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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Bakery Nouveau is an excellent Capitol Hill bakery we like most for the twice baked almond croissant and croque monsieur.
Empire Espresso is a coffee shop in Columbia City that serves tasty waffles and panini 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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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.
We avoid superlatives, but Vivace probably makes the best espresso in the city. Hit the Capitol Hill location for its proximity to Sunrise Tacos.
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.
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