When you’re looking for the perfect way to start your morning, unique coffee shops in Michigan have everything you need.
Whether you prefer a traditional cup of black coffee, you’re looking for an extra boost with an espresso drink, or you want to try something new, shops all over Michigan are ready to serve you and make your experience memorable.
These coffee shops offer just more than coffee; they offer a place to relax, socialize, and work in a comfortable atmosphere with good company and the smell of coffee and baked goods wafting in the air.
So whether you’ve got a favorite neighborhood shop or you’re looking for a new spot, consider these unique coffee shops in Michigan.
|Coffee Shop Name
|Java Joes Café
|959 N State St, St Ignace, MI 49781
|Lucky Bean Coffeehouse
|7383 Market St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
|Dead River Coffee Roasters
|119 W Baraga Ave, Marquette, MI 49855
|Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore
|104 E Munising Ave, Munising, MI 49862
|Midtown Bakery & Cafe
|317 Iron St, Negaunee, MI 49866
|Cabin Creek Coffee
|201 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707
|108 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
|New Bohemian Cafe
|110 S Waukazoo St, Northport, MI 49670
|Fortunate Coffee Co.
|144 Hall St #100, Traverse City, MI 49684
|Morning Star Cafe
|711 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
|1402 Hudson St, Muskegon, MI 49441
|The Bitter End
|752 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
|632 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
|Drip Drop Drink
|926 2nd St, Muskegon, MI 49440
|Beatles and Beans
|N Water St, Bay City, MI 48708
|Red Eye Coffee + Tea
|211 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, MI 48602
|6201 Jefferson Ave, Midland, MI 48640
|Live Oak Coffeehouse
|711 Ashman St, Midland, MI 48640 + other locations
|Foster Coffee Company
|115 S Washington St, Owosso, MI 48867
|1155 Rosewood Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 + other locations
|Blue Owl Coffee
|1149 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI, 48910 + other locations
|Strange Matter Coffee
|2010 E Michigan Ave #103, Lansing, MI 48912 + other locations
|932 Military St #1, Port Huron, MI 48060
|Christmas Cafe Coffee Shop
|100 N. Main, Vassar, MI 48768
|Petal N Bean Co
|6450 Main St # 3, Cass City, MI 48726
|432 Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48502
|Clifford’s Coffee Canal
|619 W Main St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
|Issa Vibe Cafe
|211 E Buffalo St, New Buffalo, MI 49117
|62 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49015
|Water Street Coffee Joint
|527 Harrison St., Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007 + other locations
|Uncommon Coffee Roasters
|127 Hoffman St, Saugatuck, MI 49453
|520 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090
|9321 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206
|Black Cat Coffee
|55 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens, MI, 48043
|4979 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48098
|770 Woodward Heights, Ferndale, MI 48220
|Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters
|115 S. Main St., Royal Oak, MI 48067 + other locations
|Battle Alley Coffee Co.
|101 Battle Aly, Holly, MI 48442
Best Upper Peninsula Coffee Shops
Java Joes Café | St Ignace
959 N State St, St Ignace, MI 49781
Note: Java Joe’s Cafe is open seasonally.
Head across the Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace and this colorful coffeehouse. The cafe has been rated as one of the state’s top breakfast spots and some regulars come here every day to enjoy a cup of joe while reading the morning paper.
Upon entering, you’ll be amongst all the décor, murals, knick-knacks, and a never-ending breakfast menu. The shop is a tourist attraction in and of itself. Order a shot of the renowned espresso or a latte made with any flavor you can imagine.
Lucky Bean Coffeehouse | Mackinac Island
7383 Market St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Note: Lucky Bean Coffeehouse is open seasonally.
Lucky Bean is where the locals go, and for good reason. The coffee is fantastic, the customer service is top-notch, and it’s the best place to get java on Mackinac Island!
Customers can find favorites like batch-brewed coffee, espresso, cafe au lait, mochas, lattes, and more. Lucky Bean also offers a variety of original creations, blended drinks, and smoothies.
