Retreat is a great neighborhood place to grab a macchiato and work when you need to be surrounded by activity. People are always coming in and out of here, and there’s also an outdoor patio overlooking Green Lake. Not to mention that you could also drink cocktails and eat upscale bar snacks like burrata or braised short ribs. Your go-to sidewalk espresso hut definitely doesn’t have that. The best part is that if you need a break, there’s a three-mile lakeside walk outside the door.
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Eight Row is a large, attractive restaurant in Green Lake that only serves one good dish: a $55 pork shoulder.
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Princi is an Italian bakery in South Lake Union that serves baked goods and square pizza by the slice.
Lan Huê is a Vietnamese banh mi shop in the International District, and their sandwiches are a far cry from what a perfect banh mi should taste like.
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Mr. West Cafe Bar
Mr. West Cafe is an attractive espresso bar and all day cafe with substantial food downtown.
General Porpoise Coffee & Doughnuts
General Porpoise is a very cute coffee shop in Capitol Hill with some very good homemade donut holes.
We avoid superlatives, but Vivace probably makes the best espresso in the city. Hit the Capitol Hill location for its proximity to Sunrise Tacos.
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