Kakao specializes in melting chocolate into 15 different possible drinks that range from a dark mocha to sipping chocolate made with 63% cacao. But if you’re not in the mood to drink something sweet at 8am, they have a menu of classic espresso drinks. The most comfortable seat in the house is the living room set in the middle of the space, which ends up being even more comfortable with a mug full of liquid chocolate. They also have a private working area you can reserve for free.
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Marination South Lake Union
Marination South Lake Union is a fast-casual counter that has the same Hawaiian/Korean/Mexican fusion food as the mini-chain’s flagship location.
Mala & Satay
Mala & Satay is a Vietnamese restaurant in South Lake Union that serves pho and the best banh mi in the neighborhood.
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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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