Try a caramel sea salt, a caramel latte topped with sea salt, caramel sauce, and cream.
Dead River Coffee Roasters | Marquette
119 W Baraga Ave, Marquette, MI 49855
For many UP coffee drinkers, Dead River Coffee is the place to go for a quick cup of coffee or a bag of coffee for drinking at home. For more than 20 years, Dead River has been a gathering spot for catching up with friends and family. The friendly service here is the icing on the cake.
In addition to bagged coffee and merch, customers can sign up for a monthly coffee subscription that shows up at their door each month.
Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore | Munising
104 E Munising Ave, Munising, MI 49862
Nestled right in downtown Munising, this family-owned coffee shop is easily accessible for residents and travelers alike. Roasted coffee, gourmet tea, and vegan and gluten-free food options give customers plenty of options.
Falling Rock is a breakfast hotspot, but specialties like smoked whitefish and grilled cheese also make it a popular lunch spot. Falling Rock also offers delicious Jilbert’s ice cream, so save room for dessert!
Try a Lotus Energy Spritzer, a plant-based energy spritzer made with fruit, coffee, and lotus flower, that comes in pink, blue, and other rotating flavors.
Midtown Bakery & Cafe | Negaunee
317 Iron St, Negaunee, MI 49866
Located in historic downtown Negaunee, this quaint cafe has something for everyone to enjoy. The cafe’s extensive menu includes salads, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and scrumptious desserts.
Try Midtown’s hot cocoa with chocolate ganache with a slice of its “almost” world-famous cheesecake.
Best Northern Michigan Coffee Shops
Cabin Creek Coffee | Alpena
201 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI 49707
Located right in the heart of downtown Alpena, Cabin Creek is a neighborhood coffee spot that feels like you’re hanging out with your closest friends. Pull up a chair and lose yourself in conversation as you sip a beverage, dig into a breakfast or lunch offering, and enjoy good company.
Cabin Creek Coffee serves caffeinated beverages and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches daily, and there’s something for everyone on the menu.
Try a Polar Bear mocha, a traditional mocha made with white chocolate and raspberry.
Outpost | Traverse City
108 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
This independent cafe and coffeehouse was formerly known as Brew and is now partnered with The Mill Glen Arbor and Panther Coffee Traverse City.
It’s still known for delicious organic coffee, local wines, espresso, and microbrews. Located in the historic Opera House building, the café serves as a gathering point where locals can socialize while enjoying a beverage or light meal.
Try a single-origin coffee like the Nicaragua drip coffee which has notes of baking spices, brown sugar, and caramel.
New Bohemian Cafe | Northport
110 S Waukazoo St, Northport, MI 49670
With a menu that features espresso and coffee drinks, from-scratch soups, and made-to-order sandwiches, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. A cup of freshly brewed coffee pairs well with a lemon poppyseed muffin, a NewBo cinnamon roll, and other tasty goodies.
Try a honey cardamom latte (hot or iced), a latte infused with locally produced honey and cardamom.
Fortunate Coffee Co. | Traverse City
144 Hall St #100, Traverse City, MI 49684
The folks at Fortunate Coffee Co. believe that everyone should have access to delicious, high quality coffee at home. That’s exactly what they offer as well as the equipment to ensure that every cup you make at home is delicious from the first sip to the last.
Best West Michigan Coffee Shops
Morning Star Cafe | Grand Haven
711 Washington Ave, Grand Haven, MI 49417
When you want warm coffee, yummy breakfast treats, and a welcoming smile, Morning Star Cafe is the place to go. This cafe serves tasty breakfast favorites and impressive lunch options with Southwest flair.
Grab your favorite morning beverage and save room for a handmade cinnamon roll. If you’re coming for lunch, try a sandwich like the smoked Reuben or the BLTA, a BLT with avocado.
