Cafe Bambino in Ballard

A little coffee house in Ballard full of typical Seattle neighborhood atmosphere

Another in my series of great small neighborhood coffee houses, probably one of the defining characteristics of Seattle.  I remember over 20 years ago when I visited this city with my husband, from Japan, we were astounded that every supermarket parking lot seemed to contain an espresso stand.  From the San Francisco Bay Area, I had a healthy respect for Italian coffee, but I was not used to it’s being the pervasive element of the landscape it was here.  And it was not till I had lived here for a couple of years that the Seattle-inspired adjective “to caffeinate” became a regular part of my vocabulary.  I have always liked quirky wit and found it bountifully here, perhaps second only to the choices of coffee.  As most everyone knows by now, Starbucks started here, Tully’s started here, and Seattle’s Best Coffee started here.  More on this later, but the atmosphere and gentle welcome of the little neighborhood coffee houses continues to be one of my found treasures on the daily expedition into the city to find beautiful homes, neighborhoods, and treasures of life.  When people talk about Seattle being “walkable” the nearest coffee house is high on their list.

counter and pastries all one could hope for

Cafe Bambino is even smaller than many.  Located on NW 65th St in southeast Ballard, it is tiny but popular.  There are not tables per se, but a counter up against the front window accommodates those who need a respite from their day.  Nearby are Olsen Violins (a shop with a great reputation) and an antique shop next to that, several bars, and some small businesses.  Quite a few artists have studio space near here too.  In fact the owner of Cafe Bambino,  Andhi Spath, is the creator of the Cafe’s landmark Bambino, a baby Buddha which sits atop the cafe with a cappuccino balanced atop his head.  Inside taped to the pastry display case are real world bambinos connected to the cafe family.  Don’t miss this very worthwhile stop … when you want to ‘caffinate’!


small but worthwhile neighborhood landmark

About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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3 Responses to Cafe Bambino in Ballard

  1. Overseas Property Sale June 9, 2010 at 4:16 am #

    Real estate blogging encourages a culture and principle of RESPECTFUL debate. Great stuff as usual…. Thanks for this.

  2. Marybeth Cicirello July 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    How many times have I passed right on by! These photos make Cafe Bambino a definite stop for me & Italian Coffee! Say no more….thank you Edy!

  3. Layne Helen December 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    Very insightful tips.