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12 Best Coffee Shops In Seattle For Your Caffeine Fix (+ What To Order)

Seattle – is the coffee kingdom of the west, so, no doubt that the number of stellar coffee shops in Seattle is nearly countless. If you’re a coffee snob, or just simply someone who loves enjoying top-notch coffee flavor in relaxing and comfortable areas, we got your back! 

Not letting you wait any longer, here is our list of the 12 best coffee shops in Seattle, which promises won’t let you down: 

1. Sound and Fog

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Sound and Fog is a cute little coffee shop here in West Seattle, right behind the busy Fauntleroy road, with a perfect blend of the white and gray interior and welcoming staff. They always have an interesting selection of beans from multiple roasters on offer. Sound and Fog makes for a great spot to study as it is well-lit and quiet.

The Cold Brew is a big surprise! It’s so rich and bold in flavor that creates a completely smooth finish. It might be the experience you have been craving. The espresso has a beautiful sweet crema that allows them to make gorgeous latte art. You can tell that these baristas are masters at their craft just by seeing how they prepare each cup.

Make sure to check their Matcha Latte out! The drink is not too sweet or milky, so you lose that fresh and bitter green tea flavor, but a good mix that keeps it light. They also sell Alexandra’s amazingly delicious macarons.

What to order: Matcha Latte, Cold Brew, Chai Latte, Alexandra’s Macarons

Address: 4735 40th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

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2. Victrola Coffee Roasters

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Victrola was named for the popular home phonograph of the 1920s, representing the liveliness, exuberance, and fun of the Jazz era. They provide affordable craft coffee, which is a market-fresh and seasonal mentality. This place is so chill that you can spend your whole afternoon here. 

Vanilla Latte – the star of the show! You can taste the bitterness of the coffee, yet enough vanilla syrup that it won’t sweeten it too much. It brings a smooth and divine experience that might make you keep coming back to Victrola. 

Their Cold Brew is where it’s at, and we promise it won’t let you down. It’s delicious and everything goes so well together, not too overpowering but still has a decent kick to get you through the festivities.

What to order: Vanilla Latte, Cold Brew, Single Origin Coffee, 

Address: 310 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

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3. Milstead & Co.

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If you’re a person who prioritizes the quality of coffee above everything else, Milstead & Co. is a “must-visit” spot. They always serve excellent cups of coffee with addictive aromas, and also sell bags of Intelligentsia beans to-go for when you procrastinate and need to finish up at your kitchen table later at 3 am. 

Theo Mocha with Oat Milk is a YES! The flavor is absolutely tasty and the texture is addictively creamy. The rich dark chocolate flavor is strong without being overwhelming and even definitely tastes phenomenal with the coffee. 

The Cinnamon Cruffin is phenomenal! No words can describe how good it is! The crunchy pastry on the outside is well-balanced with a bunch of delicately sweet cream cheese frosting on the inside as well.

Oh, and the homemade Oreo from Standard Bakery is also worth trying with rich and sweet flavor, which would be perfect for our sweet-tooth friends.  

What to order: Theo Mocha with Oat Milk, Cinnamon Cruffin, Oreo

Address: 754 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103

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4. Fulcrum Café

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Being rated in the top 10 Best Coffee Shops in Seattle, Fulcrum Café offers traditional coffee flavors and keeps up with modern times. With three brands (Fulcrum, Silver Cup, and Urban City) featuring different aspects of coffee, Fulcrum promises to be able to offer some of the best-tasting coffees for everyone. 

Fulcrum’s Latte with Oat Milk – is undoubtedly one of the cleanest, lightest coffees you have ever tried. You won’t taste any bitterness or acidity at all. Everything is carefully thought out and prepared. So make sure to check it out!

Looking for sweet treats? Strawberries ‘n’ Cream is not a bad option at all. The sour and refreshing strawberry flavor will give you an instant crush, with a light touch of bitter coffee adding more depth in flavor and even excitement to the experience. 

