Next to the disgusting brick wall with strangers’ used chewing gum stuck to it is an amazing cafe called Ghost Alley Espresso. When you have unavoidable errands to run or visitors to entertain in Pike Place, head to this literal hole-in-the-wall for unique nut milks and lattes that come in flavors like nutella and blueberry cheesecake (we promise they’re good). Then, walk past all the tourists taking selfies with the several hundred wads of regurgitated Trident knowing that you just made a much better decision than them.
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The First Timer’s Guide To Eating & Drinking In Seattle
You’re about to touch down in Seattle for 72 hours, and you have a lot to fit in. Here’s where to eat and drink your first time here.
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Matt’s In The Market
Matt’s In The Market is a Pike Place institution for seafood and upscale American dishes.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a downtown staple in Pike Place Market with great mac and cheese and panini.
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Bakery Nouveau is an excellent Capitol Hill bakery we like most for the twice baked almond croissant and croque monsieur.
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General Porpoise Coffee & Doughnuts
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Anchored Ship Coffee Bar
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