Try the Morning Star-exclusive brewed dark roast and decaf dark roast coffees.
Coffee Factory | Muskegon
1402 Hudson St, Muskegon, MI 49441
Nestled in Muskegon’s Watermark lofts, this cafe/deli is perfect for customers on the go, but there’s also room to sit and eat. The space includes a bookstore and a vintage clothing/collectibles shop, so there’s plenty to see after snagging your morning coffee.
Coffee Factory has a diverse coffee menu with classics, specialty drinks, and delightful food.
The Bitter End | Grand Rapids
752 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
For those who consider themselves night owls, the open-all-hours Bitter End might just be your home away from home. Stepping inside is like stepping back in time; the building is a century old and features its original tin ceiling, oak woodwork, and leaded glass windows.
It’s a friendly place to get a cup of coffee and have a good time – they have a selection of card and board games you’re free to borrow and play whenever you’d like.
They have an extensive selection of specialty drinks and, for Italian Soda fans, over 50 flavors of Torani syrup.
Try a French Toast latte, made with brown sugar and French Toast stuff topped off with whipped cream.
Rowster Coffee | Grand Rapids
632 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sitting alongside Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids is this hip coffee roaster. Park at the window and enjoy the neighborhood vibe as you sip a craft coffee made with their Milky Way beans.
Many brewing methods are available, though the menu is limited. No creamer, milk, sugar, or standard syrups here as they think coffee should be experienced in its natural state.
Drip Drop Drink | Muskegon
926 2nd St, Muskegon, MI 49440
This is the place in Muskegon for a true craft coffee experience. This award-winning small shop in the Russel Block building uses a drip-style, pour-over coffee brewing process. The time it takes to make/craft their offerings is well worth it.
Lattes and cappuccinos are also available. Get there early, as a line usually forms, and seating is extremely limited to take in the shop’s cool vibe.
Customers should watch Facebook for new flavors of traditional drinks as well as seasonal specials.
Best Mid-Michigan Coffee Shops
Beatles and Beans | Bay City
N Water St, Bay City, MI 48708
Fans of The Beatles will be in heaven when they visit this mid-Michigan coffee emporium decked out with all things Fab Four. The festive decor and the cozy atmosphere make customers feel like they’ve walked into a record store that brews excellent coffee.
The menu is fun and delicious, with coffee, espresso drinks, smoothies, mochas, frozen coffees, and more to pair with biscotti, muffins, bagels, and other tasty treats.
Try Beatles and Beans world famous No. 13 espresso shake.
Red Eye Coffee + Tea | Saginaw
211 N Hamilton St, Saginaw, MI 48602
Whether you’re looking for a caffeine fix or a relaxing place to unwind, Red Eye Coffee + Tea is worth a visit. For more than three decades, Red Eye has been a coffee institution in mid-Michigan.
They offer a variety of coffee and tea options, tasty pastries and light snacks. The shop is often praised for its friendly staff and welcoming environment, making it a favorite spot for locals and visitors.
Coffee Chaos | Midland
6201 Jefferson Ave, Midland, MI 48640
This Midland coffeehouse has in many ways become the measuring stick by which other mid-Michigan coffee shops are measured. The coffee house has received the region’s “Best Caffeine Fix” award three years in a row and the variety of hot and cold drink options keep customers coming back.
From pour-overs to espresso to organic tea, the menu has something for everyone and scones, muffins, and more to pair with your favorite drink.
Live Oak Coffeehouse | Midland, Bay City, Saginaw
711 Ashman St, Midland, MI 48640; 5 E Main St, Bay City, MI 48708; 7194 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, MI 48609
This coffeehouse is also a wholesale roaster and aims to provide the best customer experience by providing the very best coffee. Live Oak is all about seeing smiles on satisfied customers’ faces and the coffee.
Coffee enthusiasts will find a variety of delicious blends they can make at home, including Colombian coffee, Costa Rican coffee, and Ethiopian coffee.
