Union Coffee keeps things simple. The design is minimal, the entire menu fits on a little black felt board, and the inside looks like your Amazonian friend’s open one-bedroom: white walls, giant windows, and a ton of succulents. There’s wifi, and the upstairs balcony bar is the perfect spot to post up with a mug of chai and a slice of creme fraiche coffee cake distraction-free (unless you like staring at blank walls). Bonus points for music that’s not too loud and actually-nice baristas.
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Ba Bar in Central District is our favorite Vietnamese spot in town. Hit it late-night for best results.
Reckless Noodle House
Reckless Noodle House is an excellent Vietnamese spot in the Central District.
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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.
Bakery Nouveau is an excellent Capitol Hill bakery we like most for the twice baked almond croissant and croque monsieur.
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Anchored Ship Coffee Bar
Anchored Ship is a small but useful coffee shop in Ballard that's excellent for getting work done. Plus, there’s a nail salon in the back.
Ghost Alley Espresso
Ignore the gross gum wall in Pike Place and make your way to Ghost Alley Espresso for interesting lattes and much fewer tourists.
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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