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As Austin Powers might say, “It’s the Zeitgeist, baby.” Only this Zeitgeist is the popular Zeitgeist Coffee shop just off Pioneer Square. It is part of the greater Top Pot/Bauhaus extended family (still related in décor but no longer in ownership). Most prefer their coffee to be simpler, stronger, smaller – and independently-minded Zeitgeist offers a distinct contrast to the usual Seattle triple-mocha crowd.


The look is very much in keeping with Pioneer Square and the Gold Rush era: exposed brick, quilted wood paneling, ironwork, two long walls filled with local art, newspapers, and loads of sunlight. The smell of piping hot coffee hangs in the air and sunshine floods in through huge picture windows. And there’s also the Iberian touch, with the impressive “Bolsa Official deCafe” blackboard menu, Art Deco retro electric clock and an array of continental coffee roasters, pots and samovars.


Zeitgeist is steps from nearly anywhere in Pioneer Square and the International District; it’s also hailed as one of the best coffee/cafes in the whole of Seattle, and popular with visiting Europeans and the artsy folks by being a frequent stop on those art gallery walks.


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