Coffee lovers may want to check out this branch of the ubiquitous coffee shop chain; it happens to be the first Starbucks that was ever opened. The building has retained the same facade over the years, and is still busy with folks on the go looking for their coffee fix. This first Starbucks opened in downtown Seattle in 1971. It was originally housed at 2000 Western Avenue, where it stayed until 1977 when it moved to its current location one block south, at Pike Place near Stewart Street. Today, the Starbucks global empire has shops in 55 different countries, where they sell an assortment of gourmet drip-brewed coffees, teas, sandwiches and other snacks, as well as coffee beans.
If you're looking for a plain cup of coffee, look elsewhere. The staff at Espresso Vivace Sidewalk Bar pride themselves on their espresso and espresso drinks. Without the spacious seating that the other two locations have, this location still offers the great espresso drinks Espresso Vivace is known for. Stop by for a quick drink while walking around Capitol Hill.
Moved to its current downtown location in 1985 and renovated in 1990, Seattle's premier jazz club brings artists of international standing, including the likes of Nancy Wilson, Lionel Hampton and Cleo Laine. The dinner menu features a varied selection of Northwest and Mediterranean dishes. The well-rounded offerings feature seafood, grilled meats, and options for vegetarians. There's a full bar and a private room that holds 275.
As you enter this seafood restaurant, you walk onto a suspended bridge with iron railings. Starfish, crayfish and other marine life swim up to greet you. Lights dot the high ceiling for a starry quality. Blown glass hangs delicately from the ceiling to complement the warm, upscale Polynesian-style surroundings. Seafood specialties include Opah (a Hawaiian fish also known as Moonfish), served with a papaya, mango and pepper salsa, and apple-wood-grilled Hebi (Spearfish). More standard dishes include Ellensburg Lamb and New York Steak. The view of downtown Seattle is hard to beat.
North Seattle has a cozy little establishment called Cloud City Coffee for family and friends to huddle on cozy couches and grab a cup of coffee. Open from 6a onwards, the coffeehouse prepares a fresh variety of wraps, salads and pastries to go along with the coffee and organic tea. The cafe offers quite the collection of books, newspapers and WiFi connectivity to keep the adults engaged while kids have a blast in the play section. This upbeat cafe knows how to keep up with its popularity and increasing number of customers as they offer attractive discounts on food and drinks to its regular patrons! Make sure you visit this cafe to experience this goodness.
The menu offers breakfast and lunch, but make no mistake about it, as the main attraction is the diner itself, a greasy place that serves as a Mecca for a group of regulars enjoying a night on the town. This cafe dates back to World War II, so it is no surprise that it has acquired a musty character over the years. You may not be able to make out your friends through the smoky air, but half the fun of coming is to try. Typical American pub grub is offered, heavier than usual with grease—burgers, fries, sandwiches and the like. Breakfast is available all day. There is a full bar and the beer selection is broad.
Enjoy life's little pleasures in this upbeat niche bar in Seattle's downtown area. The Purple Cafe scores high on variety, as the menu offers American and Mediterranean cuisines. The global wine bar is a connoisseur's dream. The cafe also has free wifi, so spend a evening here with your laptop or call your friends over to help you choose from the wine and tapas selection.
Far down the dim central hallway of the Dexter Horton Building lies this spacious coffee bar filled with the aroma of coffee beans. This family-owned shop roasts its own beans and comes up with such fabulous beverages as a mocha made with ephemere sauce from dilettante chocolates. The baristas are friendly, patient and happy to let you linger and chat over a cup.
Prefer dining in style? Begin at this acclaimed restaurant in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The open dining room has tall dressed windows, linen-topped tables and high ceilings with sparkling chandeliers. Starters include spiced foie gras and Northwest raw oysters. Signature entrees include smoked salmon with creme fraîche, dungeness crab and apple sauce. The restaurant also features a full bar and live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays.
This contemporary pan-Asian favorite is is airy, elegant, and always packed with a chic crowd of loyalists. The popular satay bar features chicken, seafood, beef, lamb and pork, grilled and served with a spicy peanut sauce. The Siam lettuce cups, filled with seared Chilean sea bass, are superb. The Dungeness crab will leave you licking your fingers for every last morsel and counting yourself among the converted. A full bar is available.
Chip & Drew's Filling Station serves healthy salads, soups and other locally sourced dishes to hungry Seattleites. Everything is made, cut and prepared fresh every morning and though they are only open five days a week, if you have business downtown, Chip & Drew's is an excellent choice. On the menu, you'll find signature salads, create-your-own salads, sandwiches and a rotating soup schedule that features Broccoli Cheddar, Rustic Potato, Spicy Tomato Lentil and many more traditional stews.
The Triple Door is in the building that housed the Embassy Theatre, built in 1926, and a lot of the old decor from the original vaudeville house is still in evidence. The purpose of the Triple Door is to give an experience with the best in sound, lighting, atmosphere, and hospitality. When all of these elements come together, which they do at the Triple Door, it gives the audience something that can only happen with the performance of live music. It is this exceptional experience that makes the Triple Door a thrilling venue for live music. (Triple Door serves food and alcohol. In the adjacent Musicquarium there are live shows.)