Oh coffee, where would I be without my daily cup of joe? Still here I guess, just not as happy as I could be with coffee in my system. Seattle is the capital of all things coffee, and when I finally got to visit this summer I was in heaven! We toured the city, trying every little cafe we could find and avidly searching Yelp for the best the Seattle had to offer.
Myself and my fellow travel companions came up with a list of must-try places in Seattle.
Coffee shops in Seattle:
1. Le Panier in the Pike Place Market
Not only is their coffee amazing, but the macarons! Oh my, the macarons were to die for. We had to stop back a week later before we headed back to Canada to get some more. We also ordered the Tuna on baguette, le provencal pastry and a few other items. Everything was so good! Definitely check it out if you visit. Because it was so hot that day, the cafe was really blazing with the amount of people in it and ovens firing to churn out the freshly baked goods. However, the heat didn’t bother me. I cooled off with a smooth iced coffee, and snagged a seat right by the window. The location is busy with a lot of foot traffic from the market – it is not laid back but that’s what I enjoyed about it.
2. La Parisienne French Bakery
Much like many of the shops, we happened upon this place while searching for coffee around the Seattle Space Needle. So we picked up some lunch, but didn’t have space for dessert. We loved the place so much we came back for brunch as well the next day.
While we only passed by here for some iced coffee, it didn’t disappoint! This place had a laid back feeling, and unique decor.
This was our first official Seattle coffee (technically we tried Seattle’s best in the airport). While we were getting ready to tour the city the guys ran out to grab the coffee for us. It was the closest place to our Air BNB and it was simply divine. The perfect way to start off our trip. Their secret? They use Stumptown Roaster’s beans, which we learned about when we were in Portland. I love a local shop that sources ingredients from local small businesses. It seems like a theme across both Seattle and Portland, the feeling of community and collective success is so clear – and a beautiful thing.
5. Starbucks Reserve
Lastly, of course I had to include Starbucks, because the reserve not only served fresh and unique blends but also the experience was amazing. They have way more bakery selection than a regular Starbucks store, they also offer an extensive coffee menu. We also came back here before heading back to the airport. The photos of the coffee are all the way at the bottom of this post.
Other places to check out:
- Local Color in the market
- Caffe D’Arte
Seems like, if you’re anything like me you want to have really great art for your home. However, you also love to have something unique and that speaks to who you are. I am all about a really good cup of coffee so, having prints in my home that reflect that is important. Part of the reason I wanted to visit a ton of shops was to document the coffee journey on the west coast.
The perfect gift?
At first I started this project for myself, but then I decided to make them available for all and with the holiday season. If you have a coffee lover on your list, these prints make a great gift. I like to give meaningful gifts and that almost always means I will print a unique piece of art and frame it to suit the home decor where it is going. Because I believe in printing photos, the best way to pass that on is to give a ready to hang piece. Who doesn’t like a ready to hang piece anyways? Home decor is something I love, but apparently I can’t seem to follow through. Hence, two years into home ownership and my walls are pretty bare.
My favourite part of this experience was learning about all the different ways coffee could be made. This siphon method was interactive and beautiful to watch, and the best part was the delicious brew at the end of it.
I’ve made this set available for purchase, and they would make an awesome gift to any coffee lover in your life – or for your own home. I was lucky enough to be featured on a local bloggers 613 Gift Guide. Because she loves to support local, Emily put together a fantastic curated list of gifts for this season, and I offered her readers a little something too.
Credits: pinecone and candy cane stock images from SC Stockshop.