European Breakfast near Greenlake
Continental, I should specify. My girlf and I are looking for a place we can walk to around 10am, get a nice espresso and some croissants & jam, maybe fresh OJ.... you know. Is there a place that's especially good near Greenlake? Is there a place that's especially good that we just MUST visit in Seattle? I'm not so into big American breakfasts of eggs & potatoes, so that's not a concern.
What you are seeking may be a full bakery. I know of none in Greenlake, however you might try the Urban Bakery right across the street from the park. I have not been to My Friend's Cafe but that might be nice. Otherwise, down in the south part of Wallingford is the lovely Essential Bakery and if you're over in Queen Anne (or downtown) there is the famed Macrina. Both will fit your needs of a Euro style cafe and croissant. I recall a really cute place in Ballard with buttery croissants, although I cannot remember the name. Possibly Zoka (south Greenlake/north Wallingford) might do the trick if you want to be near Greenlake.
There seems to be a dearth of charming breakfast places in Seattle (IMHO) outside of bakeries--most coffee and croissant needs filled by a local and ubiquitous Starbucks--although I'd rather visit Diva, Lladro or even Petes. Hoards of people clamor to get into Mae's Phinney Ridge cafe, someplace to me that is questionably clean with service to match. (I way prefer Pete's Eggnest.) But I really digress.
Another option is about a half mile north of Greenlake in the Maple Leaf neighborhood is Cafe Javasti, a cute little crepe and coffee place that also offers some baked goods---although the crepes are pretty tasty and light. The coffee is wonderful as well. It can be busy on weekends with a wait for crepes, but definitely worth a try.
7850 E Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA
8410 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA
Essential Baking Co
1604 N 34th St, Seattle, WA
Macrina Bakery At Mc Graw
615 W Mcgraw St, Seattle, WA
If you can handle a Japanese-European continental breakfast, check out Cafe Hiroki, not far from Greenlake. Excellent pastries of all descriptions: http://www.hiroki.us
According to their site, though, they're open mornings only on weekends.
Hiroki Specialty Desserts
2224 N 56th St, Seattle, WA 98103