Grand Rapids may be one of the fastest growing cities in the nation currently; from development space, to breweries it seems the articles on what's new just don't stop. I visit the west side of the state every couple of months to visit my fiancés family and swear there is always something new popping up just in a 5 block radius from his house. Coffee is essential to my day and that doesn't just change when my zip code does. Its a lifestyle that I'm bent on keeping up with. Recently we've had 4 restaurants, 2 cafes and a donut shop open around the corner and with this new found territory I set out to put together my go-to cafes in Grand Rapids. Now this day was not for the light of heart; it would take motivation, perseverance and the stomach to withstand copious amounts of caffeine.
I have laid out 3 cafes below that all offer something special and different.
Madcap Coffee Company | the OG
98 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
This spot is popular not just with locals but has a national presence. Their roasts can be found in cafes all over the US, from the Pacific to the Atlantic you're sure to find a mug of their fresh brewed coffee near. The store in Grand Rapids fosters an atmosphere of getting down to work with a strong pour over in a minimalistic/modern setting. This is a must stop if you've never been to the city and you want to hit the local favorites.
That Early Bird | Freshest breakfast in town
Its not a trip to Grand Rapids for me if I'm not waking up to a dirty chai latte and fresh baked jalapeno bacon scone in the AM. With a family friendly aesthetic and large outdoor patio this quickly became a hot spot on weekend mornings. Early Bird Café boasts a healthy, freshly made menu that would make any vegetarian's mouth water.
1445 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Squibb Coffee & Wine Bar | New kid on the block ft. wine bar
955 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Squibb is the newest to hit the coffee scene and i'm just wondering what took so long! From the inviting ambiance where you and your friends can go from matcha lattes to happy hour cabernets, fun mural, vegan bakery options and finally the fully stocked wine bar this spot has it all. This spot is a perfect addition to the community.