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#Mugshot Monday #10 -Cafe Allegro: A Brick & Ivy Lined Cafe

October 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Welcome to #MugShotMonday: a caffeine inspired journey to uncover the University district’s Cafés

Just around the corner from Magus Books, in the brick and ivy lined alley, is one of Seattle’s Oldest Cafés. Grab a used book and enjoy an old school cafe tradition.

Once a mortuary, Cafe Allegro has been a mecca for students, professors, artist, poets and more for over 40 years. Surviving months of construction across the alley and the highs and lows of the University District’s culture, Cafe Allegro has seen its share of change in the Seattle coffee community. Not one to stay stagnant through it all, Allegro is now in the process of branding their own coffee beans for cafe use and sale.

I wandered in on a brisk yet partly-sunny afternoon. I wasn’t looking forward to being on the not-so-sunny-side of the street, however, I was surprised how much light reflected off the facing wall giving the cafe a nice daylight effect.

The cafe is a wall-to-wall working atmosphere – at least when I was there. Allegro seems to run on a combination of student and mobile-worker energy. Computers, textbooks and notebooks covered every surface. Being a mobile worker myself, I fit right in.

I ordered myself a chai – fortunately they carried the chai I really love, Morning Glory Chai.  Unfortunately, I forgot to ask them to make it spicy so I had to go back to the counter and ask for a little more umph in my drink. The barista was very friendly and added more spice with no problem.

I ended up sitting in the back room and had to share a table with someone. It was all very friendly. We even laughed about the wiggly table. I overheard conversations about classes, assignments and there was even a sweet service dog cuddled up on a jacket on the floor next to me.

This would be a great place to get into that focused mindset that university students get into when they all get together and study. If you want to feel that kind of intellectual vibe, this is the place for you.

Check out their website for update on their upstairs remodel and roaster install.

Cafe Allegro is located at:
4214 The Ave (206) 633-3030
Hours of Operation are:
Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 10:30 pm
Saturday7:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sunday8:00 am – 10:30 pm