The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it’s about that time of year when every relative and friend you have takes advantage of Seattle’s glorious summer as the time to visit (hey, we can’t blame them). Stumped on where to wow out-of-towners with the city’s food scene and find something on the menu to please palates of all ages? Read on for our recommendations.

Slate Coffee Roasters

Seattle’s known for its coffee scene, so you’d be remiss not to show that off to folks visiting from out of town. There are plenty of kid-friendly cafes in town, but Slate’s coffee—and, just as importantly, their customer service—is a notch above the rest. They carefully source and roast their beans, which obviously will be more of interest to the grownups among you, though little ones will surely love the homemade hot chocolate, and the box of toys in the corner. Psst.. a second location is located just west of Pioneer Square in the Samis Building.

Know before you go: There’s a bakery pop-up called Parchment that fills the restaurant across the street with a delicious assortment of pastries every other Sunday. Time your visit to take advantage!

5413 6th Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107
Online: or on Facebook
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

photo: James J. via Yelp


Where’s your go-to restaurant for treating visitors? Help us be better tour guides by leaving your suggestions in the comments below!

— Chelsea Lin & Kristina Moy