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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very popular coffee joint. Lots of those interested. Sips of coffee, no tables or dining area. Opens early but could only mean subsequent early closure as well. By 4 pm there was end of service. Plan ahead . I had a mocha , but would...recommend barista mystery choice,,More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 3 July 2022 via mobile

Unique setting in the corner with good marketing but the coffee itself is unremarkable. We tried different drinks with consistent conclusion.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 15 May 2022

This is not a sit-down coffee shop but they sell really great coffee. It is tucked away in a corner by the gum wall so it is kind of like a scavenger hunt with a great coffee prize!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 4 May 2022

Was only in Seattle for 5 days but managed to go to this place 4 times. Really one of the best coffee shops I encountered in Seattle. Got the mystery mocha every time and each one was totally different. Im back in Seattle again in...October and will definitely be going againMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 15 October 2021

Our daughter was having some grub at "three girls" (review of that elsewhere) and somebody mentioned the Ghost Alley Espresso; and really, when you hear a name like that, how can you not go look for the place? We found a window in the wall...downstairs from the main fish-throwing locale, across from the "stuck-gum wall" (just go see it, you'll see what they mean). A cheery server was inside. Our daughter had a "salty nut" and I had a boring cappuccino. This place has local color and is just, well, I think "cute" is the word. The coffee is also good. For those who wear t-shirts that say "death before decaf", this is a place you'll want to visit. Everyone stay healthy.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 20 July 2021 via mobile

Don’t let the long time deter you, get the iced mystery mocha, it is worth the wait! We also picked up beans and stickers too! Friendly staff!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 14 April 2021 via mobile

Great coffee! I had the “Salty Nut” iced and was not disappointed! This has been my favorite coffee shop so far in Seattle.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 14 December 2020

We were at the market, looking for...what else? Coffee! And stumbled, literally onto this place. Had to wait for a bit to order but the staff was super friendly! We opted to try the mystery mochas and the barista asked some great questions about our...likes and dislikes. Both drinks were different but excellent! Located down an alley near the gum wall, which was another thing on our list to find. Will definitely go again next time we are in Seattle.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 28 June 2020

incredible rich creamy espresso (hard to come by these days!) and some killer pastries! Really appreciate people that focus and hone their craft! Good job and keep it up!

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 14 March 2020 via mobile

Do not pass by without trying their coffee, I was not disappointed it was great very unusual place to sit and watch the world go by

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 8 March 2020

I went twice while I was there and was never disappointed. Actually, I was so impressed I had to purchase a bag of coffee to take home. The Barista's were exceptional in making the coffee drinks and knowledge of their products. Both times the friendliness...of this small intimate coffee bar pulls you in and makes you feel a part of the Seattle vibe. I was so impressed with this place that from now on when I am in Seattle this will be the ONLY coffee shop in which I will give my business. So, if you are in Seattle go to Pike's Market and next to the gum wall you will experience a delight in which you will want to repeat time and time again. Love this place ! ! !More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 12 February 2020

This miniscule fixture of Pike Place Market, located a few steps from the notorious chewing gum wall, has good coffee but is hardly big enough to turn around in.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 18 January 2020 via mobile

Great espresso located near the disgusting gum wall. I bought their Ghost Alley beans and just had a cup of coffee at my home in San Francisco. Simply marvelous! I had an espresso during my visit a few weeks ago. It helped get the terrible...taste of a mediocre americano I bought at the original location of that chain. Ghost Alley serves a shot or so of sparkling with their espresso. An excellent touch that not a lot of places do.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 29 December 2019 via mobile

The shop itself is tiny but by gosh is the coffee they serve mighty. Staff are friendly and quick to serve (although watch out ‘cos they will randomly serve their friends ahead of genuine customers who have waited a long time). I had the turmeric...mocha - amazing! If you’re prepared to wait you will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 20 December 2019

Another random find, we were actually on the hunt for The Gum Wall when we saw this tiny coffee shop. WHY we were looking for The Gum Wall still confuses me, but I guess we just wanted to say we’d been there and seen that....And we went, and we saw, and I shuddered at the thought, and then I quickly turned away and made my way back up the alley. There were a few people in line when we got there, but the two baristas did a good job of moving the line forward and getting drinks out to the customers. I actually left my husband in the line to snag to of the only chairs inside – facing out onto the alley. We both got the seasonal lattes, but my husband later said he regretted that he didn’t go with the “barista’s choice” brew – basically a random drink selection brewed for you, based on the barista’s whim and one or two questions. The lattes were good – hot and not overly sweet. But I think the thing I enjoyed most was having the time to sit in a semi-secluded spot with my husband. I mean, our seats looked out onto the busy alley, and the line queued up along the windows…and people would pause there to pose for pictures with their drinks…so, you know, do what you will with “semi-secluded”. I don’t think we’d go back, not with all the other small coffee shops in the city. But I’m glad we popped in, and that we had a chance to sample their brews.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Ghost Alley Espresso is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5