Best Places To Read Your Book With Coffee In Seattle

September 23, 2013 5:00 AM

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Sure, you can take your Kindle and read anywhere you like, but sometimes you just want a “real” book with pages made out of paper. The romantic notion of sitting down with a good book and good cup of espresso is not lost for those living in the greater Seattle area. However, given the state of traditional books, you do need to hunt a bit harder than you used to. To make things easier, here are five of the best spots to read and sip.

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 624-6600

For almost 40 years, it was a fixture in the Pioneer Square neighborhood before the Elliott Bay Book Company made its new home in the Capitol Hill business district in 2010. The newer location features over 150,00 titles, real cedar shelves and a café serving up great food and drinks inside the store. Elliott Bay is also a great alternative to the bar scene as it is open until 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends. It is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Bauhaus Books + Coffee
301 E. Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 625-1600

“Brilliant and less cold than elsewhere” is the motto of Bauhaus Books + Coffee. This place is a mini-haven away from the hustle and bustle right in the hustle and bustle of Seattle. Steps away from heavy foot traffic and a great view of the Space Needle, Bauhaus has long been the place to relax and unwind with a good book or get caught up on some work in a stress-free environment.

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way N.E.
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
(206) 366-3333

Third Place Books has the right mix for any book lover/coffee drinker. The space is huge and is loaded with both new and used books. It also features not just one coffee shop, but five restaurants in its common area. Third Place offers lots of spots to read and sip in quiet comfort as well as larger spaces for the louder, more community-minded crowd. It is home to over 1,000 free public events each year and free wi-fi.

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Third Place Books
6504 20th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 525-2347

Much smaller and quieter than its sister store in Lake Forest Park, the Ravenna location still features the same award-winning service and selection of books as the bigger store. Here you can enjoy full-service treatment at the Vios Café Greet restaurant located in the back or sip on something stronger at the Third Place Pub located downstairs. Free wi-fi is available throughout the building.

Everett Library and Bookend Coffee Co.
2702 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
(425) 252-6466

Located in the beautiful and historic Everett Library in downtown Everett, the Bookend Coffee Co. serves up espresso any time that the library is open. The Bookend has its own quiet room with comfortable seating and free wi-fi. Reward yourself with a great cup of coffee after the search for that perfect book has been found or just get out of the rain and stay awhile.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at

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