There are few experiences more satisfying than escaping from the rain and cold into a coffee shop. Ordering a warm drink, finding a seat, and studying for a few hours while conversation buzzes around you is a rite of passage for many students. In Seattle, coffee shops are a popular place to work, have casual conversations with friends, and are a favorite meeting place for students involved in IELP’s Language Exchange Program!
As classes become more difficult and the temperature drops, check out one of the U-District coffee shops below for a great place to meet, study, and enjoy Seattle coffee!
Location: Extremely close to campus! This coffee shop and is minutes away from Red Square and West Campus dorms. With bus stops right outside the door, it is an easy place to sit before going home.
Food and Drink: Coffee, hand-mixed teas, kombucha, and pastries.
Seating: Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, although it regularly fills up from mid-afternoon to closing time. The late closing time (11:00pm) makes it a favorite location for students that are night owls.
Location: Located in an alley off the Ave, Cafe Allegro is close to UW and an intimate, cozy cafe that is perfect to visit on a cold, rainy day.
Food and Drink: Seattle’s “oldest coffee shop” has excellent coffee, chai lattes, teas, and a range of Italian dishes.
Seating: There are plenty of seats and tables in this coffee shop, and people will often stay there for several hours. This is a great place to go if you are going to study or write a paper, as the atmosphere is cozy and the seating is comfortable.
Ugly Mug Cafe & Coffee Roasters
Location: Located up the Ave near 45th, this is the perfect small, quirky cafe to meet with friends.
Food and Drink: Coffee, tea, other beverages, and a breakfast and lunch menu. They also sell bags of coffee for fans of their brew!
Seating: This cafe is small and intimate, with little tables intended to seat two or three people. Larger seating is limited. This makes Ugly Mug Cafe the perfect location to meet with friends, classmates, and Language Exchange partners!
Location: This is the furthest cafe listed, but it is worth the short bus ride! Located next to Ravenna Blvd., Cafe Racer is in a quieter part of the U-District.
Food and Drink: Cafe Racer has plenty of coffee and tea drinks, but also has a wide appetizer, sandwich, and salad menu. Their brunch and breakfast is very popular with locals, so try to avoid the Sunday breakfast rush.
Seating: Although Cafe Racer fills up in the evenings for drinks, board games, and live music, there is plenty of space during the day. There are two floors in Cafe Racer, with smaller tables, large tables, and plenty of bar space. The large table upstairs is perfect for spreading out with your books and laptop, and also has enough space to welcome friends.
The next time the rain starts to pour, the temperature drops, and you have some schoolwork to do, visit a U-District coffee shop! Whether you love coffee, tea, or snacks, the U-District has plenty to offer.
Photo credits: Imbibe Magazine, Wikimedia Commons, Coffee Seattle Scene, Ugly Mug Cafe – University District, Cafe Racer Seattle.com, Xconomy.