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Sweet little coffee shop & creperie on the quiet end of NW 23rd, perfect for a cappuccino and a honey & toasted almond crepe.
Tastiest coffee and some vino, too.... worth the wait when its crowded. This place has the best coffee! I love their espresso; it makes for the best cappucinos and lattes! They are made to perfection, and every one that works there is so nice and friendly. It is a great neighborhood spot, and they make you feel like they are happy to see you again everytime you are there. The downside is that the counter area where you wait for coffee can be crowded sometimes, and they can get backed up. They don't have the efficiency-thing of Starbucks down yet, but their coffee is so much tastier, its worth the wait! On the downside, it can be crowded and difficult to find a table. The owner should also invest in some more comfortable chairs. Although the chairs are antiques and charming, the springs in some of the cushions hurt your bootie! However, I continue to go there all the time because i love their coffee so much and they have free Wifi. Also, if you want to stay outside with your dog, they have covered seating and heat lamps for when its cold. And, when you would rather chill out than get hyped up on caffeine, they have Vino to sip while you're getting your work done! Love that!
Great coffee. Cozy atmosphere.. The best thing about Vivace is its coffee, which has alwasy been very good, and I haven't been disappointed by it yet. They also have some excellent biscotti in funky flavors such as Grasshopper Mint and German Chocolate.. Vivace also offer a variety of crepes, which are tasty, but a bit overpriced. The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, although they really need to get some new chairs. The ones they have now are a bit threadbare and uncomfortable. Nevertheless, it's still a great place to study or work.
At least they learned how to make coffee. This place used to have really mediocre coffee but a cool atmosphere. Now it's the reverse. Stumptown has come in and worked its magic; teaching the somewhat absent-minded employees how to make coffee that is better than any other cafe in NW (including Anna Bananas and St. Honore). But they closed off the upstairs and now the tables are very close together and its usually packed. The chairs are alarmingly uncomfortable and ugly, but the bathroom remodel is great. On more than one occasion I've received less than friendly service from the cashiers/baristas, and sometimes getting your bagel toasted takes 15 minutes. If they didn't serve Stumptown Coffee I would never come here, but, alas, Stumptown in NW is hard to come by. I never order the food here (other than bagels) because it's just spendy enough to make me wonder why I would waste my money.
Customers don't come first here. I went on a night when it was about 55 degrees outside. They had all the windows and the back door open where we were sitting. I shut the door that was right by my chair since it was kind of chilly and someone from the back kitchen came out and opened it again. Apparently the staff are more important than the customers here. Also the lighting is horrible and the chairs are lumpy. The crepes are pretty good, but you can get them just as good elsewhere. I would pass on Vivace's.
Vivace! Not Macabre~. Housed in a wonderfully renovated house reminiscent of Rimsky Korsacoffeehouse and Pied Cow, Vivace stands out not only for their great coffee, but also the crepe menu and the fact that they serve beer and wine at affordable prices. The outdoor porch and heated sidewalk seating are nice, but I do miss the upstairs (now home to two other businesses). The servers are great, too! It's a good alternative to Coffee People or whatever-other coffee shop is your routine. They've come a long way from being Java Macabre. Vivace!
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