As a coffee fiend and a book-a-holic, you can imagine that two of my favorite things to curl up with on a rainy day (OK, let’s be honest — any day) are books and a cup of coffee. So, you can imagine, I’ve got a list of my favorite coffee shops around the area.
Of course, the one closest to my home is Avalon Bakery. It’s mainly a bakery (a delicious, delicious bakery) but they can whip up a pretty mean coffee drink, too. There’s not a whole lot of seating space, so come early or during the week. There are a couple of counter spots off to the side, which I enjoy because then I can watch the bakery staff in action.
A wee bit farther from my house is Cafe 1923 in Hamtramck. They’re cash only, so be prepared. But we love going there on a nice day because they have a few picnic tables in a back yard area for Internet surfing and reading.
When I’m working at the Birmingham office, I love to pop into Commonwealth, downtown. Not only is their C Latte fabulous (made with sweetened condensed milk, I believe), but they usually have at least one gluten-free treat, just for me. Double bonus.
And when I’m in the Royal Oak area, my favorite stop is Bean and Leaf Cafe. Yummy coffee drinks, and a variety of places to sit, depending on what I’m doing that day.
Notice something about all my favorite places? They’re local shops, not big chains. I enjoy a pumpkin spice latte as much as the next person, but I have to support my hometown coffee shops.
What about you? What are your favorite coffee shops?
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