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Cafe Allegro

Map & Directions 4214 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
  • Coffeehouse
  • Sun 8am-11pm, Mon-Fri 6:30am-11pm, Sat 7am-11pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, Discover, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Snacks
  • None
  • No Parking, Street


Seattle Weekly's Description

Founded in 1975 and billing itself as Seattle's oldest coffee shop, the Allegro is a U District institution. One that many thought—given its alley location between the Ave and 15th—would be destroyed by the new UW tower that filled in the old sunny parking lot it once faced. Before, patrons would follow the sun from the familiar wooden benches and over to the parking lot. Now, the view and sun are obstructed, but the UW has made the alley a lot more pleasant than it could be. The Allegro still specializes in studious types, yet the place has wi-fi and the mood here is low key and convivial. Nodding acquaintances have been maintained for decades. Yesterday's undergrad is today's professor.

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  • Jon Masaya E. on 03/21/10

    Find the staircase and go upstairs. Alas, you cannot smoke there any longer, But enjoy the extra seating and silence regardless.

  • Roberto J. on 08/30/11

    Go to the second floor. It's less crowded and WiFi is way faster.

  • Nathan M. on 02/22/11

    Play nice. Don't hog tables.

  • Abbey W. on 03/31/14

    air a little thin ... jazz.. parrots...there's something they're not telling us. good coffee.

  • W A. on 02/03/10

    The BEST almond croissants in seattle.

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