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The 7 Best Cafes in Seattle to Get Work Done

Seattle Restaurants + Bars Insider Guides Food + Drink
by Sarah Murdoch Jun 5, 2017

Seattle has no lack of cafes that are set up for getting work done. Independent coffee shops and cafes preserve that funky Seattle vibe. Here are great spots for terrific coffee and food; Wi-Fi; comfortable work space, and atmospheres that are far from corporate.

1. Storyville Coffee

Storyville is on the second floor above Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Big, comfy couches face windows over the Market and Elliot Bay beyond. The space is quiet — perfect for work or a conversation. They offer coffee, fresh roasted daily for the cafe’s own label, as well as a range of snacks and light meals.

  • Where: 94 Pike Street, #34
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Hours: Daily 6:59am-6pm

2. Bedlam Coffee

This Belltown coffee shop will give you a sample of the funky Nineties. The walls are hung with homemade art. Sip a Nutella mocha while you check out their games for loan. The seating is cozy and the clientele is eclectic.

  • Where: 2231 2nd Ave
  • Neighborhood: Belltown
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-10pm, Sat-Sun 7am-10pm

3. Wheelhouse Coffee

This coffee house is not only simple, clean, and unpretentious — they serveup a great mocha and a strong Wi-Fi signal. Wheelhouse is located in the South Lake Union tech zone, so you might rub elbows with Amazon programmers and urban hipsters as you all sip a cup at their outdoor tables.

  • Where: 2113 Westlake Ave N
  • Neighborhood: South Lake Union
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4pm

4. Fremont Coffee Company

Fremont Coffee Company is a converted turn-of-the-century house. The coffee is good quality and the baristas make art in the foam. The small rooms and leather couches are perfect for getting work done. You can people watch on the wide covered porch, in this neighborhood that calls itself the “Center of the Universe.”

  • Where: 459 N 36th St
  • Neighborhood: Fremont
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-9pm, Sat-Sun 7am-8pm

5. Jewel Box Cafe

The Jewel Box Café, its interiorfilled with dark oak antiques and soft lighting, feels like an old-world place. The menu offers crepes and sandwiches along with the typical coffeehouse snacks. In warmer weather, the big garage-style doors open out on the plaza in front, so you have a choice of comfortableindoor/outdoor seating.

  • Where: 321 NE Thornton Place
  • Neighborhood: Northgate
  • Hours: Mon-Thur 6am-11pm, Fri 6am-12am, Sat-Sun 8am-11pm

6. Bauhaus Coffee

Bauhaus is one of the few classics that has survived the turn-over in Seattle coffeehouses. It is located in a sedate neighborhood north of downtown. The coffee is always good and the space is well set up for laptops.

  • Where: 2001 NW Market St
  • Neighborhood: Ballard
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-10pm, Sat-Sun 7am-10pm

7. The Dane

The Dane is a new café in the North end of Seattle. It’s a mix of coffeehouse and pub with the espresso machine and beer taps vying for space at the bar. The bright, Scandinavian modern interior has plenty of space to spread out and work while having a light meal.

  • Where: 8000 15th Ave NW
  • Neighborhood: Crown Hill
  • Hours: Tue, Wed, Sun: 8am-10pm, Thur-Sat 8am-11pm, closed Mon

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