Coffee with a Friend: Laughing Ladies in North City

Monday, October 10, 2011

Vicki Michels is a woman on a mission - and that mission is to find every coffee shop in the area where you can get a good cup of coffee and sit down to enjoy it with a friend. She has consumed many mocha mint non-fat sugar-free lattes and raspberry muffins to share this information with our readers.

Laughing Ladies Cafe on 15th NE. Photo by Vicki Michels

17551 – 15th Avenue Northeast
(south of Texaco station, west side of 15th)
(206) 362-2026

By Vicki Michels 

On a Tuesday morning in late June, around 11 am. there were enough people for the coffee shop to feel active, but not at all hectic. Besides those settled in for a time, there was drop-in foot traffic. 

Laughing Ladies has books, magazines, and newspapers at hand. In one corner, toys and books are available for children. Paintings and photographs on the wall are for sale. 

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights there are often live acts and music. And on Sunday nights, classic movies are shown at 6 p.m. ("Pink Panther" was advertised that week).

The menu is on the wall and fresh baked goods in the display case.
Photo by Vicki Michels

Open - Daily, at 7 a.m. 

Close - Mon-Thu 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat-Sun 10 p.m.


Good breakfasts are available, and selections of sandwiches and snacks. Coffee drinks are served, along with teas, juices, soft drinks, and the usual array of bottled beverages.


Street parking is available for up to three cars. But there is also a large lot down behind the building.

Photo by Vicki Michels
There are several comfortable chairs for people to relax and read, converse, or do whatever else they prefer with their hair down and their feet up (!). 

Additionally, there are several tables seating anywhere from one to eight people. When I was there, two gentlemen were seated in lounge chairs in the corner, chatting; one man was quickly perusing a newspaper, greedily downing his latte; one girl was in a cozy chair, reading; one woman was involved with a desktop computer; and other folks were stopping by to grab chai tea and coffee cake. 

Comfy chairs and magazines.  Photo by Vicki Michels
There is free WiFi access, so of course you can bring your own computer. There are also four computers that you can rent. The first 15 minutes are free (so you could briefly check your email without payment). After that, the price rises to 10 cents per minute; at that price I would not recommend renting the computer to play war games for six hours! 

In all, Laughing Lady Café is warming, welcome, and has a lot of space for singles or large groups equally.


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