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I don’t know if you’ve heard the news, but Detroit is now a food mecca.
Earlier this year, National Geographic listed Detroit as one of the world’s “6 Unexpected Cities for the Food Lover,” and media blew up with stories of the city’s food revival.
I’ve been singing the praises of Detroit’s best breweries coffee shops for years, though, so I was not surprised.
Detroit’s economy has recently been doing better, the crime rate has dropped, and new development is popping up all over the city. After decades of decline, this really is something to celebrate.
And how to do I usually celebrate good news? By visiting the top breweries and best cafes in Detroit to grab a drink!
Follow this guide and you’ll find there are no shortages of amazing craft breweries and coffee shops throughout the Detroit Metro for you to fall in love with.
Detroit’s Top 4 Craft Breweries
Starting in the Grosse Pointes you’ll find my absolute favorite brewery in the region (and honestly, maybe in the world): Atwater in the Park.
I’m working on trying every beer on their rotating list and can so far highly recommend their Whango Mango Wheat and the Nitro Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale.
Atwater in the Park is one of Detroit’s best breweries because it has fabulous outdoor seating, trivia nights, and the most sumptuous giant soft pretzels you will ever come across in your life.
Oh and did I mention it’s in a converted church? Doesn’t get more hip than that!
Up in the hipster, hippy city of Ferndale, Axle Brewing Company’s new Livernois Tap has a to-die for brunch menu.
I couldn’t stop exclaiming out loud in joy when chowing down on their French onion eggs rolls which paired well with a Dual Citizen cream ale. Livernois Tap also has great outdoor seating which obviously is a prerequisite for my favorite breweries.
Another one of Detroit’s best breweries is in the suburb of St. Clair Shores.
Whenever I’m passing through, I like to stop at Baffin Brewing Company. Though they don’t serve food in house, there are often food trucks parked right outside for a quick bite. At the Baffin Brewing Company I usually go for a Backcrossing Baffin Brown and sit right at the window for people watching.
Finally, back in Midtown Detroit, my happy place is Motor City Brewing Works.
This place has is all: outdoor seating, good views, piping hot brick over pizza, and an ice-cold pitcher of Ghettoblaster, an English style mild ale. Honestly, what’s not to like?
The Best Cafes in Detroit
Now on to my other favorite brew: coffee.
By far and away, Detroit’s hippest coffee shop is Great Lakes Coffee in Midtown.
This cafe has amazing lavender lattes and is a good place to study in the day. In the evening, you can also go for wine or a craft beer. Essentially Great Lakes Coffee hits all my favorite things.
Also in the neighborhood, Fourteen East is a one of the best cafes in Detroit to get delicious chai lattes or French press.
A few blocks away is Avalon International Breads. This popular coffee shop serves famous (and delicious) sea salt chocolate chip cookies that go great with hot coffee.
Downtown, my favorite place to go is Urban Bean Co. My favorite aspect of this cafe is the lofted seating, which makes a perfect place to people watch, study, and enjoy a cappuccino.
In Indian Village, a beautiful neighborhood on the east side, The Red Hook is where it’s at. Make sure to check out the murals both within the café and across the street.
Further east in the Grosse Pointe suburbs, Cornwall Bakery and Morning Glory Café are my go to hangout spots.
Cornwall features Rendezvous with Tea, a local brand sourced from all over the world and has amazing shortbread. Morning Glory Café has beautifully decorated cupcakes along with great outdoor seating.
Discover the Best Breweries and Cafes in Detroit With This Guide
There you have it, the top breweries and best cafes in Detroit. If you are not packing your bags for Motown after reading this post, well, you can’t be saved.
Detroit has to be seen to be believed. Follow your heart (and your stomach) to a region that’s finally experiencing their much deserved renaissance and rebirth, where the brews flow freely and the patios are always packed.
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