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Espresso Vivace

Coffee Shop and Bakery$$$$
South Lake Union, Seattle
  • Go here. Experience the espresso. It's worth it.
  • T R
    "Cafe Nico is excellent"(7 Tips)
    Denise F.
    "Excellent staff and best coffee in Seattle!"(5 Tips)
    Crown Social Media Agency
    "Try the Caffe Nico: a luxurious, orange-tinted breve."(3 Tips)
    Jonathon C.
    "their book on professional espresso preparation."(52 Tips)
123 Tips and reviews
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  • Tatiana K.
    Love the atmosphere and cappuccino is 👌🏻
  • Karthik P.
    Cafe Nico .. must try
  • Kristenelle
    For a city that prides itself on good coffee, this shop has some of the best. Great latte.
  • Jason C.
    Everything is good here!
  • Jason C.
    Everything is good there!!
  • Denise F.
    Denise FMarch 21
    Excellent staff and best coffee in Seattle!
  • Rufaida A.
    Rufaida AOctober 8, 2016
    Special coffee , nice place . The best in Seattle
  • رامز ا.
    رامز الفايزSeptember 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee in Seattle (maybe in USA as I visited alot of cities in different state) and the staff are very friendly. But they have to look for the pastries, they always out of them
  • رامز ا.
    رامز الفايزSeptember 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Coffee is heaven
  • Nicolas W.
    Nicolas WardAugust 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    They have a vegan soyrizo breakfast taco, and some vegan donuts! For Americanos remember that all sizes use two shots of espresso so you might want to add one or two for that extra pick me up.
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SmileyJuly 22, 2016
    One of my fav. Coffee spots... Mmmmmm
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon LooJune 16, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Single origin coffee is rotated in on Sunday's, if you're lucky, you can snag some on Monday morning here at the Alley or up at their other location Brix on Broadway.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LMarch 21, 2016
    Nico is on point.
  • Rami J.
    Rami JBFebruary 11, 2016
    Worth the flight and walk! Best coffee shop experience! Seattle has a lot to choose from but this place is a must!
  • Todd A.
    Todd AlexanderJanuary 7, 2016
    Espresso was good would go back to get a latte. The cider tasted like a McDonald's apple pie and in a good way
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittNovember 3, 2015
    Nice cafe with wifi and … good coffee.
  • Dawnya F.
    Dawnya FodeSeptember 23, 2015
    Triple shot latte was excellent!
  • Jamie B.
    Jamie BuckleySeptember 14, 2015
    One of the best lattes I've ever had.
  • Edna W.
    Edna WyenaAugust 17, 2015
    Mm.. Carmel latte😍 so rich and creamy!
  • T R
    T RAugust 12, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Cafe Nico is excellent
  • Ezra A.
    Ezra AdamsJuly 25, 2015
    Great atmosphere, incredibly efficient staff, and a perfect location!
  • Brian B.
    Brian BlankinshipJuly 23, 2015
    South Lake Union. Seating isn't very comfortable, but otherwise, solid.
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan ClarkJune 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Really wonderful coffee - but the Wi-Fi is pretty terrible. (I think that's maybe by design, though, so people don't treat the place like an office?)
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherJune 14, 2015
    Your 'monkey mind' will constantly debate with you on your choice of which line to stand in.
  • Jee S.
    Jee SMay 23, 2015
    Tip can't be blanket.
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin ArtsMay 9, 2015
    The Cafe Nico was creamy, smooth, and heavy with cinnamon. Espresso shots are powerful and have a nice thickness.
  • Crew
    CrewMay 8, 2015
    Plenty of power outlets. Free Wi-Fi, ask for password at the counter. Read more
  • S I.
    S IMay 2, 2015
    I don't drink coffee but I love the shop! Staff is very nice:)
  • Saleem
    SaleemApril 16, 2015
    Solid cappuccino. Wasn't the best but that's ok. Customer service was horrible-- nasty, visible attitude to my friends for not tipping $1=30% tip. Just not professional or acceptable.
