Monorail Espresso

Review by: Michael Stern

Monorail Espresso is descended from Seattle’s first espresso stand, opened just down the block in 1980. It is a walk-up window with no indoor seating, but a few sidewalk bench seats are available.

I haven’t drunk nearly enough Seattle coffee to begin to speculate as to which place in the city serves the best, but it is hard to imagine finding a cup as perfectly satisfying as the double shot espresso at Monorail Espresso. Velvet smooth, ink-dark, and as bracing as a bitch-slap, this little cup of Joe is surely a benchmark of perfection. Lattes are peerless, made in such flavors as toasted coconut, caramel mocha, lavender, and burnt crème. To eat with one’s coffee, there are locally-baked scones, coffee cake, banana bread, and chubbies (little cookies good for dunking).

Directions & Hours

6am - 6pm
  • Monday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

What To Eat

Espresso

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Latte

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Sweet Bread

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Monorail Espresso Recipes

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What do you think of Monorail Espresso?

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