Visiting Seattle: Original Starbucks

If you’re a coffee addict like me, then you’ll want to visit the “Original Starbucks” when visiting Seattle.

Did you know there are two originals in town? One is the first store that opened in 1971 and the other is the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room that opened in 2014.

I like one more than the other.

1912 Pike Place storefront
1912 Pike Place

Skip the Original Starbucks on 1912 Pike Place.

Go ahead, take the obligatory selfie at the storefront with the siren in all her topless glory. Just don’t wait in line for an hour to get inside, where it’s cramped and they sell the standard food and coffee drinks. It’s good stuff, but you can find ’em at any Starbucks.

⭐️ The much better option to get your “Original Starbucks” fix is to visit the upscale Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room on 1124 Pike Street.

Imagine: Fancier food and beverage options in addition to standard Starbucks offerings you love. Ceramic cups and plates on wooden trays. Tables and chairs. No crowds. And no waiting in long lines.

Sounds more inviting, right? Go ahead, luxuriate in there for an hour!

pizze al taglio and an almond cookie from Princi bakery

Princi bakery located inside the Seattle Roastery

The best part is that you get treated to a show of coffee beans going through the roasting and bagging process in batches.

There are currently five Starbucks Reserve Roasteries in the world. The original opened in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle in December 2014. Since then, Starbucks has opened Roasteries in Shanghai, Milano, New York, and Tokyo. (Opening soon in Chicago!)

📸: All photos by Jennifer

For more information:

Starbucks Reserve – official website ☕️

This post is #2 of 6 in my Visiting Seattle series.


  1. Yum! I didn’t know this, so thank you for sharing. You are correct, waiting in line for the same ol’ same old would not be my cup of tea. However, the Roasting store would. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You’re welcome. I want to add, if you’re into souvenirs, the store and Roastery each have exclusive merch. But I prefer the Roastery since you can sit and savor your drink ☕️ 🍵

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