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Seattle Coffeehouse Recommendation

RosebudSMB Jun 26, 2007 12:27 PM

Portlander staying overnight at the Fairmont Olympic looking for a coffeehouse recommendation. Walking or riding public transportation distance preferably. I need wi-fi and would love a spot that is more frequented by locals vs. tourists. Eclectic is cool, great beans a must. I do not visit chain stores. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

FYI, here is my food itinerary :

Shuckers before the game tonight (it's easy and in the hotel)
Havana after the game
Coffeeshop tomorrow morning
Salumi for lunch
Mid-afternoon is still open...
Probably heading back to P-town before dinner.

  1. terrier Jun 26, 2007 02:42 PM

    If you need wifi, go to Zeitgeist - 171 S Jackson Street.

    If you can do without the internets, Victrola's roastery and cafe on 310 E Pike St is an easy walk & will satisfy.

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    1. re: terrier
      c
      christy319 Jun 26, 2007 04:26 PM

      The places I would recommend most highly don't have wifi. But if you have to have it, I'll second the Zeitgeist recommendation. Cherry St has the nicest staff but I think the espresso is terrible (never had the regular coffee).

      1. re: christy319
        sophie. Jun 28, 2007 10:53 PM

        I'm curious. What wi-fi-free coffeehouses are you so into?

      2. re: terrier
        sophie. Jun 28, 2007 10:51 PM

        Victrola has wifi. I would agree with both suggestions and add Uptown Espresso 4th and Wall in Belltown.

      3. m
        mrnelso Jun 26, 2007 04:06 PM

        Cherry St Coffeehouse brewed black Coffee is my habit
        (the have pastries and light lunches, too)
        103 Cherry (First & Cherry)
        808 3rd Avenue (3rd & marion)
        2121 First Avenue (Belltown)
        2719 First Avenue (First & Clay)

        Shuckers for Oysters, crabmelt
        go to Salumi early (11:00) or late >2:00

        1. l
          Lauren Jun 27, 2007 09:14 AM

          I don't know if they have wi-fi but Belle Epicurean in your hotel has fantastic pastry's. Their ham and cheese "buns" are great.

          When you're at Shuckers, be sure to try the house smoked oysters. Yum.

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            foodrover Jun 27, 2007 02:16 PM

            Capitol Hill:
            Victrola - Pike & Bellevue (10, 11, 14, 43 Bus)
            Vita (Cafe) - Pike & 10th (10 or 11 Bus)
            Vivace - Broadway & Denny (43 Bus)
            Bauhaus - Melrose & Pine (10, 11, 14, or 43 Bus)

            Other:
            Zoka - Wallingford/U-Village (Multiple Buses)

            All roast their own coffee except Bauhaus.

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            1. re: foodrover
              jme1beachbum Jun 27, 2007 06:26 PM

              I agree with Victrola, also Cafe Umbria on Occidental makes a mean latte. I just tried Belle Epicurean (in your hotel) and enjoyed it very much- some seriously strong beans & fantastic pastries. I had the chocolate pecan roll- very good :)

              1. re: foodrover
                sophie. Jun 28, 2007 10:57 PM

                I'm down with Victrola--especially in lower caps, but less into the others.

                The truth is, Rose, that there are no fine coffeehouses in your immediate vicinity. If I were you I'd head down to Pioneer Square for Zeitgeist because you'll be a block from Salumi.

              2. r
                Roo Jun 27, 2007 10:29 PM

                Hey Portlander - you didn't mention when you would be visiting Seattle but Salumi will be closed July 3-6. I will be visiting your fair city this weekend (June 30-July 2) for a friend's birthday and the Rembrandt Exhibit. Do you have a recommendation for a chowish place near PAM?

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                1. re: Roo
                  RosebudSMB Jun 28, 2007 04:56 PM

                  Nice... I've been meaning to check that exhibit out as I'm a member of PAM. Let's see, Higgins is a classic PDX restaurant that's open for lunch and dinner and is about 2 - 3 blocks from the museum. A very easy walk. http://higgins.ypguides.net/page/o30h/Meet_Our_Chef.html. As a James Beard Award Winner in 2001, Boulet's place at the Heathman Hotel is directly in front of the PAM (http://www.heathmanhotel.com/dining/r...). They're open for lunch and dinner as well. Tell me a little more about what you're looking for and I can help you out more. Lunch? Dinner? Casual, ethnic...? I hope you have a great time in PDX!

                  1. re: RosebudSMB
                    indypin Jun 29, 2007 09:15 AM

                    victrola has no wifi on the weekends, just fyi... at least not the one on 15th ave

                    i would also recommend online coffee company, especially the new one on 14th and pine:
                    http://www.onlinecoffeeco.com/

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