Power up at these independent coffee shops in metro Detroit

Mar 3, 2019 at 4:00 am
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Astro Coffee. Michelle and Chris Gerard

The Narrow Way Café

19331 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-397-7727; thenarrowwaycafe.com

This community-oriented coffee shop is located in Detroit's Avenue of Fashion, featuring products from Zingerman's in Ann Arbor and Detroit's Avalon Bakery in Midtown.

Urban Bean Co.

200 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-496-1010; urbanbeanco.com

Between the great views of Capitol Park, the bright orange decor, and the fact you can catch live performers and DJs for free, Urban Bean Co. is one of Detroit's most unique coffee shops.

The Red Hook

220 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 8025 Agnes St. Detroit; 313-458-8761; theredhookcoffee.com

This cozy coffeehouse, with locations in both Detroit and Ferndale, has no shortage of brewed coffee, lattes, cold drinks, and more. What makes the Red Hook even sweeter is its wide variety of baked goods, including pastries, macaroons, cookies, and plenty of vegan food options. Don't forget to try one of their flavorful homemade syrups in your drinks.

Detroit Vintage

10335 Eight Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-341-4810

Said to be a "a little Paris on Eight Mile," Detroit Vintage is an eclectic, yet warm and inviting spot with antique décor and soothing music. Only open on the weekends, this coffee shop has great coffee and tea drinks, a multitude of pastries, and a tasty selection of sandwiches.

The Commons

7900 Mack Ave., Detroit; 313-447-5060; thecommonsdetroit.com

While the Commons is a laundromat, it also happens to serve up some excellent coffee, lattes, baked goods, and ice cream. If you do need to wash your clothes, you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on the house. You'll be surprised how fast time flies.

ASHE Supply Co.

1555 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-672-2070; ashesupplyco.com

Situated in the entertainment district in Detroit, ASHE Supply Co. makes sure each drink is made to perfection.

Commonwealth Café

300 Hamilton Row, Birmingham; 248-792-9766; gocommonwealth.com

This downtown Birmingham coffee shop serves some of the best in metro Detroit. Commonwealth Café has a light and open ambience with greenery placed throughout the space and offers plenty of brunch and lunch options, a variety of coffee and tea, daily baked goods, and more.

Cairo Coffee

2712 Riopelle St., Detroit; 313-833-8769; cairocoffeeblog.wordpress.com

Located inside Savvy Chic boutique in Detroit's Eastern Market, this superb specialty coffee shop features beverages, both hot and cold, from Egyptian proprietor Monica Isaac, as well as an excellent feminist library. Its patio is the perfect place to relax on a sunny summer day and watch the people go by.

Atomic Coffee

401 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-397-8036; atomiccoffee.net

The trendy and modern interior offers tons of seating, making this a great choice if you need a spot to hang out or to get some work done. Food options includes omelets, soups, salads, and sandwiches.

Chazzano Coffee Roasters

1737 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-691-4256; chazzanocoffee.com

Chazzano Coffee is known as one of the best roasters in metro Detroit. They're devoted to making great coffee, so you won't find sweet treats here, but you'll be happy with a pour-over that customers rave about. You can enjoy the high-quality coffee at home with their extensive coffee bean menu that's organic with no harmful additives.

Mighty Good Coffee

217 N. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-222-4514; mightygoodcoffee.com

When you stop by this modern and minimalist coffee shop, be sure to try the Brown Sugar Sea Salt Latte — you won't regret it. In addition to the coffee, Mighty Good is stocked with baked goods from Avalon, The Croissant Shop, and Tasty Bakery.

The Office Coffee Shop

402 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak; 248-268-9100; theofficecoffeeshop.com

Located in downtown Royal Oak, the Office Coffee Shop is a comfortable space for professionals of all industries to grab some coffee or put in a full day of work. In this part-office, part-coffee shop, you can enjoy great coffee and food options while you work, print, scan, and hold meetings.


505 E. Liberty St., Ste. 300, Ann Arbor; 734-827-2233; labcafe.tumblr.com

Located in downtown Ann Arbor, Lab features coffee and espresso, as well as locally baked pastries, loose-leaf teas, and a rotating yogurt bar. If you're stopping by to work or engage in a casual conversation, you can rearrange tables to best suit your needs.

The Songbird Café

2707 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1555; thesongbirdcafeannarbor.com

This creative eatery is the perfect place for a quick coffee stop with its fast service and great selection of baked goods, soup, sandwiches, espresso drinks, teas, and specialty lattes — like the cardamom rose latte or fig vanilla black pepper latte.

Astro Coffee

2124 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-808-0351; astrodetroit.com

Nestled in the Corktown neighborhood in Detroit, Astro Coffee serves up savory coffee drinks from a rotating selection of roasters from around the country. This quaint coffeehouse is filled with beautiful art, friendly baristas, and exceptionally delicious food and coffee. Aside from the coffee, the spot also offers a curated collection of pastries, breakfast, and lunch items made in house with organic ingredients.

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