Independent Coffee Shops in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Put a spin on your favorite caffeinated beverage at one of these independent coffee shops in Detroit, Ann Arbor and more southeast Michigan cities.

Need a pick me up? Seek repose from a busy schedule, and swing into one of southeast Michigan’s many indie coffee shops for a personalized touch on your favorite brews. While Starbucks’ neon signs may shine brightest, independent cafés are staffed by rock-star baristas who know how to please your palate with their artisan concoctions and designs. So treat yourself, and checkout this roundup of some of the area’s coolest independent coffee shops, from Ann Arbor coffee shops to coffee shops in Detroit and beyond.

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– 320° Coffee & Creamery 

Detroit Shipping Co.

  • Address: 474 Peterboro St., Detroit
  • Hours: Peterboro: 4-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday

Wayne State University 

This coffee and creamery place serves rich and creamy ice cream and coffee with beans delivered from small farmers around the world.

19 Drips Coffee & Tea 

Tons of signature drinks to choose from. Some include 19’s tea, mocha latte and classic latte. Baked goods, too.

Alley Cart Café 

Opened by a veteran chef in the historic Indian Hill building last year, you can now get your cappuccinos, espressos and macchiato in downtown Pontiac. The menu boasts a wide range of teas, sandwiches, slices of pie and gelato to sate a sweet tooth.

Anastasia and Katie’s Coffee Shop & Café 

It was created in 2019 as a place where people with and without disabilities can work in an inclusive and supportive environment. Offers lattes, unicorn hot chocolate, assorted teas and breakfast and lunch food.

Anthology Coffee

They source, roast and brew tasty coffee. The minimalist shop specializes in espresso beverages and drip drinks.

Astro Coffee

This hip joint in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood serves coffee from roasters across the country. Savor in-house baked treats and fresh sandwiches made with organic, natural ingredients.

Atomic Coffee 

Swig a cold brew with a frothy finish (think of a stout beer texture, but with coffee!). Find breakfast and lunch, made to order, and handcrafted smoothies too.

Awake Café 

Has rich, farmer direct coffee, handmade cinnamon rolls, sandwiches and snacks. Also, lattes, cold brew, frappes, cappuccinos and more.

Bean & Leaf Cafe

Featuring espressos and an impressive selection of teas and specialty drinks — there’s a cup here to sate any thirst. And don’t neglect their baked sweets.

Bikes and Coffee 

A full bike service and coffee shop all in one. The coffee is from Ypsilanti’s Hyperion Coffee Co. There’s also mocha, cappuccino, hot chocolate, latte, espresso and more.

Black Diesel Coffee 

The coffee bar includes brewed coffee, latte, macchiato, cold brew, Cubano and more. Also, breakfast, lunch and brunch items along with sides and sweets.

Blossom Café and Bakery

This family-owned business has coffee, espresso, lattes, teas and other sweet treats like French macaroons and mochi ice cream.

Bosko’s Coffee & Kitchen 

Their menu includes brewed coffee, espresso, hot chocolate, tea, latte, cappuccino, and frozen coffee drinks. Also, serves breakfast, lunch and combo meals.

Brewed Awakenings Cafe

Step into this cozy, family-owned café to snag a French press coffee and a baked goodie. Check out their breakfast offerings for on the go and find lunch choices for the kids.

Café 1923 

Housed in a building constructed by two Polish immigrants in 1923, the building has since been restored to its original charm. Stop in to taste a blended brew, sandwich or Sunday bagel.

Café Alto 

Drinks include brewed coffee, tea, nitro cold brew, mocha, matcha and more.

Café Immortelle 

This espresso and tea bar offers espresso-based and non-espresso-based drinks, loose tea, croissant sandwiches, avocado toasts and other specials.

Caffe Far Bella

Stop in for smoothies and specialty coffee drinks. Lounge out on the patio during the summer, and peruse the full-service menu, featuring soups, salads, paninis, and sandwiches, made fresh.

Cahoots Café 

Some of their beverages include salted caramel latte, lavender latte, maple latte, matcha latte, chai latte and more.

Che Cosa 

Find out how Che Cosa has pleased customers’ palates for almost 20 years. Come in for coffee, tea or yummy treat or take some of their fresh roasted coffee home with you.

Choco Mania Café

Come try one of their delicious French pastries, acai bowls, rolled ice cream, smoothies, homemade ice cream, French crepes and coffees. Latte flavors are caramel, mocha, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, matcha, raspberry, Nutella, glitter and coconut.