Best South Central Michigan Coffee Shops
Foster Coffee Company | Owosso
115 S Washington St, Owosso, MI 48867
Foster’s goal is to foster community through coffee and it does that with specialty coffees, mouth-watering baked goods, and out-of-this-world lattes.
Established in 2014, this shop is a must-visit spot for anyone looking for a java boost. Even the most demanding coffee connoisseur will find something to enjoy on the menu.
Try the Rosemary Butterscotch latte, made with the customer’s choice of milk, espresso, rosemary, and butterscotch syrup.
RoosRoast Coffee | Ann Arbor
1155 Rosewood Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (headquarters); 117 Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; 315 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (seasonally)
When locals in Ann Arbor think of quality coffee, this coffee roaster is front and center. They roast at their original location on Rosewood Street, where you can find a quirky café with a throwback décor.
It’s a fun, grassroots sort of coffee shop that serves a darn good cup of coffee with a smile. Customers will find traditional coffee and espresso drinks, along with a few delicious house specialties.
Blue Owl Coffee | Lansing
1149 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI, 48910; 1236 Turner Rd, Suite B, Lansing, MI, 48906; 1034 Trowbridge Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823
The Blue Owl Coffee is a well-known cafe with three locations in Lansing and East Lansing. It is recognized for its commitment to creating a sense of community through its offerings of music, coffee, and more.
Blue Owl Coffee provides a welcoming space for patrons to enjoy quality beverages and share stories. The menu includes vegan and non-dairy food options and many coffee and tea choices.
Try a Mackinac, a coffee cocktail made with cold brew, brown sugar, cinammon, and cherry juice.
Strange Matter Coffee | Lansing
2010 E Michigan Ave #103, Lansing, MI 48912; 331 S Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933; 49 Abbot Rd Ste 113, East Lansing, MI 48824
A strong sense of community, steaming delicious coffee, and top-notch doughnuts. Strange Matter Coffee does all three well and has become a local favorite after starting as a small stand at a farmer’s market.
Every menu option here is a good one from the non-coffee options to espresso drinks to delectable baked goods. No matter what you pick, you’ll have a delicious start to the day.
Try an espresso cola, a shaken double shot of espresso and a Mexican Coke; a perfect mix of sugar and caffeine.
Best East Michigan/Thumbcoast Coffee Shops
Raven Cafe | Port Huron
932 Military St #1, Port Huron, MI 48060
Fans of Edgar Allan Poe will love the Raven Cafe. This Port Huron mainstay offers a unique blend of coffeehouse culture, live music, and community engagement. The cafe also has plenty of reading material, including bookmarks for customers to save their place in a book for 30 days and a Books Shelf Club.
In addition to serving coffee drinks, including specialty lattes and espressos, the drink menu features French and Italian sodas, smoothies, and more. The food menu features locally sourced and organic ingredients and offers sandwiches, salads, soups, sweet treats, and gluten-free options.
Try a Chunky Monkey, a peanut butter, chocolate, and banana-flavored latte.
Christmas Cafe Coffee Shop | Vassar
100 N. Main, Vassar, MI 48768
Coffee drinkers who can’t get enough of Christmas will fall in love with this Vassar hotspot. Customers can munch on breakfast bagels, Danishes, and muffins while enjoying cocoa, coffee, lattes, and more.
Coffee enthusiasts can watch the cafe’s Facebook page to see what kinds of specialty coffee drinks and festive treats the staff is cooking up.
Try a specialty latte like an Almond Joey and pair it with a gingerbread cookie.
Petal N Bean Co | Cass City
6450 Main St # 3, Cass City, MI 48726
Residents and visitors in Michigan’s Thumbcoast can satisfy every coffee craving at Petal N Bean. While it serves excellent coffee, it’s more than a coffee shop and serves pastries, tea, and other goodies while fostering a strong sense of community.
The menu here is extensive, which means customers have plenty of choices. Coffee blends range from domestic to several different imported blends. There’s also a long list of flavored coffees, bubble tea, and much more.
