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Cafe Besalu

5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-3207
+1 206-789-1463
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good14%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“quiche” (12 reviews)
“pastry” (12 reviews)
“biscotti” (2 reviews)
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5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-3207
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

It's an example of how much goodness can be put in a small space. Great coffee, tea, pastries and service. A friendly staff makes this an enjoyable stop.

Thank cowboy042
Reviewed 20 January 2018

Café Besalu has been in our life for years and it is still a treat whenever we go there! The pastries are amazing and the quiches are to die for! The weekends are tough though, the lines are super long and it takes forever to...More

Thank BernhardK1
Reviewed 21 December 2017

I cannot say enough about this place! Every pastry is divine- my favorite being the onion and gruyere croissant. I was also lucky enough to try one of the cinnamon rolls, which apparently they had just started selling. Have one when you go- you won't...More

Thank AudreyMW
Reviewed 26 November 2017

This place serves croissants and other bakery food and hot coffee, hot chocolates,etc. Their onion croissants and Spinach quiche are very good. They serve very good coffee. A place good for breakfast, brunch or evening tea.

Thank Radhakrishnan R
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

This is the best French pastry shop in Seattle. I grew up in Morocco (French colony) and traveled to France often, so I know my French pastry. I tried many places around Seattle including bakery nouveau, and besalu is hands down far better. The pastry...More

Thank b1zakarya1
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

The perfect croissants. We couldn't believe that we could get such great home made croissants in the USA. They make their own puff pastry and you can taste it! Totally worth the money!

Thank Helvetia1981
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Many of the staff remain so that's a good sign for the future - I believe the founder would only sell it to someone who he believes will maintain the high standards

Thank dougslotkin
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I don't live in Seattle but the first and last place that I stop when I do visit is to Cafe Besalu. It's a tiny pastry/coffee shop and it frequently has lines out the door. Parking can be difficult but it's worth driving around the...More

Thank Coretha P
Reviewed 23 March 2017

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...More

Thank ReaderPat
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...More

Thank Seeseej
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
US$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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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