Detroit - the city of opportunity, inspiration and excellent coffee. There are so many places to talk about that I couldn't fit it all in one post, so I've divided into two. This is part one - coffee.
I love living in a border city. We are so fortunate to be a short, 10 minute drive from one of the greatest up-and-coming culinary cities in North America. Growing up in Windsor, and having family in Michigan (my Mom's American), crossing the Ambassador Bridge was a common occurance for shopping, eating out and travelling. There are tons of great coffee shops in Detroit, and I could go on and on, but here are a few of our favourites...
Astro Coffee | 2124 Michigan Ave.
Our favourite shop is located 5 minutes from the Ambassador Bridge in Corktown. If there's no traffic at the border you can literally get here faster than driving some places in Windsor. And it's so worth the drive and $13 in toll fees. We've travelled to New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal - all great cities with amazing coffee shops, but none of them can beat Astro in Detroit! Astro is a busy, multi-roaster shop featuring some of the country's best coffee roasters - George Howell, Heart, Ritual, etc. The quality and consistency is top notch and I know every time I go the coffee will be great. They also offer delicious baked goods, breakfast and lunch - all made in house. Everything I've tasted is fantastic! The people that work there are great as well; personable and friendly, they create a feeling of community that you don't find elsewhere. The space is comfortable, with lots of natural light and beautiful chalk art. On my day off you'll find me sitting at the bar in the window, reading a book while sipping my delicious coffee and eating my frittata. That, to me, is perfection.
What I recommend: an espresso, macchiato or pour over; frittata or egg sandwich; a dark chocolate hazelnut sea salt cookie (SO GOOD) or an anzac cookie.
Anthology Coffee | 1401 Vermont St.
Located 2 minutes from Astro, I usually hit up both these shops in the same trip, which is why I'm buzzing with caffeine as I write this! Anthology roasts their own beans and you'll find their coffee in many of our favourite restaurants in Detroit (which I'll talk about in my next post). The space is minimalist and industrial with comfortable seating and free wi-fi. It's the perfect spot for working or blogging.
What I recommend: a pour over and gluten-free chocolate chunk cookie
Ashe Supply Co | 1555 Broadway St.
Located close to Commerica Park, it's a great shop to hit before a Tigers game. They roast their own beans and design clothing and artwork. The space is trendy, motorcycle-themed and industrial. The staff are friendly and outgoing and are happy to tell you about their coffees.
What I recommend: an espresso or pour over
Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters | 1220 Griswold St
With two locations you can find them in Rochester and Detroit. They roast their own beans and bake all the desserts in house.
Cairo Coffee | 2712 Riopelle St.
A small multi-roaster shop located inside Savvy Chic in Eastern Market. Seating is limited, but it's a perfect spot to grab a pour over and peruse Eastern Market.
Cafe 78 | 4454 Woodward Ave.
Located inside MOCAD, Café 78 is a collaboration between Wright & Company (so the cocktails are top notch!) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. They serve Anthology coffee, as well as a selection of sweet and savory pastries from Pinwheel Bakery in Ferndale. Cafe 78 is very spacious with huge ceilings and lots of seating. They also host live music and other events.
Detroit is such a fun and lively city. The architecture is beautiful and there's so much to see and do. Go, explore, and tell me what you find!