City Coffeehouse

Plop down into a lounge chair at this downriver coffeehouse that serves specialties like “dharma bum” tea (that’s black tea with steamed milk and almond flavor) and seasonal apple cider. And with syrups galore, there’s no shortage of gingerbread, banana nut, brown sugar lattes and more.

Coffee Break Café 

Take a break at this café where the folks roast the beans and bake their own pastries. Find non-caffeinated beverages and cozy teas too.

Coffee Down Under 

  • Address: 607 Shelby St., Detroit
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday

Offers classics and Australian favorites, which features espresso-based drinks with a focus on the ratio of espresso to milk and drip coffee. Also, tea, hot cocoa and chai.

Comet Coffee

Since 2009, this coffee house has been serving coffee and sweet bites in Nickels Arcade, a pedestrian walkway running from State Street to Maynard.

Common Grace Coffee Company 

Try a nitro coffee or tea, mocha, black honey, affogato, dirty chai latte, honey lavender matcha latte and more. Also, sandwiches, pastries and soup are on the menu.

Common Denominator Community + Coffee 

Enjoy your hot beverage in a cozy ambiance. Serves food, too.

Commonwealth Café 

Try a cappuccino, latte, matcha espresso, sweet matcha latte, chai latte, more. Has monthly features and a full food menu.

Cross Street Coffee 

Savor in-house roasted coffee, with specialty drinks like espresso, lattes and loose-leaf teas. Got the munchies? Choose among a variety of bagel sandwiches and vegan cookies. As a participant in Ypsilanti First Fridays, the cafe hosts local bands and artists on the first Friday of the month.

Dessert Oasis Coffee

Detroit

  • Address: 1220 Griswold St., Detroit
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

Rochester

  • Address: 336 S. Main St., Rochester
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Royal Oak

Feel like you’re living for Friday? Many Detroiters find this coffee shop a pleasant respite from the day-to-day grind. Here you can treat yourself to a pour-over coffee, an espresso, dessert or pastry.

Donut Bar + Coffee 

The shops specialty donuts change daily. They offer cold brew, Frappuccino, coffee, latte, cappuccino, more.

Drifter Coffee 

Menu has hot and cold drink options. Also, house-made syrups and vegan and gluten free options.

Eat Well Café 

Enjoy a hot or cold cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cold brew, nitro cold brew and more. Food menu includes sandwiches, soup and salads.

EOS Café 

Has coffee, espresso, tea and other beverages at this local café. Specialty drinks include Reese, mocha, caramel apple and Oreo frappe. Has wraps, sandwiches, soup, salad and desserts, too.

Evergreens Coffee and Bakeshop 

They use locally roasted organic beans for their coffee and invented the bagel bomb, homemade bagel dough stuffed with eggs, meat, jelly, cheese or veggies.

Farmhouse Coffee and Ice Cream

Check out their new location located at 12 Mile Road and Orchard Lake Road.  Enjoy coffee, ice cream, hot chocolate, tea, pastries and sandwiches.

FOLK Detroit 

Has a walk-up window where you can pick up your coffee at. Menu includes espresso, juice, sandwiches, baked goods and more.

Fourteen East Café 

Find freshly brewed espressos, French-pressed coffee, and mochas mixed with a melted truffle of your choice. More of a tea drinker? They have Mighty Leaf tea, French macarons, and light lunches too.

Germack 

A store and coffee shop in one. Sells nuts and coffee to take home. Features pout-over java and espresso drinks in a rustic-chic setting.

Great Lakes Roasting Company

Bloomfield Township

Detroit

Royal Oak

Aside from roasting their own coffee, Great Lakes serves traditional Italian coffee drinks, plus specialty drinks. You can get pour over coffees or try one of their homemade flavored syrups.

Haraz Coffee House 

Enjoy traditional Yemeni coffee and pastries at this coffee house. Some of the drinks include Haraz latte, pistaccio latte, Turkish coffee, Iraqui and Adani teas and more.

Harvester Coffee 

Try iced or hot coffee drinks, hot of iced tea drinks, smoothies and smoothie bowls at this coffee shop. Also, has paninis, crepes, salads, soup and pastries to eat.

High Octane Café & Bakery 

Has a great selection of coffee drinks and food items on their menu. Try a chai tea latte, toffee coffee, espresso, more. Seasonal coffees and lattes, too.

iCoffee House

Get frisky for fall at this coffee house with pumpkin spice lattes and hot caramel apple cider. But enjoy a variety of coffee drinks, sandwiches, soups and desserts year-round.

Java Hutt 

Selling caffeinated brews since 1999, this café serves hot and cold drinks, grilled paninis and morning bagel sandwiches. Find non-dairy milks, as well as vegan and gluten-free snack items too.

