Ghost Alley Espresso

Coffee House
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Worth driving from anywhere!
Michael Stern | October 02, 2017
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It would be presumptuous to say that one espresso shop is Seattle’s best, but I easily can pick my favorite. Down the ramp at the main entrance to the Pike Place Market, tucked into a corner space the size of a walk-in closet, Ghost Alley Espresso serves drop-dead delicious brew: cocoa-dark, thick, and powerful but without a hint of bitterness. It is fine for lattes and such, magnificent all by itself.

While much business is take-out (by necessity, since indoor seating is all of three stools against a little shelf by the window), it is possible to drink espresso here, which is a joy. Continue reading

It would be presumptuous to say that one espresso shop is Seattle’s best, but I easily can pick my favorite. Down the ramp at the main entrance to the Pike Place Market, tucked into a corner space the size of a walk-in closet, Ghost Alley Espresso serves drop-dead delicious brew: cocoa-dark, thick, and powerful but without a hint of bitterness. It is fine for lattes and such, magnificent all by itself.

While much business is take-out (by necessity, since indoor seating is all of three stools against a little shelf by the window), it is possible to drink espresso here, which is a joy. It comes in a little glass cup with a handle. The cup is set into a small serving board alongside a small glass shaped like a skull. The glass holds seltzer water – a welcome palate-cleanser between sips of espresso so intense that it resounds on the tongue long after it’s been swallowed.

Ghost Alley is such a charming place, now run by the daughter of the gent who started it and who also instituted the Market Ghost Tours (hence the shop’s name). I happened to stop by when Halloween was just a few weeks off and all of the market was loaded with images of goblins and ghosts. At Ghost Alley espresso, eerie spirits are a year-around presence.

Espresso, espresso drinks, coffee, and tea are the only things on the menu. Dine-in customers are welcome to bring pastries from elsewhere in the market.

Dishes to try
Ghost Alley Espresso, Espresso
Espresso
Must-Try
Dark brown with an aureole of crema on top, cocoa-rich and just this side of bitter, Ghost Alley Espresso is a benchmark.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 5:30pm
Monday8am - 5:30pm
Tuesday8am - 5:30pm
Wednesday8am - 5:30pm
Thursday8am - 5:30pm
Friday8am - 5:30pm
Saturday8am - 5:30pm
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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