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Cafe Besalu

#24 of 119 Bakeries in Seattle
#446 of 3,549 Places to Eat in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-3207
+1 206-789-1463
Wed - Sun 07:00 - 15:00
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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335 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sons and I had breakfast here. We each had a different quiche, and they were all delicious, with the eggs cooked perfectly. We also had a selection of four pastries, which we shared: hazelnut twist, pan au chocolate, croissant, and an apple pastry. Everyone had a different kind of coffee or tea. I bought 2 biscotti (hazelnut and cranberry/pistachio),... More 

Thank ReaderPat
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123 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

A small cafe bakery in Ballard bakes the best plain croissant I have tasted and I am a croissant critic. The plain croissant is very light, crisp but not greasy. flaky. One isn't enough. A reason to visit The cafe but come early. It closes at 3 pm and on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Thank Seeseej
Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

It is true that I have not been to every great patisserie in Paris or the south of France, but I have been to many, and I have yet to find anything as good as this home town shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Always has a line out the door, and is a must for anyone who visits... More 

Thank Steven L
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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283 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

Oh my goodness. Cafe Besalu is a special place. And the pastries and croissants are the best in Seattle. The lattes are outstanding, too. As others have said, the line moves fast. Go. You won't be sorry. Having moved from Seattle, I am on the hunt for a croissant that even begins to approach the ones crafted at Besalu. Still... More 

Thank Levannah
Dallas, Texas
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64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2016

My wife lived in Ballard for a month during med school while she was doing an away rotation. Having never been to Seattle, she demanded that we go to Cafe Besalu immediately upon landing because I HAD to try it. They close at three on Sunday and we made it in the nick of time. I'm sure glad that we... More 

Thank John T
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67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

My brother and sister in law live in Seattle and suggested I go here while they were at work. It's a small French coffee/pastry shop in Ballard, in walking distance to the Locks. I got the checkered shortbread and a pain au chocolate, with my latte. Really really good!!!! It was nice and quiet on a Wednesday morning too :)

Thank Swelman
Seattle, Washington
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

OMG... Mochas so good that if I could have them through an IV, I would. Pastry to die for. Best bakery in the city bar none.

Thank Ed S
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

If you are ever in Ballard, you have to try this place out. The croissants are to die for. The danishes are very good too. I wish I had more days to try them all. Be prepare to wait in line.

Thank 673venusa
Seattle, Washington
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016

I've been to Paris and I don't see what the big deal is with this "patisserie". For starters, there are not enough tables and a serious traffic flow problem. Then, the clientele seem to think that it's not okay to sit down at a table before ordering so one stands in line only to have no place to sit. And... More 

Thank Elana56
Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2015

WOW. I am sooooo happy it is not in my neighborhood. I would be quite overweight since I have not self control. Warm, fresh, flavorful, perfectly balanced. Better than many Parisian patisseries, and in a totally different league than the oddly popular Pike Place Market Le Panier (never understood why Le Panier is popular). Go out of your way to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-3207
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Ballard
  • Neighbourhood: Ballard
  • Phone Number: +1 206-789-1463

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?