Image Source: Unsplash — Seattle’s Starbucks Reserve Roastery
What’s your favorite way to fuel up for the day? Here in the Pacific Northwest, sipping on coffee is essentially the equivalent of drinking water — and there’s excellent local coffee companies on almost every corner in Seattle. Whether you want to stay within walking distance or venture to a new neighborhood, there are so many options to find that perfect cup of joe. For convenience and ease, we focused our guide on the neighborhoods closest to home!
Cascade / South Lake Union
When you live at Alley 24, you’re just steps away from local businesses in the Cascade and South Lake Union neighborhoods — our community has a sky-high Walk Score of 97! It’s truly a walker’s paradise. Right outside your front door, you can grab a cup of coffee from Espresso Vivace’s Alley 24 location. This cafe specializes in northern Italian-style coffee and has received accolades from celebrity chefs and coffee experts around the globe!
While it’s temporarily closed, Cascade Coffee Works is another close cafe, just a four-minute walk away! The Seattle Coffee Works coffee roasters hail from Germany, Guatemala, and Vietnamerica. You can also get to Caffe Ladro’s South Lake Union location in just five minutes on foot! Complete with a modern exterior and a sleek Modbar indoors, this hip spot has the best of both coffee and atmosphere. You can add a fresh pastry to your order from their in-house bakery!
Right across I-5 in Capitol Hill sits Analog Coffee, one of the hippest shops in town. They have cold brew on tap and play records from their private collection. This spot has been featured in The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveler!
It may be a worldwide chain, but a Seattle neighborhood coffee guide isn’t complete without a nod to Starbucks, as it was started right here in our own backyard! Visit the copper-plated Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room on Pike Street to find specialty beans and the shop’s latest experiments, along with food and a full bar! A visit to the Reserve is perfect for an upscale, luxe experience. You can even book a tour or a private event!
While a bit further from home, you can find the best Turkish coffee at Coffeemind Queen Anne. You can continue your Queen Anne caffeine adventure with a stop at La Marzocco Cafe to sip on coffee from the home of the famous Italian espresso machine experts — they distribute their machines all over the map, but they’re headquartered right here in Seattle!
Do you have a go-to neighborhood coffee shop? While we listed our favorites, there are so many unique gems close to home. Enjoy your coffee with spectacular city views right at home at Alley 24.