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Cities We Love: The Cafés of Seattle

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In Seattle, the town where coffee reigns, no cafés have won us over more with their drinks and cozy vibe than these.
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1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
The Elliott Bay Book Company is the Seattle bookstore and, thankfully, survived its move from Pioneer Square to Capitol Hill with soul and towering cedar bookcases intact. Elliott Bay lost a significant chunk of square footage during the move...
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1005 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Caffe Vita is an independently owned Seattle coffee company that's been roasting coffee locally since 1995. The Capitol Hill location isn't the original store (that's in Queen Anne), but it is one of the nicest — a large, two-story place with...
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5308 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
No Ballard wander is complete without a stop by Anchored Ship, a teensy coffee shop with wonderfully creaky floors, Little Free Library, and a surprisingly cool sewing/fabric shop hidden in the back. Unlike most local cafés, Anchored Ship is...
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414 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Bauhaus is the quintessential Seattle study/coffee lounge. Locals have carted textbooks to the original Capitol Hill location for espresso-fueled study sessions for more than 20 years. Bauhaus is now three cafes deep—Ballard, Green Lake, and...
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1115 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
Want proof of Stumptown’s bean-geekiness? Founder Duane Sorenson—who earned his roasting chops at Seattle’s Lighthouse Coffee—opened the Seattle branch(es) of Stumptown because he refused to ship beans farther than 45 minutes from the Portland...
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1517 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
With its stone floor, spare walls, and blond wood furniture, Porchlight feels a bit like a Scandinavian student’s studio apartment—albeit one equipped with phenomenal coffee, super friendly baristas, and a solid selection of vinyl. It’s small...
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235 Summit Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
Once a pop-up, Analog opened a full-blown café three years ago with an eye toward minimalism. Rather than use an automated espresso machine, baristas pull shots using a manual Synesso machine in a big, bright shop that nods rather vigorously to...