As the birthplace of international sensation Starbucks, Seattle is no stranger to good coffee. However, the perfect roast isn’t the only consideration when deciding what coffee shop to work at. From ambiance and lighting to seating options and WiFi strength, there are many different factors that make up the ideal spot to call your office for the afternoon. Read on for a list of the top spaces to do your best work, and sample the tastiest cups of joe, in the Emerald City.
Perched pleasantly on the hill above beautiful Green Lake, this Herkimer Coffee location is perfect for a productive afternoon. The coffee is fantastic, and their dedication to sustainability and fair trade makes the sip that much smoother.
Bar seating along the windows and a large shared table facilitate an optimal work environment, which is only reinforced by the free unlimited WiFi. There’s easy access to Herkimer Coffee Phinney Ridge via plenty of bus routes, and you can even take a stroll around the lake on a break for a boost of fresh air.
Located amidst all the hustle and bustle of downtown Pioneer Square, Zeitgeist Coffee is a Seattle must. Beyond their delicious coffee, food (soups, salads, sandwiches) and sweet snacks, Zeitgeist offers a large, inviting space complete with plenty of natural light and rotating local art on display. Though the WiFi is strong and plentiful, laptop users should be aware that there is limited outlet space, so make sure to charge your tech up before settling in for a creative day.
Ballard Coffee Works is from parent company Seattle Coffee Works, one of the oldest specialty coffee roasters in the city. Replete with inventive brews, dairy-milk alternatives, and tasty baked treats, Ballard Coffee Works shines as an airy neighborhood staple. Plenty of seating options inside as well as out (for those rare sunny days) means a good chance of snagging a seat to work, and the fast WiFi is a digital nomad’s dream. Ballard can be a bit tricky to get to via public transit, but there are certainly bus routes available, such as the D straight from Downtown. This space is an excellent option for those looking to inject their work with the hip vibrancy of this unique Seattle neighborhood.
Shiny and new, this space opened in August 2018 as Elm Coffee Roasters’ second location, and is by far the more sumptuous of the two. With marble countertops, glistening green tile and plush leather chairs, working here will feel more like staying at a luxe hotel.
Conveniently located close to Seattle Central College and Cornish College of the Arts, Elm offers plenty of outlets for charging as well as Internet connection, making it an ideal space to post up and get to work. However, keep in mind that because of its proximity to a business lobby (hello, Amazon offices!), it can get quite loud during the weekdays. Weekends, however, provide a haven of muffled elegance. Just make sure to start early on Sundays because they close at 3!
The Pacific Northwest headquarters of this legendary Italian espresso machine, La Marzocco is an impressively large space with a curated, industrial feel. Here, they host different coffee companies in their space each month. This beautiful cafe has plenty of seating options, from tables to bar seating to comfortable recliners, as well as WiFi and outlets throughout the store. Music lovers rejoice, because this cafe is actually in the KEXP radio station building, meaning you might be lucky enough to be able to sneak into a Live In-Studio performance!
Located on the cusp of Lower Queen Anne and a stone’s throw from other major landmarks such as the Space Needle and the Museum of Popular Culture, La Marzocco is easily accessible by public transit and from Downtown. Hunker down here all day for a truly unique coffee experience.
Spacious and full of light, the Pike Street Victrola Coffee happens to be their roastery as well. Conveniently located in buzzing Capitol Hill and located in a remodeled 1920’s auto row building, this coffee shop has got all the makings of a good day’s work: excellent coffee, delicious pastries, and a community-centered vibe. Open network WiFi and a location within walking distance from the Capitol Hill Lightrail Station are just cherries on top of this coffeehouse legend.
Miir, the sustainability-focused product design company specializing in stylish reusable drinkware, opened their Flagship store in Fremont showcasing their sleek, minimalist designs and ethical ideology. The all-white store features Olympia Coffee, delicious bites, and even beers (and coffee nitro brew!) on tap. With free access to WiFi, lots of outlets scattered throughout the seating area, and even bookable meeting rooms, it’s always swarming with energized, creative people looking to collaborate, converse, and connect.
Occasionally, an endless supply of freshly roasted coffee and tasty pastries just isn’t helping your workflow. Digital nomads and remote workers know that having a comfortable space at home that helps curb distractibility and hone focus, both of which are absolutely crucial for producing high-quality work. Blueground offers apartments in central locations throughout Seattle, each completely equipped and fully-furnished, providing ample working space for when you need to buckle down without distraction.
For those whose work relies heavily on a dependable internet connection (and whose doesn’t these days?), you’ll love that Blueground’s apartments have all utilities, cable, and WiFi ready to go from the moment you walk in. With flexible leasing options for stays from one month to a year or more, these apartments are a perfect choice for anyone looking to live and work comfortably in Seattle.