That rare spot where one can enjoy a quiet morning, alone with your cappuccino and paper, then stop by in the later afternoon to nurse a glass of wine and a “snackette” with friends. Vif is an elegant change of pace from your average laptop ridden coffee shop.
The wide open dining room is slightly snug and you may overhear your neighbors chit chat, but the light, pristine environment tends to lend itself more to quiet chatter than robust conversation and clanging cutlery. Light, happy tunes play gently in the background providing an environment of relaxed contentment. Think Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf.
Alluring in its warmth, Vif is surrounded by tall windows which gives the cafe an air of elegance that can almost feel intimidating if you stay outside and gaze in.
Inside, the entire right side is covered in wine bottles with staff recommendations to lead and inspire.
The decor is quite minimal, with fresh flowers and potted greens dotted about. Vif knows that less is more and provides a tidy, immaculate space that contrasts sharply with some of Seattle’s dark and moody coffee shops. I instantly feel fancy and somehow lighter once inside.
Vif serves a “Morning”, “Afternoon” and “Snackette” menu with simple individually portioned dishes. Various toasts with spreads and toppings, an egg dish and a granola bowl make up the breakfast menu while salads, a daily soup and open faced sandwiches populate the lunch listing. Their straightforward Chicory Salad with parmesan and croutons is a favorite with its added crunch of shaved fennel. The ever changing daily soup is often vegetarian and is accompanied with a healthy wedge of fresh bread.
Espresso drinks are expertly prepared and don’t try to resist the spread of crusty pastries at the counter. The staff are well versed in their wines and, on a recent visit, led me to a bright and dry white that felt quite indulgent.
4401 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Hours & Notes
Tuesday – Friday 7:00am-7:00pm