Cafes in Seattle


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  • Q Cafe
    Five Things to Know About Q Cafe With a 25% discount for students and teachers, plus plenty of tables and outlets to turn the shop into a mini study hall, Q Cafe attracts plenty of guests looking to get a little work done while also getting a caffeine jolt. Here are some other things to know about the café: It's a nonprofit. Although affiliated with Quest Church, the coffee shop itself is a nonreligious community cafe that operates as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All the food and drinks are from local companies. Direct-trade coffee comes from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, gluten-free goods from Macrina Bakery, and sandwiches from Little Rae's Bakery and Mike's East Coast Sandwich. The drinks are literally works of art. A barista from Q Cafe represented Seattle in the 2014 Latte Art Smackdown. You can sit back and stay a while. The café offers free WiFi and there are plenty of outlets to plug in your computer or robot dog for a recharge. For a bit more privacy, you can book a conference room or the entire café for meetings and get-togethers. All ages of music lovers are welcome. Anyone who's old enough to appreciate espresso can come to the all-ages music shows, featuring local and national musicians such as Ingrid Michaelson and Run River North.
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    3223 15th Ave W
    Seattle, WA US
  • Fainting Goat Gelato
    In the kitchen of Fainting Goat Gelato, batches of dense, velvety goodness are churning slowly. Organic milk from Fresh Breeze Farms absorbs organic sugar, thickening as it gets colder, before Yalcin folds in the flavor. He infuses one vat of his low-fat treat with local berries and another vat with Turkish hazelnuts. Maybe later he'll make use of some pistachios from Sicily. He uses local ingredients whenever he can but recognizes that sometimes nuts grow better across the Atlantic, and more than anything he wants to make his gelato sing with rich, full, true flavors. By using such prime ingredients, the gelato that Yalcin and his wife make in Fainting Goat Gelato takes guests on a journey as expansive as their own. The husband and wife moved to Seattle from Turkey in 1997 and subsequently focused on raising their daughters, but after their youngest started applying to college, they wanted to begin a new adventure. Today they keep their shop stocked with 18 flavors at all times, creating an ever-rotating menu that at any time might include fig-vanilla, honey-lavender, or Nutella gelato. Cups of Turkish coffee, espresso, and tea help round out the experience and thaw tongues chilled from licking a scoop of strawberry or lips frozen from kissing a snowman.
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    1903 North 45th Street
    Seattle, WA US
  • Gossip Espresso and Tea
    Four Things to Know About Gossip Espresso and Tea After extensive research about bubble tea and its components, three friends came together and opened Gossip Espresso and Tea in 2000. They’ve been doling out their version of the drink in their International District spot ever since, introducing new flavors and holiday specials along the way. Here are a few things to know before you float in for a bubble tea of your own. Bubble tea is very popular in Taiwan. Typically, it consists of cold milk tea, milk, and tapioca balls. At Gossip, there are more than 40 different flavors to choose from, and each drink comes topped with coconut jelly or some other treat. Customers gush about the service. They come for the bubble tea, sure, but they keep returning because of the caring staff. They chose the International District on purpose. Gossip’s owners set up shop in ID because of its diversity. Many different cultures have settled here, and Gossip’s bubble teas proudly represent Taiwan in the mix of different cuisines. You can also grab some snacks. They range from popcorn chicken and yam fries to cookies and sweets from local bakeries.
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    651 S King St
    Seattle, WA US
  • Kakao
    Named for the Hungarian word for chocolate in what one UPC Times writer calls “a nod to the Slavic history of the neighborhood,” kakao serves café drinks with a local bent and craft chocolate bars from chocolate makers such as Dandelion, Dick Taylor, and Lillie Belle. Baristas draw rich espresso from locally roasted Herkimer coffee beans and steep loose-leaf teas from Miro Tea. They also serve mochas and Ghirardelli and Valrhona hot chocolates—in flavors such as salted caramel or cardamom—from machines that swirl the drinks throughout the day, keeping them ready to pour. Conveniently, kakao complements its warm beverages with pastries from Le Panier and Macrina Bakery. High ceilings with exposed beams hint at kakao’s warehouse past, but the space's soft track lighting and carefully selected furniture preclude the temptation to drop off a shipment of 10,000 fur coats for storage. Free WiFi also keeps patrons connected to the buzz of the Internet throughout visits.
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    415 Westlake Ave. N
    Seattle, WA US
  • Cloud City Coffee
    Five Things to Know About Cloud City Coffee Since opening in 2002, Cloudy City Coffee has become a neighborhood staple, going so far as to crown itself the “town hall of Maple Leaf.” Read on to learn more about this popular gathering place. It’s kid-friendly. While parents sip freshly brewed drinks and surf free WiFi, little ones can frolic in the kid’s play area. Good coffee takes time. At the hand-poured slow bar, you can linger over coffee brewed in a french press or Chemex. You can skip the line if you’re in a hurry. Just pour yourself a hot cup of joe from the self-serve bar and drop $1 into the honor-system coffers. The owner knows her coffee. Jill Killen has been drinking coffee ever since she was a baby. Maybe that’s why she picked Tony’s Coffees and Teas to be her supplier—a trusted name in the Pacific Northwest since 1971. Get more than liquid refreshment. Regulars rave about Cloud City’s breakfast burritos, quiches, and coconut bread.
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    8801 Roosevelt Way NE
    Seattle, WA US
  • Parks and Recreation Department, Bicycle Maps
    Whether you need help waking up in the morning or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, the coffee at Parks and Recreation Department, Bicycle Maps will do the trick. Long guest list? Not a problem at Parks and Recreation Department, Bicycle Maps, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort. Patio tables and chairs are ready for Parks and Recreation Department, Bicycle Maps diners who prefer their meals al fresco. The coffee shop also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Parks and Recreation Department, Bicycle Maps to your next party or event. You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking. Chow down at Parks and Recreation Department, Bicycle Maps without blowing your budget — meals here usually cost less than $15. It's strictly cash-only at Parks and Recreation Department, Bicycle Maps, so make a trip to the ATM first.
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    600 5th Ave
    Seattle, WA US

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