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26 Detroit Cafes Serving Great Cups of Coffee

All the coffee sodas, nitro cold brews, and latte artwork to fit below Eight Mile

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There’s really never been a better time to be a coffee drinker in Detroit than now. The city is flooded with an abundance of great third wave cafes roasting their own beans and community shops offering comfortable atmospheres with excellent local roasts. There’s even interest growing to expand upon pop-up cafe options within the region. With an ever increasing array of spots to fuel up on caffeine — be it a latte or a cup of tea — it’s sometimes hard choose the best spots. Below find a guide to some of Detroit's finest cafes to get cozy below Eight Mile.

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This Rosedale community coffee pays homage to co-owner Charity Dean’s great-grandmother, Rosa Malone, among the first Black individuals to move to the area in the 1970s. The pastel pink and green decor is complemented with coffee beans sourced from Fast Haus Coffee Roasting Co. and a small variety of pastries and sandwiches. The space is also frequently used to host community meetings.

Detroit Sip

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This roomy cafe in the Bagley neighborhood offers ample seating and a comfortable, bright space to get some work or studying done. Alongside Detroit-themed espresso and coffee drinks, Detroit Sip keeps customers fed with assorted locally made snacks including cakes, brownies, doughnuts, soup, and chips.

The Congregation

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Locals of the Boston Edison and Virginia Park areas have this over-sized community gathering space, set in a restored 1920s church. The Congregation is an any-occasion type of spot where you can get a charcuterie board and a bottle of Beaujolais with friends or a veggie sandwich and a cold brew while reading a book. The lower basement area also has space enough to host private parties. Be sure to follow the Congregation’s weekly newsletter, which offers folks a peek into the many special events that are hosted within the space.

An emerald green sofa in front of a wood counter. Tara Turkington/The Congregation

Black Coffee Cafe

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This compact spot in the North End Black Coffee Cafe offers a space accented with Afro-centric vibes, both in terms of decor and food. Expect to find vegan pastries, and breakfast and deli sandwiches.

Lucky Detroit

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Situated on the ground level of of Detroit Barbers in Corktown, Lucky Detroit features views of Michigan Avenue from the lounge area upstairs and brews using Populace Coffee beans. The interior has a saloon feel with a mirrored back bar, antique metal light fixtures, and a mounted moose head on the wall. Windows let in lots of light and customers have their choice of seating from long communal tables to leather couches to bar stools.

Milwaukee Caffe

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This pint-sized cafe connected to Kiesling is a standing room-only set up in the spirit of Italian cafe culture. The beans here are sourced from several roasters including Anthology Coffee in Eastern Market. Customers can expect classics made well like macchiatos and cortados alongside more creative options like sparkling dandelion tea.

Cafe Sous Terre

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This cafe and bar is situated in the basement of a historic brick mansion, turned Airbnb and pays homage to the French cafes of the early 20th century. Decorated natural tones and pops of green from subway tile and long banquette seating, it’s a casual spot for a house-made coffee soda, cocktail, or a sandwich — whether studying during daylight hours or having a wine down with friends after work.

Folk Detroit

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Part cafe, part wine shop, and lots of local charm. This Corktown establishment has undergone many iterations since opening in 2018 — first as an all-day breakfast spot featuring locally-sourced ingredients. It’s since evolved as a cute bottle shop featuring biodynamic wines, cans of kombucha, a selection of gourmet snacks, and specialty coffee beverages. Wine down with friends for weekend brunch on the outdoor patio (weather permitting) or from the limited communal seating indoors.

Seasons Market & Cafe

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Seasons Market in Midtown is part local grocery store, part cafe and bar. Takeout-friendly meals are available, as well as bottles of beer and wine served by the glass. While away the hours from the gorgeous outdoor patio area and garden. Guests can also pick up basic grocery staples, order espresso drinks, and enjoy a variety of baked goods brought brought on-site regularly.

The Gathering Coffee Co.

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Another Milwaukee Junction edition, the Gathering Coffee Co. is a neighborhood cafe with a soft spot for film photographers. Emily Steffen, a Bay City Populace Coffee alum, combined both her passions with the opening of her espresso bar in the summer of 2020. In addition to the usual suspects, the menu features options like the Bee Sting, an ice espresso with tonic water, honey, and cayenne. Purchase some film from the fridge.

