One more great place for a very good coffee, especially on a sunny morning.
Waiting for my son who was taking a test at Seattle U, I enjoyed the sunshine.
You may have seen little decks around the city, installed along the streets like sidewalk extensions, using several parking spaces. They are called parklets. Different from the restaurants terraces, they are public and everybody can enjoy them. They are owned and managed by the city of Seattle.
I like the parklets because they provide something convivial to each community or neighborhood. They may be decorated with plants or art, and there are benches or chairs where you can rest. I saw most of them this winter so they were not often used but I can’t wait to see them during summer time!
There are around 15 parklets all over the city but there are plans to create more. I am not sure they can install any downtown or around south lake union where parking spots are already so difficult to find.
Here are the ones I have seen and pictured: Montana Bar (Capitol Hill) close to Crumble and Flake, Cortona Café (Central District) with painted glass mosaic made by the community, and Oasis Tea Zone (intl district, china town)
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I like the great ambiance and casual yet nice interior decor of this neighborhood place. I like this place is the diversity of customers there: bikers, families, students, older people, and sport fans.
It is at the same time a coffee shop where you can have breakfast, a Vietnamese restaurant, a French bakery, and a cocktail bar.
Macarons are more than decent.
You can also find a cake named Tropézienne, a French Riviera speciality, like a brioche with custard.
They are open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. most days, and until 4 a.m. on the weekends.