P.s: Their signature beverages tend to be on the sweeter side, so if you’re not into that, make sure to ask them for a less sweet version.

What to order: Latte with Oat Milk, Strawberries ‘n’ Cream, Kimchi, Egg & Cheese, Goth Star

Address: 590 Bell St, Seattle, WA 98121

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5. Analog Coffee

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Analog Coffee is a little and lovely coffee shop tucked away in a low-key spot in Capitol Hill, pop in, and you’ll feel like you’re part of the neighborhood. Calming, relaxing, and cozy feelings with top-notch coffee are what Analog offers you. 

You can’t leave without trying their Coffee Drip, which is always excellent. Extremely fragrant with a touch of light roast tones makes every sip of coffee full of rich flavor. If you’re looking for something more popular, try the Latte with Oat Milk, another crowd-fav with a nutty and creamy taste.

A local favorite breakfast sandwich is the Egg Sandwich. A standard nutritious start for your day with creamy and flavorful egg stuffed inside of soft sandwiches with ham, mushrooms, and a unique addition of pickled daikon.

What to order: Coffee Drip, Latte with Oat Milk, Egg Sandwich

Address: 235 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

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6. Elm Coffee Roasters

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Elm Coffee Roasters – is a hidden gem in Seattle that provides a cozy and welcoming atmosphere with friendly and warm baristas. The most interesting thing is the coffee selection, where they offer samplers, with brewed coffee and espresso along with a palate cleanser at a reasonable price. 

Try their Filter Coffee and be amazed by the rich flavor that you won’t find anywhere else. This signature drink is fabulously black with a smooth and little acidic flavor, and a slightly sweet touch at the end of every sip.

The Cardamom Bun is AMAZING. The soft and warm buns with an addictive sweet taste will surely win your heart. It’s like a more grown-up version of a fruit loop donut – less sugar, more texture, and just the right amount of flavor.

What to order: Filter Coffee, Cardamom Bun, Latte

Address: 240 2nd Ave S #103, Seattle, WA 98104

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7. Ghost Note Coffee

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A lovely, quirky, and creative coffee shop that promises to make a deep impression on your mind. Located a touch farther away from all the hustle of the heart of Capital Hill, Ghost Note is a “go-to” for the locals because of the top-notch coffee and comfortable ambiance.

You can’t say no to Lush Life! A cold drink with bitter espresso, creamy almond milk blended with orange blossom honey & grapefruit aromatics. It comes with beautiful adornments with its smoothness and addictive fragrance. And yes, the citrus notes won’t be off-putting at all but complement the drink well.

If you are a chocolate/mocha connoisseur, you have to try Ghost Note’s Mocha Shake. The first flavor that hits is the creamy and sweet coconut cream. Then it turns into a strong, dark cocoa taste that balances the coconut cream’s sweetness. Some sips will even have a bright orange zest flavor from the bit of peel they might put in.

Ghost Note’s Mocha has so many distinctive flavors instead of generic sweetness. To enjoy it fully, you have to take one sip at a time, so you can appreciate the complexity of the flavor.

What to order: Lush Life, Mocha Shake, Sun Ship, Spiced Cider

Address: 1623 Bellevue Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

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8. Tougo Coffee

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Tougo is one of the most charming and welcoming cafes that you could ever find in Seattle. In fact, the whole shop is a labor of love. It’s a big beautiful space with lots of warming light, aesthetic arts, and green plants, which is the kind of place that makes you simply feel good.

The vibe is definitely top-notch with stellar coffee and friendly people. 

You know you can’t go wrong with Orange Mocha. No worries, it’s not sickly sweet like other mochas – it was a dark subtle sweetness on a cloud of foamy alternative milk. They use non-alcoholic cocktail bitters to flavor it rather than sugary syrup!

Don’t forget to try the absolute best Blueberry Cornbread Muffin – it’s absolutely delicious! The light, natural sweetness, and nuttiness of the corn that is nicely enhanced by blueberries create a fascinating flavor that you can’t help taking another bite of.

