Starbucks First Coffee Shop in Seattle

Waiting in line to get into the first Starbucks!
Waiting in line to get into the first Starbucks Coffee Shop!

The first time we visited Seattle, I had a list of places to go and things to see, and Starbucks’ first coffee shop in the Pike Place market topped that list. Being a huge coffee fan, and a regular Starbucks girl, I was super excited to check out the cafe for the first time.

Located in the heart of the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Starbucks’ first location is a huge tourist attraction. However, there is one little secret about this coffee shop – it’s actually not the first Starbucks location. Did I blow your mind?

In 1971 the first Starbucks was opened in a location a few blocks north of the highly trafficked “original” Starbucks. The actual original location was on 2000 Western Ave, and then moved to its’ location in Pike Place Market five years later. You can now amaze your friends with this tidbit of knowledge!  Regardless, I stood in line for about 45 minutes for a cappuccino and a souvenir.

Starbucks First Location at Pike Place Market
First Starbucks Store
First Starbucks Coffee Shop

The coffee shop itself has no real seating, and with so many people inside it’s quite difficult to take a good picture of the interior. On anyone’s first trip to Seattle, seeing the first Starbucks coffee shop at Pike Place Market is a must – they offer great souvenirs that can’t be found at any other Starbucks location, and you get a real cheesy touristy vibe (which is okay sometimes!).

First Starbucks Coffee Shop Interior c/o Serious Eats

Have you ever been to Seattle and checked out the first Starbucks? What did you think?

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245 thoughts on “Starbucks First Coffee Shop in Seattle

    1. The best is an iced Cali style caramel latte. The caramel drizzle all over the inside of the cup makes it SOOOO delicious. And the ombre effect of the milk at the bottom and coffee at the top is so pretty.

  1. Oh my gosh this is so cool! I would totally have waited 45 minutes for a coffee and souvenir, too! My fave summer drink is an Iced Vanilla Latte–YUM!

  2. The Vanilla Bean Creme Frap is a favorite but I think the Caramel Ribbon Crunch will become a new favorite.

  3. I’m loving just regular iced coffees (sweetened with milk). When you stay a while and purchase on a gold card, you get free refills! Love it for any and all coffee-shop blog working sessions:)

  4. Hello! My favorite Starbucks drink during the Summer is iced coffee with vanilla creamer. So yummy!! Thank-you for the chance in this awesome giveaway!

  5. cold water is my honest favourite, but is I had to name another drink, I’d pick my husband’s iced coffee

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  7. I drink hot, black, hazelnut coffee year round! In the summer hot coffee raises the body temperature so that the air around u feels cooler! aha!

  8. I’m usually just like straight up hot dark roast, but once in a great while I get a frappacino of some kind.

  9. In the summer I usually get an iced mocha. Occasionally I’ll get a frappuccino if it’s really hot out.

  10. I love the Strawberry Smoothies in the summer! I love all of their drinks. I may also possibly love the cake pops, and lemon pound cake.

  11. I like their plain Veranda iced coffee, but when I want a treat I get their Espresso Frap. It’s so so good- even the light version!

  12. O’ Boy ~ I’m like a kid i a candy shop whan I go into a Starbucks: I get dizzy with all the tempting offerings, so I try to decide before I go in…

    Among my favorites ~ in Summer are:

    iced (non-fat) Vanilla or Caramel Latté
    Caramel OR Mocha Frappaccino (sometimes light)
    Iced Coffee Mocha
    either Black or Green Tea Lemonade!

    (It depends on my mood and/the weather! Thanks for the vert generous giveaway!

  13. My favorite Starbucks drink is a Mocha Frappuccino. I like them year round since it is never really winter here in the Arizona desert. Thanks.

  14. Ooohh I have not had Starbucks in awhile since I moved into the middle of nowhere five years so but this would force me to take the drive!

  15. My favorite is a hot nonfat latte from Starbucks. Even when it’s summer I still want my hot latte (I just take an ice water on the side).

  16. I live 1.5 hours from a Starbucks but I used to like a Mocha Frappachino. I also just like saying it 😉 Thanks for a great giveaway. I’ve never been to Seattle but I’ll definitely stop by if I’m ever there.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  17. I like my daughter’s fave drink, Iced Chai Latte. And the kiddos love the Strawberries ‘n Cream or Vanilla Bean. =0)
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