Try a Godfather; made with espresso, Ghiradelli Dutch cocoa, and steamed milk.
Cafe Rhema | Flint
432 Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48502
This chandelier-lit, brick-lined cafe in downtown Flint gives off a comfortable vintage vibe that’s perfect for enjoying a hot beverage. Inside, customers can find a full coffee menu, artisan sandwiches, and fresh baked goods.
Keep an eye on Cafe Rhema’s Facebook page for unique, delicious monthly specials.
Try a toasted snowman, a simple yet delicious latte made with hazelnut and white chocolate.
Best Southwest Michigan Coffee Shops
Clifford’s Coffee Canal | Benton Harbor
619 W Main St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Clifford’s Coffee Canal takes coffee seriously, sourcing coffee from high-quality roasters. Plants and succulents surround the inside of this coffee shop, creating a calming atmosphere for customers looking for a morning boost, and offers plants for purchase too.
Customers can find all their favorites on the menu, including mochas, cappuccinos, lattes, pour-overs, cold brew, juice drinks, and smoothies. The food options include breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, and parfaits for breakfast and a tasty lineup of sandwiches for lunch.
Try a Tahiti Sweetie, a smoothie made with mango, banana, strawberry, fresh orange juice, coconut oil, and agave.
Issa Vibe Cafe | New Buffalo
211 E Buffalo St, New Buffalo, MI 49117
With a name that exudes good vibes, it only makes sense that this is one of the best spots in Southwest Michigan to go for a cup of joe.
The vibes are friendly, and the coffee is high-quality and delicious, with a tasty flavor mix to try with the cafe’s housemade syrups.
Cafe Rica | Battle Creek
62 E Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49015
Nestled right in the heart of downtown Battle Creek, this family-owned cafe and coffee company is proud of its Costa Rican ties and serving quality coffee.
Customers can sip their favorite drink in the shop and peruse the home roast offerings and some cool merch. Customers can even join a Cafe Rica coffee subscription service.
Try one of Cafe Rica’s distinct cold brews, like the Black Honey Cold Brew, made with Coast Rican black honey coffee.
Water Street Coffee Joint | Kalamazoo
527 Harrison St., Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007 + other locations
The good folks at Water Street Coffee Joint take their coffee very seriously. The only thing they seem to care more about than giving you a perfect cup of java is art. Each location features a different artist every month, and they’re always on the lookout for new talent from all walks of life.
Order your favorite coffee drink with a yummy variety of breakfast and lunch options on a menu that features everything from baked goods to chicken pot pie.
Try an ice queen, a blended frappe drink with espresso that’s offered in three flavors.
Uncommon Coffee Roasters | Saugatuck
127 Hoffman St, Saugatuck, MI 49453
Situated on the Lake Michigan shore, this coffee shop and roasting facility specializes in perfecting the process of coffee. This includes maintaining sustainable partnerships, barista training, and using the best equipment to produce unique and delicious coffee.
The menu features coffee drinks galore, sweet treats, and plenty of other food choices, including a build-your-own sandwich option.
Try a Tree Hugger, one of Uncommon’s crafted cold brews made with maple oat milk foam.
We Coffee | South Haven
520 Phoenix St, South Haven, MI 49090
Enjoying coffee here may remind you of sitting down in your living room holding a steam cup of joe. Customers may come for the coffee, but don’t overlook the baked goods. It’s a winning combination that makes for the perfect start to the day.
Stop in to peruse the delicious array of baked goods and choose from classic coffee and tea drinks to pair it with.
Try one of We Coffee’s fall specials like the caramel apple butter mocha latte.
Best Metro Detroit Coffee Shops
The Congregation | Detroit
9321 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206
Located in Detroit’s Boston Edison community, this red brick church was erected in 1924 and has intertwined with Detroit’s civil rights struggles in its history.
