In an interview in the Stranger's Chow Bio, 3.14 Bakery owner Jessica Haury admits to being a math geek, which is why she pulled in that famous irrational number to represent her bakery's specialty: pie. Haury sees baking as therapeutic, asking "Who can feel bad when there's a homemade pie in the house?" With that in mind, she sells each freshly baked morsel hoping it can bring some good to someone’s day. The bakery’s seasonal menu captures the bounty of nature throughout the year with the flavors of cherry, rhubarb, or apple in the personal pies, pie pops, and single slices. The bakery doesn't stop at perfecting pie, the team also rolls cake balls and bakes seven-layer bars, cookies, and gooey cinnamon rolls perfect for sticking to coworkers' foreheads. Diners who wish to enjoy their goodies onsite can settle into a chair with a fork and a steamy cup of coffee on the side.
Set in a brick carriage house in the heart of West Seattle’s Junction neighborhood, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse dishes up more than just a great cappuccino and quick morning muffins. Custom coffee creations rotate with the seasons, and customers can enjoy fifteen minutes of free work time at the small shop’s bank of computers with every beverage purchase. New this year, patrons can also belly up to the in-house “Helios Bar” for a free 15-minute hit of light therapy, an antidote that pairs well with caffeine for combating Seattle’s lengthy rainy season. Busy commuters can also text in coffee orders for maximal time efficiency, but why rush away? In summer, Hotwire’s compact outdoor patio is a great place to pause with pooches or strollers over a steaming cup of joe before tackling the rest of the day.
Cherry Street Coffee House displays local art, hosts live music, and holds events at each of its locations. Steam rises from blends of house coffees, forming the shape of perfume bottles that spritz the cafes with the aromas of Brazil nuts and dark cocoa. A medley of coffee beans from Papua New Guinea and Central and South America flavor the signature espresso, which guests can enjoy in between bites of house-made breakfast bagels, quiche, pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Cherry Street's kitchen staff supplies a list of ingredients, highlighting which vibrant dishes are vegan, contain dairy and nuts, or plan to transform into dairy and nuts.
Italian-style Forza Coffee in Greenlake is the sort of place that makes customers do a double-take. By day, customers swing through to enjoy one of the micro-roaster’s Venetian lattes and a breakfast pastry or muffin-like frittata, all from a comfy leather chair at one of several communal tables. For a working lunch, the open, wood-lined space changes a bit, providing simple vegetarian-leaning lunches and free WiFi, plus snacks for the kids. And in the evening, Forza transforms again, plying customers with six local craft beer taps or a glass of wine, each paired with a hummus plate or flatbread pizza. And with a subtly located flat-screen TV airing local sports, plus the occasional trivia night, Forza becomes the rare coffee house that celebrates the entire day.
Located in the Old Japan town section of the International District, the historic Panama Hotel Bed & Breakfast feature white linens, handmade antique armoires and down comforters. Featured in Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, the hotel is less than a mile from both CenturyLink and Safeco fields, and is also in close proximity to the Amtrak station, Pioneer Square and Luke Wing Museum. Boarding-style accommodations and cheap rates allow customers of all backgrounds to enjoy this property that was built in 1910 by the first known Japanese-American architect in Seattle, Sabro Ozasa. The property also houses a Japanese bathhouse. It is the perfect place for money-conscious travelers looking for a taste of this historic part of the city.
At Fremont Coffee Company, the baristas emphasize the beauty of the community coffee shop?one where customers can spend an entire day. Housed in a historical home, the shop invites guests to approach the bar so they can fill cups with hot or cold coffee and espresso drinks. These drinks are made from beans that have been carefully and?they're not shy to say?obsessively curated by staff before they're roasted in house. Coffee drinkers have multiple rooms to settle into with their cups, all adorned with a revolving display of local art. When the weather is agreeable or if they just want to count snowflakes, customers can take their cups to the wraparound porch and pair them with the cafe's housemade pastries or a glass of wine.