James Oliver

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This beloved Corktown coffee destination features a variety of blended and single-sourced beans from the likes of Nicaragua, Peru, and Ethiopia, as well as a supply of freshly-made bagels, breakfast sandwiches, teas, and a small makers-market in the corner where guests can pick up a locally-made scented candle or other handmade gifts. A mix of counter seating, long tables, and sofas make this the place to meet up or work solo from your laptop.

Haraz Coffee House

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Traditional Yemeni coffee is continuing to expand its presence in metro Detroit with the opening of a Midtown location of Haraz Coffee House, the Dearborn-based chain that features a variety speciality espresso drinks like the saffron latte, teas like the Adeni chai, and pastries like the milk cake made with saffron and rose milk. Several locations are already dotted throughout the region. The growing chain will also soon add a spot at the Wayne State University campus early this year.

The Red Hook-Midtown

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Red Hook already has locations in Ferndale, West Village, and the Detroit Greenway, and now it has a spot in Midtown inside the space formerly occupied by Great Lakes Coffee on Woodward at Alexandrine. The new location opened around Noel Night. Expect a rotating selection of roasters and baked goods featuring a wide selection of sweet and savory pastries.

Oloman Café

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Nestled in the heart of downtown Hamtramck, this understated cafe serves all the coffee and espresso standard bearers as well as a selection of paninis and French-style pastries from Golden Wheat Bakery. In warmer weather, the shop features outdoor seating on a secluded patio out back.

Cafe Alto

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Cafe Alto has a similar bright, polished feel to its predecessor New Order, but dials in the menu with seasonal flavors such as a five spice latte. In addition to the drinks, there are breakfast burritos and pastries.

SPKRBOX

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In addition to offering its classic coffee drinks, breakfast burritos sourced from Evie’s Tamales, and ample people-watching opportunities from the second-story seating area, SPKRBOX has evolved to include boozy drinks. Customers can select coffee cocktails like a Francois K made with espresso, cognac, rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters or a Nervous Negroni with gin, sweet vermouth, Campari, and a coffee reduction — perfect for afternoon chill sessions or to help catch that late-night second wind. A bonus, the basement has been fashioned into the Orange Room — a futuristic looking underground lounge with soundproofing for crystal clear sound quality.

Dessert Oasis Coffee

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Rochester-based roaster Dessert Oasis continues to pour great coffee and espresso drinks at its sprawling, industrial cafe in downtown's Capitol Park area. This third wave cafe has all the typical pour overs as well as freshly baked cakes and cheesecakes. Visit on a weekday and find a mixture of students and working professionals filling the booths and tables.

Madcap Coffee

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The coffee experts from Grand Rapids-based roaster Madcap Coffee provide a full-service experience on the Farmer Street side of the Shinola Hotel complex. The primarily standing room cafe serves the typical coffee and espresso drinks as well as some rotating drink specials that mix coffee with unconventional ingredients like cola and bitters. Don’t miss Madcap’s silky smooth nitro cold brew.

La Ventana Cafe

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This newest addition to Eastern Market was designed with meet ups and play dates in mind. Featuring espresso drinks and roasted coffee sourced from iconic Midwest brand Intelligentsia Coffee, the minimalist aesthetic invites guests to long chats with the barista from the U-shaped bar, let the toddlers explore around the elevated bleacher seating, or hunker down in front of your laptop from the handful of two-top table seating. To snack, La Ventana offers a lineup of croissants from Cannelle by Matt Knio.

The enclosed outdoor patio area outside of La Ventana Cafe in Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan. Serena Maria Daniels

Anthology Coffee

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This Eastern Market transplant is a favorite among coffee connoisseurs, with sharp house roasts and creative drinks like refreshing iced coffee tonic. This big cafe is swimming in natural light and features a patio connected to the space by garage doors for optimum airflow during the summer. In addition to single-origin coffees roasted on site, the shop serves gluten-free pastries.

Indoor plants hang from a white wall next to a long coffee bar at Anthology in Eastern Market. Chris Gerard/Anthology Coffee

Cairo Coffee at Spot Lite Detroit

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Cairo Coffee owner Monica Isaac brews beans from a rotating selection of respected roasters inside Spot Lite Detroit, a new bar, cafe, and arts venue on the east side. Drop in and grab a pour over or an espresso drink and a seat. The shop also offers cookies and other vegan treats from Fig Baking Co.

