The Ugly Mug Cafe - Seattle Coffee Scene
The Ugly Mug Cafe in Seattle's University District is charming and welcoming.

I don’t remember my first cup of coffee. I don’t remember my first kiss – or at least that’s what I keep telling myself. But if I did, I would have wished that they both happened at a place like the Ugly Mug Café in Seattle’s University District.


Sit down, kick off your shoes, and stay awhile, You're at the Ugly Mug.


If you walk anywhere in the U-District, it’s not hard to see life up-close for what it is: a state of perpetual transition. Students. Businesses. Coffee shops. Are all evolving. This includes the Ugly Mug Cafe, which according to its owner, Dave, is set to go through a round of evolution in the coming months.

I will leave it up to Dave to provide the details, I just hope that the place maintains its wonderful charm, its intimate coziness, and comfortable down-home feel that makes you want to kick off of your shoes and see what’s in the fridge.

The service you get is top notch, with baristas and staff that make you feel like you’re their personal guest in their very own home. While other cafes are welcoming, the feeling you get at the Ugly Mug Café is certainly special. It is, by all accounts, a great Seattle Coffee Shop.

In addition, they offer a deep breakfast and lunch menu that caters to a diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds that are here to study, socialize, get some homework down, or take a break from the high energy of the U-district with a cup of Joe … or perhaps they visit to simply loosen the grip of homesickness that students (and working adults) get from time to time.

Unpretentious and offering the comforts of home, this place is hard not to like. Yes, Ugly Mug, you are the fairest of them all.

Location: 1309 NE 43rd St

Neighborhood: University District

Espresso: $2.00


Ugly Mugg Cafe

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Ugly Mugg Cafe 47.659725, -122.313835