If you’ve ever tried to get work done at Barnes and Noble and ended up reading 16 issues of Family Circle magazine/using your pocket change to impulse-order a slice of peanut butter cheesecake only to return home and nap through your deadline, Little Oddfellows is the coffee shop for you. It’s inside Elliott Bay Book Company, but removed from the bookcase-perusing action so you won’t get distracted. Their espresso is from Cafè Vita (which means it’ll be great), there’s free wifi, and you won’t have to worry about starving yourself in order to power through the entire day - they have paninis, avocado toast, and pastries galore, plus beer and wine to either reward yourself afterwards, or use to boost your creativity before you get down to business. We don’t judge - whatever gets your word count up.
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Westman’s Bagel and Coffee
Westman’s Bagel & Coffee is a sidewalk stand serving homemade bagels, cream cheese spreads, and breakfast sandwiches.
For breakfast on the go in Belltown, go for a breakfast sandwich at Dahlia (there are only four seats there). And couple coconut cream pie bites.
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Oddfellows Cafe & Bar
Oddfellows is a French Bistro, espresso bar, and old-school grocery store in Capitol Hill. It’s good for a lot of things, but especially brunch.
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.
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