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Espresso Vivace Sidewalk Bar

Coffee Shop$$$$
Capitol Hill, Seattle
  • Noah S.
    "Perfect spot for a cafe nico."(4 Tips)
    "Probably the best coffee in Seattle."(3 Tips)
    Jeff B.
    "Best damn coffee in Seattle."(2 Tips)
    Genki U.
    "Best lattes out of the three Espresso Vivace cafes."(25 Tips)
54 Tips and reviews
  • espresso drinks
  • casual
  • great value
  • lively
  • good service
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  • Tyler S.
    Tyler SzaboJanuary 25, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    The cappuccinos are both mild and slightly sweet without sugar. Both from the temperature of the milk and the style of pull on the espresso. Possibly the best cappuccino in town.
  • Brrian
    BrrianJuly 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cafe Nico for a little spring in your step. Sitting under the umbrella guarantees a conversation with the regulars.
  • Soxinly
    SoxinlyMarch 11, 2012
    I was hesitated about white valvet at first, worried it's like white choc mocha from Sbux. But I'm so glad I did! So smooth & delight!
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon LooApril 25, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Espresso is normally made with Dolce at Brix/Alley, but made with Vita here. It's different, but just as tasty. Have one here, then walk up the street to Brix and compare the two.
  • Genki U.
    Genki U.August 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The place where David Schomer started it all. Best lattes out of the three Espresso Vivace cafes.
  • Saiichi H.
    Saiichi HashimotoMarch 4, 2015
    Espresso Vivace is that girl you meet at a party. She didn't catch your eye but, as you talk to her, you realize she's really amazing! You hit it off and schedule a date for next week.
  • Stefan
    StefanNovember 2, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Probably the best coffee in Seattle. Delicious lattes, consistently high quality.
  • E G.
    E GAugust 10, 2010
    Velvety, creamy, smooth, silky, caffeinated yumminess. The soy cafe caramel went down my throat as nicely as someone slipping and sliding on soft satin sheets.
  • craSH
    craSHNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Equal quality to the full café across the street, enjoy a latte or cap to go on your way to work!
  • Jane H.
    Jane HudsonOctober 21, 2011
    Enjoy the beauty of your freshly made mocha, but then ask for some coffee whipped cream. You know you want it!
  • Tracey W.
    Tracey WalshApril 3, 2012
    Always tip your barista / coffee maestro / coffee artist! Perfection is called a tall velvet. ;)
  • Jose A.
    Jose ArmenterosMarch 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the cafe nico at least once. You won't regret it.
  • Jon C.
    Jon CollinsApril 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You can't really go wrong with an americano, but their blend lends itself well to milk, too.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SchroederOctober 14, 2013
    Cool place, nice staff. Try the Cafe Caramel. Yummers!!
  • Richard B.
    12 oz, quad shot, hemp milk, latte, hot. Just do it!
  • Andrew
    AndrewSeptember 3, 2015
    Honestly, probably the best cappuccino I've ever had.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PendletonJune 29, 2011
    White Velvet is white chocolate...which they make themselves. It's money. Get it.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LangmuirApril 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Cafe Nico in a for here cup! Espresso on the sidewalk!
  • Andrew P.
    The espresso sodas are really good.
  • Kaitlin M.
    Kaitlin MartineauFebruary 29, 2016
    Classic latte and chocolate dipped biscotti
  • Heather H.
    Heather HansonJune 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't decide which I love more... the staff, the regulars, the people-watching or their superior coffee.
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezFebruary 21, 2016
    Great espresso, great prices.
  • Akvile
    AkvileMarch 28, 2011
    Great baristas, amazing espresso! Best coffee in town!
  • Noah S.
    Noah SingerApril 14, 2012
    Perfect spot for a cafe nico. Tasty and quickly downed
  • Fernanda P.
    Fernanda PiresDecember 22, 2013
    Fernanda @ Lexus of Bellevue"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."-Thomas Jefferson
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherAugust 6, 2014
    Good place for walk up espresso
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MOctober 25, 2015
    Very good cappuccino solid A
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BarszczApril 9, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Best damn coffee in Seattle. No drip though, so get an americano if you want that.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff ConrickMay 16, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    In a rush, stop by here for a quick Vivace fix. (via Scoville) Read more
  • Celeste T.
    Celeste ThayerSeptember 20, 2016
    My cappuccino was beautifully foamy!
  • Jackson W.
    Jackson WinnApril 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great people watching spot in the summer time. :)
  • Clare
    ClareOctober 22, 2016
    Great coffee, but they're a little snobby
  • James W.
    James WongSeptember 29, 2012
    Heads up no wifi until 6pm on wkends. Still tasty.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TamuraNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Simply the best mocha in town.
  • Richard F.
    Richard FarrisFebruary 18, 2013
    definitely the best coffee in town!!!!
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SprinklesAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Latte with a little carmel sauce!
  • Peter Q.
    Peter QianJune 12, 2016
    Art of espresso based drinks perfected
  • Jayson P.
    Jayson PetersonOctober 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee on Broadway.
  • Eric N.
    Eric NelsonMay 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out one of the coffee sodas
  • Sanford M.
    Sanford MoskowitzAugust 10, 2014
    Legit coffee stop.
  • Jigar B.
    Jigar BrahmbhattSeptember 23, 2013
    Americano was very nice!
  • Greg M.
    Greg MarquezJune 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best damn coffee in America!
  • Allen H.
    Allen HammockJanuary 30, 2010
    All drinks sold here are doubles. Don't act like a newb and order a double.
  • Craig M.
    Craig McKenneyApril 25, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    GLOCs: Gorgeous Ladies of Coffee - Holly, Linda and Lisa!
  • Sibel O.
    Sibel OkumusJuly 13, 2015
    Fresh coffee
  • Glenn N.
    Glenn NewcomerApril 18, 2015
    Loitering americano
  • Lenni K.
    Lenni KuffJanuary 13, 2010
    Good espresso, but no sizes larger than 12oz for hot drinks.
  • Arthur M.
    Arthur MitchellOctober 6, 2011
    Great place for coffee
  • Rameen M.
    Rameen M.September 12, 2010
    Best coffee in Seattle.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MarquezApril 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Please be kind to George the cat :)
  • Derrick T.
    Derrick TanApril 15
    Not the best coffee I've tasted.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MarquezApril 20, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Tip the baristas!
  • Boris E.
    Boris EricksonSeptember 29, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Refer to this place as "three twenty-one" to disambiguate it from the "Brix" or "Alley" locations.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MarquezJuly 19, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Sit back enjoy the sun with friends & good coffee :)
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