Today, it has been reborn as a historic coffee house where visitors can get classic coffee and tea drinks and house specials. The Congregation also offers a food and bar menu and seasonal specials.
Try a Detroit Fog, a concoction made with chamomile, steamed milk, spicy syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Black Cat Coffee | Mt Clemens
55 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens, MI, 48043
Opened in November 2021, Black Cat Coffee offers a delicious variety of drinks and a cozy atmosphere with big pane windows to let the sunshine in. Customers can grab a beverage and sit and relax in front of a fireplace or work at one of several tables.
The coffees here are specially brewed for Black Cat and house-made flavored syrups. The menu features traditional drinks, green and oolong teas, and nitro cold brews to pair with grab-and-go options like wraps.
Try a Mexican Mocha, a delicious coffee drink made with double espresso, Ghiradelli dark chocolate, house-made cinnamon-cayenne syrup, cinnamon, and dairy milk.
Cafe Immortelle | Troy
4979 Livernois Rd, Troy, MI 48098
This family-owned, family-run business offers a real taste of home. Though it’s a relative newcomer on the Metro Detroit coffee scene — established in 2019 — it serves a dazzling variety of coffee and tea drinks and all-day brunch eats.
The cafe offers espresso and non-espresso-based coffee drinks, loose teas, hot chocolate, and more. They pair perfectly with croissants, avocado toasts, and other tasty options.
Try the Immortelle Tea Blend, which consists of Black Rose, Traverse City Cherry, and Rose Lavender teas.
Drifter Coffee | Ferndale
770 Woodward Heights, Ferndale, MI 48220
This two-story shop opened in March 2019 and is a community hotspot because it’s equal parts coffee shop, quiet area, and greenhouse. Customers can relax with their favorite beverage and work quietly.
The menu features classic hot and cold coffee and tea beverages, milk and syrup options, and a tea list that includes herbal, black, and green blends.
Try an Ugly Bastard (offered hot or iced), a neighborhood favorite coffee drink made with mocha flavor and milk.
Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters | Rochester, Royal Oak, Ferndale, & Detroit
115 S. Main St., Royal Oak, MI 48067; 1220 Griswold St.
Detroit, MI 48226; 336 S Main St., Rochester, MI 48307; 927 Hilton Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220
With four locations, Dessert Oasis has been a longtime favorite of Metro Detroiters looking for high-quality java. It’s been featured in local and national publications for its commitment to offering customers high-quality beverages.
Customers can choose from espresso, batch coffee, pour-over options, and seasonal specials. They pair well with Dessert Oasis’ delicious pastry and dessert options.
Try a Bavarian Inn, a seasonal special made with espresso, rum essence, steamed milk, and Pfeffernüsse syrup, which gives it a pepper-nut cookie taste.
Battle Alley Coffee Co. | Holly
101 Battle Aly, Holly, MI 48442
Battle Alley Coffee is a roaster, coffee shop, and online coffee store all rolled into one. Customers can order by the cup or buy beans and ground coffee to make at home. Battle Alley also doubles as a gift shop, offering a chance to find seasonal decor, postcards, and other items.
Choose from espresso classics like lattes and americanos, or keep it simple with a cup of fresh-brewed coffee. Customers can also be adventurous and select from a half dozen specialty coffee drinks.
Try a specialty coffee drink like the Minty Mailman or raspberry white chocolate.
Visit a Unique Coffee Shop in Michigan Today
A delicious cup of coffee from one of the unique coffee shops in Michigan is the perfect way to start the day. Whether you’re looking for a hot cup of traditional coffee, your favorite espresso beverage, or you want to try something different, these shops have a lot to offer.
Stop into one for your morning cup of Joe. If you have time, sit for a few minutes and enjoy the tranquility around you. With a refreshing beverage and a sweet pastry in front of you, you’ll be at ease, comfortable, and ready for whatever the rest of the day has in store.
Thanks to Aaron Cruz & Brian Murray for their contributions to this article.