Populace Coffee
Bay City

Slip inside the cozy flagship shop of this local Bay City roaster, named Michigan's best by Food & Wine.

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Savor an always-fresh lineup of single-origin coffees that spotlight the rare characteristics of different growing regions, plus a handful of flagship blends. Try a cup of their Ethiopia Tega & Tula (citrusy with soft floral aromas and notes of caramel) or warm up with seasonals like the Salted Caramel Cardamom Latte.

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Don't leave without a box of baked-in-house bagels (most vegan) and a sampling of cream cheese blends (with a vegan option, too).? Try the Cranberry Orange Bagel with Cinnamon Honey spread, or any of their scratch-baked-daily specialties!

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Harless + Hugh | @harlessandhughcoffee
Bay City
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Sipping inside or out on the patio where a fire's always crackling in the chimenea — you'll find the vibes inviting here and the provisions and pours delicious.

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Linger over hand-poured coffee and specialty drinks infused with house-made syrups. Order the Gingerbread Latte with caramel, molasses, and ginger or the Sugar Latte with brown sugar, cinnamon, and rosemary. More in the mood for a boozy brunch? This spot serves mimosas made with fresh-squeezed juice all day!

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Try crave-worthy house-made waffles and artisan toast. Order the Pear Toast topped with goat cheese, crushed pistachios, and local honey drizzle — or the Lox Toast with smoked salmon, whipped cream cheese, and capers — both on rustic bread.

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Live Oak Coffeehouse | @seandoescoffee
Bay City + Midland
Live Oak

Enjoy locally roasted specialty coffee and handcrafted drinks prepared with house-made syrups at two shops: one in Midtown Midland and the other in Uptown Bay City.

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Try the signature Midtown or Uptown Blend — locally roasted in-house — or indulge in a Strawberry Matcha or a Strawberry Mocha with house-made vegan chocolate sauce!

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Order a parfait with house-made jam and granola, traditional or crustless quiche, scratch-made cinnamon rolls, or one of the No Nonsense Bars they're known for — whipped up with natural ingredients and local honey!

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Creation Coffee | @creationcoffee.co

Taste exceptional flavor at this shop pouring only specialty-grade, sustainably sourced coffee, locally roasted in-house.

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Explore inventive seasonal drinks, from an Orange Cardamom Latte to a Maple Rum one — even a Smoked Chipotle Hot Chocolate! Or, choose from a robust list of drip and pour-over options, nitro cold-brew coffee, or an Americano.

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Pair your locally roasted sips with a perfectly iced, piping-hot cinnamon roll, or house-made frittatas in two savory flavors.

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The Loch | @austinadamczyk

More Great Coffee Shops

The Loch Coffee Co. (Midland) Artisanal coffee, organic loose-leaf tea, and specialty sodas are just a taste of this place "serving the finest brew to the finest folk." Grab made-to-order waffles or scratch-made donuts — and pair with a Lavender Pistachio Latte, or a Maple & Brown Sugar one.

Espresso Express Coffee House Presents Beatles and Beans Coffee Emporium (Bay City) Cash-only coffee house covered in Beatles memorabilia. Check out 5,000+ 45s that line the ceiling while you sip!

dawn of a new day coffeehouse & cafe (Saginaw) Riverfront Saginaw cafe serving fair-trade, organic coffee in an inviting atmosphere, with walls lined by the work of local artists. Try the Blended Almond Latte!

Red Eye
(Saginaw) Cozy, brick-lined community coffee shop, hosting everything from poetry readings to art exhibitions. Sample five drip coffees daily, plus drinks from mochas to lattes.

Harvest Coffeehouse & Beanery
(Frankenmuth) Main Street Frankenmuth go-to, serving all from classic cups to seasonal lattes. When in Little Bavaria? Try the Bavarian Breve with German chocolate and espresso!

Coffee Chaos (Midland) Coffee house offering everything from mochas and lattes to espresso — even organic teas. Try the Chaos Mocha with white chocolate and swirls of caramel, paired with a muffin or scone.

Cafe Zinc | @placeswithb

Unique Cafes + Creperies

Cafe Zinc (Midland) Modern bistro with an in-house French pastry chef. Choose baked-fresh-daily breads, scones, and assorted pastries from the display case and enjoy by the roaring fire with your coffee or tea.

Honey B's Eatery (Frankenmuth) Scratch-made, sustainable eats in an inviting atmosphere. Try the Chorizo + Brussels Hash or the Southern Benny (braised pork and poached egg on a buttermilk biscuit), with your choice of daily dark or medium roast.

La Crepe du Jour Creperie & Cafe (Frankenmuth) Parisian-inspired cafe serving sweet and savory street-style crepes. Order the Banana Nutella and a latte!

Crepes et Amis (Midland) Sweet and savory, fresh-to-order crepes — with two-dozen coffees and specialty lattes. Try the Chai Latte with a S'more Crepe (marshmallow, Nutella, and graham cracker crumble).

N'Orlins Beignets & Coffee (Frankenmuth) Louisiana-style beignets, served piping-hot with a generous dusting of powdered sugar. Pair this tasty Southern treat with a cup of their signature Big Easy Blend!

Tea Lounges + Tea Houses

Mid-century modern lounge with an elaborate menu of hot or iced loose-leaf teas. Try a Matcha Latte made with leaves grown on an organic tea farm in Japan, or a London Fog Tea Latte with house-made lavender syrup. Fresh-daily treats like the savory Gruyere Bacon Scone make this the perfect place to cozy in for a cup!

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Not your typical tea-drinking experience, take tea during a Traditional Tea Ceremony (Chanoyu) inside one of North America's most authentic tea houses — offered the second Saturday of each month.

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Blair Cook

A Great Lakes Bay native, Blair is the Founder at Brandscape — a boutique creative company specializing in content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories about the Pure Michigan places she loves!