5 downtown Detroit coffee shops that are definitely worth a visit

March 19, 2020 | Detroit Food
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Is a coffee cup the first thing you reach for in the morning? Does your lunch break walk “just happen” to always pass by a local coffee shop? If you appreciate a good java fix every day or even just once in a while, you’re in good company in downtown Detroit. The city is chock full of excellent coffee cafes with beans roasted on-site, trendy hometown shops, and community shops serving delectable local roasts and comfy outdoor seating.

Even better, lots of the city’s favorite java joints mingle with a recent influx of top-shelf apartments and condos. For those of you with coffee on your minds, there are many luxury apartments for rent in Michigan with easy access to your favorite cuppa joe. One of those comfortably homey places to settle into is The Lofts of Merchants Row, offering a full quiver of apartment amenities to complement its ideal downtown location. When it’s time to rev up your day or enjoy a spontaneous refresher while seeing the sights, many of Detroit’s most popular coffee shops are only a short walk or cab ride away.

Check out these 5 go-to locales:

Detroit Vintage

Vintage is a weekends-only affair but locals flock to it like moths to a flame. Situated adjacent to Eight Mile, patrons can get pour-over or French press options, complemented with a tidy menu of by-the-slice cakes and an intimate patio to soak in the sun.

Town Hall Caffe

The place to be for locally sourced coffee, tea, espresso, and delicious pastries. Located in the Grandmont-Rosedale neighborhood, Town Hall is also a popular gathering place for community events including yoga, crafts, writing, and knitting. Sip a bit, and then knit one, pearl two.


If you appreciate family tradition, you’ll love Germack. The Germack family started roasting pistachios in 1924 and parlayed their experience into coffee bean roasting a decade ago. Located near Eastern Market, Germack is often (comfortably) packed with coffee hounds and market shoppers enjoying the building’s cozy vibe flanked by brick walls and beefy wooden beams. It’s a treat just to ogle the trinkets and ingredients like old coffee brewers, tea pots, spices, and lots more.

Populace Coffee

Populace is one of Michigan’s most revered blends and this small café in the Siren Hotel’s lobby oozes the lavish vibe of Detroit’s heady 1920s era. Sink into a velvet armchair or vintage day bed to enjoy coffee and other specialties flavored with a taste of Michigan. A very popular destination for downtown workers and hangout locale with friends.

Narrow Way Café

Head to the Avenue of Fashion to find community-infused Narrow Way, owned by a pair of local brothers who want to share a comfortable space free of all the stress that ails you. A huge front window offers an airy feel in which to savor a trio of unique coffee blends and a stacked smoothie selection.

The coffee says it all. If you are looking for nice apartments in Detroit with easy access to the finest roasts, just follow your nose; they’re right here in your own backyard.

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