The coffee culture represents the neighborhood, a blend of the old and new. Although the new is gaining momentum, there's still some old-world charm establishments still left. But if there's one thing these two worlds have in common, its that a high standard for good, quality coffee is a must. And luckily vegans have no problem finding soy or almond milk at nearly every establishment.
Lower Queen Anne aka Uptown
Craftworks Coffee features a rotational list of artisan coffees from various Pacific Northwest roasters. With a fine selection of teas and hand-crafted brewing methods, explore a wide range of menu items from cold brews to herbal teas. My favorite is the strawberry and peach tea, but whatever you fancy, the cafe is chic, clean and bustling with freelancers poking away on mac laptops.
If you'd like something sweet to go with your coffee, head to Nielsen's, a Dutch bakery, in business since 1965. This is a place to find locals and affordable coffee and treats. Tucked away on 2nd Avenue West, it's easy to miss Nielsens unless you discover the sidewalk sign decorated with Dutch flags. Experience gluttony with the "potato," a cream-filled pastry wrapped in marzipan and dunked in Dutch cocoa powder. Most say it's like consuming heaven on earth and best washed down with a cup of Olympia Roasted coffee. I love the decor as it feels like a walk back into 1970's Europe.
La Marzocco is a coffee-maker company that now has a cafe inside the KEXP building. The cafe features over-priced coffee, but you pay for the atmosphere. With comfy couches located under street-side cafe lights, hipster congregate here for the cool-vibes atmosphere and the occasional live music jazz or jam session. I find the espresso to be like crack, it's so strong I'm strung out for days.
The beloved Uptown Espresso is one of Lower Queen Anne's long-standing coffee establishments. My first experience here is when they dripped the coffee through coffee filters. Enraged with anger, the next time I went there they told me they accidentally messed up the bean to water ratio and so basically I drank four shots of espresso. Yikes, but, after that mistake all has been good. The inside is basic a mix of various sized wooden tables next to walls decorated with European-style fine art. It's the perfect place to grab a cup of Joe before hopping on a bus downtown.
This LQA cafe is tucked away on a corner adjacent to the Seattle Center. Known for it's tea selection and local pastries, Caffe Zingaro keeps Queen Anne buzzing with odd-concoctions like a Cuban latte and golden milk-inspired flavors. I'm not sure about turmeric coffee, but everything is worth trying once!
One of the last remaining Tully's is located in Queen Anne. Although I am not a fan of mainstream establishments, I like Tully's as the people are friendly and it's what is left of this regional chain before Starbuck's bought them out.
Upper Queen Anne
Previously named Bustle, new owners have revamped the menu and now offers ice cream alongside the traditional coffee and pastry options. Discover rare flavors like the London Fog and lavender and blueberry ice cream.
Located on the slope of Queen Anne, is this Turkish coffeehouse and boutique. Eat, drink and shop your way into the heart of the Mediterranean. Besides Turkish Coffee, Coffee Mind features a variety of teas, American and Turkish pastries and cold food and beverages. Whether you're looking for home textiles or a Turkish tea cup set, cafe-goers experience the best of both worlds, the east and the west.
As my Polish friend says, "Storyville is the cadillac of cafes in Seattle." He's in love with everything about the flavor of the beans. Storyville has several locations in Seattle and is a privately-owned company. Storyville donates to reputable organizations who help fight human trafficking.
This beloved organic cafe is a place to mingle with locals enjoying a latte and the sun on the adirondack chairs. All coffee is brewed from 100% organic coffee beans, which ignites a flavor that locals are obsessed with.
For a taste of Paris, head to La Reve for a coffee and a french pastry. The old-world charm transports you back to what Paris used to be like. The pastries aren't cheap, but well worth every penny. I recommend the almond croissant. Located in a house on Queen Anne Avenue, during the summer enjoy the Seattle sun on the front patio.
If the devil worships anything, it's this place. Equipped with potent coffee and vegan-friendly treats, El Diablo is one of the most popular cafes in Queen Anne. There is no shortage of colorful chairs, quirky artwork or mac laptops that hog almost every table.
Cafe Ladro has an upper and a lower Queen Anne location. The first Ladro location opened in Queen Anne in 1994. With several locations around town, Ladro expanded their business to become a roaster in 2011. There is no shortage of baked good options, including several vegan-friendly sweets. The only thing I do not like about Ladro is that the Upper Queen Anne location plays the music so damn loud. Seating is limited, but both locations offer outdoor adirondack chairs.
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