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Zeitgeist

#247 of 3,577 Places to Eat in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Pioneer Square
Coffee Shop
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171 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104-2852
(206) 583-0497
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Today
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Breakfast

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A cup of tea and a snack.

I was in Pioneer Square and felt a tad peckish. Stopped in at the Zeitgeist. Had tea and some cake. Both were good. The service was friendly. The atmosphere was pleasant and there was room for me to work.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Charles T
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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English first
Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I was in Pioneer Square and felt a tad peckish. Stopped in at the Zeitgeist. Had tea and some cake. Both were good. The service was friendly. The atmosphere was pleasant and there was room for me to work.

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watertown, CT
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108 reviews 108 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The building is fantastic and the coffee is good but the food is pre-made and really uninspired. The eggs on the sandwich were spongy, cold and old. If they took their food more seriously the place could be great.

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Seattle
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

For the record, if you love coffee and live in Seattle, I will not find you at a Starbucks. With a cafe around every corner, there is no reason to drink mediocre espresso. Zeitgeist is not only great coffee, but transcends the basic into the authentic "Seattle Experience". First, the folks making espresso won't dish out a bunch of 'tude....always... More 

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San Francisco, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I like the environment -- comfortable, with high ceilings and usually available seating. The service was once kind of catty but friendly other times. Good cookies; coffee was nice as well.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Quiet place. Easy to miss. But don't. Staff is friendly, art on the wall is local photographer today. An unabridged dictionary and a large globe welcome you as you enter. Well lit and above all, strong, smooth coffee. And salted caramels. A nice stop. Highly recommended. I wasn't hungry enough to order food, but the sandwiches looked great.

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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89 reviews 89 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

If you don't already have a favorite go-to Seattle coffee house (no, Starbucks doesn't count), Zeitgeist will fill the bill. Located a couple of blocks from the King Street train station on the corner of S. Jackson St. and 2nd Avenue, floor-to-ceiling windows wrap around the outer wall giving a nice view of the vehicle/foot traffic on both streets. The... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I loved to go here at least two times a week. It's like eye candy looking at people passing by from behind a glass. I love to sitting at the bar stools looking out on the streets.

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Victoria, Canada
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Wonderful coffee and wonderful ambience in a big light-filled circa 1900s space. Friendly and efficient staff.

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Turton, United Kingdom
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181 reviews 181 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

What a pleasure it was to find a coffee shop in Seattle that wasn't a Starbucks. We visited en route to Safeco Field fir a Mariners game. The coffee was good as were the pastries that just had to accompany them. The interior was eclectic and a refreshing change from the corporate interiors of the chains. Recommended

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Pasadena, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Just across the street from the Klondike National Historical Park sits this neighborhood type coffee shop. After going through the NHP we were happy to sit and sip coffee and eat their home-baked typed goodies before it was time to catch the bus.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 171 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104-2852
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Pioneer Square
  • Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
  • Phone Number: (206) 583-0497

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?