Compared to other coffee shops in the more congested areas of South Lake Union (like on Westlake), Fresh Flours is a pretty calm place to momentarily escape your office. The coffee’s pretty great by itself or alongside one of their tasty Japanese pastries, like green tea macarons or red bean bars. They also have a ton cozy sofas and tables in here that get plenty of sun pouring in from the windows.
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Shake Shack is a counter service cheeseburger institution in South Lake Union. Prepare for lines.
Jack’s Chicken Shack
Jack's Chicken Shack is a takeout window located at Jack's BBQ's South Lake Union location, and they serve fried chicken and sides.
Kakao is a coffee shop in South Lake Union that specializes in mochas made from different types of chocolate.
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Hood Famous Cafe & Bar
Hood Famous is a Filipino bakery and coffee shop that specializes in mini cheesecakes.
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Mr. West Cafe Bar
Mr. West Cafe is an attractive espresso bar and all day cafe with substantial food downtown.
We avoid superlatives, but Vivace probably makes the best espresso in the city. Hit the Capitol Hill location for its proximity to Sunrise Tacos.
Capitol Coffee Works
If you’re looking for a pleasant place for a coffee and to get some work done, Capitol Coffee Works has your back.
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