Ducks’ Seattle Center location, look no further than QED. The name stands for “Quod Erat Demonstrandum”, Latin for “which had to be proven.”

Situated by our location in Seattle Center, this small shop attached to a parking garage is a hidden gem. They have tons of uniquely flavored syrups like lavender and cardamom to add to your latte for a sweet surprise.

This local chain opened in 1997 and is still family owned. In addition to their delicious coffee, they offer a variety of breakfast and lunch foods. Their Public House location has additions of more single-origin roasts and an expanded menu with Iranian fare.

Situated by our second location in Westlake, you’ll find this shop right by its namesake- the Seattle Monorail! What was touted as one of the nation’s first espresso carts is now a brick and mortar location serving up espresso drinks like steamy Americanos and iced lattes.

This long time favorite by locals started on Capitol Hill but has expanded to a few locations throughout Seattle. It is named after a popular sonograph of the 1920’s because of the café’s passion for jazz and quirky architectural characteristics.

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a sea of people and thought: I just want some peace and quiet? Luckily, Storyville Coffee, with its 3 locations in Seattle (and one on Bainbridge Island), provides a tranquil rest from the busy streets. Grab one of their delicious baked goods and a latte for an easy pick-me-up.

Located in historic Pioneer Square, Elm Coffee Roasters source single-origin beans in their green form and roast them in-house to perfection. The interior is composed of neutral and calm tones with exposed brick, inviting you to relax and sit a while.

Caffe Umbria is known for combining beans from all over to create their very own well balanced blend. According to their website, they use “up to 15 different varietals, with the bulk coming from Central America, South America, and Africa.”

According to their website, “’Espresso Vivace’ translates loosely as great enthusiasm and excitement for espresso.” The owner, David Schomer, helped popularize latte art in the US- so see what design will end up in your cup!

This café and roastery got its start on Capitol Hill, but now operates cafes in Oregon, California, and New York. They are part of the farm direct movement and partner with coffee growers in more than 11 countries, and have a training program to help homeless youth become baristas.

BONUS: check out the Original Starbucks and Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

It’s hard to not include Starbucks on this list, who got their start in Pike Place Market. Although you can grab a cup of this joe in almost any town, there are still some unique factors about a few Seattle locations. Their Pike Place Special Reserve blend is sold only at the original location in Pike Place Market (also worth a visit) and 1st and Pike locations. Visit the Reserve Roastery on Capitol Hill where you can try hard-to-find brews, watch them roast beans, add ice-cream to your drinks, and more.

Wherever you end up in Seattle for a cup of coffee, make sure to head over to Ride the Ducks (and maybe even get on our beloved Caffeinated Cathy) for a chance to see some of the neighborhoods and coffee shops mentioned above!

Caffeinated Cathy with Seattle Skyline

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