Author: Julie Terebkov
Hello coffee tribe, and welcome back to another week together. Here we have our very own guide to Seattle and what we deemed to be so amazing, we needed to share it with you! Everything from some dang good donuts to umm… banana coffee? I’ll explain later. Just like the city of Portland, Seattle is a city that is found in many of our favorite shows and movies. From Grey’s Anatomy to Sleepless in Seattle, apparently, this is the city to fall in love and run in the rain. Or huff and puff up twenty blocks for coffee in the rain and forget what your toes feel like. It’s all worth it in the end though. Let’s begin with our coffee must try’s!
1020 E. Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Coffee and donuts, you can’t really ask for more. Especially when both are equally fantastic. This lovely little joint, is a coffee shop, donut shop, and Disneyland if you enjoy both (I sure do), all wrapped up in one spot. They are a multi roaster coffee shop, meaning they switch out their coffees after a certain amount of time and serve different roasters from all over. When I stopped by, they actually had a few different options for me: Verve Coffee (Santa Cruz) and Heart Roasters (Portland). The shop has a full espresso bar, drip, and can make pour overs as well. Really, the world is your oyster, or ocean or whatever pun works for you in this situation since their logo is a whale. I can safely say, you will not be disappointed with their coffees and on top of that, they have deliciously mouth watering donuts. They have a few different options within the classic filled donut category. I tried the vanilla, and let me tell ya, it was life changing. I had an entire experience and it lasted about thirty seconds because, I had scarfed my donut down like a dang donut fiend. I had two of my favorite things, donuts and Heart coffee, which made me absolutely ecstatic. Go check it out.
472 1st Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
The shop has a really cool concept that allows you to try different roasters each month or so. They’re just like any other multi roaster but have the roaster of choice come in and create an entire menu for the shop and bring in their own flare. While I was visiting, they hosted La Colombe as their roaster and had a few rad drinks specific to their menu like, draft lattes. I had some of the best customer service at this cafe than most other cafes in Seattle. Also it helps that the location is a shared space with a radio station, a vinyl store and a bunch of seating area. This place truly wins all my cool votes. I ended up trying a Colombia geisha which had a smooth snd sweet body while maintaining a lot of complexity. Normally I don’t enjoy geisha coffees just due to their prices compared to how much happiness they give you; it takes a lot of wow-factor for me to be happy with an 8 dollar pour over. This one was one of the few that did not disappoint me.
602 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
So, to begin our adventure of talking about Slate, I have to mention a strange love and obsession of mine… bananas. Know this next part is going to sound strange but, bare with me and stay here for this journey. They had a coffee that tasted like sweet ripened bananas! What in the world?! That obviously won so many points with me and really surprised me more than anything. It was a Colombian coffee and to this day is my favorite Colombian coffee i’ve ever tried.
We showed up here right as they were opening and we were the first customers in here. The barista was a friendly gal that told us about the coffees and was very knowledgeable. Slate coffee was very aesthetically pleasing and felt more like a sit down cafe rather than an on-the-go kind of a place. So, if you have a chance to take a second and breath, sit down and enjoy an experience here.
Ferry boats, Space Needle, and the zoo. Those are my favorite touristy type spots and things to do in the city. I took a boat tour of Seattle my first trip up and it’s still one of my favorite memories. It was a perfect way to see the skyline, enjoy the city from a cool perspective and hear cheesy commentary from the guide. The Space Needle is just one of those things you need to experience, kind of like the Eiffel Tower but… in Washington. The zoo is not usually something I recommend but, this was a fun little hidden gem in Seattle that I loved. It was just a relaxing and nice change from the city, with the greenery and the animals running around.
Gas Works Park
2101 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
This was my favorite park in the Seattle area and really stood out to me with the views and the cool buildings. This place has a great view of the Space Needle and the skyline of Seattle. A ton of people go here, so be prepared for that but, the spot is definitely worth checking out on your trip.
321 W Galer St
Seattle, WA 98119
In tradition I must add an ice cream spot in each city… right? I think it’s only fair and boy, does Seattle have a great one. Molly Moon’s is really similar to the kind of stuff you’d find at Salt & Straw but, a bit toned down flavors (as in you won’t find weird pickled or cheese flavors of ice cream). I personally loved this and found every flavor I tried to be amazing and I wanted to go back here multiple times. I absolutely loved their coffee flavor and the earl grey flavor as well.
720 Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98101
So as we walked up to this place, my friend and I were immediately shocked by the amount of people waiting in line outside of this high rise. This isn’t surprising to me anymore; I swear people line up for a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g. When we got seated and started eating, I truly understood why it was worth the wait. The best dang toast i’ve ever had. Of course there’s other stuff but, let’s just put it this way. I’m not patient, and if you can get me to wait in a line and win me over with your toast, you are doing something right. I had the ricotta and berries toast that is served on their weekend brunch menu. My friend had the avocado toast and both were just stellar. I looked around the space and everyone’s food looked amazing and this just seems like a place you can safely assume everything will be great at.
Seattle is an amazing city that has beautiful views, and is a breath of fresh air from the rest of the cities. There’s something about Seattle that makes you feel refreshed. Maybe it’s the rain, maybe it’s just me, who knows? But, either way if you’re going to Seattle try to make it to at least one of these rad stops we have recommended.
Stay classy coffee tribe.