Winter is settling in here in Michigan, and this crisp, cold air calls for a steamy drink to warm right up. If you find yourself craving a toasty beverage this time of year, Ann Arbor may be the winter destination for you. From the small, locally-owned coffee shops to mega-chains like Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea and Starbucks, there are dozens of places to sit and sip around this college town in Southeastern Michigan. In fact, Ann Arbor is such a coffee-loving city that you’ll even find coffee shops in unusual places. After my recent visits in partnership with Destination Ann Arbor and Wanderful, I’ve rounded up seven truly unique spots to get a coffee or tea in the Ann Arbor area. These definitely aren’t your average coffee shops!
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The Coffee Shop In A Bookstore
Located in the upper level of Literati Bookstore, Literati Coffee is a space for coffee drinkers and avid readers to gather, sip, and discuss their favorite novels. Specializing in single-origin espresso, this small coffee bar sources and roasts each of the coffees served. When I visited, I opted for the drip coffee. Sourced from Honduras, it had a nutty, cocoa flavor. The menu also features a cold brew, a variety of espresso-based drinks, hot chocolate, and tea.
Literati Coffee is located inside Literati Bookstore at 204 S. Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
Related Post: A Bookworm’s Guide To Downtown Ann Arbor Bookstores
The Coffee Shop In A Hotel
At Poindexter Coffee inside the Graduate Ann Arbor lobby, you can enjoy your coffee in a scholastic-themed setting. Just grab your drink at the counter, and then take a seat in an outdoorsy-print Eames or in a comfy tartan armchair! Having quick access to coffee, tea, and bagels was a major perk of staying at Graduate Ann Arbor. But, you don’t have to be a hotel guest to visit this Ann Arbor coffee shop!
Poindexter Coffee is located inside Graduate Ann Arbor at 615 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI 49104.
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The Coffee Shop In A Farm Market
Where can you get your coffee and shop for locally-grown produce? At Argus Farm Stop! Specializing in all things local, this farm market also carries locally-made breads, cheese, and artisanal goods. Here I had a delicious soy chai latte, and in the fall you can make that a chaider.
Argus Farm Stop has two locations. The location photographed above is on the Old West Side at 325 W. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. The other location is in the Burns Park neighborhood at 1200 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
The Coffee Shop Under A Watch Shop
When I walked into the Shinola store in downtown Ann Arbor, I planned to browse the Detroit-made watches and leather goods. I certainly did not expect to be invited downstairs to the secret cafe. A dark yet posh setting, this underground coffee shop gives off cocktail lounge vibes.
Shinola is located in the heart of downtown shopping and dining at 301 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
The Coffee Shop In A Warehouse District
Driving to Zingerman’s Coffee Company, you might be wondering where your GPS is taking you. A business park? A warehouse? A foodie’s paradise? While it might look like the first two places, Zingerman’s Coffee’s locale is definitely the latter. Within one row of warehouses, you’ll find a whole community of Zingerman’s businesses. That means you can easily pair your coffee with a fancy grilled cheese from the creamery or a pastry from the bakehouse. 😉
Inside Zingerman’s Coffee, you’re greeted by a knowledgable barista standing in front of a huge menu of exclusive Zingerman’s brews. Honestly, I don’t think you can go wrong with their blends. Personally, I’m a fan of the Tree Town Blend in early fall and the Holiday Blend this time of year. However, the descriptions of the flavors and aromas for each of the single-source coffees are listed for easy decision making. You’ll find coffees from the world’s major coffee-growing regions, including Central and South America, Africa, and Southern Asia.
You’ll also find their coffees served at Zingerman’s Next Door Café, located next door to the original Zingerman’s Deli in Kerrytown.
Zingerman’s Coffee Company is located at 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
The Coffee Shop That Is Also A Brewpub
This next suggestion will take you outside of Ann Arbor, but trust me, the short drive will be worth it. Located in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town, Cultivate Coffee & Tap House offers two kinds of brews — coffee and craft beer. At Cultivate, the baristas prepare fantastic hand-crafted specialty drinks. I recently tried a seasonal latte, which warmed me to my bones on a drizzly fall day. The menu features a variety of espresso drinks, pour-over single-origin coffee, and loose leaf tea. A gathering space for the community with a seasonal beer garden, Cultivate also strives to provide access to food and other services to Ypsilanti’s most vulnerable. Coffee (and beer) tastes even better when it’s for a worthy cause, doesn’t it?
