Seattle’s Best Coffee Cafés
Below, you will find some recommendations of cafes to visit, with bus stop routes. Times noted are those by bus. The start point is about half a block from the Mar Queen hotel. Some of these cafes are recommended from "CoffeeGeek" forum members, as Richard has not been to all of them himself, however we use the blanket "I" to represent the coffee lover in general.
Close and good: Cafe Ladro coffees are wonderful. Those of you staying at MarQueen Hotel have the pleasure of a Cafe Ladro right in your building!
BEST Place - 40 minutes away: Herkimer Coffee: Awesome people, awesome espresso! Not exactly on a bus route, about 1.8 miles away—Herkimer is an amazing roaster.
5611 University Way NE Get there: Mercer St and Warren Ave N > 30 bus local (towards Sand Point University District) > NE 50th St and University Way NE (27 minutes, 22 stops) > Walk north 3½ long blocks on University Way NE > 5611 University Way NE
14 minutes away on South Lake Union: Espresso Vivace Alley 24: 227 Yale Ave N Get there: 8 bus local > Denny Way and Stewart St > NE on Stewart, left on Yale Avenue N > 250 feet
17 minutes away: Espresso Vivace: 321 Broadway Ave E This place is legendary. Get there: 8 bus local (towards Rainier Beach) > E Olive Way and Harvard Ave E > Vivace Espresso Bar at Brix, 532 Broadway Ave E
27 minutes away: Stumptown Roastery and Cafe is really worth visiting. At
Stumptown, "public coffee tastings held at 3pm every day." Yes Stumptown has arrived in Seattle from Portland, OR, but it is among the top three roasters in the US, and I (meaning actually "I") will want to visit ... 1115 12th Ave: Get there: Take the 2 Bus LOCAL towards Madrona Park Via E Union St. and get off at E Madison St & Madison CT.
Porchlight: 1515 14th Avenue. Get there: 8 bus local > E John St and 15th Ave E (16 minutes, 14 stops) > South on 14th (backtrack) and go 4 long blocks > 1515 14th Avenue
If you get into downtown Seattle [which we’ll do during our Thursday monorail trip], try one of my favorites:
Stella Coffees: 1224 1st Avenue, across from the Seattle Art Museum at 1st and University Get there: Queen Anne Ave N and W Mercer St > 1 bus local towards downtown Seattle > 3rd Ave and Union St > walk to 1224 1st Avenue
A smaller Stumptown location with no roastery: 616 East Pine
Up on Capitol Hill you will find great coffee, including Victrola: Of the three Victrola locations, hands down my favorite is Victrola Coffee Roasters—Roastery, at 310 E Pike Street. Also visit Victrola Coffee & Art, at 411 15th Ave E Seattle. Hours: 5:30 am to 11:00 pm. Get there: 8 Bus LOCAL (from the conference area) towards Rainier Beach, get off at E Denny Way & E Olive Way, and it's a 7 min, walk south to E Pike (total time 20 minutes).
Check out all the options on Capitol Hill- and there are many!
Caffe Ladro, Caffé Vita (two locations), Top Pot Doughnuts, Bauhaus Coffee, TnT Espresso, Café Dharwin, Espresso, Vivace Sidewalk Bar, Faire, Fuel Coffee, Insomniax (two locations), Joe Bar, Kaladi Brothers, Online Coffee (two locations), Uncle Elizabeth’s Internet Café, Stumptown Coffee (two locations), People’s Republic of Koffee, Victrola Coffee & Art (two locations), and new arrivals.
For espresso hounds, check out: http://www.espressomap.com/.
And also check out locally renowned Cupcake Royale (with locations throughout Seattle).
Below, a map to Stumptown Roasters