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Cafe Besalu

5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-3207
+1 206-789-1463
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good14%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“croissants” (30 reviews)
“quiche” (11 reviews)
“biscotti” (2 reviews)
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5909 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107-3207
Neighbourhood: Ballard
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 22 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 26 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
Reviewed 12 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....More

Thank Steven L
Reviewed 1 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...More

Thank Levannah
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...More

Thank John T
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...More

Thank Swelman
Reviewed 25 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
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
Reviewed 20 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...More

Thank Elana56
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Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating
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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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