Cafe Besalu

Written by on February 23, 2017 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington

How I heard of this place: Yelp. I have been by numerous times, passing the bright sign and intrigued, but it was a Yelp review that highlighted the need to visit. Stat.

Type of cuisine: Housemade, from scratch pastries, and espresso beverages to accompany.

Ambiance: A cute, little, quaint and cozy space with limited seating, beautifully tiled floors, and an air of warmth in every corner! Directly ahead, as one enters, is the pastry case and order counter, complete with grand espresso machine. Friendly faces behind the counter smile and greet each patron in a welcoming and gentle manner.

Seating is available in the windowed, street-facing spaces on either side of the front door, as well as against the vibrant orange walls, including booth seating on a pew,

and intimate table seating against the opposite wall.

Place your orders, take a seat, smell the fragrances of warm, fresh, sweet, buttery pastries wafting through the space and take your first bite into heaven.

What I ordered: To start, a small Mocha ($3.25) for me, and a small Cappuccino ($2.65) for my dining companion.

Our selection of housemade pastries was a joint effort including the

and sticky, yummy-looking

not to mention the most intriguing option in the case on this day, the

We took our seats with our stash and started to dig in!

What I loved: A unanimous favorite, the Cardamom Pretzel offered soft, pull-apart-able twists of lightly sweetened goodness. The perfect combination of sweet, flavorful, exquisite pastry in each bite, washed down by a wonderfully dark chocolatey mocha. Whoa. Salivating.

Why I loved it: Everything about this place is warm, welcoming, and worth each second it takes to get there, place your order and devour (or savor) it! From the greetings received upon entry, to the ease of placing orders, patience of customers awaiting their turns, available seating, and each tasty bite. Go. You’ll thank me. 

Cost: Low to average ($2-$4 per espresso beverage; $2.45-$4.35 per most of the pastries available to us that day)

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