bauhaus books + coffee

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bauhaus books + coffee is a former coffeehouse in Capitol Hill in Seattle that is currently open in the Ballard neighborhood.


Bauhaus was founded on October 5, 1993,[1] and is notable for an unusual coffeehouse space design, which founder Joel Radin later applied to the design of Top Pot Doughnuts when he co-founded that company with others.[2]

While the original location closed on October 5, 2013, a new Capitol Hill location later opened that year, following two new locations in Ballard and Green Lake.[1] All three were closed on December 13, 2015, for unexplained reasons.[3][4]

On April 15, 2016, the Ballard location re-opened under controversy. [5]


Bauhaus attracts patrons who like to read and study.

The cafe's most notable feature is its high bookshelf with rolling ladder.[6] The old furniture is part of the atmosphere of the place.[7]

Employees have described working at Bauhaus as being an opportunity to "meet amazing people. We are like a big family."[8]


  1. ^ a b "Bauhaus Coffee and Books finally opens up in Ballard". Ballard News-Tribune. October 17, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ Brangien, Davis; Mickool, Sheila; Amster-Burton, Matthew (October 2010). "Seattle Coffee Guide: The Iconic shops". Seattle. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ Graf, Heather (December 11, 2015). "Bauhaus Coffee going out of business". KING-TV. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ Garbes, Angela (December 11, 2015). "Emotions Run High at Ballard's Bauhaus Coffee, Which Is Closing Forever Because of "Financial Difficulties"". The Stranger. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bauhaus Ballard's Reopening is an Unwelcome Surprise for Former Baristas and Employees". The Stranger. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  6. ^ Stapleton-Paff, Katie (May 3, 2007). "CAPITOL HILL: Bauhaus Coffee and Books". The Daily. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ Tosti, Rose (February 3, 2010). "Coffee. Food. Freelanced.: Bauhaus Books + Coffee (Capitol Hill)". Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ Munson, Chris; Cone, Dani (2009). Tall skinny bitter : notes from the center of coffee culture. Seattle, Wash.: Sasquatch Books. ISBN 978-1-57061-565-8. 

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