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10 New Places to Drink Coffee in Seattle, December 2018

Here are the hottest new cafes to try, from Capitol Hill to Georgetown

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Capitol Coffee Works is the third offshoot of Seattle Coffee Works.
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Lucky Seattle. This city has tried-and-true coffee industry veterans, solid neighborhood cafes, and a growing crop of newcomers pushing the scene forward.

This Coffee Heatmap tracks the latest and greatest coffee shops to hit the scene in the last year or so, as a complement to the Essential Seattle Coffee Shops guide.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Queen Anne Coffee Co.

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1811 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 566-6788
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Queen Anne Coffee Co. owner Brianne Ryan, who wants it known that her shop is proudly gay-owned, updated the space with modern decor and brought in beans from Lighthouse Coffee Roasters, in Fremont. The food menu is brief but serious, as Ryan is baking pastries on-site, offering sour cream coffee cake and cinnamon rolls alongside sandwiches like a sausage, egg, and cheese on a challah-pretzel roll.

2. Macrina Bakery and Cafe

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746 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 328-7573
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Macrina Bakery has opened on Capitol Hill’s 19th Ave., in the former Tully’s building, and the local chainlet’s fifth cafe is another hopping spot for to-go coffee as well as a quick breakfast, lunch, or weekend brunch. The cafes serve an array of pastries, tarts, soups, croissants, cakes, coffee, and sandwiches. Communal tables, lots of natural light, a grab-and-go section, and a true urban unicorn — a parking lot — round things out.

3. The Lounge by AT&T

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800 E Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 323-0212
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AT&T has opened its first retail store with a coffeehouse on Capitol Hill, and the cafe portion actually has serious local cred: It’s Ada’s Discovery Café, run by the same folks who own the darling Capitol Hill bookstore and coffee shop Ada’s Technical Books. The store is outfitted with futuristic elements like coffee-brewing robots, a digital ordering system, and a space for various events like eSports competitions and coffee seminars.

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4. Intrigue Chocolate and Coffeehouse

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1520 15th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 945-3277
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Pioneer Square’s Intrigue Chocolate Co., known for adding unorthodox seasonings like basil or pomegranate and bay to its Belgian chocolates, added a bustling cafe at 15th and Madison. There’s a lot more than just chocolate here: banana bread, chocolate truffles, caramels, sugar cookies with Jamaican cocoa powder, and, of course, coffee all make the cut. The offerings change seasonally based on what’s available at farmers markets and local spice shops.

5. Victrola Coffee Roasters

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300 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101
(800) 575-5282
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Capitol Hill’s respected Victrola Coffee Roasters has a new downtown cafe at 3rd and Pine, inside the Amazon-occupied Macy’s building, only the company’s fourth location in its 18-year history. The new cafe sticks to the formula of espresso drinks, pastries, and sandwiches in a modern space that invites lingering, with cozy chairs and window seats perfect for people-watching.

6. Bellden Cafe

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10527 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 698-1597
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Bellevue's new Bellden Cafe pours coffee with a charitable twist: The cafe supports a rotating cast of local nonprofits by offering them a space to discuss their work, providing cafe staff as volunteers, and donating proceeds from the sale of specialty items. And Bellden isn't slacking on its provisions, with options that include pastries, sandwiches, salads, acai bowls, and toasts. Cold brew, tea lattes, and hot cocoa round out the typical espresso offerings.

7. Indi Chocolate

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1501 Pike Pl #527
Seattle, WA 98101
(425) 243-2089
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Indi Chocolate, Pike Place Market’s bean-to-bar producer, has traded up from its hidden nook on the fifth floor for much bigger digs inside the prominent new Marketfront expansion. The large space includes a central coffee bar selling espresso, baked goods, and chocolate, plus a retail area with windows looking into the production area.

8. Sharetea

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530 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 883-8406
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Taiwan-born bubble tea chain Sharetea has opened a First Hill location. Since its founding in 1992 in Taipei, the company has added more than 450 locations in 18 countries, including a shop in the U District. Ingredients are shipped from Taiwan and result in popular drinks like a coffee milk tea, strawberry ice blended with lychee jelly and ice cream, whole lemon green tea, and a Hawaiian fruit tea.

9. Caffé D'arte

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99 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104

Caffé D'arte has been roasting beans since 1985, so the company knows its stuff. At its newest location in Pioneer Square, fans can sip nitro wood-roasted cold brew, sample stovetop espresso, and fill up with pastries and sandwiches from local favorites Alki Bakery, French Connections, and Rain Shadow Meats.

10. Brother Joe

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5629 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 588-2859
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Brother Joe in Georgetown serves a huge coffee menu that runs the gamut from familiar espresso drinks to specialty arrangements like a cold brew with rice, vanilla, and cinnamon or a Vietnamese egg coffee with an egg yolk and condensed milk. Tea drinkers can also sip a wide variety of premium loose leaf teas from World Spice Merchants. And the food, from pastries to breakfast burritos to sandwiches, is suitable for dining in or taking out. Weekends bring a more formal brunch with dishes like biscuits and gravy, steak and grits, and eggs Benedict.

