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Monorail Espresso

Coffee Shop$$$$
Seattle Central Business District, Seattle
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  • Elizabeth
    "Espresso is delicious and you have to try a chubby!"(9 Tips)
    Angie S.
    "Try the Maple Bacon latte by Kosta (he works wknds only)"(5 Tips)
    Lauren S.
    "The espresso is delicious-- try a Burnt Cream latte."(5 Tips)
    Benjamin T.
    "Really cool hole in the wall coffee spot, with excellent coffee."(6 Tips)
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  • Murdo C.
    Murdo ConnochieSeptember 6, 2017
    Catch the Sunday barista for a unique experience. It’ll take a bit longer but he’ll explain his whole process for your chosen drink (e.g. how he uses sugar in an iced latter).
    Upvoted Aug 19
  • Jason K.
    Jason KJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    You'll wonder how you walked by for so many years without noticing this hole in the wall on Pike between 5th and 6th next to the Banana Republic. Maple syrup latte: just the right amount of sweet.
  • Cristina D.
    Cristina DordasSeptember 8, 2013
    If you are a coffee lover, that's your place! Excellent macchiato (the closest thing to our cortado / tallat) and great service. Kosta, the old guy that works there during weekends, is super friendly!
  • Charles E.
    Charles E.August 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Right around the corner if you are staying at the Motif Hotel. Great coffee and tea but a small is only 8 oz so go for a bigger size!
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezOctober 14, 2015
    In my opinion, the best coffee in downtown Seattle (business district).
  • Meg S.
    A quaint coffee bar in Seattle that packs a kick. It is great stop for a true Seattle coffee experience. Be prepared, the walk up stand only accepts cash.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuSeptember 17, 2014
    Get the maple syrup latte! There's also a maple bacon latte option if you're brave.
  • Phuong N.
    Cash only walk-up coffee stand. Definitely a local's favorite and one of Seattle's classics. If you're visiting Seattle for the first (or third) time, this isn't one to miss.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BurrowsAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Best coffee in the retail corridor. Friendly baristas. And you get to sit outside for a few minutes and enjoy your drink.
  • Luke W.
    Luke WinikatesAugust 7, 2016
    It's cool-looking, and ordering at the street window and sipping your espresso while pedestrians walk by is pretty fun. My espresso was super bitter though, not very tasty.
  • Rania
    RaniaJune 30, 2017
    No fuss quick great coffee on the go. Made a point to pass by everyday when staying in downtown.
  • Simon & Schuster M.
    Simon & Schuster ManagerNovember 8, 2011
    Duff McKagan says this is the first real espresso stand in Seattle. Now some 30 years old, this stand can’t be overlooked in its importance to the culture of coffee in this town. http://bit.ly/phhnN0
  • Katie Y.
    Katie YamadaJuly 23, 2015
    The owner is such a friendly, hardworking man! The chubbies, like cookie blobs, are always delicious, he makes a mean espresso
  • Emma A.
    Emma Arvanitas-MonahanDecember 13, 2011
    I'm a terrible coffee snob/ex barista and Monorail is the best place in downtown probably in seattle to get your fix. Usually have to wash bad shots down with syrup and sugar...not here.
  • John W.
    John WareAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect macchiato. Yes, even in a paper cup to go.
  • Valeriy K.
    Valeriy KDecember 29, 2014
    Finally got here. It is indeed one of the best espresso stops, and not just in Seattle. Espresso macchiato is the best! Love this place.
  • Melinda M.
    Melinda MiracleNovember 14, 2016
    Truly superior Coffee. Even just the basic latte is perfect. Make sure to bring cash. There is no card reader.
  • The Artificial
    The ArtificialNovember 27, 2017
    This little coffee window is a Seattle icon and where the bike messengers get their caffeine. Enough said.
  • Kaitlin M.
    Kaitlin MartineauMay 19, 2016
    The lavender latte was unique and intrigued me to try other things, but one of the baristas wasn't very friendly. I was clearly a first time customer, but that wasn't a concern for her
  • Erin P.
