Seattle is expensive. Everyone knows this. But if you chill at these places you can spend next to nothing and essentially be a vagrant without all the negative connotations that brings.
Shit is expensive here. But sometimes they have samples, and you can just buy a La Croix ($0.69) and chill in the nice indoor seating area.
Whole Foods (Roosevelt)
Shit is expensive here. But they have brewed yerba mate for under $2.00 and you can also post up in the cafe and buy nothing. Just don’t go at lunch time, when the place is rife with parents and their small children screaming/spilling food/doing other things small children do.
Elliott Bay Books
My only gripe with this place is it’s so chill, it’s so relaxing, that the only thing I want to do when I’m there is fall asleep. Today I was reading The Story of my Teeth by Valeria Luiselli. When I grabbed the book off the shelf one of the employees looked at me like, “You piece of shit I know you’re not going to buy that book you literally come in here everyday and have never bought a book,” but then just smiled. Upstairs I tried to read it but just got so…tired. And I’m not going to pay for anything in the cafe. Little Oddfellows is expensive.
OK, you can’t really chill here. But they have samples/free coffee all day. Which means I chill here a lot, albeit in short stints.
Odegaard Library, UW Campus
My login still works at the computers, so sometimes I come here to work. It’s also a nice place to watch UW students “study,” i.e. peruse Facebook. The next generation is lost, man.
So there you have it. Like, there you have it. Like, chill, bro. Like, chill. There you have it. There. You. There you have it. Have it. Have it. Have it.