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3 new cafes come to Seattle's Central District, Capitol Hill

Seattle Post-Intelligencer logo Seattle Post-Intelligencer 5/8/2021 Naomi Tomky, Special to the Seattle P-I

Even if “the most important meal of the day” was actually a lie perpetrated by big cereal to sell more Cornflakes, there’s something special about starting the day with a meal made by someone else.

As restaurants limited their hours during the pandemic, breakfast and lunches were the first to be cut and Seattle’s morning options become more limited. However, in the last few months, things are looking up if you’re looking for a good breakfast – three new spots have opened up in the greater Capitol Hill/Central District area, and all of them will get a hot coffee and a snack in your hot little hands by nine in the morning.

La Rue Crêperie + Espresso Bar

European travel isn’t quite back yet, but this tiny seafoam green shop showed up on Olive Way at the end of last year to help stave off any cravings for wandering Parisian streets and stopping for a nibble. The adorable spot features classic crepes with ham and cheese, mushrooms, or Nutella, plus local spins such as huckleberry jam and seasonal specials.

Melo Cafe

When the Cortona Café shut its doors in the fall, the owner wanted to make sure she left the space in good hands – the founders of Melo Juice. Melo Cafe opened earlier this year, bringing back the waffles that Cortona customers counted on, as well as pastries, empanadas, and okazu pan from Umami Kushi. They also, of course, sell the juice that built the café – in Type-Beet, Apple, and Classic (a ginger-based brew) flavors.

Boon Boona Coffee

After the pandemic delayed this Renton shop’s dreams of expansion, they’ve finally come to fruition by snagging the former Cherry Street Coffee spot on 12th Ave. Boon Boona built a reputation as a roastery with its equitably sourced East African beans, and as a center of its community through its friendly, welcoming space. Now, it endeavors to do the same on Capitol Hill. Because it just opened, it currently serves just pastries on the food side, but if the Renton shop is any indication, breakfast sandwiches might be coming soon.

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