Starbucks First Coffee Shop in Seattle & A Giveaway

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?


As a little treat, I’d like to offer you guys a $50 Starbucks Gift Card! This giveaway is open worldwide and ends at Midnight PST on June 30th, 2014. 

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    • says

      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. says

    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. Nicole Dz says

    My favorite summer drink is the Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino Blended Beverage. So good!

  3. anglsage says

    Caramel Frapp add banana. It is SOOO delicious! and fattening. much fat. :(

  4. Natalie says

    My favorite drink to order in the summer from starbucks is their vanilla frapp!

  5. Ann Fantom says

    My favorite Starbuck’s year round drink is their Java Chip Frappuccino

  6. Angela Mitchell says

    Iced Chai is my fave. I’ve been meaning to visit Seattle for years, bur I’ve never been.

  7. Sandy N says

    I don’t know? I haven’t tried their ice coffees, would like to try some time.

  8. Tara G says

    vanilla bean frappuchino or the frozen strawberry lemonade with added raspberry syrup. Soooo good!

  9. Crystal F says

    My daughter begs for Starbucks daily! She always gets the caramel flan frapp. Thank you!

  10. Barbara Montag says

    I like the Caramel Flan Frappuccino Blended Beverage – oh yum!
    thank you

  11. April says

    I always get no matter the season/weather a Venti medium roast and enjoy it black

  12. Valencia says

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

  13. says

    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:)

  14. Brandee H says

    I am trying to give up flaps and instead am enjoying unsweetened Passion iced tea.

  15. Natalie Brown says

    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!

  16. Autumn R says

    I LOVE their Matcha Frappuccinos – I even order them in the winter! :-)

  17. Sandi Tymchuk says

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

  18. Edmond says

    OMG, ice coffee. 2 fingers snap, girlfriends. SOS. Help. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the $50 starbucks card to eat again. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest!

  19. Samantha says

    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!

  20. Michelle Levine says

    I like to drink the Fappucinos in the summer, especially the mocha or the mint.

  21. Sunnymay says

    Strawberrry Smoothie would be fine, but I also like all their teas.

  22. Lauren says

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

  23. Sara Cunningham says

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

  24. says

    My favorite summer drink would have to be the iced caramel macchiato. (Totally spelling that wrong, but you know.) ;)

  25. Leesh says

    My usual drink is a toffee but lactose fee americano misto but for summer, I love peach green tea lemonade.

  26. Laura M says

    The Chai Latte is my fav year round, it doesn’t matter that it’s a hot drink.

  27. Stephanie Gossett says

    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.

  28. Lisa V. says

    Doesn’t matter what time of year it is, my favorite is a caramel latte.

  29. Katy says

    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!

  30. Diane L. says

    My favorite summer beverage is a Starbucks Refresher. They taste great and give me a little energy boost!

  31. brittani adams says

    I’ve really never ordered from there before!! I would love to try something chocolaty though!

  32. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says

    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!

  33. Jill Myrick says

    My favorite Starbucks drink is double shot hazelnut latte.


  34. Isabella Taul says

    I love both the Mocha Frapp and the Double Chocolate Chip Frapp!

  35. Karen Martin says

    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.

  36. Serena barth says

    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!

  37. Candice Taylor says

    Mocha fraps are probably my favorite, second is the shaken ice tea lemonade!

  38. Mary Beth Elderton says

    I like 6 shots over ice with 2 pumps of white mocha. No whip :)

  39. Lorena Keech says

    My favorite summer drink at Starbucks is Teavana® Shaken Iced Green Tea Lemonade

  40. Candie L says

    I love white chocolate mocha (I know it is not a summer drink but it is so yummy). THank you

  41. Tracy Robertson says

    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).

  42. DailyWoman (Lacey) says

    My favorite summer drink is a Iced White Chocolate Mocha.

  43. says

    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

  44. Shannon M says

    My favorite is definitely the strawberries & Creme Frappuccino yumm! Sweet, cold and delicious!

  45. says

    It’s a toss up for me between an iced hazelnut macchiato or a half peach half raspberry passion tea lemonade. Mmmmm, Starbucks!

  46. says

    I like my daughter’s fave drink, Iced Chai Latte. And the kiddos love the Strawberries ‘n Cream or Vanilla Bean. =0)
    Thanks for the chance. I’m glad to be a new follower!

  47. Alex T says

    I love iced tea or iced coffee in the summer! Thanks for the giveaway!


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