The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

Confession: While I like to emphasize the importance of eating locally while on the road, sometimes when you leave on a road trip at 5am you just really need to stop at a Starbucks and get an ultra-caffeinated espresso drink to get you going. And quite often I do.

But also keep in mind that most every chain had to start somewhere and once too was just a local business. And often that first location is still around and still possesses some of that local charm that sparked its popularity in the first place.

The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

Today, Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world and boasts over 16,000 stores in 49 countries. But, once upon a time, it too was just a small local startup. In 1971 the first Starbucks opened downtown Seattle as a coffee bean roasting house. In the late 70s it relocated to Pike Place and, in 1983, began selling coffee.

The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

This original Starbucks location (their first retail spot) remains in place today and, do to guidelines from the market association (and probably the desire to keep it as a tourist destination), it still retains much of its original look.

The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington
The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

So, if you go to the Original Starbucks location in Pike Place Market are you going to an international chain or a local establishment? Maybe a little of both. Plus the iced cafe mocha I got was a much needed boost to an early day of touring the city. So, in either case, for every reason, it was a perfect stop on my Seattle itinerary and yours. After all, it is one of the most famous attractions in Seattle, and maybe even one of the most famous attractions in Washington state!

Pig inside the Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington
First Starbucks store plaque inside the Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington
Iced Mocha at The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington
The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

The Original Starbucks in Seattle, Washington

Location: 1912 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
Costs: Free to see, but coffee will cost you
Date: June 30, 2009


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Photos of the original Starbucks location in Seattle, Washington, the flagship coffee house in Pike Place Market. And my much needed, iced mocha. A fun stop on a Seattle vacation or Washington road trip this Starbucks bucket list location is worth a stop.
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Photos of the original Starbucks location in Seattle, Washington, the flagship coffee house in Pike Place Market. And my much needed, iced mocha. A fun stop on a Seattle vacation or Washington road trip this Starbucks bucket list location is worth a stop.

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!