  • Osman S.
    Osman SurkattyMarch 22, 2015
    Wonderful coffee shop tucked across the street from REI. Best place to park is one block west on the other side of Alley24.
  • Genki U.
    Genki U.February 25, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy a latte...!
  • Alicia W.
    Alicia WongDecember 3, 2014
    I loved their white velvet. But maybe not iced in future...
  • Tachini P.
    Tachini PeteNovember 30, 2014
    Customer service is not their thing.
  • Adam E.
    Adam EivyNovember 24, 2014
    Iced hazelnut hemp milk latte is amazing!
  • Kris R.
    Kris RosentraterOctober 9, 2014
    Cafe nico!
  • Ian F.
    Ian FordSeptember 14, 2014
    The hemp mocha is godly
  • Meredith
    MeredithSeptember 11, 2014
    Love getting a latte here. The coffee art is just beautiful!
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon LooSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    They have both a meat and veggie quiche brought in every morning. The selection rotates daily, but they're all a tasty compliment to any espresso drink
  • Jeremy A.
    Jeremy AkersAugust 29, 2014
    Killer espresso
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon LooAugust 21, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    They have some tasty gluten free treats, scones, loaves, and a few others.
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon LooAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Drip, Venti, Trenta.... You won't find those here, don't even try and order it. Get an espresso, cappuccino, latte. Tall (grande in iced) is the largest size served here.
  • mario a.
    mario animaAugust 14, 2014
    I had a terrific cappuccino. Simple, fast, and delicious.
  • Celeste T.
    Celeste ThayerAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best crema in Seattle!
  • Christina T.
    Christina TroitinoAugust 11, 2014
    That caramel latte though -- it haunts my dreams
  • Sanford M.
    Sanford MoskowitzAugust 10, 2014
    Iced latte 👍
  • Meredith
    MeredithAugust 7, 2014
    White velvet mocha: so good!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    The focus here is very specific—no drip coffee, just espresso drinks made from arabica beans they have been roasting in the Northern Italian style since 1992. Read more
  • Siddharth J.
    Siddharth JoshiJuly 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Cafe Nico is tiny but extremely satisfying. Ask for it!
  • James M.
    James MontemagnoMay 11, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Cap extra dry! Everything here is lovely.
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon LooApril 25, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If you like the Nico, but think it's too small, you can ask for a Latte Nico Style. Personally, it's too much milk, but still tasty.
  • Erin I.
    Erin IveyApril 7, 2014
    Excellent Capps and coffee!
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HansonApril 6, 2014
    Mocha is amazing!
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff DanielsMarch 16, 2014
    Open early on Sunday. Free parking at REI.
  • Hamza A.
    Hamza AkMarch 2, 2014
    Try their latte. Its delightful.
  • Laurentia H.
    Laurentia HFebruary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Their latte is velvety and heavenly goodness of fluffiness!
  • Sankalp S.
    Sankalp ShereFebruary 9, 2014
    White velvet! As good as they say it is!
  • Cathleen C.
    Cathleen CopenhaverJanuary 1, 2014
    The macchiato is to die for.
  • Fly F.
    Fly FlyersonOctober 28, 2013
    Dont forget to tip
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaSeptember 24, 2013
    What to Order: A straight shot of the Dolce espresso, of course. (The Vita is only used in drinks with milk and sugar.)
  • Linden L.
    Linden LiuSeptember 23, 2013
    It's really a nice place to enjoy coffee. The temperature and pressure are controlled carefully.
  • Nick
    NickSeptember 11, 2013
    Extra slow, even with two baristas, and broken Internet.
  • cynthia w.
    cynthia wangSeptember 7, 2013
    bitchy blonde lady doesn't like answering questions about the coffee menu. Meh
  • Tom M.
    Tom MathewsSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I like the ham cheese biscuit, the bear claw and the mint chocolate...
  • Scott L.
