If tea is your drink of choice, don't miss the Tea Lady, 430 Washington St. SE (tel. 360/786-0350; www.tea-lady.com), a shop that celebrates all things tea and always has several different hot teas available. If it's local microbrews you're after, drop by the Fish Tale BrewPub, 515 Jefferson St. SE (tel. 360/943-6480; www.fishbrewing.com), which is very popular as an after-work gathering spot.

So, Who Needs Starbucks? --When it's time for coffee, drop by Batdorf & Bronson Coffeehouse, 516 S. Capitol Way (tel. 360/786-6717), which is right downtown. This espresso bar pours the best Americano (espresso topped off with hot water) in the state. Java junkies should also be sure to stop by the Batdorf & Bronson Tasting Room, 200 Market St. NE (tel. 360/753-4057), which is at the company roastery and usually has several different coffees available to taste (and buy by the cup or the pound).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.