Joe and Rosie Coffee and Tea

The beverage menu features organic fair-trade coffee, soy and chai lattes, and loose-leaf teas. You can also find seasonal gluten-free and vegan products.

Kahve House 

  • Address: 22 S. Main St., Clawson
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

You can add flavor shots to their coffee drinks, which include mint, raspberry, amaretto, chocolate, cherry, hazelnut, caramel, Irish cream and vanilla. Many desserts to choose from, too.

Karma Coffee and Kitchen 

  • Address: 35634 Michigan Ave., Wayne
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, closed Saturday-Sunday

Hot drinks include drip coffee, cowboy coffee, cappuccino, chai, mocha, latte, more. Cold drinks include iced chai, iced mocha, iced coffee, frappe, smoothie and more.

Lab

Stop by to sip a pour-over coffee or one of many of an impressive selection of teas. Try one of their tasty treats, too.

Lucky Detroit 

Detroit

Grosse Pointe Park

Take some whole bean coffee or homemade pastries and desserts to go or at their shop.

Madcap Coffee 

Tons of coffee blends to choose from. Try in house or take it home. Iced lattes, matcha’s and more.

Main’s Treat Coffeehouse 

Check out their specialty coffee drinks including vanilla cream cold brew, chai latte, matcha latte, more. Also, breakfast and lunch available anytime. Drink of the month, too.

Michigan Coffee + Creamery 

Enjoy your coffee out on the patio on a sunny day or inside all cozy up on a couch on a cool and rainy day. Free Wi-Fi and plenty of outlets. Offers coffee, espresso, cold brew, nitro cold brew, lattes and more.

Mighty Good Coffee 

Try some mighty good coffee and tea at this community favorite. Have beans shipped to your door or take one of their classes in the training lab.

Milwaukee Caffe 

It’s an Italian-inspired coffee bar with a walk-up bar. Order a latte, cappuccino, expresso, macchiato, mocha or more.

MoonWinks Café 

Have an espresso drink like an americano, dirty chai or mocha or try a non-espresso drink like a steamer, regular chai tea, hot chocolate, more.

Morning Glory Coffee & Pastries 

The shop sells coffee, French press, nitro cold brew and lattes. They also offer iced chai tea, smoothies and whole bags of coffee for you to take home. Cases of delicious treats for you eat with your coffee drink.

Mudslingers Drive Thru Coffee MI 

This drive thru coffee shop has so many wonderful drinks to choose from. Some signature drinks are the muddy chai, raspberry white truffle and nutty buddy. They also offer some classics like mocha, café latte, Ghiradelli hot chocolate and more. Also, grab and go snacks.

Mugs Coffee & Grub

There’s a bunch of hot and cold drinks to choose from. There’s café mocha, flat white, espresso, French press, caramel macchiato and chai tea latte.

Narrow Way Café & Shop 

Sells baked goods and hot and cold beverages like caramel mocha, chai latte, hot cocoa, mocha freeze, ice coffee and more. Nearly 20 smoothie flavors, too.

No.VI Coffee and Tea 

  • Address: 47490 Grand River Ave., Novi
  • Hours: 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

They offer lots of signature drinks like coconut cream delight, caramel cocoa clash, Denver mink, bonfire mocha, muddy chai latte, red tuxedo, zebra mocha and more.

Oloman Café 

A coffee shop during the day, an art gallery at night and hosts events year-round.

PappaRoti 

This shop is well known for their coffee buns, which has flavors like Nutella and PB&J. Pair it with a caramel macchiato, espresso or cappuccino. Has teas and smoothies, too.

Peaberry Bean & Beats

  • Address: 152 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, open mic nights (last Friday of every month) 7-9 p.m.

Find coffees and lattes, smoothies, Italian and French sodas, soups, sandwiches and more. There’s live music, poetry readings and book signings on the weekends. Check out the monthly open mic nights.

Plymouth Coffee Bean

  • Address: 884 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Check out Michigan’s longest running independent coffee shop. Check their calendar online for a list of upcoming live music performances.

Qahwah House 

This authentic middle eastern dessert place offers great coffee and tea options.

Qamaria Yemeni Coffee Co. 

All their coffee is made with 100% premium Yemeni beans prepared many ways such as traditional Yemeni, espresso or pour over. Also has pastries such as coconut cake, peanut bar, honeycomb and cake pop.

Red Dot Coffee Company 

They offer all the coffee classics like espresso, cortado, cappuccino, espresso macchiato, affogato, americano and latte. Can purchase coffee by the bag to take home.