A mocha in a blue ceramic mug. Brenna Houck/Eater

The Commons

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This east side cafe was designed as a community space with plenty of room for coffee, lattes, and community collaboration. The Commons even features a laundromat for the neighborhood.

Yellow Light Coffee and Donuts

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There’s a reason this drive-thru cafe in Jefferson-Chalmers always seems to have a line snaking out onto the street. Two words: Frozen coffee. Throw in a cake doughnut and a fried chicken biscuit sandwich and you’re setting yourself up for a very good morning.

A vibrantly colored box of cake doughnuts from Yellow Light. Brenna Houck

Kitab Cafe

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This lovely cafe and bookshop sits within one of Hamtramck’s hundreds of two flats, now converted into a welcoming spot for La Colombe espresso drinks, Adeni chai, iced beverages on tap, baked goods, sandwiches, and soups sourced from Zingerman’s, as well as a selection of books. During Ramadan, the spot has been known to stay open late to accommodate the many Hamtramckans who are fasting. As of February 16, 2024, owners Ahmed Alwhysee and Asma Almulaiki are opening a second location at 422 W. Willis St. in Midtown, in the space formerly occupied by Avalon Bakery.

Situated in the space where the shuttered flagship Astro location once stood, visitors will find a familiar aesthetic as the previous tenant, as well as those Corktown neighborhood feels. The brief menu currently features espresso drinks, pour-overs, and tea. Coffee is sourced from Anthology Coffee in Eastern Market and Grand Coffee Roasters, based in San Francisco. To eat, diners can enjoy egg sandwiches, coffee cakes, and other bites.

Cafe Prince

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This Core City cafe boasts a health-conscious menu for the folks who need a little sustenance, but not the typical pastry-centric fare one might come to expect in a coffee shop. In addition to its selection of espresso drinks, visitors can try one of the spot’s refreshing house-made beverages like the Sunrise with orange juice and espresso. Cafe Prince also produces its own oak milk, on top of offering regular and coconut milk options. To eat, grab a whole carrot, described simply as “nude, raw, chilled,” the Holy Trinity, which includes sliced apples, razor thin shavings of parmigiano reggiano, and raw honey, or on Wednesdays, the cafe serves Neapolitan-style pizza.

Rosa

This Rosedale community coffee pays homage to co-owner Charity Dean’s great-grandmother, Rosa Malone, among the first Black individuals to move to the area in the 1970s. The pastel pink and green decor is complemented with coffee beans sourced from Fast Haus Coffee Roasting Co. and a small variety of pastries and sandwiches. The space is also frequently used to host community meetings.

Detroit Sip

This roomy cafe in the Bagley neighborhood offers ample seating and a comfortable, bright space to get some work or studying done. Alongside Detroit-themed espresso and coffee drinks, Detroit Sip keeps customers fed with assorted locally made snacks including cakes, brownies, doughnuts, soup, and chips.

The Congregation

Locals of the Boston Edison and Virginia Park areas have this over-sized community gathering space, set in a restored 1920s church. The Congregation is an any-occasion type of spot where you can get a charcuterie board and a bottle of Beaujolais with friends or a veggie sandwich and a cold brew while reading a book. The lower basement area also has space enough to host private parties. Be sure to follow the Congregation’s weekly newsletter, which offers folks a peek into the many special events that are hosted within the space.

An emerald green sofa in front of a wood counter. Tara Turkington/The Congregation

Black Coffee Cafe

This compact spot in the North End Black Coffee Cafe offers a space accented with Afro-centric vibes, both in terms of decor and food. Expect to find vegan pastries, and breakfast and deli sandwiches.

Lucky Detroit

Situated on the ground level of of Detroit Barbers in Corktown, Lucky Detroit features views of Michigan Avenue from the lounge area upstairs and brews using Populace Coffee beans. The interior has a saloon feel with a mirrored back bar, antique metal light fixtures, and a mounted moose head on the wall. Windows let in lots of light and customers have their choice of seating from long communal tables to leather couches to bar stools.

