Seattle Locals' Best Places to Grab a Coffee

With over 800 coffee shops located in the city, it’s no wonder that Seattleites love coffee! And can you blame them? A hot cup of coffee on a dreary or rainy day is one of the best things ever. If you’re planning a visit to Seattle, Washington and are in need of a caffeine fix, our Local Experts Catherine and Margaret recommend these locations as the best coffee shops in the city! 

1. Elm Coffee Roasters
Owner and founder Brendan Mullally opened the doors to Elm Coffee Roasters in 2013 with the goal of a modern cafe and roastery with great coffee and welcoming service. Roasted right in Pioneer Square, this cute little shop is built around a love for the perfect light-roasted coffee!

2. Espresso Vivace
Loosely translated to “great enthusiasm and excitement for espresso,” Espresso Vivace has been roasting in the Northern Italian style since 1992. With coffee most recognized for its caramel finish, this shop is not to be missed. Even celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse described it as the best in the US!

3. Zeitgeist Coffee
Zeitgeist Coffee was created to fulfill a niche in the community to combine atmosphere, art and high quality coffee in a unique way. Check out a new artist every month in Zeitgeist’s gallery, while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee.

4. Caffe Ladro / Ladro Roasting
Since opening its first shop in 1994, Caffe Ladro has been a pioneer of sustainability and ethically sourced coffee. Today, this brand has become a Seattle staple with 15 locations around the city and continues to provide superb coffee, their signature friendly atmosphere and freshly baked goods.

5. Cafe Allegro
Cafe Allegro was established in 1975 and is Seattle’s oldest espresso bar! Coffees are imported from small family farms around the world and are roasted in small batches, with “bold blends that warm you up like a well worn flannel on a drizzly day.”

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