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19 Detroit Cafes Serving Great Cups of Coffee

Where to get a latte, a cold brew, or a fizzy coffee tonic 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. 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 for spring 2022 below Eight Mile.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Public Square Detroit

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Brothers Jason and James Edwards tapped their love of coffee, experiences managing cafes, and dream of owning a business together to found Public Square. The opening, at the former location of Always Brewing and Town Hall Caffé, means Grandmont Rosedale once again has a coffee shop, complete with WiFi. Pastries and baked goods are sourced from Avalon Bakery, and Clawson-based Sabbath Coffee Roasters provides the coffee.

Detroit Sip

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This roomy cafe in Bagley 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.

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 1923

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A neighborhood hive in Hamtramck, Cafe 1923 offers Wi-Fi and reasonably priced cups of joe in a laid back atmosphere. Grab a seat on a pew or in the café’s cozy library.

The Congregation

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Unluckily this cafe, bar, and community space landed just around the time the pandemic hit in 2020. Luckily, this didn’t seem to matter much to locals in Boston Edison and Virginia Park who came out to support the business in droves, enjoying the expansive patio and deck area and the roomy, high-ceilinged space inside a restored 1920s church. The Congregation is an any-occasion type 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.

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

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.

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.

Bikes and Coffee

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Woodbridge has its very own coffee house hangout in Bikes and Coffee. As its name implies the shop caters to cyclists in need of repairs and new builds, but there’s also plenty of coffee and espresso made with Hyperion beans from Ypsilanti. In addition to the drinks, the cafe carries pastries, bagels, and other snacks for fueling up.

Lucky Detroit

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Tucked on the second story of Detroit Barbers in Corktown, Lucky Detroit features views of Michigan Avenue 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.

Coffee Down Under

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Located in a spot literally “down under” a building in downtown’s Financial District, Coffee Down Under is pouring coffee brewed with Australian roaster Proud Mary’s beans. Walter Pat’s Bakery supplies snacks including hand pies. In the evening, the cafe space is a false entrance to modern speakeasy Shelby.

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.

Cafe Alto

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A pandemic closure made way for Cafe Alto in Brush Park during spring 2021. 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.

Germack Coffee Roasting Company

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Germack is known for two things: pistachios and coffee. The Eastern Market roastery offers a wide selection of wholesale beans as well as smaller packaged coffees for home brewing needs. The shop also houses a popular cafe ready to fix up a latte or hot tea.

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.

The Red Hook Detroit

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With locations in Ferndale, West Village, and the Detroit Greenway, Red Hook has gained a wide following. The shops use beans from a rotating selection of roasters and also happen to brew a very tasty chai. What really sets Red Hook apart from the pack, though, is its bakery arm which keeps each shop supplied with a wide selection of sweet and savory pastries. Seating at the West Village location is somewhat limited, but that only adds the intimate neighborhood cafe vibe.

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

Public Square Detroit

Brothers Jason and James Edwards tapped their love of coffee, experiences managing cafes, and dream of owning a business together to found Public Square. The opening, at the former location of Always Brewing and Town Hall Caffé, means Grandmont Rosedale once again has a coffee shop, complete with WiFi. Pastries and baked goods are sourced from Avalon Bakery, and Clawson-based Sabbath Coffee Roasters provides the coffee.

Detroit Sip

This roomy cafe in Bagley 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.

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 1923

A neighborhood hive in Hamtramck, Cafe 1923 offers Wi-Fi and reasonably priced cups of joe in a laid back atmosphere. Grab a seat on a pew or in the café’s cozy library.

The Congregation

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

Unluckily this cafe, bar, and community space landed just around the time the pandemic hit in 2020. Luckily, this didn’t seem to matter much to locals in Boston Edison and Virginia Park who came out to support the business in droves, enjoying the expansive patio and deck area and the roomy, high-ceilinged space inside a restored 1920s church. The Congregation is an any-occasion type 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.

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

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.

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.

Bikes and Coffee

Woodbridge has its very own coffee house hangout in Bikes and Coffee. As its name implies the shop caters to cyclists in need of repairs and new builds, but there’s also plenty of coffee and espresso made with Hyperion beans from Ypsilanti. In addition to the drinks, the cafe carries pastries, bagels, and other snacks for fueling up.

Lucky Detroit

Tucked on the second story of Detroit Barbers in Corktown, Lucky Detroit features views of Michigan Avenue 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.

Coffee Down Under

Located in a spot literally “down under” a building in downtown’s Financial District, Coffee Down Under is pouring coffee brewed with Australian roaster Proud Mary’s beans. Walter Pat’s Bakery supplies snacks including hand pies. In the evening, the cafe space is a false entrance to modern speakeasy Shelby.

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.

Cafe Alto

A pandemic closure made way for Cafe Alto in Brush Park during spring 2021. 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.

Germack Coffee Roasting Company

Germack is known for two things: pistachios and coffee. The Eastern Market roastery offers a wide selection of wholesale beans as well as smaller packaged coffees for home brewing needs. The shop also houses a popular cafe ready to fix up a latte or hot tea.

Anthology Coffee

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

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Cairo Coffee at Spot Lite Detroit

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

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.

The interior of the Commons features white walls with silver ductwork. An employee stands behind the wood planked coffee bar.