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Cafe Europa

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1501 17th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
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(206) 328-3155
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This little, somewhat undiscovered coffee shop/winebar/cafe is located on N. Capitol Hill, just across the street from Stevens school (17th and Boyer). They have the best double ...

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I swore off this place. BUT, I had to meet someone on this side of the hill and did NOT want to do the Tullys. So, Europa it was. The coffee is better and most of the signs hav...

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A quiet retreat 4/3/2006

While a plethora of coffee shops and bakeries exist in the area, Cafe Europa is a great place to cozy up at your own table for hours without the constant stream of noisy students and gossipy women. The panini sandwiches mark the restaurant, as the bakery does seem a bit scarce in selection sometimes (depending on the time of day, day of the week, etc). But the sandwiches and soups are light, tasty treats. The decor can be improved a bit-- the last time I was at the restaurant it was February and the Christmas tree was still up! Otherwise, this is a great little spot and if you find yourself alone in the restaurant for hours, all the better! Great place to read/study while enjoying coffee and a French movie (tv placed cutely in the wall). more

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Last try for Cafe Europa 3/2/2006

I swore off this place. BUT, I had to meet someone on this side of the hill and did NOT want to do the Tullys. So, Europa it was. The coffee is better and most of the signs have been removed. However: The picture of Mussolini remains. The owner gets to do this, as it is his cafe. But, it does offend some who have seen it. Why, you ask? Can't we all just be friends, you ask? Well, let's review WWII history (from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Mussolini ): Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini (July 29, 1883 – April 28, 1945) led Italy from 1922 to 1943. He created a fascist state through the use of state terror and propaganda. Using his charisma, total control of the media and intimidation of political rivals, he disassembled the existing democratic government system. His entry into World War II was on the side of Nazi Germany. So, if the owner is communicating his political persuasion, as he has a right to, his customers also have a right to vote with their feet. We don't have to be so PC as to be spineless, do we? more

Let's All Celebrate All Diversity for Once! 1/1/2006

First of all, I don't believe most reviews I read on citysearch, positive or negative, too much anger. There is too much to be said about this Europa. The coffee and pastries are delicious, depending on the Barista, and the muffins are a homemade work of art. But, I find their politics very conservative and a little odd for Capitol Hill. No W stickers though. So, here's the funny thing, we have been coming here for about 3 years now and they have never ever been rude or grouchy with me or my partner, just a little uptight about their policies. In fact I would say they have been oddly generous and gracious, far beyond almost every other coffiter on the hill that just want's your money. The typical Seattle Barista is cold & impersonal, we all know this, I think it's part of their training. Anyway, they even let us run a tab! Try that on 15th or Broadway. lol. Instead of rushing to a harsh judgment, I inquire. Isn't that what being an intelligent liberal-progressive is all about? I'm sorry but the signs don't offend me, but that's because I actually asked them the reasoning behind them. For the most part I think they're just kinda silly. I've heard crazy rumors from people who admit that they have never even been in the place. Some of these reviews seem too personally pointed; its hard to believe their sincerity. What do all of our high open-minded principals stand for? I appreciate ALL diversity and strong conviction whether or not I agree. I think some of my fellow reviewers obviously do not? more

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The coffee isn't good enough to get you past the signs 12/16/2005

The lattes are only fair - the coffee itself is not good. (For the money, Cafe Vita makes a MUCH better latte.) Additionally, has anyone read the reviews on Cityserch of this place? A bunch of guys (the owners' friends?) wrote in how "beautiful" the baristas are. Excuse me, but is there a correlation between beauty and making a decent latte without a snarl? Less attitude and better coffee would help. more

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I used to like this place 4/26/2005

You'd think I'd be a regular at a coffee shop/bakery/sandwich shop just a block from my house. i used to be, but then their signs and general attitude got too un-neighborly for me. the sign on the front door says something like: "Stop! no public restrooms. water for customers only. no outside food. no riff raff." no riff raff? that's exactly how i'd describe myself on most sunday mornings... The previous owners welcomed bicyclists in for a glass of water knowing they would most likely buy gatorade and a muffin. inside signs include this gracious gem: "magazines are for the enjoyment of everyone. people caught stealing magazines will be shot" p.s. (for the offended co-owner) politics aside, the coffee is good, the muffins are great, the sandwiches are great, the pasta salad is forgettable, the service is variable, the attitude is defensive and unwelcoming. considering there is a coffee shop on nearly every corner, i'd pass up this one for a place with more grace. all stores on capitol hill have to deal with riff raff and the like- i wish cafe europa would find a kinder way. more

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Great coffee and fresh baked goodies 7/15/2004

This little, somewhat undiscovered coffee shop/winebar/cafe is located on N. Capitol Hill, just across the street from Stevens school (17th and Boyer). They have the best double short Americano in town (for only $1.58), and very tasty, fresh baked goodies. Also wine tastings, and excellent paninni sandwiches. I hesitate to pass on this scoop as I don't want to have to wait in line for my daily cup of joe. more
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