Roasting Plant

The Roasting Plant boasts sourcing “the freshest premium crops of green coffee,” so customers can taste clean brews. Here, coffee fanatics can find the flavors of the world from destinations like Guatemala, Indonesia, Central America and Africa, and more.

RoosRoast Coffee

Committed to the local economy, RoosRoast roasts its own beans to concoct mean brews. Taste one of their coffee, teas, cold brew, ginger lemon tea, hot chocolate cold brew and more.

Royal Oak Roast

There are tons of signature blends to choose from like honey joy, almond joy, café miel, spiced chai, lavender latte, Mexican mocha and more.

Sabbath Coffee Roasters 

Try their coffee, tea, pastries or vegan donuts by Dooped Donuts at this location.

Seven Daughters 

This vibrant café has many coffee and food options. Many specialty coffees to choose from.

Shadrach, Meshach & ABeanToGo 

  • Address: 16 W. Flint St., Lake Orion
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

Join their coffee of the month for $15.99 every month. Try a homemade baked good with your coffee or tea. Coffee drinks include latte, flat white, cappuccino, typhoon, cold brew and more.

The Café at Bea’s

The choose-your-own-adventure-coffee lets you pick your flavor, your milk and your garnish. $20 co-working day passes are available, and members get 24/7 access to the place.

The Common Cup 

This non-profit coffeehouse offers mocha, latte, Americano, cappuccino, espresso and more in a peaceful environment.

The Congregation 

Coffee menu has many signature drinks including vanilla lattes, spicy mocha, mocha, lavender lattes and other seasonal options. Also, cold brew, nitro cold brew London fog tea lattes, chai lattes and more.

The Daily Blend Café 

This coffee and smoothie place has tons to choose from. Try a regular coffee or iced latte. If you’re really feeling daring, try “The Bulldog,” which is blended coffee, marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers and whipped cream on top.

The Dovetail

  • Address: 29200 Hoover Road, Warren
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday

A Bohemian style coffee house that serves expresso, milkshakes, paninis, salads, wraps and more.

The Drip House 

Taste an organic and vegan-friendly pastry while you sip on your coffee, latte, or tea at this unique spot.

The Gathering Coffee Co. 

Get an americano, cappuccino, espresso or a latte at this philanthropic coffee company. Has teas and hot chocolate, too.

The Office Coffee Shop

This “co-working space” features a place where professionals can buckle down and a full coffee menu. Chocked with conference rooms, lockers, power outlets galore, and all the amenities a small business might need, this is a hotspot for professionals looking to get caffeinated. Bonus: a portion of the proceeds is donated to charity. Serves up coffee from Water Street Coffee Roaster in Kalamazoo. Note: Can work in the open café, but need reservations for private offices and training rooms, available for rent by the hour.

The Proving Grounds Coffee & Ice Cream 

Milford

  • Address: 369 N. Main St., Milford
  • Hours: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Royal Oak

Stop in for a locally roasted coffee, scoop of gourmet ice cream or a hand-crafted sandwich or salad.

The Red Hook 

Ferndale

Greenway

  • Address: 2761 Jefferson, Detroit
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

West Village

  • Address: 8025 Agnes St., Detroit
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

Snag a cup of coffee, cold brew, tea, lemonade, more. Plenty of sweets and treats to choose from, too.

The Songbird Café 

Come for lunch, brunch or a full coffee bar. Specialty latte flavors include lavender, tangerine lavender, fig vanilla black pepper, rosemary sea salt, cardamom rose and matcha green tea. Also, soup, sandwich and kids combos.

Trail’s Edge Café 

  • Address: 49348 Pontiac Trail, Wixom
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday

Offers seasonal flavored lattes and signature lattes like buttercup café latte and cinnamon French toast café latte. Try with a baked good, breakfast, lunch or snack.

Tuscan Cafe

Featuring locally roasted coffee and Guernsey Dairy milk, this coffee bar is a favorite in downtown Northville. Choose among cappuccinos, lattes, and espresso, sizable grilled sandwiches on Zingerman’s bread, a sweet slice of pie, or a cookie of the day.

Urban Bean Co.

  • Address: 200 Grand River Ave., Detroit
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Grab your chai and green tea lattes here. Popular espressos include the Pure Evil Latte with amaretto and cherry, and the Green Fairie Latte with pistachio and white chocolate. Craving something purely sweet? The Mexican Hot Chocolate has hints of banana and coconut. Temporarily closed.

Zou Zou’s Café and Coffee Bar

This cozy French-infused café features live music most weekends, textiles for purchase, and an extensive beverages menu featuring coffee, Italian sodas, sachet loose teas and cider. Hungry for a bite? Sit down for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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