Coffee & Treats in Downtown


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At Starbucks in Central Business District, the beans are fresh and the roasts are bold. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Starbucks, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Starbucks offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done. Your group can sit comfortably at Starbucks, a local restaurant. null Drivers will be surprised by the number of street parking spots available near Starbucks. Keeping an eye on your budget? Starbucks is a perfect choice, with most meals costing less than $15.
1125 4th Avenue
Seattle,
WA
US
Coffee: Roasted In-house Coffee accompaniments: Pastries and panini sandwiches from DeLaurenti in Pike Place Market Avoid on: Weekends, when it’s closed Atmosphere: Relaxed Decor: Sleek and modern Ceilings: High Potential latte foam designs: Hearts, leaves, former Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr.
1215 4th Avenue
Seattle,
WA
US
Belgian Liège waffles, which are richer and sweeter than their more Americanized breakfast counterparts, are the draw at this Downtown 3rd Avenue nook. Step inside the sleek, modern Euro-cool room for both sweet and savory versions of the griddled treat, made with all-natural local ingredients stirred into brioche-like dough and studded with sugar pearls. Those balls of sweetness promptly caramelize in the sizzling waffle iron. Waffles can be served warm with Nutella, brûléed bananas, berries and whipped cream, or ice cream. Savory waffles, such as the proscuitto, crème fraîche & green onion, double as a breakfast bite or easy lunch. To drink, look for fresh-pressed juices, Stumptown coffee from Portland, or smooth Rishi organic tea.
1200 3rd Avenue
Seattle,
WA
US
Fancy pastries pop out of the oven all the day at Belle Epicurean, the French bakery café helmed by Carolyn Ferguson, who earned a Grand Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu Paris. In the Downtown Fairmont Olympic Hotel, it’s a posh paradise with shiny glass cases stuffed with fresh, buttery croissants, brioche, quiches, cookies, and the popular, sweet Belle’s Buns. A plus for early-risers, the café opens at 6 a.m. on weekday mornings, and brunch is served daily. Lunchers can take away baguette sandwiches and hearty soups, and in the afternoon there’s tea service with petit fours and macarons. The interior welcomes eaters with marble checkered floors and ornate mirrors, giving the space an upscale cozy feel reminiscent of a classic French patisserie.
1206 4th Avenue
Seattle,
WA
US
The Georgian: A User’s Guide French-Inspired Northwest Cuisine | Seasonal Ingredients | Live Jazz | Elegant Decor | Afternoon Tea Service Sample Menu First: kusshi oysters with crispy tempura and chilled tuna tartar Second: dungeness crab bisque with tarragon-infused mini crab cakes Third: slow-braised beef short rib with caramelized celeriac purée Dessert: soufflé of the day When to Go Live jazz rings out through the stately, crystal-chandeliered dining room on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6–9 p.m. After experiencing the AAA 4 Diamond–rated dinner cuisine, return for a classic afternoon tea service with finger sandwiches and housemade scones. What to Wear: Although Frommer’s calls The Georgian “the most traditional and formal restaurant in the city,” the dress code is “smart casual,” meaning no jackets are required. Inside Tip: Splurge on the five-course prix-fixe meal with handpicked wine pairings; it usually features fresh seafood and seasonal specialties. Vocab Lesson Celeriac: a root vegetable that tastes similar to celery. It’s also known as turnip-rooted celery or knob celery. Foie gras: the fatty liver from a goose or duck that's been force-fed. The liver is then marinated in a mixture of alcohols and seasonings, and is typically baked.
411 University St
Seattle,
WA
US
Customize a birthday cake or cookie at local favorite Specialty's Cafe and Bakery. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Specialty's Cafe and Bakery. Complimentary wifi is available as well. Specialty's Cafe and Bakery is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). Guests of Specialty's Cafe and Bakery's 3rd Ave location can park their vehicles on the street. Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at Specialty's Cafe and Bakery for next to nothing.
1023 3rd Avenue
Seattle,
WA
US

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