Cultivate Coffee & Tap House is located at 307 N. River Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48198.
The One That Is Not At All A Coffee Shop
More of a tea than a coffee drinker? Although you can order tea at the coffee shops on this list, I suggest true tea lovers not miss the tea room and café at TeaHaus. With 175 varieties of tea, you can try all sorts of flavors. Varieties include black teas, green teas, oolongs, white teas, and the list goes on. I’d certainly order a hot tea in winter, but I also like that you have the option here to order any tea iced. In the spring I tried a sweet and refreshing strawberry and star fruit iced tea. You also must get a French macaron here. Not only are these macarons generously sized, they are also made from scratch and hand piped in-house. The hazelnut one I had was absolutely heavenly.
TeaHaus is at 204-206 N. Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
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Take This Ann Arbor Coffee Guide With You
Are you a coffee or tea lover visiting Ann Arbor? Let me help you get your caffeine buzz going! With the free GPSmyCity app, you can read my Ann Arbor coffee shop guide offline. Plus, when you upgrade the article, GPSmyCity provides maps and GPS navigation. Then you’ll have directions to walk, drive, or bike to any or all of the coffee shops I’ve recommended. Haven’t heard of GPSmyCity? I explain how the app works and why it’s beneficial for travelers in this post. And, don’t miss all the Ann Arbor travel articles and sightseeing walks GPSmyCity offers!
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Wow, those shops all seem like places I would like to check out. It’s funny because here in Iowa we have a few nearby that I have not checked out yet but I am already thinking about hitting the road to check these out. lol
Amber B. (@amberstarr82)
I love Zingermans! They have the best coffee and their sandwiches are amazing! I’ll have to check some more of these out!
Amber, I’m a Zingerman’s fan, too. Zingerman’s Coffee Company has such a great selection of coffees, and the Detroit Street deli has awesome sandwiches.
Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
So many lovely spots, places like this are perfect if you work from home to just get out!
For sure! Both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti are college towns, so you’ll see students studying sometimes. If I didn’t have such a packed itinerary during my Ann Arbor visit, I’d have pulled out my laptop and penned a blog post. The vibe at Cultivate and Poindexter would be great for getting work done!
This places look lovely! I wish there was something similar here
These spots are unique and fantastic for tea and coffee drinkers, but I’m sure you have fantastic coffee spots in Italy too, Mimi!
They are nice but there is nothing like “starbucks” or this kind of coffee shops where you can sit and work you know? Tbh after reading your post I’ve been googling looking for something and I found two nice spots but they are very far away from where I live which is such a shame!
Right, I have heard that from friends who traveled in Italy and were surprised by how different the ordering and drinking experience was from Starbucks and other coffee shops here in the US. I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker yet when I was in Italy, so I totally missed out on the Italian coffee culture. I will visit again and fix that, but it is a shame you don’t have the relaxed atmosphere to sit and work. The atmosphere is half the reason to go to a coffee shop!
Catherine @ To & Fro Fam
Ooh, TeaHaus totally sounds like my kind of place! I don’t care for coffee but absolutely love tea (I’m drinking a pot of chai as I type this, ha!). Thanks for the recs!
The selection at TeaHaus is amazing! You can get tea and chai lattes at most — if not all — the other spots on this list, but if you are a tea lover, TeaHaus is a must-visit spot in Ann Arbor.
I love good coffee shops! A big coffee addict is talking lol And I really aprreciate you taking time and writing this post, so I don’t have to pay for bad coffee anymore! 🙂
I’m right there with you. I already had a cup today! When I’m out, I definitely want a good coffee. All of the coffee shops on this list have great quality drip coffee and espresso!
Really love a good and unique coffee shop over the chain coffee ones. Enjoyed both the coffee and tea from the Poindexter Coffee and relaxing in the hotel lobby. Thanks for pointing out the ones in Liberati and Shinola as I visited the main floors of both stores but didn’t realize that there was more exploring to be done on the other floor. Will probably want to stop by one of these other shops to warm up during my upcoming winter visit to AA. That macaron looks delicious, so definitely worth the visit with such a large selection of teas to choose from.
I’m so glad to share some new — and somewhat hidden — coffee spots with you! You definitely need to check out TeaHaus. The tea selection is unreal, and those macarons are to die for!