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Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs – places to eat/shop/hang

Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs

You’re coming to the Conference of Creative Entrepreneurs? Hooray! They’ve picked a really good neighborhood. Here is a list of places I know and love, all within about six blocks of the Century Ballroom (Friday’s conference location). I’ve included an address and a link to a Google map for each below in the hopes that those reading this on a mobile device (hi there!) find it easy enough to use. Please note, there are more places mentioned on the bottom of this page of the CCE’s website, as well as their Where To Eat series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Do know that the conference will be providing breakfast and lunch.

You need to eat:

Oddfellows Cafe – This restaurant is in the same building as the Century Ballroom, the entrance is just around the corner. It’s charming and has a good menu, open all day long and late into the night. (Breakfast? Yes!)
1525 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-0807

Via Tribunali – Serving some seriously good Neapolitan pizza. The pizza come unsliced so if you’re sharing ask the server to bring some kitchen shears that they have for this purpose. Seriously, it’s the easiest way to cut pizza and you’ll ditch your pizza cutter shortly after you return home. (Breakfast? No.)
913 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122-3816
(206) 322-9234

Boom Noodle – Yummy noodles, well designed interior. (Breakfast? No.)
1121 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 701-9130

Vermillion – They serve a small menu, usually a soup, a cheese plate and a few other things, but they are cozy and charming and have a good wine list. Walk through the art gallery to the cafe space in the back. (Note: Vermillion is where we held the first year or so of Grassroots Business Association meetings, we *heart* Vermillion.) (Breakfast? No.)
1508 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-9797

Cafe Presse – Located across an annoyingly busy street but so worth the trek for amazing and unpretentious French food. A Stumptown coffee is next door. (Breakfast? Yes!)
1117 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-7674

You need to eat some sugar:

Cupcake Royale – One of the original cupcake places in Seattle. My favorite cupcake is still the ballerina (vanilla with pink vanilla frosting). They also have good espresso here.
1111 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-6544

Molly Moon’s Ice Cream – Amazing ice cream in amazing flavors. Expect to stand in a long line of impressively dressed people. This is about five inches from the Century Ballroom entrance so I expect you’ll be having ice cream before you leave Seattle.
917 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 708-7947

Old School Frozen Custard – Amazing custard with your choice of things to add. Expect to stand in a long line of impressively dressed people.
1316 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 324-2586

You need to eat because you’re happydrunk and it’s 1 a.m.:

Big Mario’s Pizza – Seattle’s newly opened New York style pizza by the slice place has your back, open until 4 am.
1009 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 922-3875

Po Dogs – Ever tried a Seattle hot dog with cream cheese on it? Now is the perfect time. This place has an impressive menu and vegetarian options.
1009 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

It’s the morning and you need coffee and a pastry before you see anybody:

See above: Oddfellows Cafe (right downstairs from the Century Ballroom) and Cupcake Royale (cupcakes for breakfast!).

Cafe Vita – This one is closest to the conference locations, and another of their shops is my own local coffee place so I double love them.
1005 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-4440

Stumptown – Two locations, one is near Cafe Presse, both a few blocks away. Excellent coffee.
1115 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 860-2937
616 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 329-0115

Victrola – This one is a few blocks away, but it’s close to the Cakespy shop. Excellent coffee.
310 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122-3610
(206) 462-6259

Take a shopping break:

Cakespy Shop – So worth the short walk down, it’s filled with stuff you’ll love. (Also the owner, Jessie, is speaking at the conference!)
415 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122-2311

Elliott Bay Book Company – Right next door to the Century Ballroom, this historic independent Seattle bookstore recently relocated from it’s (beloved, sniff) original location in Pioneer Square.
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 624-6600

Stitches – Fabric, yarn, needles, ribbon, felt, findings. All your therapeutic crafting needs (or adhesive needs) have been curated here for you. They even have sewing machines that you can rent. And Japanese fabric. And needle felting supplies should you feel the need to stab somebody something. Honestly, when I need something I come here first, they have some of the best fabric offerings in the city.
711 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122-3719
(206) 709-0707

Value Village – Thrifting! This is across the street from Vermillion.
1525 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-3903
(206) 322-7789

You need to sit on some grass and do some people watching:

Cal Anderson Park – The side of the park closest to the conference location (right across the street) is all soccer fields, but walk deeper into the park and you’ll find an impressive fountain and lots of places to stroll or sit for a while.
1635 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Other vital needs:

Drugstore: Walgreens – Just a block away from the Century Ballroom, no need to bring your own band aids.
1531 Broadway, Seattle, WA
(206) 204-0599

Grocery store: QFC – Just a couple blocks away, for all your special snowflake food needs.
1401 Broadway, Seattle, WA
(206) 860-3818

Post Office – Because the TSA won’t let you carry on the new fabric scissors that you bought at Stitches.
101 Broadway East, Seattle, WA
(206) 324-5474

You need to borrow a computer – Some nearby internet cafes (yes they still exist) because you, like me, never bring your laptop along but always find a near emergency situation where you’re handheld thingy just won’t do and you need a computer NowNowNow and cannot wait until you get back to your hotel.

Uncle Elizabeth’s Internet Cafe
1123 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101-1923
(206) 381-1600

Online Coffee Company
1404 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-7798

· comments [10] · 08-12-2010 · categories:events · seattle ·

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Katie K // Aug 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

    So…I love this list! And I am going to use it for out of towners. But, I feel like you have to include the Seattle Hot Dog or Dicks on the ‘its 1am and you are happy drunk’ list.

    Cream Cheese and Hotdogs go together so much better than I would ever have assumed.

  • 2 megan // Aug 12, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hi Katie – I have been only listing places I have been to, and the Dick’s is a bit further away from the conference location than I think would be practical to include. But I will list Seattle Hot Dog, thanks!

  • 3 susan b. // Aug 12, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Wow, a huge thank-you, Megan! This is really wonderful. I’m bookmarking lots of these for Friday and Saturday right now!

  • 4 Jessie // Aug 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I’d like to also suggest:

    B&O Espresso, 204 Belmont Ave E, for wonderful breakfast/lunch/dinner/DESSERT (they have the most wonderful dessert menu!).

    611 Supreme, 611 E Pine St, for their delicious crepes and French Press coffee.

    And there’s always Dick’s for midnight munchies!

  • 5 C! C! E! « West Coast Crafty // Aug 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    […] thanks to Megan for her fantastic blog post this morning detailing a whole slew of great places to eat, shop, hang out, and enjoy yourself in the conference […]

  • 6 Kate // Aug 13, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Any recommendations for a spa/masseuse in the city? Thanks!

  • 7 stef // Aug 14, 2010 at 1:11 am

    is Bluebird Handmade Ice Cream near enough to the conference? I recommend the peanut butter or oatmeal cookies & cream :)

    Have a great conference, all!

  • 8 Kelly Powers // Aug 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for the Cafe Presse recomendation! Oh, so delicious, and what a terrific bargain (at least for someone from the ridiculously overpriced SF Bay Area).

    Here’s my review of the dish I had:

  • 9 julianne // Oct 18, 2010 at 11:07 am

    you clearly live on capital hill! as do i. today i stumbled upon your blog and have found some wonderful ideas! thank you.

  • 10 West Coast Crafty // Oct 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

    […] thanks to Megan for her fantastic blog post this morning detailing a whole slew of great places to eat, shop, hang out, and enjoy yourself in the conference […]

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