    Scott LowAugust 15, 2013
    The White Velvet is to die for! An amazingly smooth white chocolate mocha!
  • Cristian V.
    Cristian VJuly 8, 2013
    Try the White Velvet
  • Beau R.
    Beau RainesJune 27, 2013
    They really care about their coffee here. The baristas know their stuff and make it great.
  • Duke L.
    Duke LegstrongJune 23, 2013
    Great espresso!
  • M F.
    M FongJune 15, 2013
    Consistently slow. To bad I don't have any other options.
  • M F.
    M FongMay 18, 2013
    Tell the barista to "quit slacking" and your drink might only take 5 mins instead of 10.
  • Samson B.
    Samson BlackwellMay 12, 2013
    You can't go wrong with the coffee here. Order anything and you will be happy.
  • Rowan F.
    Rowan ForsterMay 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Fantastic coffee. Not as much food selection as their Broadway location though
  • Samson B.
    Samson BlackwellApril 26, 2013
    Without a doubt, one of the top coffee houses in the area. Top notch.
  • Christopher J.
    Favorite drink is White Velvet, but you can't go wrong with anything here. Also really like the ginger cider and Italian soda. The baristas are always friendly. Tip well!
  • Tuhin K.
    Tuhin KumarApril 5, 2013
    Try the Caffe nico!
  • Darin S.
    Darin StummeApril 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the White Velvet - Made with melted Ghirardelli white chocolate chips, you'll never have a better white chocolate mocha. EVER.
  • Diane M.
    Diane MickelsonFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best coffee in the city!!!!
  • Kaleb D.
    Kaleb DameronNovember 22, 2012
    Whatever you get, make sure it's foamy!! You won't regret it!. 
  • Drew F.
    Drew FreyNovember 3, 2012
    Try the Cafe Nico.
  • Carla F.
    Carla FihakiJuly 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Iced White Velvet
  • M F.
    M FongJuly 5, 2012
    Hope you arent in a rush or anything.
  • Brace C.
    Brace ClementJune 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    You have to try a white velvet. Thank me with a "like" afterwards. ;)
  • Keenan B.
    Keenan BowenJune 22, 2012
    Great coffee and great work spaces.. but no public restrooms?!
  • Frankie W.
    Frankie WagschalMay 5, 2012
    Try the tuxedo with blackberry
  • Charisma Y.
    Charisma Y.April 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the "beautiful Stephanie".. It is perfection in a porcelain cup.
  • Heidi O.
    Heidi Ob'bayiApril 11, 2012
    Go for the coffee. Stay for the vibe.
  • Matt J.
    Matt JacksonApril 1, 2012
    Waiting in line , looks so good
  • Margaret A.
    Margaret AuFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    They serve the awesomest coffee!
  • Olga E.
    Olga EhrhardtNovember 23, 2011
    Try cafe niro
  • Garth K.
    Garth KnutsonNovember 16, 2011
    Best coffee in Seattle. Order a plain old latte.
  • Tatiana G.
    Tatiana GillNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    There's 2 lines, one is empty. Empower yourself to use that one!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MichaelsOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best espresso in town period. And the cran orange bread = bliss. Enjoy.
  • Crown Social Media Agency
    Try the Caffe Nico: a luxurious, orange-tinted breve.
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PowerSeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    White velvet is the best
  • Valentina V.
    Valentina VitolsSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They are open late (11pm) and have a separate room for quiet working or meetings. My choices here are either a creamy White Velvet or a Cafe Nico. Both are wonderful!
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AnthonyAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Their "Caffe Nico" is probably the best beverage you can get in this town. Drink it at the counter!
  • Nathaniel K.
    Nathaniel KoelleAugust 23, 2011
  • Luen C.
    Luen ChooAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing latte artists here. And mini cookies that don't make you feel guilty!
  • Sue M.
    Sue McNabAugust 18, 2011
    Great hearts on the foam; true artistry
  • Brien R.
    Brien RAugust 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best coffee in Seattle.
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