Milwaukee Caffe

This pint-sized cafe connected to Kiesling is a standing room-only set up in the spirit of Italian cafe culture. The beans here are sourced from several roasters including Anthology Coffee in Eastern Market. Customers can expect classics made well like macchiatos and cortados alongside more creative options like sparkling dandelion tea.

Cafe Sous Terre

This cafe and bar is situated in the basement of a historic brick mansion, turned Airbnb and pays homage to the French cafes of the early 20th century. Decorated natural tones and pops of green from subway tile and long banquette seating, it’s a casual spot for a house-made coffee soda, cocktail, or a sandwich — whether studying during daylight hours or having a wine down with friends after work.

Folk Detroit

Part cafe, part wine shop, and lots of local charm. This Corktown establishment has undergone many iterations since opening in 2018 — first as an all-day breakfast spot featuring locally-sourced ingredients. It’s since evolved as a cute bottle shop featuring biodynamic wines, cans of kombucha, a selection of gourmet snacks, and specialty coffee beverages. Wine down with friends for weekend brunch on the outdoor patio (weather permitting) or from the limited communal seating indoors.

Seasons Market & Cafe

Seasons Market in Midtown is part local grocery store, part cafe and bar. Takeout-friendly meals are available, as well as bottles of beer and wine served by the glass. While away the hours from the gorgeous outdoor patio area and garden. Guests can also pick up basic grocery staples, order espresso drinks, and enjoy a variety of baked goods brought brought on-site regularly.

The Gathering Coffee Co.

Another Milwaukee Junction edition, the Gathering Coffee Co. is a neighborhood cafe with a soft spot for film photographers. Emily Steffen, a Bay City Populace Coffee alum, combined both her passions with the opening of her espresso bar in the summer of 2020. In addition to the usual suspects, the menu features options like the Bee Sting, an ice espresso with tonic water, honey, and cayenne. Purchase some film from the fridge.

James Oliver

This beloved Corktown coffee destination features a variety of blended and single-sourced beans from the likes of Nicaragua, Peru, and Ethiopia, as well as a supply of freshly-made bagels, breakfast sandwiches, teas, and a small makers-market in the corner where guests can pick up a locally-made scented candle or other handmade gifts. A mix of counter seating, long tables, and sofas make this the place to meet up or work solo from your laptop.

Haraz Coffee House

Traditional Yemeni coffee is continuing to expand its presence in metro Detroit with the opening of a Midtown location of Haraz Coffee House, the Dearborn-based chain that features a variety speciality espresso drinks like the saffron latte, teas like the Adeni chai, and pastries like the milk cake made with saffron and rose milk. Several locations are already dotted throughout the region. The growing chain will also soon add a spot at the Wayne State University campus early this year.

The Red Hook-Midtown

Red Hook already has locations in Ferndale, West Village, and the Detroit Greenway, and now it has a spot in Midtown inside the space formerly occupied by Great Lakes Coffee on Woodward at Alexandrine. The new location opened around Noel Night. Expect a rotating selection of roasters and baked goods featuring a wide selection of sweet and savory pastries.

Oloman Café

Nestled in the heart of downtown Hamtramck, this understated cafe serves all the coffee and espresso standard bearers as well as a selection of paninis and French-style pastries from Golden Wheat Bakery. In warmer weather, the shop features outdoor seating on a secluded patio out back.

Cafe Alto

Cafe Alto has a similar bright, polished feel to its predecessor New Order, but dials in the menu with seasonal flavors such as a five spice latte. In addition to the drinks, there are breakfast burritos and pastries.

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SPKRBOX

In addition to offering its classic coffee drinks, breakfast burritos sourced from Evie’s Tamales, and ample people-watching opportunities from the second-story seating area, SPKRBOX has evolved to include boozy drinks. Customers can select coffee cocktails like a Francois K made with espresso, cognac, rye, sweet vermouth, and bitters or a Nervous Negroni with gin, sweet vermouth, Campari, and a coffee reduction — perfect for afternoon chill sessions or to help catch that late-night second wind. A bonus, the basement has been fashioned into the Orange Room — a futuristic looking underground lounge with soundproofing for crystal clear sound quality.

