A Guide to Seattle Bookstore Cafés
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle WA 98122
Similar to the “Shop Around the Corner”, Elliott Bay Book Company took over a corner of Main Street in Pioneer Square in the early ’70s. Last year, the bookstore and café opened its doors in Capitol Hill. The cozy shop has monthly book and poetry readings, and a continuous stream of authors that come from all over the country to speak and sign their books. Saturdays and Tuesdays include kids’ story time in the “castle area” for tots and their caregivers. The staff know their books and contribute their picks and reviews on the bookstores’ webpage. The Elliott Bay Cafe boasts daily crepes, breakfast all day, light suppers and espresso drinks.
Ravenna Third Place Books
6504 20th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
In the age of restore and repurpose, Ravenna Third Place is all about recycling used books. This University District spot has an outdoorsy feel, with wood floors and large windows. Encouraged to bring in your used books for their buy back program, you can choose to purchase from some of their new titles, or cuddle up with an older, well-loved classic. With Saturday story time for kids, and a wide variety of visiting authors, it’s a store worth checking into when the weather turns your outdoor plans into indoor ones. The café, Vios, shares the same building as Ravenna Third Place, and below them both is The Pub. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus offer a Greek flair. Espresso drinks and teas are featured, as well as European and American beers and European wines by the bottle or by the glass.
Library Bistro and Bookstore Bar
92 Madison Street
Seattle, Washington 98104
Inside the Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle is an iconic 1950s style bistro, lined with bookshelves for your purchase and perusal. With well known and not-so-well known authors, the Bookstore attendants can help you find a title suited for you. Upholstered couches surround the books, making a pleasant little cove for reading. The restaurant has room for small gatherings, so your book club could meet for a weekend brunch to discuss your latest read. The Bistro serves a full breakfast daily, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The Bookstore Bar has a soup, sandwich and salad variety for lunch and a full bar and bites for happy hour after work. And outdoor seating is available from May thru October.