Given that we recently posted a Seattle Food Guide, we decided that we had to put up a Seattle Coffee Guide too. We only had 2 nights in Seattle which didn’t leave us enough time to visit all the coffee shops that we wanted to go to. This post is about the 2 coffee shops that we did visit, however I have also included the coffee shops that we wanted to visit but didn’t get a chance to. If you have visited those coffee shops please let us know in the comments. It may also help someone else reading this post!
Elm Coffee Roasters
Elm Coffee Roasters is located just around the corner from Il Corvo Pasta that we mentioned in our Seattle Food Guide post here. It made it the perfect coffee stop for us after lunch, and we noticed that several other customers from Il Corvo Pasta ended up at Elm Coffee Roasters too. I love the airy nature of this coffee shop with the exposed brick walls and industrial fixtures.
I had a cortado made with homemade hazelnut milk. They had both hazelnut milk and soy milk but since I had never had hazelnut milk with my coffee I chose that option. Being a hazelnut fan it was inevitable that I absolutely loved my hazelnut milk cortado. What I liked about Elm Coffee was the option to try multiple coffees in one order. For example, they had ‘One & One’ (espresso + macchiato $3.00), ‘One of Each’ (espresso + brewed coffee $5.00) and ‘One of Everything (espresso + brewed coffee + macchiato $5.00). Andrew had the ‘One & One’, pictured above. It’s cheaper to do it this way if you’re looking to try multiple coffees in one location.
If coffee is not your thing, or if you’re with someone who doesn’t love coffee, they also have tea and hot chocolate available. Wifi is available and we saw quite a few people with laptops and others having meetings. This place accepts card only.
Price: Cortado $3.25 (+$1.5 for hazelnut milk), One & One $3.00, excluding tip
240 2nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA, 98104
Monday-Friday : 7am-6pm
The second coffee shop that we went to was Storyville Coffee, which is conveniently located in Pike Place Market. We got a little lost going there and had to ask someone, but we found it in the end! You have to either take the stairs or the elevator to the top floor. When you walk in you no longer feel like you’re amongst the hustle and bustle of Pike Place Market. This place was huge with plenty of seats and couches to lounge around in. It’s the perfect place to catch up with your friends. In terms of dairy-free alternatives, Storyville had a great selection of soy, almond and coconut cashew milks. They also had a selection of baked goods, sandwiches and salads. I know the Starbucks downstairs in Pike Place Market is extremely popular, but do yourself a favour and have coffee in here instead. The quality is so much better and you won’t regret it. We had to rush off to catch our ferry so we didn’t get to enjoy our coffee there but if you do get a chance, sit by the window and people watch everyone downstairs at Pike Place Market.
Price: $3.65 for a Cortado (+ $0.50 for almond milk), excluding tip
94 Pike St, top floor
Seattle, WA, 98101
Monday – Sunday: 7am-6pm
They have 3 additional locations. Please see here
Coffee Shops worth noting…
These are the coffee shops that were on our list but we didn’t get to visit.
Slate Coffee Roasters
Out of all of these coffee shops that I’m going to mention, this is the one that I’m disappointed that we didn’t get to visit. Please check it out for me! They have several locations, one of which is near Il Corvo that we mentioned in our Seattle Food Guide. Find their website here.
They have multiple locations, one of which is just up the road from Elm Coffee Roasters. I would have loved to have visited this coffee shop. They also have bicycle carts that you can hire for functions. How fun is that? Find their website here.
Street Bean Coffee Roasters
If you’re heading to the Space Needle, this is a coffee shop to keep on your radar. It’s about a 5 minute walk from Seattle’s most iconic sight. They also have another location in the U-District. I absolutely love their mission. Their aim is to help get young people off the streets. One of the ways they do this is by training and employing young people who want to leave the streets to be baristas. Such a brilliant cause. I wish I looked at their mission before our trip because I would have definitely made a stop off knowing this information now. Find their website here.
Where do you like to get your coffee fix in Seattle?