Dessert Oasis Coffee

Rochester-based roaster Dessert Oasis continues to pour great coffee and espresso drinks at its sprawling, industrial cafe in downtown's Capitol Park area. This third wave cafe has all the typical pour overs as well as freshly baked cakes and cheesecakes. Visit on a weekday and find a mixture of students and working professionals filling the booths and tables.

Madcap Coffee

The coffee experts from Grand Rapids-based roaster Madcap Coffee provide a full-service experience on the Farmer Street side of the Shinola Hotel complex. The primarily standing room cafe serves the typical coffee and espresso drinks as well as some rotating drink specials that mix coffee with unconventional ingredients like cola and bitters. Don’t miss Madcap’s silky smooth nitro cold brew.

La Ventana Cafe

This newest addition to Eastern Market was designed with meet ups and play dates in mind. Featuring espresso drinks and roasted coffee sourced from iconic Midwest brand Intelligentsia Coffee, the minimalist aesthetic invites guests to long chats with the barista from the U-shaped bar, let the toddlers explore around the elevated bleacher seating, or hunker down in front of your laptop from the handful of two-top table seating. To snack, La Ventana offers a lineup of croissants from Cannelle by Matt Knio.

The enclosed outdoor patio area outside of La Ventana Cafe in Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan. Serena Maria Daniels

Anthology Coffee

This Eastern Market transplant is a favorite among coffee connoisseurs, with sharp house roasts and creative drinks like refreshing iced coffee tonic. This big cafe is swimming in natural light and features a patio connected to the space by garage doors for optimum airflow during the summer. In addition to single-origin coffees roasted on site, the shop serves gluten-free pastries.

Indoor plants hang from a white wall next to a long coffee bar at Anthology in Eastern Market. Chris Gerard/Anthology Coffee

Cairo Coffee at Spot Lite Detroit

Cairo Coffee owner Monica Isaac brews beans from a rotating selection of respected roasters inside Spot Lite Detroit, a new bar, cafe, and arts venue on the east side. Drop in and grab a pour over or an espresso drink and a seat. The shop also offers cookies and other vegan treats from Fig Baking Co.

A mocha in a blue ceramic mug. Brenna Houck/Eater

The Commons

This east side cafe was designed as a community space with plenty of room for coffee, lattes, and community collaboration. The Commons even features a laundromat for the neighborhood.

Yellow Light Coffee and Donuts

There’s a reason this drive-thru cafe in Jefferson-Chalmers always seems to have a line snaking out onto the street. Two words: Frozen coffee. Throw in a cake doughnut and a fried chicken biscuit sandwich and you’re setting yourself up for a very good morning.

A vibrantly colored box of cake doughnuts from Yellow Light. Brenna Houck

Kitab Cafe

This lovely cafe and bookshop sits within one of Hamtramck’s hundreds of two flats, now converted into a welcoming spot for La Colombe espresso drinks, Adeni chai, iced beverages on tap, baked goods, sandwiches, and soups sourced from Zingerman’s, as well as a selection of books. During Ramadan, the spot has been known to stay open late to accommodate the many Hamtramckans who are fasting. As of February 16, 2024, owners Ahmed Alwhysee and Asma Almulaiki are opening a second location at 422 W. Willis St. in Midtown, in the space formerly occupied by Avalon Bakery.

Alba

Situated in the space where the shuttered flagship Astro location once stood, visitors will find a familiar aesthetic as the previous tenant, as well as those Corktown neighborhood feels. The brief menu currently features espresso drinks, pour-overs, and tea. Coffee is sourced from Anthology Coffee in Eastern Market and Grand Coffee Roasters, based in San Francisco. To eat, diners can enjoy egg sandwiches, coffee cakes, and other bites.

Cafe Prince

This Core City cafe boasts a health-conscious menu for the folks who need a little sustenance, but not the typical pastry-centric fare one might come to expect in a coffee shop. In addition to its selection of espresso drinks, visitors can try one of the spot’s refreshing house-made beverages like the Sunrise with orange juice and espresso. Cafe Prince also produces its own oak milk, on top of offering regular and coconut milk options. To eat, grab a whole carrot, described simply as “nude, raw, chilled,” the Holy Trinity, which includes sliced apples, razor thin shavings of parmigiano reggiano, and raw honey, or on Wednesdays, the cafe serves Neapolitan-style pizza.

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