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How to Get Off-The-Beaten-Path to Get Yer Fix

Posted by Nico Lund on March 10th, 2014

There is a time for that relaxing morning, a cup of coffee and a good book…

…but on the other side of that is the wide-eyed frantic time of students and freelancers with mid-terms and deadlines trying to make it to the finish line of ‘get-r-done’!

The University District and surrounding neighborhoods are not lacking in cafe culture, but sometimes it is hard to find the right vibe that you are craving. It is also sometimes challenging to find a place that has wifi, outlets and enough seating that you can work for hours.

To assist, this post highlights some cafes that are off-the-beaten-path and have your needs covered. Of course, there are some great places that are not mentioned here, so please chime in and let us know in the comments below your favorite independent cafe that treats you right in your times of need!

***As a side note, Udistrictdaily encourages you to make purchases that compensate (a.k.a. pays rent to) the cafe for use of their tables, wifi and electricity to charge your devices. Also, ALWAYS TIP YOUR BARISTA GOOD! and for goodness sakes, BUS your own table!

Herkimer Coffee

Finely poured espresso by barista’s who care, this Herkimer location has a calm vibe that is conducive to getting work done.  There is a large community table that has access to outlets, and a fair amount of small tables and widow bar seating for those that don’t need to charge up.

Herkimer has a great pastry selection if you need a little sugar boost, as well as some savories that you can enjoy if you need some food power for your brain. Situated at the north end of University Ave., you can take a stroll through Cowen park if you need a little mind break.

Revolutions Espresso & Bakery

Nestled in the middle of the Greenlake business district, Revolutions Espresso & Bakery is a spacious cafe that leaves plenty of room for you to spread out your books and notes. They serve Herkimer coffee, a menu of in-house baked items, smoothies and a delicious breakfast sandwich that is avail until 10am. This is a little gem that will welcome you with funky art, good music and a comfortable atmosphere.

Bus Stop Espresso

Bus Stop Espresso has Fresh Pastries, Awesome Sandwiches, Morninglory ChaiMukilteo Coffee, Rishi Tea and All-the-Internet-you-Need!

What else? They have parking, a patio and an entertaining and friendly staff that you will love! This small but accommodating cafe is a great spot to get away from the busier feel of a lot of Ave. establishments allowing you to focus in and get your work done. There is definitely an eclectic feel to the espresso menu here, just check out their international coffee menu items!

Cafe Racer

Great drinks of all kinds, be it caffeinated or not, alcoholic or not, hot or cold. They have awesome american style food, music at night, and interesting art shows. They have a massive amount of tables, wifi, and plenty of outlets to plug into. This is a great place to study, work, play a board game, meet a friend or a group or even have a meeting.

Weekend breakfast’s can be a bit busy, so it’s probably a better bet to stick to weekdays and afternoons for your working needs.

Chaco Canyon

You don’t have to be a organic vegetarian or vegan to appreciate the amazing intention of this cafe. Its warmth comes at you from not just the satisfyingly whole-foods menu, but also the southwestern inspired decor.

Among other healthful offerings, Chaco Canyon features Stumptown coffee, Mountain Rose Herbs Tea, and Organic Valley milk.

The staff is friendly and obviously care about your experience of food. This is a great place if you are not in a hurry, because Chaco Canyon doesn’t cater to the city hustle and bustle mentality. Enjoy a break from your daily grind and enjoy a full menu of amazing food as a slower pace and you might find a better quality in the work you are trying to do!

There are plenty of tables, outlets and free wifi for you to set up shop and feel energized; giving you the energy to succeed in whatever you are trying to do.

For more information about these cafe’s, check out their websites and/or social media pages. I have put plenty of links in here to follow! Enjoy!




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2 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Lea Dakis // Mar 11, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I would stop at Bus Stop Cafe every morning if I had the chance. Tsai tea frapucchino for me !!!

  • 2 Nico Lund // Mar 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Sounds delish, however, on a day like today, I think will stick with my extra hot americano!