September 11, 2019

Locals Recommend Their Favorite Coffee Shops in the South Sound (and Beyond!)

Residents of the Pacific Northwest take their coffee seriously, and finding a local go-to spot when you’re in a new neighborhood is often high on the priority list!

Below, we’ve organized favorite coffee shops and cafes by city so you can easily find what’s most convenient (although some of these popular spots are definitely worth going out of your way for!)

Federal Way

If you’re familiar with Federal Way, then it comes as no surprise that Poverty Bay Cafe & Coffee Co. is a local must-visit favorite: “Poverty Bay Coffee Shop right behind Safeway on 320th is a great place to get locally roasted coffee and breakfast with a friend,” shares Terri Reade. “It is an icon in Federal Way and a must visit for their breakfast. My go-to is the ‘Scram Baby.’” John Tidwell recommends the biscuits and gravy for breakfast, “Or if you're feeling daring—try the Peanut Butter Burger.”

Another Federal Way fave is B & R EspressoJennifer Dovey recommends them for their excellent coffee and friendly staff. They also have lots of food options (both savory and sweet) if you need more than just a cup of joe. If you need to do some grocery shopping and fuel up at the same time, Annie Kirrmaier’s favorite coffee shop is in Marlene's Market & Deli: “They have a great deli upstairs with a variety of coffees and delicious scones and muffins. You won't be disappointed!”


If you find yourself in the Downtown Tacoma area, Corina Bakery is an absolute must for coffee and a sweet treat. “Corina Bakery on 6th and Fawcett has baked goods worth stopping in for as well as a full line of lunch items,” shares Jennifer Dovey. While Corina is a full service bakery, you’ll discover a full drink line up, a huge variety of pastries (both sweet and savory), and lots of space to relax and visit with a friend. Many people also bring their computers to work during the day.

Linda Letney’s top choice is Anthem Coffee, which has locations in Tacoma, Puyallup, and University Place. “[It] feels like you're in a big city coffee shop. Very hip,” she adds. In addition to craft espresso beverages, you can order breakfast items, sandwiches, appetizers, salads, and naan bread pizzas.


If you’re in the Sumner area, Victoria Movchan shares that Craft.19 Espresso + Creperie “is a great place to meet a friend to chat over delicious crepes and coffee! Their coffee is absolutely divine and their crepes are extraordinary. This is a rustic and modern building in the heart of Sumner.” Linda Letney seconds the vote for Craft.19. "You can catch free live jazz music on Saturday afternoons." It's hard to groove with a cup of coffee in one hand and a crepe in the other, but it's possible.


“A favorite coffee place of mine is in Seattle at Pike Place Market, Storyville Coffee Company,” shares Victoria Movchan. “This coffee shop is located on the third floor overlooking the sound with views of the water. This inside of the cafe is rustic and mid-century modern—very Seattle-like. I like to enjoy a chocolate croissant with a creamy cup of espresso.”

Storyville Coffee shops will also randomly pass out free chocolate cake in the afternoons—if you’re lucky, you’ll be there at just the right moment!

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