Loved by locals and tourists alike is the largely iconic tiny coffee stand, Monorail Espresso.

At just about 100 square feet, this small coffee company has a big legion of fans and regulars that spans about 33 years.

I recently stopped by and chatted owner Aimee Peck, who took over last year and who just loves her customers.

Monorail Espresso started as the first coffee stand in Seattle in 1980, which was situated just down the block from its current location.

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Monorail Espresso. Photo Courtesy: Monorail Espresso

A tribute to Seattle’s once-beautiful-and-futuristic notion of having a monorail throughout the city, it’s well known for its “Monorail Espresso” coffee blend and their “Chubbies” cookies, which are still made by the former owner.

The monorail was first built in 1962 for the World’s Fair and has only two stops – from Seattle Center to Westlake Center – and has nearly 2 million riders a year.

“Our regulars are our best customers in Seattle,” said Aimee, as she was serving up customers. 

So, what’s the secret of lasting 33 years in the coffee business?

“We offer premium espresso. The important thing is to provide the best cup every time and offer friendly, fast service,” she added.

In addition to the Chubbies, they also serve locally baked Macrina baked goods. Stop by and check them out.  They even offer a few tables to do some people watching during rush hour.

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Drop by and say hello to Aimee, owner of the Monorail Espresso!


Weekdays: 6am-6pm

Saturday 8am-6pm

Sunday 9am-5pm

 Address: 510 Pike St, Seattle, Washington 98101


Monorail Espresso

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