    Erin PalmerMarch 10, 2015
    Triple shot 16oz latte closest thing to a large flat white I have found in Seattle! Very good!
  • Ryan
    RyanJuly 27, 2015
    Great hole in the wall (literally). Sit and enjoy the people watching on one of the benches
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CarterAugust 12, 2015
    Latte is totally legit. Best coffee I had in Seattle! Those cookies too!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SandersSeptember 9, 2016
    This hole in the wall coffee spot is cash only. The espresso is delicious-- try a Burnt Cream latte.
  • Mary Jo
    Mary JoOctober 31, 2016
    The best caramel latte AND maple syrup latte❣️ we got a chubby cause of comments we read and yes..it's delish 😋
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonFebruary 7, 2016
    The Burnt cream latte is just the right amount of sweet...like a creme brûlée to drink
  • fox
    foxJune 6, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    incredibly good coffee & fantastic service. this is a genuine taste of seattle.
  • craSH
    craSHDecember 20, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The best spot for an awesome espresso drink as you walk to work each morning!
  • Michele P.
    Michele PiccaroOctober 22, 2017
    Must go on Sunday’s when the older man is working...he’s the best
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica G.April 5, 2011
    Cute little espresso stand in downtown Seattle run by the friendliest old man on the planet. "Thank you for letting me be a part of your day." *sap*
  • Dean H.
    Dean HudsonJuly 22, 2012
    Costa makes the best latte Downtown. Always super friendly as well.
  • Benjamin T.
    Benjamin ThompsonAugust 18, 2015
    Really cool hole in the wall coffee spot, with excellent coffee.
  • Damien I.
    Damien Islam-FrenoyJuly 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best espresso downtown and staff always very friendly!
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkJune 28, 2017
    Cash only, walk-up counter. Grab a short latte on your way to work.
  • Cristina Z.
    Cristina ZSeptember 1, 2010
    try their original chubbies. cookies that are light and just melt in your mouth. and don't forget that it's cash only.
  • Daniel
    DanielJanuary 28, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best espresso places in Seattle, quick and easy, designed for people on the go. Make sure you try one of their homemade cookies!
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethOctober 11, 2015
    Espresso is delicious and you have to try a chubby!
  • Sage G.
    Sage GatzkeSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The older dude on the weekend is insanely good. I have no idea what he does different with an americano than everyone else.
  • Sabina
    SabinaJanuary 20, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Get an Americano with cinnamon and honey. It's incredible
  • Liat B.
    Liat BandielDecember 10, 2017
    Great coffee love the Chubby cookie ☺️
  • Rick G.
    Rick GordonAugust 28, 2013
    Try the cold brew coffee for a super caffeine dose! Good flavor too.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MulhollandJuly 27, 2015
    Friendly staff and a great cream latte. Recommend!
  • Dee P.
    Dee PatienceOctober 14, 2017
    Chai latte was a winner. Nice baristas too
  • Jen C.
    Jen CunninghamMarch 28, 2016
    Excellent coffee and the cubbie was delicious!
  • Youngmin K.
    Youngmin KimDecember 28, 2017
    Tasty, economical, and very good coffee of course.
  • Jeffrey C.
    Jeffrey CantonAugust 12, 2012
    Grab an iced Cuban latte from the proprietor and be seriously, seriously happy
  • Judi D.
    Judi DeCiccoAugust 12, 2014
    Fastest, cheapest, & best Americano in Seattle.
  • H K.
    H KFebruary 19, 2017
    Cash only! Grab a fantastic mocha on this street shop.
  • Raquel
    RaquelJanuary 31, 2015
    café, servicio, precio, the whole package for 2.50😁
  • Kate H.
    Kate HotlerJuly 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I heart Aimee. She always makes a nice espresso & is kind & cheerful.
  • Kate C.
    Kate CiurejJanuary 23
    Get a macchiato to stay and drink it on the sidewalk.
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