1. Queen Anne Coffee Co.

1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Queen Anne Coffee Co. owner Brianne Ryan, who wants it known that her shop is proudly gay-owned, updated the space with modern decor and brought in beans from Lighthouse Coffee Roasters, in Fremont. The food menu is brief but serious, as Ryan is baking pastries on-site, offering sour cream coffee cake and cinnamon rolls alongside sandwiches like a sausage, egg, and cheese on a challah-pretzel roll.

1811 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

2. Macrina Bakery and Cafe

746 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Macrina Bakery has opened on Capitol Hill’s 19th Ave., in the former Tully’s building, and the local chainlet’s fifth cafe is another hopping spot for to-go coffee as well as a quick breakfast, lunch, or weekend brunch. The cafes serve an array of pastries, tarts, soups, croissants, cakes, coffee, and sandwiches. Communal tables, lots of natural light, a grab-and-go section, and a true urban unicorn — a parking lot — round things out.

746 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

3. The Lounge by AT&T

800 E Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98102
AT&T/Official photo

AT&T has opened its first retail store with a coffeehouse on Capitol Hill, and the cafe portion actually has serious local cred: It’s Ada’s Discovery Café, run by the same folks who own the darling Capitol Hill bookstore and coffee shop Ada’s Technical Books. The store is outfitted with futuristic elements like coffee-brewing robots, a digital ordering system, and a space for various events like eSports competitions and coffee seminars.

800 E Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98102

4. Intrigue Chocolate and Coffeehouse

1520 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Pioneer Square’s Intrigue Chocolate Co., known for adding unorthodox seasonings like basil or pomegranate and bay to its Belgian chocolates, added a bustling cafe at 15th and Madison. There’s a lot more than just chocolate here: banana bread, chocolate truffles, caramels, sugar cookies with Jamaican cocoa powder, and, of course, coffee all make the cut. The offerings change seasonally based on what’s available at farmers markets and local spice shops.

1520 15th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Victrola Coffee Roasters

300 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

Capitol Hill’s respected Victrola Coffee Roasters has a new downtown cafe at 3rd and Pine, inside the Amazon-occupied Macy’s building, only the company’s fourth location in its 18-year history. The new cafe sticks to the formula of espresso drinks, pastries, and sandwiches in a modern space that invites lingering, with cozy chairs and window seats perfect for people-watching.

300 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101

6. Bellden Cafe

10527 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Bellevue's new Bellden Cafe pours coffee with a charitable twist: The cafe supports a rotating cast of local nonprofits by offering them a space to discuss their work, providing cafe staff as volunteers, and donating proceeds from the sale of specialty items. And Bellden isn't slacking on its provisions, with options that include pastries, sandwiches, salads, acai bowls, and toasts. Cold brew, tea lattes, and hot cocoa round out the typical espresso offerings.

10527 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98004

7. Indi Chocolate

1501 Pike Pl #527, Seattle, WA 98101

Indi Chocolate, Pike Place Market’s bean-to-bar producer, has traded up from its hidden nook on the fifth floor for much bigger digs inside the prominent new Marketfront expansion. The large space includes a central coffee bar selling espresso, baked goods, and chocolate, plus a retail area with windows looking into the production area.

1501 Pike Pl #527
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Sharetea

530 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Taiwan-born bubble tea chain Sharetea has opened a First Hill location. Since its founding in 1992 in Taipei, the company has added more than 450 locations in 18 countries, including a shop in the U District. Ingredients are shipped from Taiwan and result in popular drinks like a coffee milk tea, strawberry ice blended with lychee jelly and ice cream, whole lemon green tea, and a Hawaiian fruit tea.

530 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Caffé D'arte

99 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104

Caffé D'arte has been roasting beans since 1985, so the company knows its stuff. At its newest location in Pioneer Square, fans can sip nitro wood-roasted cold brew, sample stovetop espresso, and fill up with pastries and sandwiches from local favorites Alki Bakery, French Connections, and Rain Shadow Meats.

99 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Brother Joe

5629 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

Brother Joe in Georgetown serves a huge coffee menu that runs the gamut from familiar espresso drinks to specialty arrangements like a cold brew with rice, vanilla, and cinnamon or a Vietnamese egg coffee with an egg yolk and condensed milk. Tea drinkers can also sip a wide variety of premium loose leaf teas from World Spice Merchants. And the food, from pastries to breakfast burritos to sandwiches, is suitable for dining in or taking out. Weekends bring a more formal brunch with dishes like biscuits and gravy, steak and grits, and eggs Benedict.

5629 Airport Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

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