by Alison Kramer - 89 Reviews - 7 List
In a city with one coffeehouse for every 2,500 residents, how do we discern the "Average Joe establishment? from Seattle's finest? These days it takes more than free Wi-Fi or specialty roasted beans to rise above the competition and win the caffeine-savvy populous. We've collected a list of spots that diversify themselves from the daily grind with amenities like movies, game nights and bike repair tips: coffee shops, with a twist.
Updated: January 11, 2011
A coffee house at heart, this West Seattle spot is decidedly homey. Contrary to the solitary Wi-Fi world of your standard coffee stop, here, strangers populate the over-stuffed couches and socialize over old-school arcade games and weeknight movie events.
True to its name??coffee news"'this Capitol Hill hot spot proffers over 50 international magazines and journals alongside French presses of Cafe Vita coffee. The honest Parisian menu makes it easy to parlay that morning caffeine to an afternoon libation.
As a requisite stop on the First Thursday Art Walk, this Pioneer Square mainstay is equal parts art and coffee. Yes, the espresso is Illy and the baristas are both alternative and attractive, but it's the art-adorned walls and frequent music and film events that keep this place relevant.
An established Capitol Hill coffee haunt, this spot is a long-standing hybrid of coffee shop and bookstore. Floor-to-ceiling volumes dominate the two-story interior: their offerings as eclectic and extensive as the fabulous people watching.