In need of morning coffee, a French like breakfast and you want to truly be part of the local Seattle scene? Go to Café Presse. If you are visiting the city, I recommend driving to the restaurant and finding a place where you can park your car for a few hours - Café Presse is located at one end of Capital Hill so after eating you will want to walk around and explore the area.
They offer standard French Bistro fare which is always perfect and most importantly they pair it with Caffe Vita beans so your caffeinated drinks will also hit the right note. (If you are here in a coffee tour start your coffee fix at Stumptown located next door. You will have plenty of time because there is generally a 15 minute wait to get into Café Presse.)
I recommend pretty much the whole menu. The Croque Madame or Monsieur are as good as you will get in France. Why is this so local? The pleasant wait staff all look like they walked out of their Capital Hill apts and strait to work, arm tattoos, fashionably holey stockings, skinny jeans and all. The patrons represent the best of Seattle - dogs, liberal views and an occasional baby.
After eating, ask for directions to Pike Street Fish Fry on 10th ave (about 4 blocks away) take note of its location and swing by for a sinful fried treat on the way back to your car. Stay on 10th and cruise into Elliot Bay book store on the left, come out of the book store and walk to Cal Anderson Park. This park is a weird combination of Seattle hipsters and families - everyone gets along at Cal Anderson. (Oh, Molly Moon's Ice cream is across from the park on Pine Street.) Hang out at the park for a bit, turn left and hit Broadway, then walk up Broadway.
Return to your car (about 2 miles round trip) and tell others about Café Presse.
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