Top Pot Doughnuts

Written by on January 20, 2014 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Downtown Seattle, Washington

Top Pot 2nd & Marion

How I heard of this place: It was nearly a decade ago when I was first introduced to Top Pot by a good friend and cafe-frequenter, who not only enjoyed their donuts and coffee, but was overly enthusiastic about free wi-fi (a big deal at the time!).

Type of cuisine: Traditionally, Top Pot was focused on doughnuts and coffee; they offer tea, Italian sodas, other bottled sodas, salads & sandwiches from Mike’s Deli. And now, they have also boast house-made ice creams. Come for a sweet breakfast, stay for lunch, and take a dessert home for post-dinner enjoyment!

Top Pot 5th Avenue Donut Display

Ambiance: Cozy and warm, with books for all ages lining the walls, floor to ceiling. Light colored wooden furniture with classic 1950s fonts on menus and signs.

Top Pot 5th Avenue Lobby & Books

Spacious and seemingly more-so due to the high ceilings that house more seating in the loft (indoor balcony space) and well-lit through the floor-to-ceiling windows that face 5th Avenue.

Top Pot 5th Avenue

Come to study, share coffee and conversation with a friend, meet up with your book club, or pack up and take away a dozen donuts for your colleagues! The establishment is comfortable and easy-going enough to support any number of activities.

Top Pot 5th Avenue Loft Seating

What I ordered: Throughout the years, I have sampled most every Top Pot doughnut – from the Valley Girl Lemon to the chocolate rainbow, from the apple fritter to the maple and chocolate bars, from the pink feather boa to the lemon old fashioned to the Bavarian cream and the bullseye. On this spontaneous visit, my husband and I shared two doughnuts and indulged with two shared beverages.

Top Pot 5th Avenue Blended Mocha & Hot Chocolate

The blended mocha and the large hot chocolate helped us wash down the Salted Caramel Old Fashioned doughnut

Top Pot 5th Avenue Salted Caramel Old Fashioned

and, one of my all-time favorites – the Bavarian Cream.

Top Pot 5th Avenue Bavarian Cream

On a visit to the newest Top Pot location, the day it opened, Tuesday, April 29, 2014: Having walked by the day before and noticed the Grand Opening sign, I knew that it would be the perfect spot at which to start our day! I took my husband and parents-in-law across the pedestrian foot bridge, from the Ferry Terminal to Top Pot to enjoy a little treat before our ride to Bainbridge Island.

Top Pot 2nd & Marion Inside

We were delighted at the open floor plan, the extremely tall ceilings and windows on all sides! I was especially delighted to see a good friend, still working for the company and generous beyond measure. She offered each of us anything we wished to have, on the house! Yay for grand openings and getting in within the first six hours!

Top Pot 2nd & Marion Donuts

We made our selections, graciously served to us by Adam, the new store’s manager, and made our way to our seats to indulge!

Top Pot 2nd & Marion Bar 

What I loved: The baristas take coffee seriously. Great care and attention are paid to the timing of pulled shots, the temperature of the milk and the fancy designs that are made each customer’s coffee order. I love the sweetness of the blended mocha, even on a blustery, cold, winter’s day. But it’s the doughnuts that really keep us coming back for more!

Why I loved it: The coffee is consistently fresh and served with guaranteed quality. The teas are loose-leaf, ordered locally and brewed to order (from Market Spice). The staff friendly and interested in knowing their customers, the regulars and newbies!

Top Pot 5th Avenue Bavarian Cream Part 2

Cost: Average for coffee beverages ($3-$4.50) and specialty pastries ($2-$3 per doughnut)

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