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Barista working at Parnassus coffee shop


Parnassus, the Art Building coffee shop, was established in 1951 by students, for students. The shop offers hot and cold espresso drinks, soft drinks, juices, and a wide variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Parnassus is partnered with Husky Grind, which roasts their coffee on campus and ethically sources their beans from many locations worldwide.

UW Housing & Food Services became the manager of Parnassus in 2011, but half of the profits and all tips still support the Parnassus Endowed Fund, which in turn supports  scholarships and graduation awards for School students.

Exhibiting Work

Parnassus Art Gallery showcases the work of School students. If you are interested in exhibiting your work in the cafe, please email for more information.