P.s: Big note for parents! Tougo it’s a great coffee shop right next to a playground, which is perfect for your lovely children to enjoy playful moments.

What to order:  Orange Mocha, Blueberry Cornbread Muffin, Oat Milk Lavender Honey Latte

Address: 860 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122

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9. Push x Pull on Union

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Push X Pull On Union is a cafe shop that keeps things simple with minimal design. The entire menu fits on a little black felt board, and the inside looks perfectly basic with white walls, giant windows, and a ton of succulents.

A must-visit spot for those who are looking for minimalist decor and good coffee.

You don’t know how famous their Lavender Latte is, so make sure to ask for one! The flavor is definitely outstanding with a light touch of lavender in every sip of high-quality coffee. The sweetness is pleasant and the bitterness from the coffee is top-notch! 

Their scrumptious Croissant is also worth highlighting with the richness of butter, the sweetness of milk, and even the earthiness of the wheat. Ask for one and you won’t regret it!

What to order: Lavender Latte, Croissant

Address: 2407 E Union St Suite B Seattle, Wa 98122

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10. Lighthouse Roasters

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One of Seattle’s original roaster cafes, Lighthouse has spent more than twenty-five years creating a loyal following of coffee lovers by treating coffee buying, roasting, and drink-making as a noble calling.

They roast all their beans on-site and when you walk in, the aroma is intoxicating. Prices are super affordable and we promise you’ll love the neighborhood vibe. 

How can we forget the super soft and moist Banana Bread with a phenomenal flavor? The sweetness is not overwhelming and the grains add a little touch of nutty flavor to the bread making every bite so pleasant. Worth every penny! 

Besides some good sweet treats, Latte is always a top option for coffee lovers, and Lighthouse’s Latte is perfectly made with a light sweetness from the milk and you can definitely taste the bitterness from authentic espresso. 

P.s: There’s no wifi, so you have to hang out and read a book or newspaper or talk to someone in the interesting crowd of regulars.

What to order: Banana Bread, Latte, French Press

Address: 400 N 43rd St, Seattle, WA 98103

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11. Monorail Espresso

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Monorail Espresso is a place where you can experience that aesthetic vibe with artistic decorations and a warm welcome from the staff. Although they don’t have inside seatings, the fascinating aromatic fragrance from the coffee shop still attracts our coffee-lover friends.

Try the Hot Burnt Creme Latte and be ready to be amazed by the explosive flavor. You can definitely taste the quality of the espresso and the sweetness of Washington milk must make it better. It was the perfect balance of sweet and espresso flavor. Not too sweet and definitely not bitter at all. 

Coconut Cold Brew is highly recommended with a mellow taste that is nicely blended with pleasantly sweet flavor from the coconut making the whole drink elevated to another level. 

What to order: Hot Burnt Creme Latte, Coconut Cold Brew, White Chocolate Mocha, Vanilla Latte

-510 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
-701 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
-2120 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
-510 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

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12. Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company

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A true hidden gem for our pet lovers! Zoka is one of the cutest coffee shops around Kirkland with a bright, spotless, and friendly interior along with homey chill feelings. Most importantly, Zoka is dog-friendly with lots of seating options!

If you’re looking for a go-to matcha place, Zoka offers the best Iced Matcha Latte that promises to give you an instant crush! The oat milk is so creamy and velvety smooth elevating the authentic flavor from pure matcha. You can always ask for some sugar-free vanilla syrup for more sweetness!

The Lavender Mocha is another crowd-fav with a delicate sweet flavor and a hint of subtle citrusy and mint notes from lavender at the end of every sip. A perfect option for anyone who is looking for something more different and unique. 

What to order: Iced Matcha Latte, Lavender Mocha, Chai Tea Latte

Address: 2200 N 56th St #6204, Seattle, WA 98103

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And below is our recommendations for our coffee lovers. If you’re looking for the same thing for a place to fill up your stomach after enjoyable moments at those coffee shops, check out our list of Best Restaurants in Seattle.