Perhaps it’s the four hours of grey drizzly twilight in the winter, perhaps it’s the hale Scandinavian heritage. Nobody’s really sure, but Seattle’s love affair with strong coffee goes back decades. In the 1970’s (the original Starbucks was opened in 1971) coffee fanatics started buying Italian espresso machines and by the early 80’s a Seattle phenomenon was in full swing. Starbucks may have colonized half the known world, but Seattle is the original esspresso cart city. Fuel up!
Every city has its hallowed doughnut institutions but this one is a step above any other doughnut shop. The selection of filled doughnuts here is something you must try. Get here early though as they disappear fast!
The Seattle espresso stand that started it all is no longer in its iconic location literally under the old Monorail station (which no longer exists). But it's still bringing the rocket fuel with strong espresso-based beverages & homemade cookies. Cash only, but well worth it.
Shawn Mead and Lauren Feldman's Vif is one of Seattle's truly wonderful places. Excellent coffee, Lauren's lovingly crafted breakfast and lunch dishes, and Seattle's best portfolio of natural wines make this wine bar/cafe/wine shop well worth the short trip to upper Fremont. This is where the IxDA Board met for pre-func before it's August retreat dinner at nearby seafood superstar Rock Creek. It's near impossible to buy a bottle of wine from Shawn without getting the story of the site, the winemaking techniques, and the winemakers, who she probably knows personally from her extensive travels working for importer Louis/Dressner. Tell her Bram sent you.
4401 Fremont Ave North, Seattle, WA 98103
Another natural wine bar, this one owned by Matt Dillon with wine curated by sometime sommelier Marc Papineau. Located in one of Seattle's most well-curated food & drink complexes, Capitol Hill's Chophouse Row.
You can find KEXP at 90.3FM in Seattle and streaming all over the world at kexp.org. KEXP is an internationally renowned independent music station, one of the last of its kind. It has incredible community support. It recently moved into a new space in the Seattle Center where it has a gathering space that hosts concerts, has a full La Marzocco coffee bar, and a vinyl record shop called Light In The Attic Records. During Interaction 19, KEXP will be broadcasting live remotes from London, where they're be celebrating International Clash Day, a yearly celebration of the music and social impact of The Clash. Tune in, stream, or go take a studio tour at this global new music powerhouse.