The Pacific Northwest is a paradise for coffee lovers, and as it turns out, you can head down 6th Ave in Tacoma and encounter several opportunities for enjoying delicious, hand-crafted coffee along the way. We asked our REALTORS® what their favorite coffee shops are, and they shared a few of their favorite spots with us!
Anne Jones shares that “People think 6th Ave is a north/south dividing line… but it's really east/west. You're either a Bluebeard person or a Valhalla person!” Ryan Knicely agrees: “Haha, so true Anne. Should we call Metronome Coffee the Prime Meridian?”
As you can see… we’re a little crazy about our coffee around here, and we even take it so seriously as to navigate Tacoma by roast! “Both [Bluebeard and Valhalla are] great shops,” elaborates Anne; she also points out that each shop offers completely different roasts.
Here’s what you need to know about each of these 3 highly recommended coffee shops on Tacoma’s 6th Ave—join us on a coffee tour as we head west to east on 6th Ave!
Valhalla Coffee Co. Located at 3918 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98406
Hours: Open every day 7am - 7pm
Started in 2004 by Tacoma native A.J. Anderson, Valhalla Coffee has become a Tacoma staple. Not only does Valhalla offer a full menu of classic coffee and espresso beverages, but they also roast their own coffee right on 6th Ave. You can stop by for a cup of coffee as you pick up your favorite roast by the pound—check out their menu and retail offerings here.
“Valhalla is the best,” says Kelli Jo Hjalseth. “But if you ask for an eggnog latte, it’s no soup for you!”
You can also enjoy Valhalla all around Tacoma—their coffee is served in a variety of restaurants and you can pick up a pound of beans at grocery stores, too.
Metronome Coffee Located at 6th & Union, Tacoma WA 98406
Hours: Monday - Thursday 7am - 10pm, Friday 7am - 11pm, Saturday 8am - 10pm,
Sunday 8am - 10pm
Quality and craftsmanship are of the utmost importance to Metronome Coffee, and with every handcrafted treat they serve, they strive to make the perfect beverage. Metronome is a popular spot to meet up with friends, study or work at one of their many tables, or just relax by the fireplace in one of their comfy chairs.
Metronome’s menu features coffee from Victrola Coffee Roasters based in Seattle, and they’re constantly rotating their single-origin coffees, unique seasonal drinks, local beers, and Washington wines. Tea drinkers can enjoy a curated tea menu from Tacoma’s Mad Hat Tea, and they also serve pastries from Corina Bakery and other select food items.
If you love checking out the local music scene, Metronome also hosts live music and open mic nights! Check out their events schedule here.
Bluebeard Coffee Roasters Located at 2201 6th Ave Tacoma, WA
Hours: Open weekdays 7am - 7pm & weekends 7am - 7pm
Bluebeard offers the best of both worlds—they feature a spacious sit-down area and roast their own coffee beans right behind the bar! Bluebeard prides themselves on being a real part of their community, and their website states that “Bluebeard’s twin aims are coffee and people. We hire our neighbors and support their causes. We champion their art, language, music and ample tattoos. We hope our light, open space beckons those from all walks of life, and that they feel welcome in our midst.”
In addition to a menu of expertly crafted beverages, you can also pick up bags of their roasted beans in store or online.
Honorable Mention: Art House Cafe
Located at 111 North Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma Wa 98403
Hours: Monday - Tuesday 8am - 2-pm, Wednesday - Sunday 8am-close.
Technically located in the Stadium District, as Jeri-Kay Lerew points out, Art House Cafe “is kinda on 6th Ave, at the end where 6th turns into Division—on Tacoma Avenue.” A more traditional sit-down restaurant, Art House Cafe is a local favorite (especially for breakfast!).
“It is the coolest place!” shares Jeri-Kay. “Along with good coffee (Stumptown Roasters) they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. [They] make scrumptious home-baked breads and yummy loaves. They also serve alcohol and have weekend entertainment sometimes. And they also do wine and painting classes upstairs! I love Stadium District!”