A couple of weekends ago the Adventure Club (me, my husband, and our three-and-a-half-year-old son) spent a rainy afternoon visiting cafés and art galleries in Pioneer Square. We walked by the windows of the bright, beautiful The London Plane and were entranced by the colorful flowers and baked goods that lined their countertops. Unfortunately, the shop was closed for their website photo shoot that day, but I was determined to go back soon. I needed to have breakfast inside that space and I had to photograph it.
Luckily, just two short weeks later, a friend who lives in the neighborhood was up for a mid-morning snack. It was her first time to visit The London Plane too and we wandered around wide-eyed exploring all of the nooks and crannies before settling into a table by the window for toast, coffee, and lots of catching up. Afterwards, I took a closer look. I loved how there were distinct areas in the open space - bakery, flower shop, café, and home goods. The corner location and huge windows make for great lighting. There were lots of white, natural wood, and greenery which made the large space seem cozy.
I hadn't even left yet and I couldn't wait to come back and try some of their pastries. It's definitely a spot that I'm going to take my girlfriends and mom to when they come to Seattle for a visit. The only thing that I didn't like about The London Plane was the glaring omission of an espresso machine. They serve drip coffee from their next door neighbor Caffè Umbria. While it's a fantastic cup of coffee, this place was made for sipping a cappuccino and sharing dessert with an old friend. Or having a latte, reading a book and eating the whole piece of cake all by yourself. Ladies love lattes, especially with cake.
The London Plane is a partnership between the teams behind local favorites Marigold & Mint, Sitka & Spruce, The Corson Building, Bar Sajor, and Old Chaser Farm. After you're finished with breakfast or lunch, take a super short walk and check out their sister shop The Little London Plane. It's a wine bar and event space, and it's quite lovely too.