Get loud, Seattle. The Sounders won the MLS Cup Final Sunday with a thrilling 3-1 win over Toronto FC at CenturyLink Field. On Tuesday around noon, there will be an official victory parade, which will start at Westlake Park (the corner of 4th Ave and Pine St) and march through downtown on 4th Ave, before ending up with a rally on the Fisher Pavilion Lawn at Seattle Center. Along the way, and at the end, fans will no doubt need to refuel and brush off the confetti. There are plenty of places to try near the Space Needle, but here are some spots to scout throughout the day.
Depending on how the parade barricades are set up, this spot on Olive Way near 8th Ave should be far enough away from the action to provide easy accessibility. It’s also a great grab-and-go option for those needing a jolt of caffeine, and the egg sandwiches and curried avocado toast are solid breakfast options. For those taking the day off, don’t forget about the brunch cocktails and beer.
What started as a small roastery in Duvall now has a downtown Seattle café at CenturyLink Plaza. While the concentrated cold brews are still a favorite, it’s the “quaffles” — a cinnamon roll, waffle and croissant hybrid — that keep many coming back. Fans who get there early enough can stay and chill, waiting out the 9-to-5ers.
Instagrammable lattes and large breakfast sandwiches are the draw at this cozy spot next to the historic Moore Theater (inside the hotel). The line can get packed right before the workday, so best to scout it out beforehand. It’s also just a short walk away from Westlake Park, and impatient diners can call an audible to the nearby Seattle Coffee Works, if needed.
During the parade
Fans who need a brunch breather before the rally may want to branch off the main parade in Belltown and try out this well-regarded shop on the corner of Western Ave and Wall St. It specializes in hatch chile burritos filled with fennel turkey sausage, eggs, or vegan options, but the pastries and potent coffee should hit the spot as well.
Those looking for a quick bite might want to head toward the Amazon Spheres, where there are a variety of lunchtime options. Among the best bets is this Korean-Hawaiian fast casual spot at 6th Ave and Virginia St, serving up satisfying tacos (like ginger chicken and kalua pork) at wallet friendly prices, along with kimchi fried rice and aloha tots.
There’s probably no place more suited for a midday sugar rush than Top Pot, which has a large outpost right on 5th Ave, not too far from the main parade route. Current seasonal flavors include a pumpkin glazed old fashioned (and, of course, green and blue varieties as a Sounders homage), but the main standbys, such as the maple bars and apple fritters, never disappoint.
After the parade
On Eater’s list of essential brunch restaurants is this bistro on Cedar Street. One definitive star on the menu is the Dutch baby pancake, whose cast iron-baked goodness has earned fame, far and wide.
Fans who don’t mind wandering away from Seattle Center for a few blocks will find this welcoming shop on Taylor Ave N, which serves breakfast (including some excellent crepes) up until 3 p.m. If seating in the main dining area is cramped, there’s also a small patio out back and a yurt-like nook to stretch out.
Those looking to continue the party into the early afternoon may want to check out this longtime New Orleans-influenced restaurant in Lower Queen Anne. It features charcuterie, a raw bar, and fried-everything, with solid drinks (including a pretty killer bloody mary) most hours of the day.