There are few places outside Italy that are more synonymous with coffee culture than Seattle. After all, it is the birthplace of one the world’s most popular and ubiquitous chains – Starbucks – that has brought coffee to the masses.
But there is so much more to Seattle’s coffee scene than just Starbucks. There are also plenty of interesting independent coffee shops too. And the great news is that most of the city’s best coffee shops are also fully accessible.
So, with that in mind, here is Quingo Scooters’ guide to five of the Emerald City’s very best accessible coffee shops.
1. Hood Famous Bakeshop Cafe and Bar
Yes, you could just go to your nearest branch of you-know-who for a latte. But why on earth would you, when there are places as wonderful as Hood’s? We love this cafe and bar, and not just for its fantastic coffee.
The owner is Filipino, and it is a culture reflected in every aspect of this fantastic place. We are big fans of their breakfast (try their bitter melon quiche – it’s incredible) – and their waffles are spectacular too.
But back to the coffee. It is Filipino in origin of course, freshly ground and goes beautifully with a top-quality pastry. We visited their cafe in Chinatown.
2. Vif Wine and Coffee
Coffee and wine? Bear with us – this is the perfect place to enjoy either (or both!), in a bright and airy space on Fremont Avenue.
It is a chilled, quiet little spot that is perfect for relaxing over a coffee and a bite to eat. Both the coffee and the wines are excellent, and if you are feeling hungry, they have an extensive breakfast and lunch menu. We recommend the Smoked Sprats on Seawolf Rye, which are seriously good and a real taste of the Pacific Northwest.
The café is easy to get around, and there is also off-street parking and an accessible toilet too.
3. La Marzocco
Now for something completely different – and a little livelier! You’ll find La Marzocco (who are also makers of Italian espresso machines) in the Seattle Centre.
It’s a cafe, in the sense that you can get coffee here. But it is also a lot more than that – a real celebration of coffee culture as a whole and a place to try a remarkable range of different brews.
They regularly invite guest roasters in so there is always something new to try. There is a real buzz about La Marzocco, and you’ll find it an open, accessible space to get around. One for anyone with a passion for Italian coffee.
4. Cafe Ladro, Pine Street
A proud Seattle mini-chain, Cafe Ladro offer ethically sourced coffees across 16 different cafes in the city. Our personal favourite is the one on Pine Street. It is bright, airy building that’s accessible and has plenty of space to get around.
It is the perfect spot to put your shopping bags down and take a break from the busy streets of downtown. Another nice touch is that each branch brews its own unique neighbourhood coffee – and we certainly love a cup of Pine Street Coffee.
5. Seattle Coffee Works
If you want to understand more about coffee and how it has grown to be such an obsession up here in the Pacific Northwest, then this is the place for you. The Seattle Coffee Works is a great spot to enjoy a good cup of coffee, made by world-class baristas.
But it is also somewhere where you can taste lots of different speciality coffees and talk to real experts who are incredibly passionate about what they do. They pride themselves on making coffee properly here – and it is all roasted right on the premises, in a big orange machine called Anna!
In line with US law, every building in Seattle is now obliged to be accessible to all. That’s great news for those of us who use a mobility scooter, and it means that you will find plenty of accessible ramped entrances and helpful staff. However, our advice is always to give the team a call if you can, just to check that they’re ready for your visit.
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